12.05.11: Police raid in the ‘trains’ of St. Dyonisios, Patras port

The municipality of Patras destroyed in a recent police raid the train shelter of migrants in St. Dyonisios, opposite to the port of Patras. They left behind the migrants, who will have to sleep under the stars of the sky without any protection in the following nights. The police invaded the area of the train company due to the ‘inhuman living conditions’ of the migrants and for reasons of ‘public health’. The hypocracy of the state continues in the name of ‘law and order’.

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