We live like dogs and sleep in shifts

“We live like dogs and sleep in shifts”

detained-immigrants-grece

“We could die without anyone even learning about it. It is our fifth day on hunger strike in the detention facilities of the Police Station of Moshato. We live like dogs”, says Armen Mourantian: “We sleep in shifts in a room full of dirt. Six people sharing three mattresses. Three full rooms. In the fourth one, which is the largest, they have cornered more than 15 people”.

5th day of hunger strike in the detention facilities for immigrants in Moshato

It was already past midnight when the young Armenian made a phone call to ‘E’ in order to make a plea for help. “This moment we are aloud to make phone calls. We were arrested by men of DIAS group [special police group on motorbikes] in the street. Our papers were expired. None of us has been charged with theft or any felonies. We are held for 7-8 months with a deportation decision”.

He mentions his co-inmates one by one, with their name. With him in the detention facility there is M. Arhani, Iranian, whose parents were murdered by the regime. He came asking for asylum. With him there is also A. Stanti from Iraq and Ah. Asfer from Pakistan. And the “grandpa”. A 55 year old Egyptian who has already committed suicide once. He has been living in Greece for 28 years. He has a child. But his papers expired. He needs to be examinded by a doctor. Every morning he asks for hismedication. He suffers from serious psychological problems. The policemen ingore him. The Pakistani guy started having a delirium. “He has been surrounded by walls for four months. He have not seen the sun. We have rotten from the humidity here”.

Without any lawyers

“We were given very little food, just what was necessary in order to stay alive. They were bringing it at 12 in the night. We were all waiting for the food. ‘Share it’ , the policeman was saying. He would kick it in front of the door swearing: “Or I will f… you’”

He says that he has not been in touch with any organisation or authority. “Not even with lawyers. Because we cannot pay for them. I asked a friend to bring me some books. They prohibited them. the mattresses are not enough for all of us”.

This is not the first complaint about Moshato’s Police Station. Moshato’s Citizens’ Initiative ‘Mesopotamia’ complained, during Christmas, about the detention of Tzafer Kurt, a Turkish paraplegic man who is officially a refugee and, therefore, he was living in the country legally. An administrative inquiry has been taking place about his detention. Complaining the conditions in the detention facilities, the members of Moshato’s Citizens’ Initiative, together with the authorities of the Municipality of Moshato, are organising an anti-racist concert next Saturday at Metamorfosi square.

Translated article from ‘Eleftherotypia’ newspaper, 26/04/2013, by icantrelaxingreece (in english)
enet (in greek)

The infomobile

... is like a “paper boat”. We chose this as a metaphor for what we want to create and for the situation of refugees and migrants in Greece. The paper boat is a folded boat able to swim – for a while. Then you have to build a new one to go on travelling. A paper boat is symbolic for the journey of life, vulnerable but in your own hands and to be recreated again and again. It is simple, but it carries many hopes and dreams. It can dance on a turbulent sea. It belongs to everybody. And it might become the small version – like a first draft – of a welcome-space.

Get in touch

email: infomobile.w2eu@gmail.com

RSS Clandestina

  • The Greek part of the Balkan route: Pressure & Resistance
    …how the creation of the Balkan route is connected to the Greek financial crisis …what happened when people on the move came across the part of the greek population that (faced with the end of consumerism as we knew it) chose not fascism but humanity and solidarity and what was the reaction of the social […]

RSS Group of Lawyers – Athens

  • Jura novit curiae?
    A critical review of the judgments 2347/2017 and 2348/2017 by the plenary of the Council of State With its judgments 2347/2017 and 2348/2017, the Greek Council of State ruled against the annulment applications brought by two Syrian refugees, whose asylum application had been rejected by the Independent Appeals Committees as

RSS the border is the problem