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Letter of prisoners in Fylakio

We prisoners in Filakio need your help from the outside. We do not have access to other cells, we don’t get fresh air, the water is dirty, food is just enough to survive, we cannot go outside.

When someone is sick, we cannot reach the doctor for help. Again and again, people fall sick since the toilets are dirty. We want to leave this prison. The police is beating us again and again, on our hands, on our feet, they insult us endlessly. Nobody answers our question to what our future will be. There are even people that have gone crazy, and still we cannot leave. We are a lot of people, with different nationalities, in one cell.
We have not committed any crime, and we have not chosen this fate.
We have fled war, oppression and poverty to reach European democratic countries.

Somebody tell us what is awaiting us, what will happen to us.

We prisons from Filakio, we are thankful that people are listening to us now.

Recently one of the prisoners went on hungerstrike. He fainted after 12 days of hungerstrike. After two days in hospital he was brought back to the prison cell. Nobody took note of his protest.

Press Release by the open Plenum in Orestiada against the repression in detention (in Greek)

See also: http://infomobile.w2eu.net/2011/09/12/situation-in-fylakio-in-september-2011/

letter from the hunger strikers of Soufli 09.05.11


soufli: letter of hunger strikers (in Greek)

hunger strike in Soufli detention centre since 28th of April!!!!!

12 refugees detained in Soufli border guard station in the region of Evros started at the 28th of April 2011 a hunger strike in protest against the detention conditions and demanding freedom. Among them are: 5 Iranians, 3 Iraqis, 2 Syrians, one Turk and one Nigerian. Six of them are asylum seekers. The average detention time of the hunger strikers varies from 10 days to more than 5 months!!!!!
Due to the inhuman and degrading detention conditions in Soufli border guard station which has an official capacity of 25, but hosts in average around 130-160 sans-papiers or even more, the hunger strike becomes more and more difficult and dangerous for their lives. The struggling refugees drink only water, salt and sugar, which they have to buy in order to have access. Out of the originally 12 strikers, thus, now have remained 7.

See the latest article about the hunger strike (in Greek):
http://tvxs.gr/news/ελλάδα/σε-απεργία-πείνας-μετανάστες-κρατούμενοι-στο-σουφλί-έβρου

14.09.2010: Pakistani workers go on strike after police raid

14.09.2010: Pakistani workers go on strike after police raid

Today, hundreds of Pakistani immigrants living and working in Skala, Laconia took the decision to go on strike after the pogrom that was unleashed against them earlier.
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