Lesvos and Chios: volunteers helping refugees arrested by police and Frontex, involvement of the International Rescue Committee

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Jan 21 2016 15:36

From the Macedonian META.mk news agency. I've no idea how reliable this is and Bild doesn't sound like the greatest source. If true it may help explain current policy towards volunteers. (Edit: this story is being questioned by journalists so it may not be reliable)

Germany and Austria planning to close the Macedonian border

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Skopje, 21 January, 2016 (META)

Germany and Austria, in cooperation with the Macedonian and Greek government are developing a plan to close the Macedonian-Greek border for refugees, says the agency “Sputnik”, reporting its information from the German newspaper “Bild”.

According to the German newspaper, experts from Vienna, Brussels and Berlin want to close the border and equip the area with a surveillance system. At the same time, an increasing number of representatives from the Agency for the control of the EU external borders, Frontex, will divide refugees in the Balkans in to two groups, politically and economically.

The paper said the plan, which should be implemented in mid-March, also provides space for the establishment of a “mega-camp” in Greece, like deportation centres for distribution, for which Athens would receive financial assistance of 320 million euros from Brussels.

As of yesterday the border is open but only to Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans stating that they are heading for Austria or Germany.

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Jan 21 2016 14:13

In Spanish

This claims to quote unnamed sources in Frontex but again I'm not sure about it's reliability.

Documentos de Frontex: Grecia detuvo a los españoles para "escarmentar" a las ONG

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Jan 21 2016 14:08

“Whatever we do, we do it together". Call for support and detailed report from No Border Kitchen on Lesvos

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The authorities’ attitude is quite different. Apart from the beach, we have also taken an unused sports field nearby, so as to be able to store and dry off clothes, blankets and sleeping bags. At the end of December the municipal authorities, accompanied by police, told us to empty the field, claiming that the area is private and pretending to be its owners. Only after relocating the storehouse, we learned that this had been a lie intended to quicken our gradual eviction. Apparently, the authorities will not hesitate to use any method whatsoever to stop those who support migrants by creating friendly places which are not part of the repression system envisioned by the EU governments. The greek rescue-camp “Platanos” in the northern part of the island, which had been working efficiently for a few months now, has been in serious danger of eviction in recent weeks.
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Jan 21 2016 15:38

Report of a push-back by masked men a week ago. It isn't clear if they were Greek or Turkish, although victims of previous attacks have stated that the attackers definitely weren't speaking Turkish.

http://watchthemed.net/reports/view/410

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At 2.03am an informant alerted our shift team to a vessel on its way to Lesvos, but still in Turkish waters (case 4). We informed the Turkish coastguards and they confirmed that they would go and rescue the vessel. For several hours we did not obtain further information about the vessel. At 3.40pm we were able to reach one of the travellers who told us that they were safe but back in Turkey. He said that the group of about 60 people, including 20 children had faced a violent attack during their journey. He said that a vessel had approached theirs and men boarded their boat and disabled the engine, threatened them with knifes and a stun gun in order to keep them away from Greek waters. After that they left and much later the Turkish coastguards came and rescued them back to Turkey. When we spoke to them they were in a basketball stadium where they would stay for about 24 hours. He said they would try to cross the sea again. In the evening we reached him again and he added to his earlier account that the men who had attacked them had worn ski masks. Besides disabling their engine they had also punctured their boat. He also said that many stories were going around amongst the refugees about similar attacks at sea.
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Jan 21 2016 17:03

12 dead, at least 10 missing from boat heading for Lesvos today

Yesterday's deaths:

Proactiva wrote:

In the eyes of institutions and volunteers sea takes lives of new victims. It hurts.

It's more painful when you have an emergency before your eyes, experience telling you that you must act immediately, and you stumble upon the slowness and lack of coordination on the other side.

Today we have lived that closely.

In a tense waiting and after much insistence, we decided to intervene. At that moment authorities decided to take charge. But it had been too long, it was too cold. It was too late for this little child, the cold took the live of a 5-year little girl.

It is victim number 87 in 2016 .

Enough.

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Children dying of hypothermia due to incompetence and excessive police zeal Shame on them!
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Jan 21 2016 20:11

Oscar Camps again

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Desde la segunda detención de @proemaid no dejan actuar a nadie en el mar si no es por un naufragio

'Since the second arrest of Proemaid they don't let anyone act at sea unless it's for a shipwreck.'

The implication is that refugees are dying of hypothermia because of delays caused by the Greek authorities.

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Jan 21 2016 22:34

Dutch volunteer planning court case against Frontex

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Jan 22 2016 18:09

At least 21 dead in two shipwrecks this morning (report in Greek)

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Unos 122 muertos en 21 días, mujeres y niños en su mayoría. El Egeo la fosa común de la UE @PROACTIVA_SERV @tv3cat

'Some 122 deaths in 21 days, the majority women and children. The Aegean is the mass grave of the EU'

Edit: At least 30 dead (in Greek)

Daphne Tolis wrote:
UPDATE: 37 is the death toll from both shipwrecks so far: 30 from #Kalolimno shipwreck, 7 from #Farmakonisi. #refugeecrisis #Greece
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UPDATE:The @MSF team is providing psych care to surivors of #Kalymnos tragedy. 1 man lost his mum, wife & 4 kids-his sorrow is unimaginable.

Horror stories are emerging - 1 man lost his pregnant wife & 2 kids, a 17 y/o lost his brother an entire family was swallowed by the sea...

How many more families will be destroyed before #safepassage is a priority for #Europe?

At least 42 #people drowned today. They'd all be alive if the #Turkey #Greece land border was open.

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Jan 22 2016 19:44

Οι επισκέψεις της Frontex και οι «χαλαρές κουβεντούλες»

Αντιρατσιστικό Παρατηρητήριο: δεν είναι «λύση» η ποινικοποίηση των εθελοντών

Διαμαρτυρία της Πρωτοβουλίας Πολιτών μπροστά από σκάφος της Frontex

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Jan 22 2016 16:29

In Spanish

Spanish TV report on the work of Proemaid on Lesvos and interview with Manuel Blanco, one of the volunteers arrested last week. Warning - images of dead children. The report on Lesvos starts at 23 minutes.

El precio de la solidaridad

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Jan 22 2016 17:05

Wednesday's video blogs from Eric Kempson on Lesvos

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mpaQq1XJAO4

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LiGasztViak

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Facebook post from a Greek volunteer on Wednesday

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Jan 22 2016 20:47

Stop Mare Mortum condemns the criminal action of Frontex, impeding rescue operations on the island of Lesvos

Last Wednesday morning a group of activists from Stop Mare Mortum — a united platform in solidarity with refugees, based in Catalonia — returned from the island of Lesvos where could see, among other things, the rescue work carried out there by volunteers. We were also able to talk to many of the associations that give urgent assistance and they explained to us that Frontex, the European border control agency, restricts its role to observing the area and only helps to rescue boats at sea when they sink. In fact, under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, it has the duty to render assistance. They also carry out functions, jointly with the Greek police, of checking people who arrive to decide who has the right to continue their journey and who doesn’t, according to their nationality.

We had just got back when we received news — and these reports were confirmed by contacts we had made on the island — that on Wednesday morning, following several days of strong storms, there was a significant arrival of boats. This time, Frontex changed its usual observer role and decided to intervene. They prevented ProActiva Open Arms — an NGO from the Catalan city of Badalona, composed of volunteer lifeguards from across Spain, which carries out rescues on the beach and in the sea — from approaching the boats that were adrift at different points north of Lesbos so as to rescue the people on them. ProActiva cite a specific case: in an emergency concerning a boat off the coast of Skala Sikamineas, they were not given permission to act and “after a long wait and many attempts [to get authorisation], we decided to start the operation. At that moment, the authorities decided to take charge. But too much time had gone by, and it was very cold.” As a result of this delay, a girl of nearly five died of hypothermia before reaching land, and a woman of 44 with hypothermia died following a heart attack.

To stabilise severe hypothermia, immediate intervention is required. The attitude of Frontex in this case is responsible for these two deaths, as it is for many others that are caused continuously along the borders of Europe. While the states of the European Union argue about what to do with refugees, while they say they are concerned to preserve values that have never really respected, their border control agency helps reduce the refugee problem in the most drastic way: causing them to die at sea. Official Europe has been turning its back on the problem, in effect, until it came knocking on their doors. Now the bartering continues, with the auctioning of human lives and the evasion of responsibilities.

This Europe, so often responsible for tragedies in other countries, with its neo-colonial and warlike foreign policy, does not represent us. For that reason, we will not tire of repeating, “For the dignity of Europe, for respect for human rights, no more deaths in the Mediterranean.”

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Jan 22 2016 21:29

Thanks for these updates Mark, much appreciated

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Jan 23 2016 00:59

Thanks. Maybe putting this information together will be of some use. There has been some good mainstream media reporting on the refugee crisis but I think the better reporting still tends to operate under ideological constraints that make it difficult to ask some basic questions, including questions about the conflicts between volunteers/activists and the authorities. I'd say these are going to become more central as borders close, the number of refugees arriving rises, and Greece heads towards a policy of prison camps and deportations. For now Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans are being allowed to travel on to Austria and Germany but it's hard to see this lasting for long, at least without some form of selection. That leaves the question of what happens to everyone else. Tsipras has been calling for Frontex organised deportations from the islands to Turkey. At the moment it's mainly North Africans being targeted for detention and deportation but I expect the net will be cast wider as time goes on. I'm not sure what this will mean for people with an obvious claim to refugee status who aren't accepted by Germany.

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Jan 23 2016 01:17

Vice News report

Athens becomes a human holding pen as Europe's borders slam shut

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Jan 23 2016 10:07
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#Eidomeni refugee camp in northern #Greece declared 'closed military zone.' TV journalists cannot film there anymore & within a 500m radius

https://mobile.twitter.com/filiopk/status/690558448799473665

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Jan 23 2016 11:56

Αναρχική Ομοσπονδία - Περιφέρεια Κ. Μακεδονίας
: Οι μετανάστες είναι αδέρφια ταξικά

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Jan 23 2016 16:48
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Greek police officers met with representatives of the European Commission and EU border agency Frontex on Friday in a bid to settle a recent dispute over the refoulement of migrants who are not able to seek asylum.
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The meeting regarding the return of migrants to their homelands took place after Greece was criticized for seeing through a low number of repatriations. However, Greek officials made it clear during the meeting that they have encountered numerous problems in the process due to the lack of cooperation on the part of other countries, such as Pakistan and Turkey.

“They showed understanding and British officials may negotiate with the Pakistani Embassy in Athens,” a police officer told Kathimerini. Greek authorities also asked the Commission to put pressure on Turkey to accept returning migrants.
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Jan 23 2016 19:45

Protests on the Evros border

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Siege of fences from Evros to Calais, January 23 to 24, Alexandroupoli

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At the final stretch have entered the preparations of demonstrators who will flood the streets of Alexandroupolis on 23 and 24 January, demanding open borders to put an end to drowning in the Aegean of the little Ailans.

It is an international uprising against Lepen and fascist parties in Europe and the policies of Hollande and Merkel, who lead the way! Protest in Istanbul on January 23 and meet on both sides of the border, in the Kipi of Evros, on 24/1. Marching on January 23 in Calais, France, to the "jungle" of shame! Fascists are threatening to block this mobilization.

At Evros the voices of protest will be heard loudly by workers and youth for the deadly obstacle of the fence in Evros, which closes the passage of the persecuted by war and famine, refugees and immigrants.

It is a scandal in Greece that the international solidarity movement is prosecuted with firefighters from Spain and other solidary people. We do not tolerate the chase by the police and FRONTEX, against solidary people, who save lives at Lesvos and the other islands.

We do not tolerate a racist “Fortress Europe”, with FRONTEX, concentration camps, deportations, fences, blockades and Islamophobia. These open the way to fascists.

We do not tolerate, the caring grandmothers in Lesvos to take refugees’ babies in their hugs while the SYRIZA-ANEL government is cutting their pensions. Behind proposals for "Nobel Peace Prize" to the islanders the brutality of drowning in the Aegean cannot be hidden.

We demand from the government to cut the fences, the racist policing, the armaments and give money for social insurance, education and health. To prepare hospitality areas for refugees.

Legalize the immigrants to save the Social Security Funds, put an end to conditions of work of the type of Nea Manolada!

Make Evros a river of solidarity among peoples. They do not need fences of racist hate but flood defenses to prevent the sinking in mud of villages in the area.

We salute trade unions, student associations, solidarity movements, immigrant communities and artists who supported the campaign of KEERFA. All together we will continue directly with the organization of the international day of action against racism and fascism, on March 19, the day that the EU summit will proceed to measures for converting FRONTEX into an autonomous intervention force at the borders.

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Jan 23 2016 22:10
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Greece wants EU border agency Frontex to help send back to Turkey migrants deemed ineligible for asylum in Europe, Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias told reporters Saturday.

The minister's comments came a day after he shared this proposal with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steimeier in Berlin, Greek news agency ANA and a ministry source said.

Frontex currently operates 15 patrol boats in the Aegean Sea, whose mission is to assist Greek coastguard in their surveillance and rescue operations.

The minister said Frontex should deploy about 100 boats in the narrow stretch of water separating Greece from Turkey, the main launching pad for 850,000 refugees and migrants who reached Greece's shores last year.
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Jan 23 2016 22:37
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In temperatures of -10C 3000 kept by Greek police at a gas station 10km from #idomeni on Greek - FYR Macedonian border.

Another organisational custerf**k by Greek police and Macedonian border guards, it's desperate, poorly clothed #Refugees who pay the price

#SYRIZA govt's criminal indifference to the well-being of #refugees in subzero temps denied access to warm camps at #Idomeni beggers belief

Arrogantly, #SYRIZA is celebrating one year in govt whilst denying #refugees access to heated tents at #Idomeni. Temps set to drop to -17c

https://mobile.twitter.com/teacherdude

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UPDATE: Buses are now dropping #people off at the petrol station and returning to #Athens leaving many with no shelter. It's sub zero.

The @MSF tents at the petrol station are full. Families are sleeping outside. It's -9 degrees.

Families have resorted to putting their children in the luggage hold of buses to try and stay warm!

https://mobile.twitter.com/MSF_Sea

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Jan 24 2016 00:16

Yeah Mark just to echo other people's thanks for posting these updates, very interesting and much appreciated!

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Jan 24 2016 16:39
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Even though Greek police control coaches carrying #refugees they refuse to share info with humanitarian groups helping at #Idomeni

This makes it difficult/impossible to anticipate refugee needs and numbers. Greek police attitude ranges from indifferent to hostile.

One day you'd think you and police are BFFs, next they're screaming threats at you and roughing up volunteers for questioning them.

Perfect mirror of the Greek authorities attitude to refugee crisis, ineptitude, indifference or barely concealed hostility

#Syriza celebrating 1 year in power today, while reneging on election promises, including humane treatment of refugees and immigrants.

https://mobile.twitter.com/teacherdude

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Police & #Frontex are trying to keep independent volunteers out of refugee camps on #Lesvos. Only registered v are allowed inside #Moria

The only time all volunteers were officially allowed to enter in the last days was when the authorities really needed their help.

https://mobile.twitter.com/refugee_supp

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Jan 24 2016 22:57
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Instead of being ashamed of himself for betraying the Greek left @atsipras hold a rally today for being 1 year in power. #syriza

https://mobile.twitter.com/Faloulah

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Anarchist protesters about to deploy banner demanding #safepassage at #Syriza rally thrown out!

https://mobile.twitter.com/AthensLiveGr

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Oh goody ERT is showing a live feed of the rally at the Tae Kwon Do stadium for Syriza's 1st year

"We give lessons in humanity" Syriza rally video from the Tae Kwon Do stadium

It's ridiculous. Are we supposed to be inspired and uplifted? I just feel like a mug watching this

Tsipras takes the stage to a funky rock soundtrack at the @syriza_gr rally

Still waiting for a concrete mention of the refugee crisis from the nice, warm Tae Kwon Do centre

So half an hour later, no mention of the situation with refugees, Idomeni. I'm not sure what I just watched

Not only was that the strangest political speech I've listened to,I'm actually angry towards furious that the refugee crisis wasnt mentioned

Piraeus port where #refugees arrive daily is a few tram stops away from the Tae Kwon Do & no mention of the crisis @tsipras_eu?

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Jan 25 2016 00:11

I am no hero - solidarityteamplatonosblog

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Jan 25 2016 12:37

What shall we do when the borders close?

Benjamin Julian wrote:

We have been cooking soup, distributing blankets, giving information, warmth, food and hope. It has been fun, it has been tragic. We’ve tried to bring a human face to the Balkan route. It has been intense, rewarding, invaluable. The support has been staggering, seeing the solidarity has been beautiful. But I am afraid we are on the wrong track. While we are providing aid and saving lives on the ground, politicians up high in the glass towers of Brussels have been hard at work getting over their differences in order to contain, regulate, close up and slow down the arrival of foreigners in Europe. They are doing it by means of savage bureaucracy, with the tidal waves of history propelling them forward, coming down on support movements as well as visitors to our continent, breaking up solidarity, isolating refugees from us and society. Migrants are step by step being put away in camps and prisons, contained like a disease, to protect Europe from exposure. This is the brutal face of bureaucracy and order, regulation and isolation, which tolerates no independent assistance, no independent information, no independent contact.

The shock of a million foreigners has set European racists reeling. It has made bureaucratic machines crack and sputter. The micromanaging states of Europe want this disaster of irregularity, chaos and non-registration to end. Better a drowned refugee than a non-registered one. Better an imprisoned child than a smuggled one. Keep THEM in those white boxes and keep those white boxes in barbed-wire fences and have volunteers – registered, of course – keep refugees in line. Sort them by nationality, gender, age, vulnerability, take their fingerprints and check just HOW MUCH they suffered, because we don’t accept just anyone here, you know. Write their number on their hand, tag their fingernails, count the cups of soup they get, stamp their papers, give them thirty days to get to Level 2 or it’s Game Over. Then their journey begins again, and when they get here next time, the open camp will be a detention center, the food-distributor a prison guard, the registration will be for a flight back home. And where will we, the soup-cookers and clothes-distributors, be then?

The incompetence of Greece and Europe has made people believe this can’t happen. But this is an illusory hope. Sure, Greece is incapable of managing registration, let alone keeping a million people detained. But Big Brother Europe has plenty of force to spare. Frontex-officials are coming to the islands like a plague of black locusts, gnawing apart nonconforming support structures, ridding the Balkan route of the insufficient Greek Coast Guard and insubordinate volunteers. In due time, tent camps will have disappeared and there’ll be a clean, white wall with a roll of barbed wire on top for us to graffiti edgy slogans on. Wet and fearful people will be brought in, and they will be “processed”, and when they will come out a magical transformation will have happened. They will either have the luck of having become a Second Class Temporary European, ready for deportation as soon as Their Disaster is over, or be an Economic Migrant, a worthless rightless leech on our goodwill, a disgusting rapist opportunist Muslim that can’t be deported too early. And where will we, the blanket-distributors and soup-givers, be then?

The weather is cold and windy, and still the boats bring thousands of people every day. What will it be like this summer? We are not the only ones wondering. The showrunners of Europe say they have two months to “save Schengen”, to hold together a thirty year old project, which is now crumbling under the weight of a million undocumented people – 0.2% of Europe’s population. More refugees are residing in Lebanon, a country of four million! If this is what refugees have brought us so far, what next? The infinitely rigid structure of European law, order and bureaucracy, carefully and painstakingly built on top of five hundred years of colonialism, slavery and oppression, is completely and utterly freaking out over this miniscule disturbance in the continent’s demographics. Europeans have built their collection of states like a kid builds a house out of toothpicks – on the assumption that nobody comes in and disturbs it. Now the smallest gust of air is making it collapse. “We cannot cope with the numbers any longer”, the Dutch prime minister says. Just imagine what he’ll be saying in June, when the Aegean sea will be warm and still.

We have to prepare for this. Europe is freaking out already, and it has given itself two months to save itself from the refugees. Only its boundless incompetence and disunity have allowed migrants to travel for this long. But with a near-fascist government in Poland, a straight-out racist ruling Hungary (with an even worse opposition), and the whole of Central Europe just waiting for an excuse to shut their borders, we can’t rely on hope or prayer anymore. Even the Empress of Europe, Angela Merkel, tried and failed to open the doors to refugees. She was sailing against the storms of five centuries, against the waves of populism, xenophobia and terror that rule the states around her, and even her own party.

We have to be prepared for Europe to try, haphazardly and fumbling, but with the determination of a mad drunkard, to lock up refugees and stop their coming here. Europe’s two ventricles of racist society and control-freak bureaucracy reinforce each other, pumping their insidious ideology across the continent. It spews forth in the utterances of everyday people: “There’s no space for them here”, “they don’t fit in”, “they’re all rapists”, “open borders just wouldn’t work”, “there has to be some order to this”, “they’re after our jobs”, “if we save them, more will come”. Europe has built itself assuming it was safe from foreigners. Now it’s in existential crisis. And as a rat stuck in a corner, it will rip apart anything and everything to save itself. It won’t spare any right, it will break any refugee, that stands in its way.

We have to be prepared for this. The state has benefitted from our providing wet arrivals with dry clothes, giving hungry camp-dwellers food, distributing blankets to freezing people sleeping under the starry sky. But now we are in the way. We are giving people a reason to care. We are building relations with those who are not supposed to be here. We are fighting for them, sometimes one person at a time, to make it through the next border. Now we are the targets.

We have to unite, communicate, know our strengths and attack the racism, exclusion and separation that the state is imposing on us. Europe is giving itself two months to save itself. What will we do?

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Jan 25 2016 18:06

Refugees unwelcome: border closures and freezing temperatures

Greece threatened with expulsion from Schengen over migration crisis

Greece rejects Schengen threats as 'blame game'

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Despite patrols, sealing Greek sea border is near impossible http://www.ekathimerini.com/205376

If Greece shuts down that will only push the flow to Italy again, with thousands of victims potentially.

What some EU states want is for Greece and Italy to start drowning refugees, they're just ashamed to say it.

https://mobile.twitter.com/YiannisBab

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Jan 25 2016 18:22
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The Belgian government says that because Greece is too weak to guard its own borders, it should face an EU "sanction mechanism" under which the rising number of refugees entering the country would effectively be forced to stay there.

Belgian Migration State Secretary Theo Francken told the VRT network that "the Greeks now need to bear the consequences" if internal border controls within the Schengen area, which is supposed to be a passport free zone, are extended for two years, as is currently discussed.

Francken said the Greek "state structure is just too weak to do it themselves - apparently."

Francken raised the specter of setting up "closed facilities" for up to 300,000 people in Greece to be overseen by EU nations.
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A Greek minister has angrily blamed European Union member states for failing to send Athens enough manpower and ships to help it tackle the migrant crisis and for not living up to pledges to relocate migrants.

Immigration Minister Ioannis Mouzalas told reporters on the sidelines of an EU meeting in Amsterdam on Monday that sending officers from the EU border protection force known as Frontex to neighboring Macedonia in an attempt to halt migrants there would be illegal.

It has been suggested that EU border guards would be more effective on the Greek-Macedonian border, but Mouzalas said sending them there is "not a good idea," insisting: "We need Frontex in Greece."

Mouzalas says Greece is doing all it can to protect its sea borders from boatloads of migrants heading from Turkey to nearby Greek islands, but has not been sufficiently helped by fellow EU members. He says Athens wanted 1,800 Frontex officers, but has got only 800.

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Jan 26 2016 00:22

Chios: 'Pretexts for controls on those in solidarity, highly paid NGOs and repression'

Προσχηματικοί έλεγχοι στους αλληλέγγυους, ακριβοπληρωμένες ΜΚΟ και καταστολή

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Jan 25 2016 21:02

Lesvos this morning - Eric Kempson's video blogs. The IRC putting refugees at risk from hypothermia.

https://youtu.be/BOlL3mrSYoE

https://youtu.be/tWiIbZ_j4Ko

The IRC on its reception centre on Lesvos, funded in part through UK AID, that is by the British government.

IRC video on Lesvos

IRC president David Miliband at Davos: 'it’s right for the integrity of the system that those who don’t meet the criteria to qualify as refugees are not allowed to stay.'