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No Borders in Greece

August 29th, 2009 · post by anon · Make a comment

Demonstration at the Pagani 26th August

The No Border camp on the Greek island of Lesvos has now started (running from the 25th-31st August) and hundreds of people have come together to challenge the system that denies freedom of movement in a globalised world, and violently suppresses people’s efforts to find refuge and improve their lives.

From the initial callout:

“In the last few years the island of Lesvos has represented one of the main entrance gate for thousands of refugees and migrants seeking to reach Europe. Packed in tiny plastic boats they try to cross the sea border between Turkey and Greece but some of them can’t make it. More than 1.100 migrants and refugees have lost their lives that way in Aegean sea in the last 20 years.

Pagani (5 kilometres outside Mitilini, the capital of the island) is where the detention centre is located to which refugees and migrants are sent as soon as they set foot on Lesvos. And where they are detained for weeks and months. It is a prison in which fundamental human rights are not respected.”

There have been demonstrations in town and at the detention centre. There will be a fuller report back of the situation and the camp and its actions soon.

Demonstration at the Pagani 26th August

Demonstration at the Pagani 26th August

More about the camp, how to get there, background information etc

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