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Joint Announcement by the Panhellenic Network of Antiracist and

Solidarity Collectivities

Freedom to the 35 arrested at Moria

On 18/7/17 refugees and immigrants, victims of wars but also extreme

poverty or persecutions in their countries, demonstrated in Moria,

protesting for the failing to have their substantiated asylum claims

examined, resulting in them being held in the infamous Lesvos hot spot

for a very long time in which, indicatively, killed at least 5 people

last winter, due to the unacceptable living conditions as well as the

dozens of suicide attempts reported.

Several hours after the refugees' protest, the MAT riot police, along

with some dressed as civilians, proceeded with a "sweep" operation and

arrested 35 people of African descent, without any evidence of them

having committed a particular offense, but using the only criteria, the

color of their skin since there were mainly people of African origin

attending the morning protest.

Of the arrested thirty were detained, charged with "destroying public

property" and "committing arson in a particularly dangerous manner for

the public safety", in conjunction with the aggravating provision 187 of

the Penal Code ("criminal organization"). Moreover, the indictment does

not contain any detailed narrative of the "danger" that occurred, while,

on the contrary, BBC videos indicate the brutality of police repression

and the beating of refugees far from the scene of the demonstration. The

30 out of 35 are kept scattered at Korydallos, Chios and Avlona in an

attempt to render their case "invisible" and to reduce the dynamics of

their resistance, but also against solidarity while the other 5 have

been "released" on restrictive conditions.

The request to suspend their temporary detention measure and its

replacement by other restrictive measures will be examined on 13/12/17.

The signed collectivities express their solidarity toward the persecuted

African refugees and immigrants, and demand the lifting of their

temporary detention and that they be released from the accusations

against them.

We demand for:

- The immediate release of the detained refugees or immigrants and their

exemption from each charge

- The closing of the hotspots and the ensurance of dignified living

conditions for all

- The cancellation of the EU-Turkey agreement and end to the deportation

of refugees

- The opening of the borders for the free movement of refugees to the

countries of their choice.