The Internment Camps in Greece

Many countries hold migrants in internment camps whilst they await ‘processing’. It’s very usual for conditions to be poor. In some places, they’re brutal. It’s very, very common for people to be held for a long time – longer (in some cases, much longer) than the country’s official procedures state.

Greece has been rounding up its migrants recently, and holding them in terrible conditions. People are being held in rooms that are not big enough for the amount of people being held to even lie down. Men, women and children are interred. In some places, they are being held in the same facilities as convicted criminals. Some have been held for several months with no access to asylum procedures. Sanitary conditions are appalling. Hunger and disease are rife. Migrant protests have become increasingly desperate with people on hunger strike, and sewing their lips together in protest at their treatment. Protests are met with extreme brutality. Police have used tear gas in enclosed rooms, and beaten migrants with clubs, leaving them with broken bones.

You can, and should read, more from the Second Council House of Virgo.

…and then they came for the transpeople…

As readers will know, Greece is suffering as a result of the global recession. History has shown us time and again that with recession comes social unrest, and repression. Well, things are currently looking pretty ugly in Greece right now.

Operation Zeus in August last year marked the start of an ugly reminder of a European past that we thought we had long buried. Nearly 60 years after the end of the Second European War, migrants were round up from the streets of Greece and shoved unceremoniously into internment camps. In May, women working in the sex industry were pulled from the streets, forcibly tested for HIV, publically humilitated and imprisoned. In March, they rounded up drug users from the streets of Athens and put them too into camps. Last month in Thessaloniki they came for transgendered people.

You can read more from Second Council House of Virgo.

MP asked to put her jacket on

Earlier we posted about the No More Page 3 campaign, here; Caroline Lucas, MP, wearing a No More Page 3 t-shirt, was asked to put her jacket back on during a speech, in order to comply with Westminster’s dress code. You can watch the video, here, over at the BBC site.

There’s no transcript there, but after the MP chairing the session interrupts, Lucas responds (while holding up page 3 of The Sun): “It does strike me as an irony that this T-shirt is regarded as an inappropriate thing to be wearing in this house but apparently it is appropriate for this kind of newspaper to be available to buy in eight different outlets on the Palace of Westminster estate.”