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More than 130 refugees exposed to the sun in the port of Lesvos
Posted on June 7, 2013

26 degrees celsius
75 arrivals today; 95 the two days before

26 degrees celsius

Despite the positive experience of PIKPA open welcome centre that was
opened by the end of last year by the local activist network “Village of
all together”, which provided for the first time a real reception
solution for refugees, the authorities on Lesvos keep refugees locked up
in degrading and inhuman conditions ignoring the given alternative.

Somali men and women looking for shadows

With the increase in arrivals in the beginning of May 2013, detention
facilities started to get overcrowded once more on the island. The
authorities didn’t know where to put the refugees anymore.
Some of the recent arriving refugees are trying to survive since three
days in the sun while being “locked up” in the port of Lesvos without
any protection or infrastructure. There is no food supply by the
responsible authorities but only through volunteer citizens on the
island. Nevertheless it remains insufficient. Yesterday one young man
fainted due to heat, thirst and hunger.

Afghan unaccompanied minors

Among the refugees of the last three days, who come in their majority
from war torn areas such as Afghanistan, Syria and Somalia, are several
pregnant women, elderly and sick persons, small children and even a
five-mmonth-old baby with severe health issues. Basic medical aid is
provided by the Doctors of the World. The coast guard and the police
keep even vulnerable persons such as families, children, pregnant women
for days imprisoned. Additionally Syrian nationals who according to a
decision of the Ministry of Citizen Protection are not to be imprisoned
anymore remain at least some days behind the bars.
Even a 5-month-old baby

On Lesvos since two months the coast guard arrests the refugees on land
and on sea, detains them for a few days in the fenced open area inside
the port, makes a first registration and then transfers them either to
the local police station or to a detention camp in Chios or elsewhere in
Greece. The police then issues after an uncertain period of time between
some hours and up to months a detention and a deportation decision
against each refugee.

more than two women advanced in pregnancy

Not knowing where to put the refugees other than inside the fenced port
area or in the filthy cells of the police station, the arriving refugees
are pushed around from one detention place to the other, from one island
to the other or even to the mainland. Currently the detention centre of
Chios where many of the in Lesvos arrested had been transferred to has
also passed its capacity (of 100). No one can tell who will stay for how
much time in detention. At the same time there are unaccompanied minors
imprisoned in different police stations of the island who will soon
reach one month behind the bars because they wait for a place in a
specialised reception centre. Such a place exists in Agiasos, a mountain
village on the island, but instead of offering refuge to the children in
prison, the government has cut the funding, the centre is since two
months without staff and the 60 hosted minors are trying to survive now
without any food.

Meanwhile tourists arrive from Aivalik in Turkey and look at the
destitute refugees

Meanwhile BBC published yesterday an article according to which the
Greek authorities push-back illegally refugees and migrants to the
Turkish side in Evros but also seemingly in the Aegean denying them
thereby the right to access to the territory
and as such to asylum in Europe. Even more, the alleged push-backs put
the lives of the refugees in risk of death.
Yesterday while the coast guard was repairing a rubber boat just next to
the refugees who were sitting in the sun some boys from Afghanistan
asked with fear in their eyes:

“They are not going to return us back with that boat to Turkey, are they?”

Despite the great efforts of the local activists in welcoming the new
arriving refugees with all possible means in PIKPA and outside of it,
the government obviously has not the intention to invest in this project
and to create hospital and open welcoming centres. On the contrary it is
creating a constantly growing detention and deportation regime with new
and bigger prisons, growing repression, higher fences and hidden
deportations on the border.

Everyone asks: When will we be free?

P.S. A remark towards the Frontex boat and staff that is currently in
operation on Lesvos: How exactly is Frontex with its fundamental rights
approach reacting to the obvious degrading detention conditions and the
alleged push-backs? As proudly presented the high technology and
expertise assumingly allows the “experts” from the European Agency to
see everything that is going on on the border. Doesn’t it? IF not
actively part of the system isn’t there at least a responsibility of
cognisance and thus a complicity?

Europe is not only present with its flag but also with Frontex

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