Solidarity with the 300 Migrants Hunger Strikers in Greece

Migrant workers come to developed countries hoping to survive, or escape from political and social persecution, but they fall prey to wild exploitation, and today they are the first to experience the consequences of the current economic and social crisis.

The 300 hundred migrant workers who are on hunger strike in Athens and Thessaloniki have been living and working in Greece for years. However, they are deprived of basic rights of the Greek workers; they have no right to free movement, to decent terms of employment, to health insurance, to personal dignity, to life as such!

We express our support to their struggle for human dignity and basic civil rights. Elementary social justice dictates to legalize migrant workers and abrogate their penal and bureaucratic persecution.

As KSU we pledge our solidarity in your courageous struggle for dignity and justice. For a world without borders, and freedom of movement for all.

-The political establishment and mainstream media in Greece have already started putting pressure to the migrants’ struggle and to those in solidarity.

It is urgent to vow now the broadest support possible!

Below the call for signatures.

Those that wish to sign are welcome to send their name and profession in the following address:

Solidarity to the struggle of the 300 hunger strikers

How many times do they have to risk their lives in order to confirm their and our existence?

In order to have the right to live with dignity and hope, in a country that seeks for scapegoats in those who are the most vulnerable and weak.

For the migrant who, with his/her own blood, his/her poorly paid work and his/her creativity, make the country’s economic machine move on.

For those who’re seeking for freedom and fleeing from neediness, war or some other short of –peaceful– occupation, cross the borders in search of a better life.

For the migrants who lost their lives at the national borders of the European countries, for the 13.000 certified victims of the security doctrine since 1993 and the thousands of persons still missing.

For the migrants’ children who from their early age grow with legal and social constraints and exclusions.

In order to bring forward and establish to the common consciousness, as struggle and cause, the joint social interests of Greeks and migrants who produce the social wealth in every short of services, in constructions, in factories, in the fields, in domestic works — as well as the common social interests of the unemployed people.

For the reasons mentioned above and other unmentioned here:

– We express our solidarity to the 300 migrants, hunger strikers

– We demand the unconditional legalization for all migrants

– We support the migrants’ demands for equal political and social rights and duties with the Greek workers

January 2011

Solidarity Assembly to the Migrants Hunger Strikers

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  1. Announcement-response to the government’s proposal, after the meeting (of the immigrants-workers hunger strikers) with the ministers:

    1. We hunger strikers, from the places of our strike in Athens and Thessaloniki and from hospitals, unanimously reject the government’s proposal for a regime of tolerance, because it does not respond to our claim for legalization with freedom of movement, work-based renewal and all other rights that legal immigrants have in Greece and Europe.

    2. We reject the request of the minister of Health to transfer all Athens’ hunger strikers to hospitals due to weather conditions’ worsening. As we have done for 39 days with cold and floods, we continue the hunger strike in Hypatia building (Patission Ave, and Ipirou Str.), and of course those who are in critical condition will be transfered to hospitals under our doctors’s orders.

    3. We stress once again that the nationwide hunger strike is our struggle, that we take the decisions on all issues, and we demand the lies and slander to be stopped.

    The 300 hunger strikers in Athens and Thessaloniki, 4 March 2011

    The link to the blog of the hunger strikers:

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