Dosta nasilja i represije!

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Pripadnici KIRS-a, žandarmerije, policije u uniformi i civilu rasteruju ljude koji su se sklonili od kiše ispod krova parkinga

Svakodnevna represija u parkovima

Delegacija proterivača, na prvom mestu komesarijat za izbeglice (koji može biti nazvan i „komesarijatom protiv izbeglica“) žandarmerija, gradska policija i policija u civilu, svako veče i svako jutro dolazi na mesta gde se ljudi sklanjaju ne bi li odspavali koji sat, i poteruje ih. Bilo je slučajeva kada je policija koristila silu da bi „sklonila“ ljude sa mesta , gde su mirno spavali ili odmarali. Neki od zaposlenih Komesarijata su izjavili kako su oni na“ istom nivou kao i policija”, time priznali pravu prirodu svog posla. U mnogim slučajevima se pokazalo agresivno i sadističko ponašanje zaposlenih Komesarijata koji su već mesecima na misiji da uznemiravaju, proteruju ljude i pozivaju policiju na intervencije.

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O sadističkom ponašanju i iživljavanju nad ljudima svedoči i slučaj od pre par dana kada je zaposlenik Komesarijata tokom proterivanja bacio zemlju u hranu koju je grupa ljudi pripremala.

Prema svedočenju ljudi, svojim ponašanjem se najviše ističe radnik Komesarijata sa fotografije, koji  prilazi ljudima dok odmaraju i udara ih baterijskom lampom  koju stalno drži u ruci i šutira ljude dok spavaju. Naravno ovaj pojedinac je samo odraz sistema koji mu daje moć da zlostavlja ilegalizovane, verujemo da nema “dobrih” i “loših” sluga represivnog državnog aparata,  ali je važno da se zna ko je trenutno izvršitelj naredbi. Dokumentujte i intervenišite u slučaju da ste svedok nasilja i proterivanja!

Dosta je pogledati video snimak koji su ljudi snimili u kampu u Krnjači, i biće  jasno zašto ljudi ne žele da borave na tim mestima. Pored toga što tridesetoro ljudi spava u istoj sobi i da nema hrane  ljudima se uskraćuje sloboda kretanja. Ljudi se zaključavaju, da bi izašli moraju često preskakati ogradu.

 

Svaki logor koji nosi naziv  “izbeglički kamp”, “prihvatni centar” itd. je vrsta zatvora. Razlike su samo u nivou militarizacije te institucije. To su koncentracioni logori današnjice,  ona postoje da bi ljude držali u izolaciji pod kontrolom, istovremeno ti zatvori su biznis za državu i njene institucije.

“ To što bi ljudi (ako ih ne bi maltretirali) radije spavali u ruševinama i parkovima, dovoljno govori o tome da bi se trebalo preispitati šta nije u redu u kampovima. “ ( otac četvoro dece, trenutno zaglavljen u Srbiji)

U noći 13.-14. avgusta, tek što su stigli, 150 osoba je izbačeno iz kampa “Krnjača”, pa su ljudi bili prinuđeni da hodaju nazad do Beograda. To se desilo nakon što su isti ti ljudi bili naterani od strane policije i komerasrijata da napuste parkove i da idu u kamp, jer „im je tamo mesto“. Ova besmislena, apsurdna politika jeste politika straha i nasilja.

Park je za sve!

Kao intervencija lokalnog stanovništva na sve veću represiju i državnu propagandu, u nedelju se održalo solidarno druženje pod nazivom „Park je za sve!“ . Pored kulturnog i zabavnog programa poput performansa, izložbi, kreativnih radionica, pravljenja banera i filmskih projekcija, ideja okupljanja je bila da se ukaže na to da se lokalno stanovništvo i ljudi koji su zaglavljeni zbog represivnog graničnog režima suočavaju sa istim problemima; policijske represije i sistematskog nasilja. Jedan od simbola represije su narandžaste plastične ograde u parkovima, zbog kojih prostor koji bi trebao da bude javni i za sve nas postao leglo novih ograda.

 

Push-backovi iz Hrvatske

Zbog prevelikog policijskog nasilja i opasnosti na granici sa Mađarskom, ljudi su u potrazi za drugim rutama. Međutim, pošto se represivni sistem migracione politike EU primenjuje svuda, ljudi se suočavaju sa istim nasiljem na svakoj granici. Mnogi su više puta vraćeni iz Hrvatske, njihovi zahtevi za azil su ignorisani, bez sudskog rešenja, samo su „ gurnuti „ nazad na drugu stranu granice, pojedine grupe su se vratile sa teškim telesnim povredama nanete od strane hrvatske granične policije. Neki su stigli čak do Slavonskog broda i Zagreba i vraćeni odatle.

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Testimony:brutal police violence on the hungarian side behind the fence

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Svedočenje: Brutalna policijska represija na Mađarskoj granici

(razgovor se desio 6. avgusta, 2016 u Beogradu)

“ Prešli smo granicu 2. avgusta između 2:30 i 3 ujutro, bilo nas je oko 20 u grupi. Nismo daleko odmakli od ograde, svega oko pola kilometara, kada nas je uhapsila mađarska policija. Došli su sa 5 – 6 policijskih vozila. Znali smo da ne smemo bežati, nismo ni pokušali, samo smo seli na zemlju. Tukli su nas na najbrutalniji način. Nas dvoje smo bili najviše izloženi nasilju, jer smo izgledali fizički jači i stariji od ostalih. Neki policajci su nosili crne fantomke, i nismo im mogli videti lica. Osetio se miris alkohola i po tome smo znali da su pijani. Tukli su nas sa metalno- gumenim palicama, koristili su suzavac i pustili  policijske pse na nas. Toliko su nas pekle oči da nismo videli koliko njih nas udara. Razbili su mi glavu, mnogo sam krvario. Pokušavao sam im reći da prestanu ali su nastavili da me udaraju još jače i šutnuli me nogom u grudi.

Bili su pijani, konstantno su se smejali, uživali u nasilju. Rekli su nam da smo teroristi. Smejanje i udaranje, smejanje i udaranje. Nismo se više mogli micati.

Kad im je bilo dovoljno, onda su nas gurnuli u kola i vratili do Horgoša. Šutnuli su nas kroz jedna mala vrata koja se nalaze na ogradi. Tako smo se našli u ranim jutarnjim satima u improvizovanom kampu u Horgošu. Nismo bili u stanju da se pokrećemo. Trebao je nam ceo dan da bi se dovukli pešice do Subotice. Izgubili smo sav novac, vozač autobusa je odbio da nas poveze. Možda se uplašio, bili smo skroz krvavi. Bilo nam je jako teško hodati. Kolima je samo 15 minuta do Subotice ali je nama trebao celi dan, jer smo se jako sporo kretali. Niko nam nije želeo pomoći.

Nakon što su nam neki ljudi kupili kartu za voz, vratili smo se u Beograd. Lekari iz parka su nas odveli u bolnicu. To je bilo pre 4 dana. Još uvek me sve boli, noćima ne spavam od bolova. “

Napomena: Ograda se u celini nalazi na mađarskoj teritoriji, dakle na teritoriji EU, gde bi trebali da važe zakoni EU (koliko licemerni bili). Važno je to naglasiti, jer iz legalne perspektive to znači da za ovakvo brutalno nasilje državnih službi poput gore opisanog i mnogih drugih slučajeva, nisu odgovorni samo mađarske vlasti nego i oni u Briselu , Berlinu, Parizu… Upravo oni koji su podržali i finansirali militarizaciju te i ostalih granica.

Testimonies of two people who experienced brutal police violence on the Serbian-Hungarian border

This is only one of many similar cases of violent police attacks on people at the border. It seems that this kind of  incidents have become “normal”, at least it is not specially mentioned. As always when it comes to violence from the side of police and the state its not being discussed. The systematic character of beating people up is not put in question while somebody who is objecting this violence, is treated as a “public enemy”, called “terrorist”, called whatever .

We are asking ourselves about the purpose of this kind of documentation and publishing , obviously there are so many cases but no public debate on how to change it.

The talk happened on the 6th of August 2016, in Belgrade.

“ It was on the 2nd of August between 2.30-3 AM at night, we were about 20 persons in the group, we reached only half km away from the fence on the Hungarian side, we were caught by the hungarian police. They came with 5-6 police cars, we knew that we should not run, we did not try to run away, just sat down. They beat us very badly, the two of us got beaten up the most, because the other guys were younger and physically weaker. Some of the police was wearing black phantom masks, we could feel from the smell of alcohol that they were drunk. They were beating us with rubber-iron sticks, pepper-spray a nd leashing dogs on us. Our eyes were burning, we even could not see how many of them were beating us. They broke my head, i was blooding, i tried to tell them to stop it, but they beat me even more, and kicked me into my chest.

They were drunk, they were laughing constantly, having fun, and telling us that we are terrorists. Beat and laugh, beat and laugh. We could not move at all.

When they got enough of fun, they pushed us into a car, and brought us back to Horgos. There was a small door on the fence, they kicked us back through that door. We found ourselves in the Horgos camp, it was early morning, we could not walk. It took us the whole day to get back to Subotica by foot. We lost all of our money, the bus driver did not want to take us. We were all in blood, maybe he was afraid to let us in. It was very hard, it’s just 15min by car but we walked very slowly the whole day, nobody wanted to help us.

After some people got us a ticket and we came back to Belgrade. The doctors from the park took me to the hospital. It was 4 days ago, i am still all in pain, can’t sleep at night, from the pain and from the stress. “

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End of the hunger strike, people transferred to camps

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written by a self-organized international solidarity group

Yesterday, July 29, about 120 people that were on hunger strike for 5 days as a sign of protest against the border regime were lifted by the police. Most of them  are now in one of the asylum centers in Banja Koviljaca, on the Bosnian border.

The hunger strikers were considered as a security problem for the border area; the police firstly dissuaded the strikers to carry on with their protest  and after removed them from the area. Beside total exhaustion and serious health issues,  there was a  big pressure on them to stop the strike, but as it was checked out, force was not applied during the transfer. People agreed to get into the buses.                                 We know that on the 27th of July 26 migrants left Belgrad to join the group of hunger strikers in Horgos; actually they never arrived in Subotica. Probably they were rejected,we are waiting to get some news from them.

It would not be the first time that the authorities try to silence the protests by sending people away, splitting them in smaller groups and apparently putting  them to isolated places.

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Statement of one of the hungerstrikers at the serbian-hungarian border

 Why did you decide to start a hunger strike?

“You know, its a global issue, the issue of refugees, there are now 3800 refugees here in Serbia, most of them are in the parks and in the streets, most of them covering somewhere, and many of them they live in camps, they have applied for asylum and they are waiting. In a legal process that is initiated by the Hungarian government on daily bases they receive 15 people from Horgoš camp and 15 people from Kelebija. To the issue of entering is very much slow when looking at the huge number of refugees although there is tough security system in Bulgaria and over here at the Hungarian border as well.

Personally I think that there are certain powerful nations that have turned a blind eye towards them (the refugees), I think they are fleeing their responsibility because whenever there is a crisis there is the responsibility to come forward and address the challenge. The world is sliding towards intolerance, insecurity is on the rise, people are being divided even if the the issue is the same: there is the few ones who want to create chaos, and they are winning the war. They are just few ones, and we are billions. Humans. And if they succeed in creating ruptures, intolerance , hatred, it means that this planet will no more remain a beautiful place and a secure place and in that case we will not be in the position to give a beautiful and peaceful tomorrow for our children.

When I came to Belgrade and saw that the refugees are stuck here, waiting under the sun to pick up some , I asked myself , for how long it will remain like this? There have been many people there, sitting and discussing the situation. It was my first day and I got interested and gave my ideas for what we should do. I thought doing something together is the only way from which we could successfully deliver the message: by creating fences we will not achieve anything in Europe. Its a kind of escape. Why not to stop wars?why not to stop violence? By stopping wars and violence , you can successfully address this issue instead of creating new fences or buying someones loyalty in the sense of “Ok, dont let them enter to your territory” and taking money for that. Turkey and Bulgaria are also having a business with this.The refugee crisis has become an operative sector these days.

So our second objective was: to show to the world, what the real troubles of the refugees are, when they leave their countries of origin and come through the “jungles” walking for days and nights, what we actually go through. They are beaten, jailed, dogs are unleashed on them, their money is snatched, and they are ordered to go back by foot. So this is something , we feel, its totally out of the sight of the world. Because journalists can not go to the jungles , or they have no access, or they are not allowed, I don’t know what is the reason. So because of inaccessibility something was hidden from the eyes of the world.Personally I did not eat anything for 2 days and 2 nights when I was in Bulgaria, only a bottle of water was offered to me. I was not even allowed to go out for urination, I had to urinate inside the prison. Inside my home country I was considered by the security forces a criminal because I had spoken out against the policies of the state. But why a person should be treated like a criminal when he was fleeing violence and war? The third object is: they have to rewrite, rethink, refugee policies. Because by creating just fences you are dividing the beautiful world and this is not a solution.”

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Did someone come from the official side to talk to you for negotiations?

“We were told that somebody would come tomorrow, but nobody knows who that man is and what kind of capacities he or she has. Until now we were only in contact with the serbian commissariat and they kept asking us , what is your plan, what is your next step? They just appeared for a few minutes and then left.                                                                 Millions of dollars are creating fences and tightening security. So we can not just come and say “open the door”. This is not my uncles house. You know, I can not force anybody. I dont want any anger from a third country. When I am in a secure position, lets say I am settled somewhere, working as a journalist, then I am in the position that I can again take the hammer and start to criticize the policies . But given our position, we can just ask to have a second look at your policies. If the people could chose, they would not come this route. They would come by planes.                                                                                                     What we need today is unity, solidarity , love and peace.”

The talk happened on 28th of July 2016.

 

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Horgoš-hunger strike updates

27.07.2016.

On the 5th day of the hunger strike, 4  people had  a collapse and were brought to hospital. Three of them are back in the hunger strike now, one person is still in the hospital because of heart problems.

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Yesterday the Commissariat and the minister for social policy  tried to persuade people to put their names on a list, promising them a possibility to wait for a legal entry to Hungary. This option was also offered  to people  in the parks in Belgrade in the recent days without any further explanation. The base of this offer is very questionable, specially after the latest statement of Orban, where he said that hungary does not need a single migrant..

Apart from the demand for freedom of movement, there is the new demand that the hungerstrikers-camp, should be recognized as a third camp (apart from Horgos camp and Kelebija camp) from where a certain number of people per day can enter Hungary legally.

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The atmosphere is very tense due to the hard conditions, still a big number of people is confident and want to continue the strike until they reach their goals.

More police is around in the area where the hungerstrikers are located. There are all in all 3 cars, and a empty police van, that can transport a high number of people. Since the spot is in a border zone where a special permission is needed, people in solidarity might be controlled when they approach the hungerstrikers . Be persistent and creative!

Lets spread the spirit of solidarity, understanding the hard conditions of the struggle of the hungerstrikers. As for us there is no solution “inside” of the system, but we need to reach freedom with the abolition of borders and capital. Locals and migrants – unite the struggle!

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 video: http://rs.n1info.com/a180346/Vesti/Vesti/Horgos-treci-dan-strajka.html


Petog dana štrajka glađu, četvoro ljudi je kolapsiralo i bilo odvedeno u bolnicu. Nakon tretmana, troje ih se vratilo u štrajk, jedna osoba je i dalje u bolnici zbog slabog rada srca.

Juče su predstavnici Komesarijata za izbeglice i ministar za socijalna pitanja  nagovarali ljude da se potpišu na spisak čekanja, obećavajući im mogućnost legalnog ulaska u Mađarsku. Isti pritisak je proteklih dana vršen i na ljude u parkovima u Beogradu, bez dodatnog objašnjenja o kakvoj proceduri se radi. Osnovanost ove “ponude” je veoma sumnjiva, pogotovo nakon poslednje izjave Orbana, da Madjarska ne želi primiti ni jednog jedinog migranta.

Pored opšteg zahteva za slobodu kretanja za sve, novi zahtev ljudi koji su učestvovali u protestnom maršu i nakon toga krenuli u štrajk glađu je da  njihova grupa bude prihvaćena kao treći “kamp” (pored Horgoša i Kelebije) iz kog bi određen broj ljudi svakodnevno mogao legalno ući u Mađarsku. Atmosfera je veoma napeta zbog ekstremnih uslova, ali ipak i dalje veliki broj ljudi istraje da nastavi štrajk do ispunjenja zahteva.

Prisustvo policije (24 h) je povećano na poljani gde ljudi štrajkuju. Putnički autobus, nekoliko policijskih kola i marica  su u pripravnosti za transport većeg broja ljudi. Pošto se lokacija nalazi u takozvanoj graničnoj zoni, ljudi koji žele izraziti  solidarnost svojim prisustvom mogu biti legitimisani i uklonjeni. Budite istrajni i kreativni u nalaženju načina uspostavljenja komunikacije sa ljudima u protestu.

Za nas ne postoji rešenje unutar sistema, zato je potrebno da se izborimo za slobodu, ukidanjem granica i monopola kapitala. Neka se širi duh solidarnosti! Lokalno stanovništvo i migranti– ujedinjeni u zajedničkoj borbi!

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Horgoš-Hungerstrike –SOLIDARITY NOW!

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As it happened many times  before in the history of the self-organized migrant struggle we are witnessing another hunger strike,  this time at one of the most militarized borderzones in Europe: the serbian-hungarian border.

After the march from Belgrade to Horgos,  about 140 person went on hunger strike, as they see no other way how to protest against the imperialist wars for profit that is affecting peoples lives all over the globe,  and  against the war which the EU conducts against migrants. The protesters told us, that they are doing the strike for all people who are in a similar situation, and not only for themselves to cross the border. Unfortunately there is not much media coverage, specially not about the political demands .

The people on hungerstrike refuse to take food , tents or any protection from the sun, staying on an open field without any shadow not far from the tents of the people who are waiting to enter the transit zone. Four person was already brought to hospital because of collapse, due to the extreme conditions. After the very hot weather, the whole area was flooded  by heavy rain.
As they said they don’t need items, tents and water, the only thing they are asking for is a powerful solidarity  from all sides to avoid the ignorance of their struggle.  Showing physical presence in a common protest on the location is welcomed.
Spread the  voice!

published on:26.07.2016.


Kroz istoriju samoorganizovane borbe migranata i ljudi bez papira mnogo puta je štrajk glađu, kao forma političke borbe, bio način da se podigne glas protiv represije vlasti, rasističkih zakona, tlačenja aparthejdskih režima, kao i da se uputi poziv na solidarnost i zajedničko  delovanje.

Trenutno smo svedoci još jedne takve borbe, na najmilitarizovanijoj granici u Evropi, između Srbije i Mađarske, kod graničnog prelaza Horgoš.

Posle protestnog marša koji je krenuo iz Beograda 22.07. oko 140 ljudi je počelo štrajk glađu čim su stigli do granice. Ovim protestom žele da pozovu društvo na delovanje protiv imperijalističkih ratova kojima se zarad profita razaraju životi širom planete, kao i protiv rata koji EU vodi protiv migranata. Kao posledica migracione politike EU, potpuno militarizovanih granica i brutalnog nasilja, veliki broj ljudi je zaglavljeno u Srbiji i širom Evrope, u nemogućnosti da nastavi svoj put.

Ljudi koji su se odlučili za štrajk glađu kažu da to rade radi svih koji se nalaze u sličnoj situaciji, a ne samo da bi njihova grupa prešla granicu. Na žalost medijska popraćenost je slaba, pogotovo što se tiče političkih zahteva. Mediji su željni dramatičnih situacija (kao da ih nema inače dovoljno), fotografija ljudi koji su u stanju kolapsa itd., a politička analiza, izveštavanje o policijskom i državnom nasilju po običaju izostaju.

Ljudi odbijaju uzimanje hrane, šatora ili bilo kakve zaštite od sunca. Smestili su se na otvorenu poljanu bez i jednog drveta, spavaju na zemlji, ispod otvorenog neba, trpeći jako sunce i ledene pljuskove. Četvoro ljudi je već kolapsiralo zbog ekstrmnih uslova i prebačeno je u bolnicu.

Ističu da ne žele vodu, šatore, materijalne stvari, jedino što traže je jaka solidarnost sa svih strana, i da njihova borba ne bude ignorisana. Poželjno bi bilo lično prisutsvo svih nas u zajedničkom protestu kao i svaki drugi vid solidarnosti.

Svi smo rođeni slobodni.

 

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Increasing repression, eviction of the parks in Belgrade, self-organized march to Horgoš

The same “divide and conquer”-rhetoric which is repeated all the time all over Europe and the World – blaming migrants for all the problems that are in fact caused by the neoliberal, capitalist, class divided society- recently got an intensified attention in Serbia too.                                                                                                                                                                              In the past weeks, it seems the government has no other concern but “the migrants”, people who are stuck in Serbia because of the the intensified border-control politics of EU. The “security” of the nation state has become one of the main topics now. As usually, this discourse is used to mask the real, bad situation in the region and to shift the focus of the local population. Apart from general apathy and the lack of  dignified life for most of the population, protests against gentrification and the absurd promises of politicians increased the mistrust in state and government structures. Here is where “the other” has to be blamed , this kind of arguments should cover the misery that the government and their business partners keep on creating.                                                                                           The prime minister of the provisional government of Serbia Vučić stated that “ the country won’t be a parking place for those who the EU does not accept” , and that sans papiers wont be tolerated.

 Eviction of the parks in Belgrade

Right after the announcement of the cooperation between the army and the police to militarize the border with Macedonia and Bulgaria, increased repression can be noticed in the whole country. For months now, between 200 and 600 people stay in the parks of the capital city. People don’t want to go to isolated, overcrowded places, they say the conditions are better in the parks then in the camps.

In a case when a young Afghan boy was hit by a police officer on his head last week in the park next to the train station, all the present NGO-workers ignored it.This incident shows that there is in fact constant police violence, direct one apart from the usual structural, systematic violence .

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The park in Belgrade after the eviction

Just like it happened last year, the authorities use indirect ways to remove people from public spaces and make them invisible. One of the parks was “ cleaned” and barricades were put on, so “ people can’t damage the green areas”, actually this way they were forced to leave the park. Today (25.07.) the same operation started in the so called “Afghan park” too. Random police controls, checking of documents have increased.

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” The action for green areas “

Self-organized march towards the Hungarian border

On the 22.07 few hundred people started marching from Belgrade towards Horgoš border crossing, demanding the end of the violence of the border regime and free movement. The march came as a form of protest of people who got stuck in Serbia for longer time, many of them experienced police brutality, violent attacks and push backs from Hungary but also increased repression in Serbia.                                                                                                                                                They were very badly equipped for the march and walked almost without any support.

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People arrived to Novi Sad

As it was expected the police and their closest partner, the High Commissariat for refugees used all possible ways to divide the people and make the march appear as something that was prepossessed from the outside. They tried to convinced people to go back to the camps or to take a train and go forward in smaller groups. According to the information we got (not confirmed yet), some people were brought back to the Macedonia border – while thinking the buses would bring them to camps – and they might be pushed back.

Yesterday night ( 24.07) about 130 people arrived to Horgoš and went on hunger strike, demanding the end of police violence against them and free movement. Now the number of hunger strikers grew to 141 people, including  people from many different countries of origin. They are located 500m from the other 600 people who are waiting to enter the transit zone. Police forces and commissariat staff is “securing” the hunger strike. There is contact with the protesting people over the phone. They urgently need independent (!) medical assistance, charging for phones, water, and forms of direct solidarity for their cause.

video: http://rs.n1info.com/a179742/Vesti/Vesti/Migranti-strajkuju-gladju-na-Horgosu.html

 

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