Refugees seeking to travel to the UK demonstrate in the centre of Calais. ‘“Fortress Europe” ensures that those outside the EU cartel of nations are subject to vicious discrimination if they are lucky, and drowning in the Mediterranean if they are not.’ Photograph by Sean Smith for the Guardian
The miserable farce of David Cameron’s “renegotiation” of Britain’s membership of the EU has only served to underline the regressive and undemocratic nature of that institution (Report, 16 February). We know from extreme austerity enforced on the people of Greece that the union is not only undemocratic in itself but also anti-democratic in the profound sense that its institutions will not allow the democratically expressed view of the majority of people to stand if it runs counter to the free market project.
I woke up this morning to the shocking news of a shooting incident in Nea Manolada in which over 30 people were injured, several seriously. The victims were all migrant workers mainly from Bangladesh who work in the strawberry fields in the area. The workers had gathered (allegedly) to demand wages that had been unpaid for 6 months when they were shot at by at least one of the three Greek supervisors.
This is not the first time this area has been in the news:
Manolada has been at the center of cases involving violence against migrant workers a number of times in recent years. Last year, two Greek men were arrested for beating a 30-year-old Egyptian, jamming his head in the window of a car door and dragging him for around one kilometer.
I am speechless at the moment as to how to respond. It sounds so much like an incident that would happen in South Africa or a developing country… not in Europe. How have we come to this ? (more…)
Portraits of Greece in Crisis is a series of independent and self-funded mini-documentaries about the Greek crisis. An ongoing project that was created in order to fulfill the need for an alternative crisis narrative, against an unprecedented big media propaganda.
Portraits of people through the daily routine of which the Greek crisis is being described, portraits of institutions that are collapsing and of conceptions that are being distorted during a crisis that is economic, political, cultural, moral and social.
In essence, Portraits of Greece in Crisis is a project that films the experiment executed upon Greece; a registration of today, that tomorrow will turn into a historical documentation of the crisis.
Five portraits have been released, until now. They describe the issues of unemployment, social state’s failure, resurgent fascism and xenophobia, as long as citizens’ efforts for self-organization against collapsing constitutions. The project aims to cover as widely as possible crisis’ spectrum in every corner of Greece and beyond.
The portrait “Kialo Amadu, minor immigrant in Athens”, one of the most popular films of the project, approaches the particularly sensitive issue of racism in a country which is forced into poverty. Kialo talks about his life in Athens and describes the real “danger” of a society, where compassion and solidarity are replaced by racism and xenophobia. (more…)