Statement by hunder striker Arash Hampay

first published here

It is the 29th day of #KozhinHussein and #BahroozArash’s hunger strike in the prison of Moria. Today is my 28th day of hunger strike in Mytilini square. We are on hunger strike to protest the wide spread injustice being carried out in Europe against the ‘refugeless’ refugees.
I doubt you have made an effort to give a thought to the events that unfolded here two days ago when 200 riot police invaded Moria Camp at 6 o´clock in the morning. They targeted the people who did not have their ‘ausweiss’ for whatever reason. They targeted people who had been rejected in their intervews. They targeted people who they suspected of being involved in the demonstrations. These people were all arrested and sent to prison. I have heard that there are 18 African women among the people who were deported. They were all sent to the detention center. I do not know if you saw the pictures I posted a few days ago. I photographed some children who are victims of the war. They were only half dressed, dressed from the wait down. They did not look clean. They were working. They were picking up garbage from the ground. There was a child among them carrying a wheelbarrow in front of the staff from EURO-RELIEF. I photographed them and published them on my social media. My social media has 20000 members. I wonder if you saw them or not. Did you know that they deport dozens of refugees everyday? These refugees who are VICTIMS OF THE WAR. Refugees who have fled from dictatorships and dangerous living conditions. Refugees who have sought refuge from you. Refugees who are being deported in complete silence by the police and the UN. Refugees who are deported without care for the security of their lives back in their respective countries. You have no excuse not to know about this as I have very carefully posted about these atrocities every day. These posts have been shared amongst my 20000 followers. However, only a handfull of people have reacted. Less than one hundred people have reacted. For me this shows how indifferent society has become. This is dangerous. This shows a lack of conscienceness and a lack of general morality in society. A society that is declining more and more everyday, where it is becoming totally indifferent and ignorant towards the injustice, the violence, the war, the humiliation, and the immorality.
While I feel that the water and the energy crisis are indeed threatening the world; the decline in morale, the indefference and the immorality of society is threatening our society even more.
Am I bullshitting? Yes that is true, I am indeed bullshitting. I have not eaten anything for 28 days. We have expected your protection but you have left us alone in prison, in a place of torture. I am well, but do not believe in this lie. If I was well I would not write about this suffering. Instead of suffering I would talk abundantly about the beauty of Greece and the picturesque Greek Islands.
My statements are all similar. My screams and my complaints are all similar to each other. I repeatedly say them. It is so tiring for both you and for me.
I do not feel that the water crisis and the energy crisis are as dangerous as the moral, indifference and ignorance crisis of the world.
I won´t talk any more about those things today. I would like to share some beautiful events that have occured in the last two days while on this touristic, mythological and civilised island.
Kozhin Hussein and Bahrooz Arash are in a very bad condition right now. In fact, they are in a very dangerous condition. Those two people need your attention now. The least you can do is publish their photo and the news you hear about them. This is the least an ally can do. Do whatever you like, be with them or don’t, demonstrate you solidarity with them or don’t. In any event we will press on in our loneliness. We will continue our dance with death untill the day Bahrooz and Kozhin are free. You can free them, or you can send three more people to their death by your own hand. We believe that it is better to die while standing upright, than living on our knees.
I remember my mother. My pureminded mother who said goodbye to me with an ease of mind. She said “Go, they respect human rights there. I am sure the people and the state won´t hurt you. They won´t imprison you or torture you”. That time you were wrong my dear mother, my beloved angel


Νεότερη ενημέρωση για την εξέλιξη της υπόθεσης των 35 διωκόμενων της Μόριας

Σύμφωνα με τους δικηγόρους των συλληφθέντων, έχει ήδη ξεκινήσει η μεταφορά των μεταναστών σε διάφορες φυλακές της ελλάδας. Υπενθυμίζουμε ότι από τους 35 συλληφθέντες μέχρι το Σάββατο 22/06 από τον ανακριτή είχαν περάσει 30 άτομα (σε προηγούμενη ενημέρωση είχε γραφτεί λανθασμένα 31). Από τους υπόλοιπους πέντε, οι τέσσερις δεν περάσανε επειδή δεν μπορούσε να βρεθεί διερμηνέας στη γλώσσα τους, και ο πέμπτος ήταν ο βαριά τραυματισμένος σενεγαλέζος που νοσηλευόταν στο νοσοκομείο. Λόγω της παρέλευσης του προβλεπόμενου χρόνου κράτησης για τη διενέργεια της απολογίας στον ανακριτή, για τους τέσσερις που δεν είχε βρεθεί ακόμα διερμηνέας διατάχθηκε η άρση της ποινικής τους κράτησης. Για τους δύο ωστόσο διατάχθηκε η διοικητική πλέον κράτησής τους, καθώς τα αιτήματα ασύλου τους είχαν απορριφθεί και σε δεύτερο βαθμό, και έτσι θα οδηγηθούν στο προαναχωρησιακό κέντρο κράτησης της Μόριας. Και για τους τέσσερις πάντως, παραμένει ανοιχτή η δικογραφία και θα πρέπει να παραστούν στον ανακριτή μόλις βρεθεί διερμηνέας. Ο Σενεγαλέζος, οδηγήθηκε σήμερα στον ανακριτή και μετά την απολογία του, αποφασίστηκε η δίωξη του με το σύνολο των κατηγοριών επίσης, παρόλα αυτά σε αντίθεση με όλους τους υπόλοιπους διατάχθηκε η άρση της κράτησής τους, με την επιβολή απλώς περιοριστικών όρων. Από τους 30 που είχαν περάσει τις προηγούμενες μέρες από τον ανακριτή, μέχρι τις προηγούμενες μέρες, 19 εξ αυτών έχουν οδηγηθεί στις φυλακές τους Κορυδαλλού και του Αυλώνα, και ακόμα δύο στις φυλακές Χίου.

Από μεγάλος μέρος των διωκόμενων έχουν κατατεθεί με τη βοήθεια των δικηγόρων τους, μηνύσεις για τους ξυλοδαρμούς τους από αστυνομικούς κατά τη διάρκεια της σύλληψής τους, αλλά και κατά την κράτησή τους στη Γενική Αστυνομική Διεύθυνση Λέσβου.



About the events of 18-07 in the Moria detention centre in Lesvos.

In English

A group of, predominantly African, migrants had announced since Monday 17-07 that they would start repeatedly protesting the prolonged delays in the examination of their asylum applications, as well as the horrid living conditions they face in the Moria detention centre. On Monday, the protest took the form of a sitting demonstration that blockaded the headquarters of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO). On Tuesday, while the sitting demonstration resumed, again outside the EASO headquarters, which led the service workers to leave their offices, the authorities pointed out the protesting immigrants as those responsible for the delay concerning the processing of the asylum applications to the migrants who were not taking part in the protest, turning the latter against the protesters. The quarreling between the two groups that ensued led to heightened tensions, and the protesting migrants walked out of the detention centre, blockading the road. During this protest, they once more faced the brutality of the police forces, who tried to remove them from the street chasing them to the inside of the centre and using tear gas and stun grenades. On their part, the migrants responded to this attack by throwing rocks, resulted to the initial retreat of the police forces, and to some damage to cars that were parked around the detention centre. Meanwhile, fire was started in order to set up roadblocks, some of which spread to the nearby olive fields. The police forces were amplified with more riot police and intervened in the centre’s interior, while at the same time two Petzetel-type firefighter planes threw water where fire had spread.



After the clashes, the police shut the centre’s entrance and started randomly going after migrants inside the centre. The migrants that were trapped inside faced the menace of the riot police who even barged inside the containers, indiscriminately and frantically beating anyone they run into, finally arresting 35 people, with skin colour as their sole criterion, since lots of African immigrants had been targeted. Many migrants are beaten, with people injured from straight shooting of tear gas among them, one of which has suffered a chest injury, and another one a leg injury. All the arrestees were led to the Lesvos Police Headquarters, where they were detained and, according to their testimonies, kept facing beating by the cops. While most of them were injured, only one of them was taken to the Mytilene hospital, where his hospitalisation was deemed necessary.


In the noon of 19-07, 34 of the migrants, except the one that was hospitalised, were taken to the prosecutor, under the threat of facing very serious charges. Most of them were barefoot with visible physical marks of the police beatings. All the while during the time they spent in court there was continued pressure from the accompanying cops for the migrants to blame one another, with promises of the dropping of charges, and even of lifting the restrictive terms of staying in Lesvos. All of the migrants denied the charges, and didn’t point anyone out as responsible. The legal representation of the migrants is taken up by lawyers of the Legal Centre Lesvos; however, due to the number of those persecuted and the size of their file (concerning their trial), representation from more lawyers is deemed necessary. The only witnesses for the persectuation that turned up were cops from the units that attacked the migrants. All the migrants face identical six charges which include resistance, disturbance of peace, attempt of serious body injury through cooperation against police officers, and prominent damage. The preliminary interrogation will take place on Friday and Saturday, 21-07 and 22-07 respectively.

Detention centres cannot be embellished through promises,

There are torn down through revolts


Solidarity with the persecuted immigrants



July 2017