It is this resistance to the repression against immigrant lives that triggered the prosecutions in this case.
The arrests in the case took place weeks after the events, and were not random as in the case of the #moria35. Among the prosecuted is a well known migrant who has been organizing and assisting people to claim their rights for over a year. Mohamadou, who has received asylum, did not remain a passive observer of the situation and the treatment which he and other people were receiving. Instead he tried to change things and empower his fellow immigrants. As one of the representatives for the Mali community, he attended meetings, discussed with people in the camp responsible for conditions and the asylum procedure, and organized along with other actors. It seems like that he is being punished for this role in organizing the migrants community and raising awareness of the dehumanizing treatment immigrants receive when they reach Lesvos.
The message behind this specific prosecution is that all the parts of the machine of Moria are essential for its function and continuity, and that no resistance will be tolerated. Nor the place of the migrants which is to passively accept what has been planned for them nor the role of the NGO’s which is encircled inside this detention – centered system. And in order to ensure that, the responsible of the camp, the police, the prosecutors, try to make sure that every effort of the immigrants to organize and protest against any part of this machine, will be crushed.
We have witness this kind of counterinsurgency politics before, as state repression has been a tool against our struggles in everyday life. Confronting these series of prosecutions we are gonna stand in solidarity with the people that face the encriminilization of their lives and make sure that they don;t stand alone against this machine that is called European migration Policy.