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We demand the immediate decongestion of Greek islands! No more refugee detention camps!

Youth of Greek SYRIZA Party stands on the side of refugees trapped between the Greek-Turkish border, demands Greek government to respect the international law and requests to show solidarity for immigrants and refugees. CPF's youth organisation Communist Youth of Finland supports the resolution and publishes it in English and Finnish.


Within the past weeks, the increasing number of refugee and migrant waves that Turkey is forwarding towards Greece -used to apply geopolitical pressure on the EU- has created a crucial and tense refugee crisis situation. This comes after years inadequate handling of the refugee crisis by the EU especially the 2016 “EU – Turkey Joint Statement” which turned Turkey into a key actor on the management of the crisis.


The complete absence of a solution plan by the right- wing and conservative Greek government, has resulted to thousands of human lives trapped between the Greek-Turkish border in Evros and hounded in islands, especially in Lesvos.


The government expects that the adoption of the “deterrence” doctrine and the construction of detention camps will limit the number of refugee waves at a time when numerous refugees are trying to cross the borders risking their lives.


Disgraceful pictures and videos from Evros and Lesvos appear on the news worldwide. Thousands of people, packed, seeking a chance to get to Greece are being attacked by the police.


Thousands of people, packed, seeking a chance to get to Greece are being attacked by the police.

“Indignant citizens” holding a profoundly racist and fascist stance, execrate against refugees. Such citizens, self-appointing themselves as border control officials are blocking pathways for refugees not allowing them (many of them being children) to make it on land safe. There are already reports about the death of two refugees and attacks from these far right groups patrolling next to Evros.


Barricades are being installed surrounding the Moria refugee camp to prevent new asylum seekers from approaching it while right wing extremists from Europe are arriving in the island and complicit in violent attacks against antifascists and members of NGOs supporting refugees. These latest events are defined by racism and hatred poisoning the Greek society.


Refugees should be protected in a way that is in accordance with international law, a commitment not respected by the Greek government which denies the right to apply for asylum to refugees. The government and the absence of a clear plan carry the responsibility for this tragedy.


The government and the absence of a clear plan carry the responsibility for this tragedy.

We request that all solidarity groups, community organizations, the youth and all the progressive citizens committed to the idea of democracy, stand with refugees and asylum seekers with empathy and solidarity.


Let’s end this far-right tragedy! We ask for your support and further publication of our message!


We stand united with all migrants and refugees!


Youth of SYRIZA

Communist Youth of Finland supporting this resolution


Photo: European Left