Refugees shot on Lesbos (neues-deutschland.de)

Keeping distance is impossible: pictures from the refugee camp in Moria.

Keeping distance is impossible: pictures from the refugee camp in Moria.

Photo: Alea Horst / SOS Children’s Villages

Lesbos Island. Two asylum seekers have been shot in Lesbos. The two men, an Iranian and an Afghan, reported wounds to the Moria refugee camp’s infirmary late Wednesday evening, the camp said Thursday. They were taken to a local hospital. However, they were obviously not seriously injured.

The two men told the police that they had left the camp. Like all Greek refugee camps, Moria is currently not allowed to leave due to the pandemic. According to the Moria Corona Awareness Team, the men were shot by an unknown person about five kilometers from the camp. The attacker got away, the police have not yet given more information.

Infections with the corona virus had already been detected in two camps and in a hotel for migrants on the Greek mainland. There 150 people tested positive this week. So far, there have been no reported cases in the refugee camps on the islands. However, the authorities are not testing across the board. fhi / agencies

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47 refugee children landed in Hanover

They stayed in the overcrowded camps on the Greek islands for weeks, now 47 minors have arrived in Germany. Interior Minister Seehofer called on other EU countries to show solidarity.

The first 47 children and adolescents from several refugee camps on the Greek islands have arrived in Germany. As the Federal Ministry of the Interior announced in Berlin, the machine landed in the morning Hanover. The unaccompanied minors are now due to the Corona crisis initially be accommodated for a two-week quarantine in Lower Saxony.

Previously had federal interior ministers Horst Seehofer called on the other European countries to also accept unaccompanied minor refugees. “Germany keeps its word and shows solidarity,” said Seehofer of the “Bild am Sonntag”. “I expect our European partners to start implementing their commitments as soon as possible,” added the minister.

More children are to follow

The children come from the camps on the islands of Samos, Chios and Lesbos. The transfer was organized by the EU, the UN refugee agency UNHCR and the governments in Athens and Berlin, as the Ministry of Migration announced in Athens. 58 minors were supposed to come to Germany on Saturday, but for medical reasons their departure from Greece was delayed. But you should travel soon. A total of 1,600 unaccompanied minor refugees from Greece are to be brought to other EU countries in the coming weeks.

“Greece needs our support: to protect the EU’s external border, to improve the situation in local refugee camps and to protect the weakest,” said Seehofer. In the migration policy, order and humanity belonged together, according to the CSU politician.

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The Corona time bomb is ticking in the Greek migrant camps

Athens The northeast wind drove dark clouds on Friday from the Turkish coast over the island of Lesbos. Showers fell. As always, when it rains, the trails in the Moria refugee camp turned into mud deserts. The water flushes the garbage down into the valley, seeps into the tents, soaks blankets and mattresses. “We have to act before it is too late,” says Fotini Kokkinaki from the aid organization “HumanRights360”.

For years, helpers have drawn attention to the terrible conditions in which tens of thousands of people have to live in the migrant camps on the Greek Aegean Islands. Doctors kept warning about the risk of epidemics. The fear of the corona virus is now widespread in the camps. “If the virus arrives in the crowded camps, the consequences will be devastating,” Kokkinaki warns.
Curfews, closed schools, shops and restaurants: For weeks the Greek government has been fighting against the spread of the corona virus with new bans. However, the authorities initially paid little attention to the situation in the overcrowded migrant camps. The contagion drive there is particularly great because of the large spatial confinement in which people live.

So far, according to the government’s official statement in Athens, there are no known cases of infection in the migrant camps on the islands. But that says little, because there are no systematic tests at all.

The temperature is only measured for newcomers. According to official information from the end of this week, 40 703 residents live in the five so-called hotspots, the initial reception centers on the Aegean islands of Samos, Lesbos, Leros, Chios and Kos – crammed into camps that are designed to accommodate 8896 people.

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19 283 migrants live in the notorious Moria camp on Lesvos, with space for 2757 residents. Because the official warehouse built from residential containers has been overcrowded for years, an estimated 15,000 people, including many families with children, live in the adjacent olive groves. They pitched camping tents there or made slats, cardboard and plastic tarpaulins.

Experts fear that the virus has long been rampant in Moria and the other camps, even if it has not yet been detected. The Greek Ministry of Migration and Asylum is trying to ban the impending danger with a twelve-point plan.

Visits to the camps

This includes bans on visits to the camps. They also apply to employees of non-governmental organizations that used to play an important role in the care of people. The freedom of movement of the camp residents is also restricted.

So far, they could move freely on the islands. Now they are only allowed to leave the camps in small groups for shopping between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., but only one person per family.

Sports events and school lessons in the camps are discontinued. The sanitary facilities and common areas should be disinfected regularly. It is also planned to set up isolation stations. But it is difficult to imagine how this should be implemented in the chaotic camps.

With multilingual leaflets and loudspeaker announcements, the camp residents are informed about the precautions they can take to reduce the risk of infection. But the recommendation to keep your distance and avoid crowds of people must sound like a mockery to the camp residents.

You cannot avoid each other. Camp Vathy on Samos was built for 648 residents, but currently houses 7264 people. There are 816 places in the camp on Kos, but 2969 residents. The camp on Chios is five times overcrowded with 5363 residents.

Experts warn of uncontrollable conditions if the virus spreads in the camps. “Given the circumstances, it would be impossible to control the outbreak of the epidemic in the hotspots – thousands of lives would be in danger,” says Antigone Lyberaki of the aid organization Solidarity Now. “There is a time window to deal with the situation, but this window closes quickly.”

Government refuses to close camps

The human rights organization Human Rights Watch appealed to the government this week to immediately evacuate the island camps. The EU Commission asked Greece to take at least particularly vulnerable people, such as the elderly, the sick and families with children, from the overcrowded camps and to place them elsewhere on the islands.

The aid organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF), which tries to provide at least minimal medical care, especially for children, in the camps on Chios, Samos and Lesbos, demands a complete eviction: “The horrific living conditions are in the crowded hotspots on the islands an ideal breeding ground for Covid-19, ”says the MSF call.

The government has so far refused to close the camps and move migrants to the mainland. The reason: The virus is already rampant on the mainland. On the other hand, migrants are safer on the islands, as there have been almost no proven infections there, except for two cases on Lesbos, outside the camp.

Another reason why the government is hesitant to evacuate: Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis faces a problem that can hardly be solved. He doesn’t know what to do with the more than 40,000 migrants on the islands.

Because the 28 migrant camps on the mainland have long been overcrowded. The planned construction of new warehouses mostly meets with strong resistance from the population and local politicians in the affected communities.

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Refugee women from the Moria migrant camp in Greece sew respirators.

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There have also been local protests in the past against the accommodation of migrants in hotels and pensions that are now empty. The fear of the epidemic is likely to further fuel the resentment against migrants that is felt in many places.

The government in Athens has been calling for redistribution of asylum seekers to other EU countries for years – to no avail. In view of the corona epidemic, there is probably even less to think about than now.

After all, there is a small ray of hope: the reluctant transfer of 1,600 unaccompanied minors from the camps for weeks could finally get going, despite Corona. EU Interior Commissioner Ylva Johansson hopes the move can begin next week.

Seven EU countries have agreed to accept the minors, including Germany. A total of around 5500 unaccompanied migrants under the age of 18 live in Greece. According to the UN refugee agency UNHCR, around 2,000 of these are on the islands.

Regardless of the corona crisis, the federal government is in favor of quickly receiving minors from the refugee camps on the Greek islands. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer stand by his promise, said ministry spokesman Steve Alter on Friday in Berlin.

Looking at the organization of the EU Commission, he said: “According to our knowledge, there is movement in there.” He could not say exactly when it will happen, but “we also see progress”.

Whether Germany will eventually accept 250 or 400 minors is still as unanswered as the question of when they will leave Greece. “The Federal Government is in intensive exchange with the European partners to ensure prompt takeovers from the Greek islands,” said the Interior Ministry.

More: Greeks flee to the islands for fear of the virus: More and more Greeks are taking refuge on one of the islands. But the townspeople are not welcome there.

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Greeks flee from Corona to the islands

Athens There is not much going on in spring, on the small Greek island of Symi in the eastern Aegean. At this time of year, the 2500 residents are usually among themselves. Most shops and pensions are closed, the narrow streets deserted. But now more visitors come than usual with the ferry that connects Symi with the port of Piraeus three times a week.

Mayor Leftheris Papakalodoukas believes he knows why they are taking the 16-hour journey: They take refuge from the corona virus on Symi. “We still have no infection on our island, but the way things are going will change very quickly,” fears Papakalodoukas. “We comply with government regulations,” the mayor reports in a mobile phone video on YouTube, “business people have closed their stores, we stay at home, but what does it help if the virus is introduced?”

Fear is not only about Symi. Thodoris Tzoumas, Mayor of the Sporades island of Skiathos, would also like to seal off his island community immediately. Skiathos is known for its beautiful beaches and exuberant nightlife.

In summer the island attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists. Most people here live from tourism. But now every visitor is suspicious: This week two Italians arrived from Milan, the next day two British, Mayor Tzoumas told the newspaper “Kathimerini”.

The strangers were asked not to move in public, “but they ignore it”. In a letter to the government in Athens, declared “urgent”, the local politician is now demanding that passenger traffic to the mainland be stopped immediately.

Many islands have not been affected by infections so far

Quarantine – no one likes to hear the word. But more and more Greek island communities are now calling for it. There are still only a few cases of infection on the 113 inhabited Greek islands. A case is known from the south of the Aegean island of Lesbos.

Zakynthos in the Ionian Sea has an infection center with four diseases. The other islands have not been officially affected so far, although there is a high probability that there will be undiscovered cases.

The Greek Ministry of Health officially reports 495 infected people, according to the status on Friday evening. However, the epidemiologist Athina Linou estimates that there are already 10,000 to 15,000 cases. Other experts expect 50,000.

The greater the fear of many islanders of visitors who could bring in the virus. Especially since many city dwellers are now thinking that they come from one of the islands. Quite a few have holiday homes there.

They usually come during the summer vacation in July and August. “But now we suddenly see people who have not been around for years,” reports Evanthia Papadatou from the island of Kefalonia. Four Athenians showed up in their village Svoronata this week. “To relax”, as they told the pensioner. But may they bring the epidemic with them?

Leftheris Karaiskos, mayor of the small island community of Amorgos, is also concerned. “More and more visitors have come from the mainland in the past few days,” reports Karaiskos. He hopes everyone will stay healthy. “Because on our island we have no way of treating serious illnesses,” says the mayor.

Practice with rudimentary equipment

In fact, there is often only a doctor’s office or a health center with rudimentary equipment on the smaller islands. Anyone who gets seriously ill on these islands must be flown to the mainland.

Larger islands such as Rhodes, Crete or Corfu have modern clinics with intensive care units and ventilators. But even there you would be overwhelmed in an epidemic. Especially since the islands have an above average number of older people who are now particularly at risk.

Local politicians in the island regions have therefore been appealing to the government for days to stop the flow of visitors. Giannis Plakiotakis, Minister of the Navy responsible for merchant shipping, responded on Friday.

From 6 a.m. on Saturday morning, only permanent islanders are allowed to use the ferries and visitors returning from the islands to the mainland. Truck drivers bringing supplies to the islands are exempt from the restrictions.

The number of passengers on the ferries is also drastically restricted: only one passenger is allowed on each ten square meter area in the ship’s lounge. “With these measures we protect our fellow citizens on the islands,” explains the Minister of the Navy. He advises the islanders to ministers to “take a boat trip only in urgent emergencies”. Plakiotis appeals: “We show a sense of social responsibility, we stay at home!”

Spanish islands cordon themselves off

The Spanish islands have already sealed off: the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands have blocked entry and exit since last Thursday and have largely closed their ports and airports. There are exceptions only for islanders who want to return home or for tourists who want to leave the islands. Freight transport is excluded from the regulation.

The islands themselves want to protect themselves from imported infections. The exit ban in turn is intended to prevent infected people from carrying the virus from the island to other parts of the country. There has been a curfew across Spain since the night of last Sunday. After Italy, the country is most affected in Europe.

Assistance: Sandra Louven

More: Corona and travel: If you have booked a holiday abroad over Easter, you will probably not be able to take it on due to the corona crisis. What is important now.

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Cynicism, another virus

We can, like you and me, want to kill this damn crowned virus that eats our lives and grieve all of the thousands of deaths it does on its way, without refraining from recalling – and think about it further since, our race stopped, the lack of time can no longer be an excuse – that there are other invisible viruses, of another nature but no less deleterious, we dare to admit, which for more for a long time circulate in our countries: cynicism, indifference and cowardice. What else would be responsible, for example, for the 370,000 dead from Syria and the 36,000 dead from migrants in the Mediterranean? What barriers to counter the contagion of these viruses? What emergency decreed for our moral health?

The point is, if we didn’t spark Covid-19, we’re the ones secreting the viruses I’m talking about. Are the deaths, violence, unrest and incurable suffering that political cynicism generates less likely to cause our fear and a collective outburst? Let us take again as an example, the closest and most recent disaster that these moral vices have caused. It has the name Lesbos. Evil is described as follows: in January 2020, 20,000 migrants in the Moria camp designed for 3,000, a tap for 1,300 people, no soap, sexual violence, almost daily crimes, children left to fend for themselves, stacking of garbage, NGOs tracked by far-right militias, etc. On March 16, a 6-year-old girl died there in a container fire. The death of this little girl and that of the dead kid drowned because the smugglers capsize boats on the approach to the island did not make a lot of noise here.

Too bad if it is not politically correct, too bad if I am accused of a naive humanist, I say that these two deaths are more unbearable to me than the one, which saddens me, yes, of course, victim of Covid-19. Because these deaths were more preventable. Does it take billions of euros for the Moria camp to disappear? Marie Cosnay, writer of heart and courage, went to Lesbos, she said in this newspaper what it was: “Waste, body, olive tree”. And she talked about “This scandal we are living in and which is not named”. This is the opportunity here to name it: cowardice.

Jean-Pierre SIMEON

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Fear of spreading coronavirus in Greek refugee camps NOW

Médecins Sans Frontières relief organization is concerned that the corona virus will spread in Greek refugee camps. On Sunday it turned out that a resident of the Greek island of Lesbos, where several refugee camps are located, was infected with the COVID-19 virus.

MSF is particularly concerned about the Moria refugee camp. More than twenty thousand migrants currently live here.

Because there is actually room for three thousand people in Moria, there is a great lack of sanitary facilities and limited medical care. “All viruses and bacteria feel at home in such an environment,” says doctor Marit van Lenthe of the aid organization. “If we don’t offer those people decent living and living conditions, things will go wrong.”

MSF says it is impossible to contain the corona virus in a refugee camp like Moria and there is no emergency plan in place. Therefore, the organization calls on the authorities to immediately close Moria and to take measures as soon as possible, such as infection prevention and health education.

Last week decided MSF has yet to cease operations on the Greek island of Lesbos because the situations for aid workers are not safe there. Médecins Sans Frontières staff have been intimidated because a number of islanders are upset about the Greek government’s plan to build new refugee camps.

EU offers refugees 2,000 euros to leave Lesbos

On Thursday, the European Union announced a refugee on the Greek islands compensation of 2,000 euros if they voluntarily leave for their home country. In this way, the EU aims to improve “totally unacceptable” living conditions in the camps.

The scheme is intended for migrants who landed on a Greek island off the Turkish coast before 1 January 2020. These are mainly migrants in Samos, Lesbos and Chios.

EU Commissioner Ylva Johansson (Migration) said on Thursday that the decision was taken in consultation with the Greek government. Migrants who want to receive the compensation must report within a month.

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In Lesbos, after the destructive madness, “we must put the pieces together”

“It was like a wave of collective madness. We knew the locals were angry, but we did not expect this witch hunt. ” Efi Latsoudi, an early refugee activist, is still in shock. Monday, March 2, barely 48 hours after the Turkish president announced the opening of the borders, part of the inhabitants of the Greek island of Lesbos attacked the NGOs working on the spot, the journalists, and the known activists .

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In small groups, often masked, armed with chains and crowbars, men – including, according to several accounts, many activists of the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn – went on a hunt for migrants and volunteers who worked on the island. They set up roadblocks to stop cars, check passenger papers, search the trunks and interrogate them.

Police complicit in abuses

Anyone likely to be a pro-refugee was hit, beaten in some cases, his vehicle smashed. The rental cars operating that evening were all damaged. “I have never been scared in my life, but that night, yes I was really scared”, says Efi Latsoudi.

→ READ. Erdogan “does not allow” migrants to cross the Aegean Sea

In 2016, his tireless work for refugees earned him the 48-year-old Nansen Prize from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Four years later, on social media, we called for her lynching. He was promised that his house would burn down. She alerted the police and asked that the reception center for migrants, the Pikpa, where she has been volunteering for years, be protected. “But they didn’t do anything,” she’s indignant. Two cars from the center were vandalized.

The majority of the population let it go

During these 48 hours of destructive madness, the police closed their eyes and the majority of the population let it go. When the One Happy Family refugee center was burnt down in Lesbos on the night of 1er March, a conservative New Democracy official, Diamantis Karasoulas – struck from the party since – posted a photo of the fire on Twitter, writing that it was “The most beautiful sunset he had ever seen”.

On the small port of Thermi, near the main town Mytilene, a handful of residents refused, for several hours, Monday, March 2, to allow a tire loaded with refugees, including children and many pregnant women, to land insulted, in view of the coast guards who were slow to intervene to steer the boat to another port.

“It was seen as a victory by these people. They believed they could make the law, explains a volunteer who refuses to give his name. Afterwards, they went to block the road to Moria camp so that no other refugee could get there. “

“We have to put the pieces together”

“We were paralyzed”, remembers Schuyler. The young trader admits that she is not proud of what happened. Sitting in front of her empty tourist shop, she makes her mea culpa: “We were exhausted. A week earlier, riot forces hit us, sprayed us with tear gas, we who were defending our land that the government wants to requisition to build closed centers for migrants. So we couldn’t bear this new wave of migrants. Especially since we can’t seem to deal decently with the tens of thousands who are already there. We have gone too far. Now we have to put the pieces back together. But first, close Moria camp, and unclog the island. “

→ EDITORIAL. European hardness

Aware that the priority is to rebuild social cohesion, Efi Latsoudi publicly accepted in court the apologies of two Lesbiotes sentenced to three months suspended prison sentence this week. They assured “Not to have threatened anyone’s life”. “We have to live together, we have no choice, said Efi Latsoudi. But you have to set the limits, explain that what happened is not normal. ” According to her, it is necessary to initiate a broader legal procedure targeting all those who still circulate threats on social networks.

“The way I look at certain people in the village has changed”

On the other side of the island is the small traditional village of Skala Sykamineas, home to dozens of inflatable dinghies for exiles. A few boats on the port, two cafes, a small hotel, and miles of beach on which a hundred refugees have established their neighborhood for a week. Women and children in a tent hastily pitched by UNHCR, men under the stars. For them there is no place in Moria.

All must be taken to the mainland pending deportation, as well as the 500 or so people who have arrived on the island for the past eight days and who remain, for the time being, on a military boat in the port of Mytilene. According to the new provisions of the Greek government, they are not allowed to apply for asylum.

→ READ. A European project to welcome 1,500 migrant children

Lena and Thanos, a couple who dedicated their lives to refugees, are upset. “We see in them nothing less than nothing to get rid of, but these people have experienced terrible things. How can we not see this suffering in their eyes? “, wonders, on the verge of tears, Lena.

For her, recreating social cohesion in Lesbos is now an impossible mission: “Now there is a before and an after. The way I look at certain people in the village has changed. How will I continue to interact with them when I know what savagery they are capable of? “

The government’s overbidding

Lena and Thanos, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize with other residents of the island for their dedication to the refugees, have saved more than 400 people from certain drowning by rescuing no less than 70 boats since 2015.

It is now prohibited. As soon as it came to power, the Conservative government of Kyriakos Mitsotakis outlawed coast guard cooperation with NGOs. Accused of playing the bidding game, the government talks of improbable measures, such as the withdrawal of benefits, including for refugees who have been granted asylum, or the creation of closed centers for migrants on deserted islands. According to the statements of the Minister of Investments, Adonis Georgiadis, the message the greek government wants to send to the refugees is: “There is nothing good for you here, do not come. We don’t want you “.

“Before, the coast guard called us, explains Thanos. Our boats are more suitable for saving at sea than their stars which make waves. We cooperated well with them. Now they just keep the borders. “

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120,000 migrants in Greece

Among the 120,000 asylum seekers and refugees present in Greece:

8,500 people have arrived since the start of the year;

42,000 live in unworthy conditions on the five Aegean islands (Lesbos, Samos, Kos, Leros and Chios), of which 44% are men, 22% are women and 34% are children. Only 3% of 5-17 year olds attend school there;

5,500 are unaccompanied minors. Their situation is critical: only one in five is accommodated in a specific structure;

22,000 are housed in apartments in 21 cities across the country.

Relocation of 1,500 unaccompanied minors

European Commissioner Ylva Johansson, in charge of migration and asylum, is due to travel to Greece this Thursday, March 12 to discuss solutions for unaccompanied migrant children, particularly in the Greek islands.

For the time being, the care of 1,500 unaccompanied minors is being considered by EU voluntary countries – France, Portugal, Luxembourg, Finland and Germany.

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Germany agrees to receive 500 refugee children from Lesbos in coordination with the EU

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The announcement appears in a statement that the German Government has issued at three in the morning today, after a seven hour meeting of duration of the great german coalition which, in principle, dealt with a package of measure to combat the spread of the coronavirus. According to this document, “the European Union considers receiving up to 1,500 immigrant children who are currently in Greek camps” and “Germany is prepared to support this initiative.”

“We want to support Greece in the difficult humanitarian situation of 1,000 to 1,500 children in the islands of the country,” said the German Government, which a network of more than one hundred cities asked last week to take care of the reception up to 500 children from Lesbos. The large coalition believes that Germany will participate in the host operation with “an appropriate part” of the total as part of this European “coalition of volunteers” in the process of negotiation.

The government of Merkel recognizes that “a humanitarian solution is being negotiated at European level”, given that the concern about the plight of children has increased in recent days, after verifying that there are numerous children who require urgent medical treatment and many of them are not accompanied by adults. These would be the priority in the welcome lists, since they are considered the most vulnerable and will not imply the need for family separations.

At the end of the early morning meeting, several members of the Government appeared before the press to report on the main agreements on coronavirus, but none of them referred to the children of Lesbos. The subject appears, among many other points of content of the meeting, in the text of 14 pages of the communiqué. Has been Saskia Esken, co-president of SPD, who has spoken only of the matter. «We discussed in the committee of the great coalition until 02:30 hours and we clarify this point. I am personally happy that Germany now properly participates in a voluntary EU coalition, which is closing these days, and will welcome particularly vulnerable children from Greece.

Expand the agreement with Turkey

At the same time, Germany, within the framework of the EU, is studying the possibility of extending the agreement with Turkey whereby, in exchange for substantial economic aid, this country undertook to maintain the flow of refugees in its territory, thus avoiding its Entry into Europe The president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will meet today in Brussels to talk with the EU authorities about the situation of these refugees, which the Turkish authorities are launching against the Greek border. The Turkish government has repeatedly accused the European bloc of not keeping its promises.

The passivity of the Merkel government regarding the situation in Lesbos had been evidenced last week, when a group of 140 German city halls They sent a letter to Chancellor Merkel requesting that they be allowed to accommodate 500 children, given the situation in the Lesbos camps. «There is a bathroom for 167 people and a shower for 250 people. 4,000 people have no access to running water at all. And we are talking about Europe. It will still be worse in the coming months, when temperatures rise and healthiness worsens … », declared the mayor of Potsdam, Mikel Schubert, after personally visiting the Moria refugee camp.

Almost 5,500 children and adolescents under 18 Some 500 of them are registered as refugees in Greece. Children under 14 are not accompanied by adults. “We have been told that they are sent by their parents, but the harsh reality that is perceived there is that they left their countries as a family, but the rest of the family has died along the way,” said Mayor Schubert, coordinator of the “Cities, safe ports” initiative, “that makes them the preferred victims of mafias and all kinds of malefactors.” “There are also regional administrations, several Bundesländer governments such as Berlin, Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony or Thuringia, willing to participate in the host operation, I hope Brandenburg also, and I am sure there are more local or regional administrations in Europe who would like to join this movement ».

The German Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer, present at the meeting until the wee hours of the morning and that has informed about new border controls related to the coronavirus, has not ruled on this agreement, although in the parliamentary debate held last week in the Bundestag, after a motion presented by Los Verdes, made it clear that the only hope for the children of Lesbos is that they “also accept them in other European countries.”

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Lesbos: Right blogger clashes with left in demo

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Lesbos: Right blogger clashes with left in demo

The crisis on the EU’s external border attracts right-wing extremists from Germany. A blogger is said to have been “encircled” by anti-fascist demonstrators in Lesbos.


A fireman stands in front of the burned out community center “One Happy Family” on Lesbos.

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Athens. Right-wing blogger Oliver Flesch and two companions clashed with left-wing demonstrators on the Greek island of Lesbos.



Together they had agitated on Saturday in an anti-fascist demonstration in the island’s capital, as the island newspaper “Sto Nisi” reported on Sunday. Thereupon demonstrators chased them; the police intervened. Blogger Flesch wrote about the incident on his Facebook account: “We were surrounded by around 20 to 25 Antifa fans.” He thanked the Greek police “who got us out of there”.

According to the report, the group had gathered in the evening for the fire at a community center for refugees. A large part of the plant of the Swiss organization “One Happy Family” was burned down for an unknown cause.

It is the second time in a week that rights from Germany wanted to show solidarity with the Greeks on Lesbos. On Friday, a German group of right-wing radicals had been sighted on the island, one of whom had been injured in the head by islanders. They are said to have been part of the Identity Movement. This movement is part of the right-wing extremist spectrum.


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