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A. First new concentration camps in Europe set to sprout on Greek soil
12 April 2012, The End Lie, By Richard Cottrell, contributor
Pasted from: http://endthelie.com/2012/04/12/first-new-concentration-camps-in-europe-set-to-sprout-on-greek-soil/
As if the current circumstances of austerity-driven Greece were not bad enough already, it seems that the country is set to have a dozen or so concentration camps dotted around the country.
In language that might have been lifted straight from the Nazi lexicon, these establishments will be known as ‘closed-hospitality’ centers.
The incarcerates will be undocumented – meaning unwanted – refugees flooding in from North Africa, particularly the once prosperous and richest country in the Maghreb belt, namely Libya.
Most of the Mediterranean countries are in the thick of the refugee tide, but Greece is so far the only country that plans to compulsorily pen them up.
The first ‘reception center’ is scheduled to open at a former army base near Athens in the next few weeks.
Why the sudden haste, you ask? The answer is simple. A general election is scheduled for May 6th.
All the parties straddling the spectrum from left to right are playing the immigrant card for all its worth, but none more so than the main establishment parties: Pasok (theoretically socialist) and New Democracy (nominally center-right).
Right now their electoral prospects look decidedly dim. New Democracy, led by Antonis Samaris, is barreling on about 22% in the opinion polls, Pasok rates scarcely better at 18 and a smidgeon percent.
The nightmare entertained by the EU-imposed Greek Quisling, Lukas Papademos, is that neither party will end up with sufficient seats to ensure a majority in the Vouli, the national parliament.
As the two principal challengers shed votes by the hour, Greek voters are turning to a plethora of fringe parties rooted in both the left and right.
They may squabble fiercely among themselves but they are united by one core belief: total opposition to the EU/IMF austerity package which has ripped the heart out of the Greek economy.
The indecent haste of the mainstream figurines wildly wind milling the immigrant camps to attract voters’ attentions speaks for itself.
But to catch the flavor, listen to the chillingly titled ‘Civil Protection Minister’ Michalis Chrisohoidis grand-standing for his party, which is Pasok.
“We have a commitment to start operating these closed-hospitality centers, and we will keep to that commitment. The first centre will operate before the general election in greater Athens, and it will act as a model to show Greek citizens that these facilities are safe for the public and will operate to high standards of health and hygiene,” he said.
Am I alone in detecting some singularly inappropriate language here? After all, was it not the Nazis who indulged in ‘health and hygiene’ as a constant reprise, particularly when it came to the ‘closed-hospitality’ camps established for the benefit (and ‘hygiene’) of European Jews? Can we ever forget the horrific deception of the gas chambers as fumigators?
At best, Greek politicians are indulging in cheap populist barrack-room politics.
But what is more disturbing is that the issue of the camps has — temporarily at least — deflected the attention of voters away from the rape and pillage of their own homeland by the globalist smash and grab gang.
This of course is entirely intentional.
Last week an elderly pensioner called Dimitris Christoulas, who declared that he was reduced to scavenging dustbins to stay alive, publicly executed himself in the great national theater called Syntagma (Constitution) Square situated in the heart of Athens. His funeral was practically a state occasion.
The affair ignited once again the flames of fury directed against the organized looting of the country.
In no time at all the promise of a network of ‘closed-hospitality centers’ (lock-ups, all said and done) bolted to the forefront of the election campaign. This could only have happened with a grace and favor nod from Lukas Papademos.
I pause here to remind readers that this same Papademos was the key official on watch at the Greek central bank when the country was hustled into the euro back in 2000. Wall Street banks were busy with the smoke and mirrors to make it appear that the glory that was supposed to be Greece in fact concealed hopeless insolvency.
There is no doubting that Greece is in the forefront of the refugee wave emanating from the Middle East, Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.
The number is unclear because the number of undocumented aliens in the country is largely a guesstimate.
However the influx is probably in the region of 130,000 a year, which in such a small country having an ethnic population of just over ten million is bound to promote severe friction.
What the Greek authorities refuse to recognize are the reasons why Athens, the capital, has become Chicago on the Aegean.
The answer is two-fold. First, precisely those western policies which have led to the destabilization and virtual destruction of countries such as Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq, conducted in the so-called name of ‘humanitarian interventions.’
Next comes the power of Greek crime lords responsible for promoting Athens as one of the major crack hubs in Europe, with weapons smuggling and trafficking in human flesh thrown in for good measure. Lately baby snatching has been added as a new specialty.
How about this for sheer humbug, flying in the face of everything that is known about crime in Greece: “On the basis of arrests and investigations we believe that up to 70% of violent crime is perpetrated by foreigners and I say this without wishing to demonize migrants,” said police spokesman Thanassis Kouklakis.
I should add that the Greek national gendarmerie and municipal police forces are routinely racialist. The quote simply confirms our knowledge on that score.
The uncomfortable truth is that Pasok, which is essentially a vehicle for the long-ruling Papandreou dynasty, was largely responsible for promoting the power of the Greek mafia in the first place.
Andreas Papandreou, the choleric tortoise-like Pasok godhead who ruled Greece as a virtual dictator throughout the 1980’s, let the black genie out of the bottle.
It was he who pursued the ‘anything goes’ policy with the Greek mafia in return for their acting as the praetorian guard of his crooked administrations.
There is strong evidence that he was using mafia sharpshooters masquerading as Marxist urban terrorists to settle scores with his enemies.
Once they arrive in this prosperous junction of criminal networks, risking their lives in long overland treks and risky boats, the average new recruit may soon earn as much as ten thousand Euros a year from the rich harvest of pickings.
All but the small change is siphoned off by pimps and gang leaders plus the ‘landlords’ who sub-let semi-derelict properties bunched together in the downtown slum area of the capital – within sight of the Parthenon.
Stone-faced Greek officials maintain the pretense that unwanted guests arriving in droves are almost entirely responsible for the wave of crime sweeping the capital.
This of course is nonsense, since they are absent the skills, resources or contacts. In fact as the daily Ethnos correctly reported, the powerful crime syndicates are all Greek, plus a lacing of Albanians, Syrians and Egyptians.
The center of Athens is virtually a no-go zone for law enforcement, thanks to another uncomfortable truth.
This is the notoriously lethargic tendencies of Greek policemen when it comes to salary enhancements proffered by the local crime barons.
Further investments, offered in the same time-honored Greek fashion, make sure that awkward public officials steer well clear of the lucrative activities pursued under their noses. As any Greek will tell you corruption and bribery is endemic in the civil service.
In the past few days the tragic story of Humayun Anwar (18) and Wakar Ahmed (33) provides an insight to the life of immigrants who pay human smugglers up to seven thousand Euros apiece to get to Greece.
The pair fled the poverty and desperation of the Indian Punjab, only to find themselves trapped as virtual slave laborers, forced to work ten hour shifts, seven days a week, for 25 Euros a day.
Both were horrifically killed as they struggled to save an elderly Greek couple whose car tumbled into the path of an approaching Athens-Thessaloniki express train.
It is the fate of Greeks to have been ruled by ruthless self-serving demagogues in one shape or another since gaining independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1832.
The latest episode of EU-imposed direct rule is just another example of lordly misgovernance forced down the throats of the Greek people. The immigration issue has now risen to the fore solely to drown out the destruction of the country typified by the martyrdom of Dimitris Christoulas.
It was left to Petros Konstantinou of the Greek Campaign Against Racialism to sound the clarion call of reason – and commonsense. “It’s not the migrants who are responsible for rising crime, but policies that Greece is being forced to take by the EU and IMF that are spreading poverty, unemployment and misery.”
What we detect is the rank smell of hypocrisy in the run up to the general election at which time Greeks are supposed to vote in favor of flaying themselves alive.
Richard Cottrell is a writer, journalist and former European MP (Conservative). His new book Gladio: NATO’s Dagger At The Heart Of Europe is now available from Progressive Press. You may order it using the link below (or by clicking here – Gladio, NATO’s Dagger at the Heart of Europe: The Pentagon-Nazi-Mafia Terror Axis ):
B. Greece to open new detention centres for illegal migrants
29 March 2012, guardian.co.uk, Helena Smith in Athens
Pasted from: <http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/29/greece-detention-centres-migrants>
Athens plans up to 30 camps on disused military sites across country to house migrants blamed for ‘crime epidemic’
Greece will open the first of up to 30 camps for illegal immigrants within weeks, in what some describe as a “desperate bid” to contain the social chaos prompted by the economic crisis. In Athens officials have approved the construction of three of the 30 detention centres that the government has vowed to build on disused military sites. “The first centre will begin operating in the next 30 to 45 days,” the deputy public order minister, Manolis Othona, said. “It will open as long as the buildings are in sufficiently good shape.”It was the first official confirmation that the camps would be operational before the Greek general election in early May.
A wave of migrants from the developing world has been blamed for a rise in crime that authorities say has assumed “epidemic proportions”.
Break-ins, robberies, muggings and murders have soared, with burglaries rising by 125% in the greater Athens region in 2011, according to Greek police.
“On the basis of arrests and investigations we believe that up to 70% of violent crime is perpetrated by foreigners and I say this without wishing to demonise migrants,” said police spokesman Thanassis Kokkalakis.
“Unfortunately, the influx has increased with a 20% rise in the number of Africans and south-east Asians noted across the Greek-Turkish border since the start of 2012.”
Migrants’ groups and leftist parties have both criticised the camps as degrading and resonant of the worst excesses of Nazi rule. “It’s not the migrants who are responsible for rising crime, but policies that Greece is being forced to take [by the EU and IMF] that are spreading poverty, unemployment and misery,” said Petros Constantinou, national co-ordinator of the movement against racism.
For several consecutive years more than 90% of all illegal migrants detained in the EU have been caught in Greece. Around 130,000 are estimated to enter the country each year, exploiting the long, unwieldy Greek coastline and the porous northern frontier which would-be migrants view asEurope’s back door.
Many migrants survive in appalling conditions in the heart of Athens, transforming parts of the historic centre into a dangerous and insanitary ghetto.
“Everyone is afraid. Athens has become a city of fear,” said Dr Nikitas Kanakis, who heads the Greek branch of Doctors of the World, which works with the migrants. “The lack of night shelters or public places to go and wash is a huge problem.”
Around 5,000 migrants have been revealed as living in an estimated 500 abandoned buildings. More than 2,000 other properties occupied by migrants have been denounced as unfit for human habitation. Doctors and officials have described the conditions as a “public health time bomb”.
Police with sniffer dogs conducted a major “sweep” of the area on Thursday, rounding up undocumented migrants and illegal street vendors.
“The current situation cannot continue,” said the citizens’ protection minister, Michalis Chrysohoidis, announcing the campaign to move 30,000 illegal migrants into “closed hospitality centres” under a €250m (£208m) EU-funded scheme.
“Hundreds of thousands of people are wandering aimlessly through the streets, being forced to break the law, being exploited by criminal networks and deterring legitimate immigrants from staying in the country.”
Under the programme migrants would be “given hospitality” in the centres before being “immediately asked to return home”, Chrysohoidis added.
The move has been welcomed by residents and business owners in central Athens where streets fights regularly erupt between gangs and migrants.
Mired in its fifth straight year of recession, Greece’s jobless rate has reached a record 21% with youth unemployment now at an unprecedented 51%.
“They will call us racists for doing this but the situation is clearly out of control,” said Vangelis Kontopoulos, who helps run a cafe within view of the Acropolis.
“A lot say it would be better if we issued green cards that allowed them to move on to other countries in the European Union but that’s never going to happen. EU law has seen to it that they can’t move on. They’re trapped here.”
The Athens mayor, Yiorgos Kaminis, told the Guardian he welcomed the measures but cautioned that they would only work if there was “full respect of human rights, including the right to asylum”.
He added: “We also have to step up the fight against illegal migrants and promote the fight for the faster absorption into society of legal migrants.”
Chrysohoidis insists the detention centres will help the local economies they are located in, by creating thousands of jobs, from cleaners to private security guards who, alongside armed police, will patrol the sites, which will include former barracks and airfields.
But regional prefectures across Greece remain sceptical about the camps, with many local officials voicing concerns over the dysfunctional Greek state’s ability to create problem-free facilities. The detainees will far outnumber Greece’s jail population, which currently stands at 12,500.
With a neo-fascist right rising in popularity amid the migrant influx, a growing number of immigrants would prefer to be repatriated. “There’s a lot of tension between the different ethnic groups and I’d say 90% of the new arrivals want to leave Greece but don’t have the means,” said Azad Kerim, a Kurdish migrant.
“It’s much better in Iraq than it is here. More and more are discovering they’ve made the journey for nothing,” he said, adding he had waited 15 years to acquire the papers that would give him legal status in Greece.
C. Greek crackdown on illegal immigrants leads to mass arrests
7 August 2012, guardian.co.uk, Helena Smith in Athens
Pasted from: <http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/aug/07/greece-crackdown-illegal-immigrants-arrest>
Thousands of migrants are being held in detention centres near Athens before being deported back to their home countries.
Greek authorities have begun one of the country’s biggest crackdowns yet on suspected illegal immigrants, deploying 4,500 police around Athens and detaining more than 7,000 immigrants in less than 72 hours.
Most have been released, but about 2,000, mostly Africans and Asians, were arrested. They were sent to holding centres pending deportation in an operation that officials, bizarrely, elected to call Xenios Zeus after the Greek god of hospitality.
On Sunday, 88 undocumented Pakistanis were put on planes, accompanied by guards, back to their home country.
“We will not allow our towns, or our country, to be occupied and become a migrant ghetto,” said Athens’ hardline public-order minister, Nikos Dendias, as authorities discussed plans to build eight detention centres capable of holding up to 10,000 immigrants, in the capital.
Widely seen as the easiest entry point to the west, Greece has had a surge of new arrivals, with government figures showing more than 100 migrants daily crossing the country’s porous border with Turkey. The majority go to Athens, a magnet for migrants desperate to find work before moving on to other parts of Europe. An estimated million immigrants are believed to live in Greece where the population is barely 11 million.
But the country’s economic crisis and growing political radicalisation has given rise to a xenophobic backlash, the uncontrolled influx blamed for a sharp spike in violent crime.
The neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn, which has vowed to rid Greece of “migrant scum”, has seen its popularity soar with the party capturing an unprecedented 6.9% of the vote in parliamentary elections six weeks ago.
Racist attacks by black-clad men associated with extremists have escalated dangerously, according to a recent report by Human Rights Watch.
On Tuesday anti-immigrant fervour grew following the prosecution of a Pakistani who appeared in court accused of assaulting a teenage Greek girl on the Cycladic iIsle of Paros.
In this atmosphere Athens’ fragile conservative-lead coalition has taken action. Dendias described the problem of immigrants as “perhaps even bigger than our financial one”.
“The country is being lost,” he told Skai TV. “What is happening now is [Greece’s] greatest invasion ever. Not since the Dorians invaded some 3,000 years ago has it received such a flow of immigration.”
Defending the crackdown, he insisted it was imperative to preventing the debt-stricken nation sliding into further chaos and collapse. “Our social fabric is in danger of unravelling,” he said.
In the coming weeks arrested migrants would be put in a detention centre outside Athens and unused police academies in the north of the country before being deported, he added. Immigrants were often living in such appalling conditions it was “to their benefit to be repatriated”.
On Tuesday Walid Omar, an Iraqi Kurd, was sitting in an internet cafe in Athens’ historic city centre when a policeman walked in. The migrant knew the officer well. As a friend of the cafe owner, Omar regularly stopped by and the policeman did too.
But the officer was unusually terse. “He told me and everyone else who did not look Greek to follow him. For the next two hours we were made to wait in a windowless bus, and then under the sun, before they first inspected our clothes and then inspected our papers at the police station,” said the Iraqi Kurd whose documents proved he was legal in the country that has been his home for the past 15 years.
“The whole procedure took around five hours and there was a lot of shouting,” he continued in fluent Greek. “An Algerian, a young boy, was badly beaten in front of everyone. People were really scared.”
Officials said the campaign, which has coincided with the reinforcement of patrols along the Greek-Turkish border, had been also prompted by fears of a new influx of immigrants from Syria.
For the most part the media has welcomed the move with the Kathimerini newspaper opining on Tuesday that security was finally “returning to the centre of Athens”.
But the scale of the operation has prompted widespread criticism. The left-wing main opposition Syriza party called the crackdown “a pogrom” and “insult to justice and humanity”. Migrants, it said, were being used to divert attention from unpopular economic policies, including more savage spending cuts, demanded by the EU and IMF in return for much needed rescue funds.
“It is a communications stunt aimed at concealing the true crackdown against public-sector wages, pensions and benefits that the government has agreed to in recent days.”
The Greek office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees expressed fears that refugees from war-torn countries and genuine asylum seekers could be among those summarily deported.
Since the start of the year 8,000 migrants have voluntarily sought repatriation, with Greece’s situation, economically, socially and politically, having become ever more inhospitable towards them.