I feell totally obliged to speak about the things I witnessed with my very
own eyes at the Police Station of Drapetsona, a close-to- the city- port
neighborhood in Piraeus. I really have no idea of how I could possibly help
my fellow men and so I expect each one of you to contribute to this by
making widely known what I saw:
The immigrants who are being imprisoned on the basement of the Drapetsona
Police Station have been beaten up by the policemen in order to discontinue
their hunger strike. This behaviour made the 28-year -old Palestinian
imprisoned refugee Ibrahim Farat to attempt suicide . These events has made
us, the active citizens of Piraeus to organize a protest march to their
support. Once we arrived outside the Police Station the Chief Officer
Police appeared right in front of the Specially Equiped Police Forces
called MAT- to tell us that a team of 5 individuals could go in and talk
to the imprisoned immigrants. These immigrants have been detained simply
because they could not provide employment documents as they have lost their
jobs owing to the continuously deteriorating economic crisis or because
they didn’t have entrance documents in the first place. They haven’t
committed any other offence…
I managed to co-op with the sadness and the despair expressed in their
eyes. I managed to have a dialogue with the chief who was trying, in vain,
to find excuses, saying that he is trying to balance out between
humanitarian principles and dehumanizing orders by Mr. Dendias, who is
exclusively responsible in the chief’s opinion for the situation of the PS.
I collapsed when I saw right in front of me a man tearing his own flesh
causing bleeding as the only solution to attract our attention to his
problem as soon as he saw us hoping that this will get him out of this
inferno in which he is being detained and tortured for 9 consecutive months…
While tears filled my eyes, I got out of their cells so as not to be seen as
this would further cause to them more pain and grief. These people
experience the conditions of hell while alive. I began to scream my head
off at the policemen and their accompanying state pschychologists.
You are no human beings I cried. You are violating every sense of what we
call human rights and you talk to us about the bureaucracy which prevents
you from fixing the toilets – only 2 for 100 people- and for your effort to
balance out between humanism and the orders you get. Had you been human
beings with any sign of sensitivity you would have spoken out for what
happens inside here, and you would have resigned in order to stop this
crime. I was beginning to lose control and so I moved out of the station .
Those who happen to read what I am writing must reconsider their
responsibilities. They must react. We are the people who have the power.We
are the State. But if the state is heartless it is because we who make it
we are inhuman.
The Police Chief announced to the imprisoned man who had wounded himself
that he would be set free. The same was said to the Palestinian who had
earlier attempted suicide. The message that has been passed: You will get
out of here only if you commit suicide and if you are lucky you may be
promptly saved at the hospital…
Ι wish each one of us had the chance to get into this inferno of
Drapetsona and see, speak and look into the eyes of our fellow men who
experience this torture, one breath away from our homes. Then, they would
all be out in the streets protesting.
Events of this kind take place everywhere in our country, being the result
of the operation 'Xenios Dias". We must do everything we can in our
capacity to put an end to this dreadful operation which is insulting us,
our tradition and our civilization. Mr. Dendias, the minister of the so
called ministry for the protection of the citizen(!) really or deliberately
ignores our history and he should be reminded of the meaning of hopitality
these very ancient Greek words convey.
We demand that these imprisoned ill-fated victims of his cruel policy be
immediately released and set free.
We demand the immediate termination of the inhuman operation “ Xenios” Dias
that insults our Culture and Democracy and makes expiatories victims the
most weak part of our society, the immigrants and the refugees.