On the occasion of International Migrants’ Day (18th of December), Antifascist Action for Greece (AAfG) is holding the event ‘Suspended Lives: Refugees and Migrants in Greece’ to raise awareness about Greece’s asylum practices and its policy of indefinite detention of migrants – including children – in conditions that often amount to inhuman and degrading treatment.
Doors will open with the exhibition of around thirty drawings made by children detained at the Amygdaleza Detention Centre in the outskirts of Athens, as a means of giving a voice to the voiceless at the borders of ‘Fortress Europe’, where human beings find themselves detained in modern-day concentration camps, violently deported, and routinely denied their rights.
At 18.30 there will be the screening of ‘Into the Fire: The Hidden Victims of Austerity in Greece’, a documentary about the plight of one of the most marginalised and victimised sections of Greek society: its migrants. This shall be followed by a panel discussion with contributions from:
– Elektra Leda Koutra (Greek-based lawyer & chair of Hellenic Action for Human Rights – ‘Pleiades’)
– Lena Karamanidou (Lecturer in Sociology at City University specialising in EU and Greek asylum and migration policy)
– Mohammad Vahedi and Matina Zestanaki (AAfG)
Please do come along on Thursday 18 December 2014 to support our efforts in raising awareness of the outrageous treatment of migrants, including children, by the Greek state.
Unite, Unite House, 128 Theobald’s Road, Holborn, London, WC1X 8TN
-Exhibition: 18.00 onwards (at the foyer outside the screening hall)
-Panel discussion: 19.15
To read the story behind the drawings, please click here.
To read testimonials from Detention Centres, click here.
To see the pictures from the event click here.
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