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Migrants Forum denies organisation of Law School takeover, migrants determined to continue hunger strike

Δημοσίευση 31 Ιανουαρίου 2011, 10:36 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Migrants Forum denies organisation  of Law School takeover, migrants determined to continue hunger strike
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The Greek Forum of Migrants, an association of migrants' organisations in Greece since 2002, on Sunday denied that it had organised the takeover of an Athens University Law School downtown Athens building by some 250 hunger-striking migrants last week, responding to a plethora of criticism it has received by media and political circles.

The Greek Forum of Migrants, an association of migrants' organisations in Greece since 2002, on Sunday denied that it had organised the takeover of an Athens University Law School downtown Athens building by some 250 hunger-striking migrants last week, responding to a plethora of criticism it has received by media and political circles.

In a statement, the Forum said that from the outset it has backed the demands of the 300 hunger-striking migrants in Athens and Thessaloniki, adding that their move resulted in "making known the just demands of the migrants lacking residence permits or other documents", but clarified: "We had no involvement, however, with the organisation of the protest or the movement of people from Crete, as erroneously claimed by various media and political circles."

"From the first moment, we informed the hunger-strikers that it was a risky effort with the hazard of aberrations that would not contribute to the resolution of their demands" the Forum said.

Responding to other accusations that it is financed by the ruling PASOK party, the announcement stated that "the Forum has not received funding from anyone".

"It participates, however, as a partner in European programs, whenever it can, and has received donations from schools, foundations and other agencies".

"It is characteristic that the Forum does not have staff, nor its own offices, and is accommodated in premises of its members. One of its long-standing demands is to have formal funding (a percentage of the fee paid by migrants for renewal of their residency permits) so as to render possible their representation," the announcement said, adding that, contrary to Greece, migrants' organisations in other countries received state funding since they are considered interlocutors for the measures taken for migrants.

The Forum further clarified that it is not affiliated with any specific political party.

Meanwhile, the 237 illegal migrants, who were relocated early Friday from the Law School building to a neoclassical building a few kilometers away and another 50 in Thessaloniki said on Sunday they are determined to continue their hunger strike in demand of their legalisation.

The non-governmental organisation Medecines du Monde and other NGOs are taking care of the hygiene condition of the migrants, and have placed chemical toilets and portable showers at the new location, while doctors have been conducting preventive examinations of the hunger strikers. A total of 123 migrants are housed on the first-storey and semi-basement of the building, while the others are camped out in tents in the yard.