the horror did not end at #manolada

translated by @Cyberela for http://bloodstrawberries.tumblr.com/

Yesterday at 09/05/13 at 18:05 the phone rang.

It was Kamal, an Afghan refugee-laborer, whom we met and exchanged phone numbers at Manolada.

He told me that he and 16 other compatriots went to ask their 45-days wage for work they offered at Vagelatos strawberry producer.

We’ll have to clarify here the way they hired and paid those refugees-workers:

The producer – landowner, finds the “leader” of a workers group and makes the proper agreements with him. They arrange the work days and the fee(regarding the current case, for 45 days of labor, the workers would be paid €350 each).

The “leader” of the group supervises his fellow workers and when the work is done he carries the wages from the boss to the workers, keeping for himself a considerable amount.

Let’s get back to the phone call.

Kamal told me, that his compatriot did not pay them and told them that the boss didn’t have any money to give them now and that they will receive their fees later.

He asked me “what should we do”? I told him to wait for the next day, to stay calm and be alert so that the incidents of the shootings at Manolada will not be repeated.

At 23:21 in the evening, Kamal calls me again, he was very upset and he told me that two of his fellow compatriots were stabbed.

From what I understood, the 17 laborers sat down to eat their dinner and after they finished their meal, they exited their shack to wash their dishes at the outdoor faucet.

There, Nasis or Nazir was waiting for them and after he stabbed one of the workers in the back and stabbed another worker in the thigh, he fled.

I told Kamal to call 911 and transfer the injured at the Health Center at Vardas (4 km from there).

He told me that no one has papers (migration papers) and that he is afraid to call for an ambulance because the police will arrive and will arrest them all.

I told him to take the wounded on the main road and stop a car to help them and transfer them at the Health Center.

He hanged up the phone and I started reporting the issue on Twitter while calling reporters who live in Athens.

A well known reporter called Kamal and as he told me he found him at the police station.

The police officer asked Kamal who was he talking with and took his phone from his hands. When the officer realized to whom Kamal was talking to he informed the journalist that the issue is under control and that the Bangladeshis (migrants was all the same to him) clashed between themselves and that the greek employer had already paid the “leader” – middleman of the “foreigners” and that he kept the money.

As I learned later from Kamal, the migrant who was most seriously injured in the back, was transferred at Patra’s hospital.

They asked from Kamal that I should talk to the officer, but the voice that was heard from the phone said “NO NO”!

Today, 10/05/2013, I called Kamal early in the morning. His phone was off.

I must point out that I realized that they will try to present the incident as a dispute between the “leader” and the workers for keeping their wages for himself (the leader).

Anyway, the fact is that basic human rights are not recognized regarding refugees land laborers making them vulnerable to the barbarity of their boss as well as to the exploitation of their compatriots’ cartels.

The right to get paid for their work can be easily not recognized because they cannot resort to any institutional authority of the state, because they don’t have immigration documents, therefore they don’t exist.

I must point out once again that the agreed net fee for the 45 day work is €217 from the €350 in total.

The rest of their wage (the €133) will be kept for the shacks’ rent allocated by the employer and for the middleman’s fee.

The crime continues at Manolada and I fear that if nothing is done IMMEDIATELY with their documents and the work – residence permits, the situation will become rougher in the coming days.

Manolada’s strawberry production covers less than 10% of the total agricultural production.

The refugees land laborers work also at the tomatoes, lettuce, peppers and other agricultural products’ greenhouses of this region all year.

The Blood Strawberries boycott is ineffective if not combined with other products that are produced there under those unacceptable conditions.

Until this moment at 12:43, I managed to communicate with Kamal.

He is being IMPRISONED at Patra because he has no immigration documents along with the rest of his compatriots.

I fear that Kamal will be charged.

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Kamal  is the man carrying the yellow flag with the plaid shirt in the center of the photo.

15:30 Kamal reached his shack – he is well.

Their owed money were confiscated by the police and our actions are now directed towards to be given to the workers.

He thanks you all for the interest you have showed.

Πάτρα #1May 2013 #GR

Πολύ μικρή συμμετοχή των πατρινών στην πορεία της πρωτομαγιάς φέτος.

Περίπου 700 άτομα διαδηλώσαμε στο κέντρο της πόλης.

Εμείς δεν βγήκαμε στο δρόμο για εργατικές διεκδικήσεις αλλά για αυτοδιάθεση.

Όλα τα μαγαζιά και οι τράπεζες ήταν ανοιχτά και στα καφέ δεν έβρισκες καρέκλα άδεια.

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πανό στην πλατεία Όλγας.

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Ο σύντροφος ”Ο” γυρνώντας από την δουλειά στο σπίτι του στις 7 το πρωί έπεσε με το μηχανάκι και έσπασε τον ώμο του. Κρίμα γιατί αντί για 673 άτομα π.χ. θα ήμασταν 674…

Περαστικά και σύντομα.

Του αφιερώνουμε λοιπόν το έργο τέχνης που κοσμεί την πλατεία Όλγας:

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#Greece #17N #Patras #demonstration

09/23/2012 #Greeks protest again on #Syntagma Sq.

All governments of Greece have betrayed the people.

The result of Betrayal is the current tragic reality.

Poverty, misery, brutality , suicides.

The above compose the reality we experience.

A first attempt was made ​​last year with the ”indignants”.

Soon, however, the system managed to split the movement of indignant citizens, sowing discord and suspicion.

These days the Greek government is attacking the people, imposing cuts equal to 5% of GDP!

Never in human economic history has happent something like this.

The plan is for the Greeks to work 6 days a week until they are 67 years old with wages that are corresponding to 30% of wages in Germany.

Every day, groups of workers demonstrating in the streets their opposition to the destruction of the country.

On Wednesday, September 26 takes place ​​nationwide general strike.

Tomorrow, Sunday, September 23 we invite everyone to Syntagma Square to protest our anger and our opposition to economic measures, the rapid spread of Nazism and the violation of human dignity.(we will be there so the next day,on Monday ,will post photos and informations)

The only thing left is solidarity.

Head down to the streets and demonstrate your anger and your indignation.

We will claim our decent survival!

#Anonymous stand by the #Greek people again

In a statement today Anonymous say that they stand by the Greek  people.

Will make an attack on all sites of ministries in their own way to show that they resist with the world that will come out these days in the streets.

The attack received by the Greek society (economic, racial, health, cultural) needs the common struggle of all the forces that oppose the plans of the prevalence of the bankers and the rich.

{The Troika asks measures of 12 billion euros (5% of GDP).

These measures will be taken only to give a message to the markets.

There is no use for these measures.

The only solution is to have a haircut of Greek debt by the ECB and IMF.}

We wish them every success.

We hope that this support will be accompanied by mass participation in street protests by everyone.

Read their announcement:

”Government of Greece
We are Anonymous.

We are watching really overwhelmed what is happening in Greece.

We know about the millions of unemployed people, we know about the “soup kitchens” in schools, we know about the miserable conditions under which people are forced to live with. We know how ridicules an entire nation can be by your actions, just to do the sake of your IMF friends. We know about over 3.000 suicides. May peace be with them.

We know about the work-dismissals, the salary reductions, about the new measures are about to be loaded on the backs of your nation, a hungry nation.

When Greeks will decide to pursue their freedom, we will stand by them.
We, as Anonymous give you the #OpGreekMinistries.

We will protest for two days, the way we, as Anonymous know. We express our solidarity to a nation that suffers, by denying access to all of your ministries. Greeks raise placards on streets, and we on the Internet.

And don’t forget … we love this war.

We are Anonymous
United as one but fighting as many
We are Legion
Expect Us.”

U.S elections:Germany and Israel pressuring U.S.

Two imponderables disorient U.S. policy.

The first is the Middle East.

The issue of Syria, although caused by the U.S., in no case can lead to predictable situations (there are many countries involved, with different kinds of governments, religions, sects and cultures).

That is why the U.S. uses the Taliban as allies in the struggle against Assad, as a last resort to overthrow him.

Those Taliban blamed for the attack 11th of September , for the bombings in Sudan , Lebanon , Spain , the United Kingdom and , generally and indefinite, everywhere in the world.

After a decade of demonization of the Taliban, and after they were built and used against the Soviets in Afghanistan, use them again.

A fall of Assad is a double-edged sword for U.S. security.

A stay of Assad, as an absolute dominant in Syria would be more disastrous for the U.S..

We believe that the U.S. plan is to weaken completely the power of  Assad (as was done by Saddam Hussein after the first Gulf War) and in a few years to completely exterminate him.

The issue of Iran poses no threat to U.S. policy.

Iran, however, is the dominant threat to Israel.

The U.S. is experiencing a problem with the attitude of Israel towards Iran.

The U.S. is not able to control Israel and for this reason many times necessarily follow the policies of Israel.

An engagement with Iran, Israel will turn into a nightmare in the Middle East, the Mediterranean and the Sea of ​​China for the U.S. Army.

The chain reaction will open so many fronts, that in no case will be managed by the political and diplomatic machinery of the United States.

The second imponderable factor that troubles the U.S. is the economic crisis affecting mainly Europe (and if it encounters the food crisis will have immediate collapse of everything).

An uncontrolled financial disaster in the EU will forcibly dragged into chaos the U.S..

In the EU however in charge is Germany.

Germany never accepted the economic dominance of the U.S. (not even the period from 10/07/1949 to 03/10/1990).

The economic plans for the domination of Germany do not comply in any way with those of the U.S..

The Germans, with a centrally controlled industry, they are trying to enforce global  countervailing force  as the U.S. and China.

Their disadvantage is that they have no army.

But they have an incredible manufacturing line weapons systems and technology that allows them be considered as immune.

The economic crisis created in the U.S. in 2007 (mortgage-banking) was pushed violently to Europe.

The Germans seized the opportunity and, having misled their partners (saying that we have to deal with the debt crisis) became masters of the EU (even scoring a deterioration of the financial position of France by U.S. rating agencies).

Germany saying that the debt crisis is in Greece  (in no case) managed to lead the markets against  Spain and Italy after being razed Ireland and Portugal.

The ultimate goal of Germany is the final victory over France (which has succeeded thanks to the compliant and will-less Sarkozy  and  ”colorless” Hollande ).

The problem of the U.S. is to avoid in any case the Greek collapse  AND  do not Israel  attack  in Iran … ,at least before the U.S. elections on November 6  2012.

Two “friendly” countries (Germany-Israel) extorted the … superpower.

This weakness of the U.S. trying to cover their secret services, which have defined and analyzed all the possible parameters.

A very likely scenario is: If there is a problem, either in Greece or Iran-Syria before 06/11/2012, then it is very likely not even make the U.S. elections.

Under the pretext of disturbing world peace or world economic collapse or the threat against the existence of the U.S., Obama will use emergency powers he has from the U.S. Constitution and declare the U.S. and all regions of the world that has bases in a war situation.

The U.S. army will come out in the streets even in the American cities.

Will suspended all civil liberties and  “finally” have complete the project of the CIA and the Pentagon for uninterrupted, “free” action EVERYWHERE.

So we have a paradox:

Citizens of the U.S. are in danger AND from their allies AND from their own secret services…

Along with the U.S.  at risk are citizens  around the world.

The next 70 days will be the most critical mankind  lived from the time of the Cuban crisis.

Whatever will happens,  humanity will be completely different, the following winter.

Unfortunately, as ordinary citizens, we can not react to the threat we face.

Be prepared because hard times ARE HERE.

The Middle Ages returns.

#thegameagainsthumanity

29/06/2012 Greece does not exist.

Summertime  in Greece is a strange situation.

I see Greeks to fill the beaches and in the evenings to watch football in the squares.

But I see the tragedy in all its glory.

Yesterday, a bank employee requested permission for half-hour from the bank that worked.

Went to  Acropolis and committed suicide.

Yesterday, an unemployed sailor, who was about to get married the next days, hanged himself.

Today, a court bailiff delivered an eviction to a renter .

The renter fell from the third floor and suicide.

Social cohesion is dissolved in Greece.

(Suffice to say that  ”growth rate”  for the quarter July – August will be  -9,7% )

The Greeks pretending that they live and once realize the deadlock, then kill themselves.

What is happening today in Greece can only be compared to what happens in Palestine:

GENOCIDE.

Only the Palestinian people continue to fight for their rights, freedom and lives.

Here in Greece, people have resigned from it all.

Please spread that Greece no longer exists.

Responsible for this is  the Greeks and their tolerance and the fact that they continue to tolerate everything.

A.V.