Protesters are planning to cross the Adriatic Sea from Ancona (Italy) to Greece and on to Idomeni, at the Greek-FYROM Macedonian border – their aim is to open the border and provide solidarity to the refugees gathered there – refugees who escaped war zones and crossed the Aegean, only to find that Fortress Europe in the shape of eastern European countries extending from Macedonia to Austria have raised the drawbridge to any further refugees heading north. Another contingent of protesters, with similar aims, will head for the Austrian borders. Details below…
At Idomeni, on the Greek-FYROM (Macedonian) border, the portcullis of iron fences has literally been raised alongside the miles and miles of barbed wire fencing to deter the thousands of refugees now gathered there. Last Monday, FYROM (Macedonian) police fired stun grenades and tear gas at the refugees, including children.
According to MSF (Doctors Without Borders) there are at least 11,000 refugees, mostly from war zone countries, who are trapped at the border between Greece and FYROM (Macedonia) at the Idomeni crossing (see map below) and a total of 30,000 along that entire border.
Some are sleeping in tents, in mud-filled fields; others are sleeping in the open air; many are sick and exhausted.
More details about the solidarity actions can be found here: www.meltingpot.org and via firstname.lastname@example.org Plus English version of statement by organisers: http://www.meltingpot.org/Solidarity-Campaign-Overthefortress.html
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