Rough translation of the full text of the migrant hunger strikers’ assembly which has triggered, as it seems, the immenent police operation in the Law school.
DECISION BY THE ASSEMBLY OF THE HUNGER STRIKERS
Us, the 250 hunger strikers
Who are already on the 3d day of hunger strike in the Law School, demanding the legalisation as our given right, have been hearing about the discussions around our demand, the inaccuracies, lies and intentional distortion of the truth. We do not know if it is the government or mass media responsible for this situation, however it is unacceptable for such lies to be told since we have issued press releases, we had made the site of the hunger strike accessible to journalists from day 1 and we have sent representatives of ours to the university community and the government. And so, wanting to restore the truth, we declare the following:
- · We are not what the media present us to be, that is the poor migrants who are penniless, without houses, work, clothes and so on. We have homes, relatives, work in the cities we left behind. We were not looking for shelter here in Athens but rather, we came to struggle (for as long as our bodies can take it) for our legalisation, our rights and for dignified life conditions.
- We did not wish to bother anyone. From the beginning we knew that the site we had chosen in the Law School was not used for educational purposes. We respect and protect the site hosting our struggle and were very happy to hear that the school is operating as normal once again.
- · We decide on our own and unaffected by anyone, through our assemblies (the assembly of the hunger strikers). There is no-one hiding behind us, neither in front of us. And we will not take guidance [orders] by anyone! We asked for help and from the beginning, Greeks and foreigners stood in solidarity, a fact for which we thank them very much. We will never forget how much they aid our struggle.
- We declare our solidarity to all the migrants who are on hunger strike demanding their legalisation (in Propylea and the Athens Polytechnic) and we ask the government to meet their demands.
- Today we were offered a relocation under given conditions. The main reasons for which this relocation is not possible are the following three:
a) the proposed site would only be accessible by the hunger strikers and not those in solidarity
b) that site would be guarded by police, a fact that would not only not only solve any problems but create further tension too.
c) The suggested solution is temporary and offers no permanent solution.
Us, the migrants, who are forced to wander around the entire world, do not want to be forced to wander around during our hunger strike too.
We nevertheless declare we remain open to suggestions that will however meet our struggle’s demands.
Also, we know there is no Asylum issue. We therefore ask the Government not to deal with this matter but rather to focus on our just demand and meeting this.
Finally we ask all those in solidarity who wish so, to attend tomorrow’s solidarity assembly at 6pm outside the Law school.