[“Foreigners Out” and “This here is Greece”]
The finacial crisis in Greece has caused an atmosphere of desperation, fear and sadness. Most people here are feeling it. Most of the talk I hear from my friends and colleagues, is of leaving. Many people I know, are barely getting by and it’s terribly depressing for all. More and more, on a daily basis in truth, I am hearing insulting, disrepectful, hurtful accusations towards foreigners. If the general consensus on the street is to be believed, it’s our fault that Greece is suffering from this crisis. It’s our fault that the traffic is so bad and public transport is rubbish. It’s our fault that there are no jobs and people are being fired or forced to take pay cuts. It’s our fault that there are no pensions. That young people are leaving to find better work opportunities. That the city streets are filled with rubbish. That Greece is failing. These are all things that I have heard, on a regular basis, with my own ears.
Few people want to hear about what’s happening to immigrants here and that is one of the reasons that I have been posting so rarely recently. The backlash against foreigners is deepening and is getting more frghtening by the day. As those of you who have followed this blog, some of you for years, know how it has been. Just posting information about what is happening in the immigrant community seems to cause waves of venom and hatred. So I have avoided doing so for a while. Taken a break to deal with real life problems that needed and still need my attention.
But I feel I cannot be silent any longer… I am deeply disturbed by what is happening here in Athens. I am scared of the far right wing who are using this financial crisis to boost their perverted ideologies. These gangs of thugs who go around stirring up mistrust and hatred in certain neighbourhoods. Who stalk the streets in gangs and violently attack foreigners.
It’s time for me to speak up again. And time for others to join me in the absolute condemnation of these attacks against us. Both verbal and physical.
As Greece teeters on the brink of bankruptcy, there has been a surge in violent attacks on immigrants.
Greece is one of the main entry points to Europe and the government says it is going to build a fence to keep out further illegal migrants.
But many migrants who are already in Greece say they have had enough of conditions there and now want to go home.
Enough is enough.