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(en) No Border - Bulgaria/Greece

Date Wed, 31 Aug 2005 23:06:03 +0300


The No Border camps and actions have finished. The actions were organized by
the Anarcho-Resistance Group, the Anti-Authoritarian Movement, the Group of
Refugees and Immigrants (Greece) and the Anarcho-Syndicalist Initiative.
People came from many different places and some 40-50 people took part in
the Bulgarian actions and between 150-200 in Greece. The purpose of the
camps was to publicize issues related to borders, migration, deportation and
immigrant rights and, as most of the people at these camps were anarchist,
this was done from an anti-statist point of view.
The Bulgarian camp squatted an abandoned former Border Guard station in
Kluch, near the borders with Greece and Macedonia. The atmosphere was nice
and people from the village (and even nearby villages) constantly came to
the camp. Unfortunately the weather was bad. There was not much formally
planned to happen there which we found very unfortunate because the general
conditions for discussion, planning things, etc., turned out to be better
than in Greece where there were too many people and too many cafes. In
Bulgaria there were a couple of film screenings and discussions with local
people. In Greece, we saw some local people at concerts, but we don't know
if they came for other events and really other events such as films or
discussions barely happened. Most activities focused on demonstrations and
parties.

The first demonstration took place at the Bulgarian-Greek border when the
group coming from the Bulgarian side crossed carrying banners, flags and
chanting slogans. There were some tensions with the police as Bulgarian
police tried to confiscate and camera and two vehicles passed too slowly.

There were also demonstrations in Xanthi and Komotini. The mood of these
demonstrations were very good and defiant. In addition to these demos, there
was an action at a deportation center in Venna. Participants clashed with
the police in order to gain entrance to the center and find out the names of
the people inside. People from Xanthi intend to help the people to get legal
aid with the aim of getting them out of the center.
Laure

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