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News from the Pressenza Bureau in Athens, Greece

Fires in Greece

Fire in the Gerania mountains. (Picture by Pressenza) For the last 48 hours, wild fires kept burning different parts of Attica. So far, the country mourns 84 victims and the number of missing persons is still high. People’s fortunes were destroyed,…

21st Antiracist Festival of Athens in pictures

“A three-day celebration for hearts of light in times of darkness.” The 21st Antiracist Festival of Athens was held this year on June 29 and 30, and July 1. The festival was full of concerts of Greek and immigrant groups…

Brief reflection on June 2018 EU summit conclusions on migration

By Apostolis Fotiades In general terms the Council document is re-enhancing the commitment of EU to address issues related to migration and refugee influxes with a policy mix of externlisation, tough border controls and criminalisation of actors that obstruct EU…

Greece: As Winter Nears, Asylum Seekers Stuck in Tents on Islands

The Greek government, with the support of EU member states, should act now to end Greece’s “containment policy,” 20 human rights and aid groups said today. The policy forces asylum seekers arriving on the Greek islands to remain in overcrowded,…

Civil society together with refugees in Greece: scaling up pressure on the government

It’s less than a month from today since solidarity groups, NGOs and refugees started to scale up their opposition to what continues to be the reception conditions for asylum seekers on Greek islands in the North-East Aegean. Learning from the…

Journalists on strike in Greece – Pressenza strikes in solidarity

Greek journalists have just finished a 2 day strike; the 4th such strike within a year. Journalists and editors went into media silence on Tuesday and Wednesday this week with the idea that no news should be broadcast via the…

Open the islands – No more dead from cold

Solidarity groups and organizations call for urgent action as winter is coming for refugees in Greece. Over 40 solidarity groups and organizations are calling for urgent action from the Greek local and national authorities to prevent more refugees from dying…

Pressenza participates in the Commons festival in Athens

The Commons’ movement has been of great interest for Pressenza in Athens and worldwide for a long time. In Athens we have been working in publishing a series of issues and Commons’ demands. Aaron Swartz’s activities, articles about free access…

Creative activism towards the restless and moral profile of the pharmaceutical industry

We won’t rest until… is the new hashtag that goes along with Efpia’s campaign, scheduled to promote the restless and moral profile of the pharmaceutical industry. But what is Efpia? The European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industry and Associations (Efpia) is…

20th antiracist festival in Athens

Our country is all the earth. This was the slogan of the 20th antiracist festival that took place the past three days (30/6, 1-2/7) in Athens. Traditionally many organizations and civil movements take part in this celebration that hosts political…

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