After Roeszke 11 (https://noborderserbia.wordpress.com/2016/05/17/solidarity-campaign-freedom-for-the-accused-in-the-rozskehorgos-trial/) the next showtrail? Report about the situation of Mahmoud A.
“On Friday 3^rd of February Mahmoud A. got arrested in the asylum center
of Thessaloniki when he came to attend the interview for his asylum
application. He was brought to the police station of Thessaloniki and
did not know why he has been arrested or for how long he will have to
Mahmoud from Syria, as many others, is stuck in Greece due to the
closure of the FYROM -(Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia) Border
in february 2016. Since then he has been forced to live in unbearable
conditions in different camps throughout Greece. During his time in
Idomeni he and other refugees founded the independent media group
“Refugee TV”. They were reporting about the situation and conditions in
the camp and published their videos on the Internet. After the eviction
of Idomeni end of may 2016, the group was still active and kept being an
unpleasant observer of the still inacceptable conditions in the camps
they were transferred to after. For his unwillingness to stay silent,
Mahmoud had to experience repression in form of police raids, arrests
and searches many times.
Now he is accused for having distributed a leaflet that called to a
demonstration in Idomeni on 10^th of April 2016 as well as being a
“Threat for the security of Greece” . As these accusations are a felony
in Greece, he can face a prison sentence for up to 20 years. His
interrogation with the prosecutor will be on thursday, 9^th of february.
On 10^th of February 2016, a time where more than 10 000 people were
stuck in Idomeni, hundreds of refugees went to a demonstration at the
border fence. A small delegation of five refugees went to the border
police before in order to discuss if they could cross Macedonian
territory, claiming they neither wanted food or money, but just to cross
the border. After their demand was denied by the border police a
demonstration erupted. The Macedonian military answered with tear gas,
rubber bullets and stun grenades, attacking the protesting refugees,
many of them children. Hundreds of people had been injured by the attack
of the Macedonian military.
It is clear that this trial is not an attempt to really find those
responsible for hundreds of injured and traumatized. It is a political
campaign against those that are not willing to silently accept the
inhumane treatment they are exposed to in Greece and other countries of
Europe on a daily base. It is aiming to scare and mute people that are
exposing and fighting the injustice they are facing on a daily base,
using the cover of a so called “system of justice”.
We will keep reporting and updating about this case. If you are
interested in supporting the solidarity campaign for Mahmoud A., write
an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
WE DEMAND THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF MAHMOUD A. FROM PRISON AND DROPPING
OF ALL CHARGES AGAINST HIM.
FREEDOM FOR MAHMOUD A. AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS.
OUR PASSION FOR FREEDOM IS BIGGER THAN YOUR PRISONS.”