Providing refugees with gloves to keep their hands warm in the cold. (photograph ToSofoPaidi)
It has been nine days since Syrian refugees began their sit-in at Syntagma Square, Athens, and four days since the beginning of their hunger strike, asking recongition of their rights as war refugees from the Greek and European authorities.
The refugees, among which there are families with young children as well as unaccompanied minors, demand:
provision of travel documents in order to move to other countries within the E.U.
the opportunity to apply for asylum in other countries that have shown interest and not in Greece
to be provided with the appropriate shelter for war refugees: housing, medical care and education.
Following the negotiations with a delegation from the Ministry of Interior for the past nine days and a dialogue that turned futile, the refugees were handed the following document today at noon:
Document handed out to the refugees on Thursday 7/11
Among others, the document states:
The only solution for you is to apply for asylum
There is NO such [travel] document. No EU member state can issue such a document |
The Greek state is not able to provide accommodation to all people arriving from Syria