Refugees from various camps and reception centres around Greece are staging a hunger strike in Athens’ main Syntagma Square, demanding reunification with their families.
The hunger strikers say they will remain in Syntagma until their demands are satisfied.
«We are running to leave Syria because there is war there. We come here, and we live in the streets with our children. We shall remain until our demands are met. We have not applied for asylum, only for family reunion,» a representative of the hunger strikers said.
Amr Issa is from Syria. He is in Greece alone, without his family, which is currently residing in Germany. «My daughter and wife are in Germany. I was unable to go because I had enough money only for two people, and not three. We applied some months ago to go to Germany, and our applications were approved. We shall remain here and continue our hunger strike until we get answers,» Issa said.
Previously, refugees and citizens in solidarity with them held a demonstration, including the president of the LAE (Popular Unity) party Panagiotis Lafazanis, formerly a SYRIZA minister who now heads the anti-memorandum splinter party.