It has been a constant every day and this Saturday, the fourth day in the sun and on the asphalt, exactly the same has happened: the Moria refugees, whose field was completely burned last Tuesday morning, have demonstrated so that the greek police allow them to leave the small stretch of road in which they have been confined.
The police Helena has also responded as always: closing the way and with tear gas. Among the refugees are hundreds of children and babies. “This is all a medical bomb. These people have not had access to water in all these days, and cannot wash their hands & rdquor;, said the president of the association of doctors of Athens, Matina Pagoni, to television ‘Skai’.
Refugees on Lesbos get some humanitarian aid dropper. Those trapped there complain that it is not enough. “Freedom! No to the field! Can you hear us ma’am Merkel? & rdquor ;, claimed the refugees at the demonstration.
The Athens government announced this Friday that it was already building new temporary facilities to take the refugees off the road and, although they did not give many details, they did explain that the new facilities will be where they used to be: the Moria camp, the Greek government wants, will revive.
“From this Saturday, asylum seekers will begin to settle in tents, in safe conditions& rdquor;, said the Minister of Migration, Notis matarakis, while behind his back the bulldozers they removed the ashes of Moria to accommodate the new tents.
A plan that nobody likes
After this plan, the government wishes, in Moria the official refugee camp, like before. With one difference: now, the refugees will not be able to leave it if it is not to be transferred to another place. The field of Moria will become a closed field or, what is the same, in a open air jail.
This plan does not like anyone: the locals reject it because, for them, the only viable option is that there are no more fields on the island of Lesbos. Another camp installed on their land, they believe, will perpetuate the presence and arrival of migrants on the island. The refugees, for their part, are also against it, and their reason is simple: they want to reach Europe; not be locked in a place from which you cannot get out.
Meanwhile, with the refugees still stranded on the asphalt, the European Union promised this Friday a new community plan to deal with the arrival of refugees. This new plan, said the vice president of the Commission, Margaritis Schinas, “Will please all Member States & rdquor ;.
Just 24 hours after the announcement, detractors have already come out: the Austrian Prime Minister, the Conservative Sebastian Kurz, has said that Austria will not accept anyone from Moria.
“If we bow to the Pressure Now, we risk making the same mistakes as 2015. We risk giving him false expectations to the people & rdquor;, said Kurz, one of whose great electoral flags has been and is the strong hand against refugees.