Michael Laudahn translated this for us from…
Police patrolling in front of a prison for detained immigrants in an Athens suburb.
In central Athens, greek police intervened massively against immigrants without valid documents. During recent-day raids, 1500 people were checked, of which 500 were detained.
According to statements made on saturday by a greek police speaker, 2000 officers took part in the operation in the greek capital. During a similar sortie in the Evros border region near Turkey, 2500 officers were active.
The raids’ objective is ‘to send back the immigrants to their native countries, to close the borders, and to again make Athens a rule-of-law metropolis with quality of life’, declared the police. It is a matter of ‘national survival’.
Before the recent parliamentary election, Antonis Samaras, conservative greek prime minister, had gone in for ‘recapturing the cities’ and ‘stopping the influx of illegal migrants’. On wednesday, Greece had announced a tripling of its present 600 border guards in Evros to 1800.
According to official figures, there are about 800 000 legally registered migrants in Greece. The number of immigrants without valid documents is estimated to be more than 350 000. Since the 17 june election, the neonazi party Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) has been in parliament with 18 deputies. They go in for a ‘cleansng of Greece from illegal migrants’.