El 19 de abril, temprano por la mañana, la policía efectuó el registro del Soli Cafe, deteniendo todas las personas que se encontraban en su interior, entre lxs cuales muchxs refugiadxs. La mayoría de las personas detenidas se encuentra todavía en la cárcel y está en espera de juicio con cargos todavía no muy claros.
Una ves mas, la policía ha intentado intimidar el colectivo del Soli Cafe.
Hasta ahora hay mas de 2000 refugiadxs bloqueadxs en la Isla de Chios sin esperanza de salir. Soli Cafe es una red de suporte que ayuda lxs refugiadxs a luchar por sus derechos humanos básicos, así como con ayudas humanitarias.
El colectivo Soli Cafe seguirá suportando lxs refugiadxs en todas la maneras que podrá.
Ayúdanos a luchar demostrando que no estamos solxs. Pedimos a las personas en el mundo entero a hacer acciones de solidaridad con nosotrxs y publicar las fotos bajo #solicafe.
Sobre Soli Cafe:
At 19 April, early in the morning police raided Soli Cafe and arrested all the people present, amongst which were refugees. Most people are still imprisoned and are waiting trial on charges that are not yet clear. Once again the police have tried to intimidate the Soli Cafe collective.
At the moment there are over 2000 refugees stuck on the island of Chios with no hope of leaving. Soli Cafe provides a support network that helps refugees fight for basic human rights, as well as supplying humanitarian aid.
Soli Cafe collective will continue to support refugees in anyway we can.
Help us fight back by showing that we are not alone. We ask people around the world to do solidarity actions with us and send us photos under #solicafe.
About Soli Cafe:
Why we do what we do:
In the first week of January 2016 we occupied a house on the Greek island of Chios in order to support people fleeing from their home. We decided to do this because the NGO’s, IO’s, the Greek government and the EU failed to adequately meet the needs of these individuals. The official institutions have failed to respond to their basic human needs and they disrespect the inherent dignity of every individual. At Soli Cafe, we fight for freedom of movement and a world without borders. Unlike the official organizations present on the island, we strongly disagree with and reject the registration process (including the bracelets people are forced to wear after registration), a process which separates migrants by nationality and leads to criminalization and deporting people. We are strongly against the paternalistic victimization that happens in the camps and so called Hotspots.
How we do this:
We provide a space where people are equal, so nobody is seen as second class or downgraded. Soli Cafe is a space where self-sufficiency is possible and self-organization is supported. Migrants and volunteers work together to prepare and distribute food daily and relax and drink tea in a chill-out area. We also provide a safe place for women and children and common activities like cooking, painting, and playing instruments. We aim to provide a place, where people can meet on an eye-to-eye-level, regardless of nationality, gender, sexuality or religion. We do not tolerate any behavior that discriminates against people, such as racism, fascism, sexism and homophobia. We work independently from official institutions like NGOs and IOs, the EU, Frontex, and any government (including the Greek government.)
What we actually do:
For three months now we have been offering food, tea (chai), a Freetique (a boutique with free clothes) in the squatted house in the city of Chios island, as well as a safe, hospitable environment in full solidarity and collaboration with the so called “refugees/migrants.” As of March 16th there are about 3000 migrants on the island and as long as migrants are not given the chance to live in dignity and self organize, the existence of projects like Soli Cafe is needed and a different approach is possible. We therefore work together as equals with people of different backgrounds. Everybody is treated with respect and dignity. Soli Cafe is constantly sharing and improving the necessary equipment, knowledge and experience so all can and actually do benefit.
Everybody feel welcome to come and pass by.
We call for your support, for people helping, for money and equipment donations.
You can contact us via mail:
You can donate money to:
IBAN: NL06 INGB 0007 1702 49
Payment reference “SoliCafe”