AYS Special: Lesvos well beyond the brink (this is what we know so far)

In partnership with Refocus Media Labs, we bring you the most detailed account of violent and sometimes confusing events unfolding at the congested Greek island, with updates to follow as the story is still unfolding. Written by Douglas F. Herman.

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Mar 1, 2020 · 22 min read
Tear gas canisters fired at local protesters by riot police imported from Athens. (Kavala, Lesvos)
Photo: @dfherman @refocusmedialabs

Pressure Cooker

North Aegean All-Island General Strike: January 22, 2020 Mytilini, Lesvos
photo: @dfherman

“We want our island back, we want our lives back”

Refugee Protest: January 30, 2020 Mytilini, Lesvos
photo: @dfherman

General strikes & refugee protests

Exclusive video from front line of refugee protest feb 3, 2020, by Douglas F. Herman
Detainees inside transported to Mytilini police station, February 3, 2020 Kara Tepe, Lesvos
Photo: @dfherman
A protester was punched by Police officer in plain clothes. Mytilini, Lesvos
Photo: screen grab from video by Ciaran Carney
Exclusive video of 2nd day of refugee protests. Video by Ciaran Carney

Orchestrated fear

Local Antifa march against violent blockade of Moria Village. Kara Tepe, Lesvos
Photo: Ahmad Ebrahimi @s.ahmad_ebrahimi

Closed centres & Requisition of land

Daily scene on the north coast of Lesvos, near Skala Sikamineas. Arrivals in 2019 have totalled more than 2017 and 2018 combined, yet Stage 2 first response camp was recently ordered closed.
Photo: @dfherman
Olive Grove behind overcrowded Moria Camp, Lesvos. Over 15,000 people are living rough in tent city.
Photo: @dfherman
Olive Grove behind overcrowded Moria Camp, Lesvos. Over 15,000 people are living rough in tent city.
Photo: @dfherman
“Life-jacket Graveyard” near Molyvos, Lesvos.
Photo: @dfherman
Aspironsi, uninhabited islet in the background just off the coast of Mantamados, where alternative site for closed camp was rejected by Mitsotakis’s government. Karava, Lesvos
Photo: @dfherman

Daxi, Daxi

Cultural dance festival in Sappho Square in Mytilini, Lesvos February 22, 2020
Photo: @dfherman
Solidarity March of locals, refugees and NGOs- Mytilini, Lesvos. February 22, 2020
Photo: @dfherman

Calm before the storm

Locals blockade the ferry terminal with garbage trucks throughout the night in advance of secret delivery of riot police arriving from Athens. Mytilini, Lesvos February 24–25, 2020.
Photo: @dfherman
Initially peaceful blockade of Mytilini ferry terminal, Lesvos
Photo: @dfherman
Riot police brace for confrontation with locals at ferry terminal in early hours of February 25, 2020
Mytilini, Lesvos Photo: @dfherman
An initially peaceful blockade of Mytilini ferry terminal shifts towards anger.
Photo: @dfherman
Tear gas is used to push back more aggressive elements in crowd blockading ferry terminal in Mytilini, Lesvos February 25, 2020 photo: @dfherman
Exclusive cideo by Kyra Sacks

Showdown in Mantamados

Scene along road to Mantamados where local protesters squared off with riot police sent from Athens.
photo: posted by Katerina Nikos
Sappho Square in Mytilini, Lesvos. Day 1 General Strike on Lesvos.
photo: @dfherman
Day 1 General Strike March to the Ministry in Mytilini, Lesvos. Photo: @dfherman
Scene along road to Mantamados where local protesters squared off with riot police sent from Athens.
photo: posted by Katerina Nikos
Locals protesting the creation of closed camps near Mantamados, Lesvos
photo: posted by Franziska Grillmeier
Tear gas canisters and flask grenades thrown by riot police toward locals protesting the creation of closed camps near Mantamados, Lesvos photo: posted by Katerina Vati
Exclusive video by Kyra Sacks, edited by Sanja Padjen
Exclusive video by Kyra Sacks, edited by Sanja Padjen

Aftermath

Day 2 of General Strike against police brutality and creation of closed camps on Lesvos
Photo: @dfherman
Day 2 of General Strike on Lesvos. Photo: @dfherman
Locations of alleged attacks by fascists on volunteers.
Source: anonymous
Vehicle damaged in attack by fascists against volunteers
Source: anonymous
Local protesters continue to stand guard at roadblock up to Karava, the proposed site of closed camps near Matamados, Lesvos photo: @dfherman

“We will open the gates”

New arrivals off boats just landed near Port Mytilini being brought to Moria for processing.
photo: Kyra Sacks

Shifting sands

“My cameras were thrown into the water. I was beaten and kicked heavily. This lasted a while. No police on site, also as I left. Some locals that disagreed with what the attackers did took care of me. And I am with friends.”

Volunteer and employee cars parked near Moria Camp.
Photo: M. -ReFOCUS Media Labs student
Volunteer and employee cars parked near Moria Camp.
Photo: M. -ReFOCUS Media Labs student

NOTE: This story is unfolding, updates will follow accordingly.

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