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Paros, Greece 2014

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Living Shadows…

Paros, Greece 2014

Greece's migrant fruit pickers: 'They kept firing. There was blood everywhere'

Is a man worth nothing when he is branded illegal? Tipu Chowdhury has spent the past 17 months wondering. The answer has not been easy. Even now, after being forced to endure subhuman living conditions, after being starved and worked like a slave, the Bangladeshi does not speak ill of Greece. Instead of anger, there is resignation, an almost fatalistic acceptance that this is the life meted out to those who go ”undocumented”.

Had he and his fellow strawberry pickers not been shot at – had the case not reached the courts and the men who did the shooting not been scandalously freed – he might not have pondered the question at all.

"When they pointed their guns at us, and there were around 200 of us gathered in that space, we thought they were joking," says Chowdhury of the April 2013 attack. "After all, we hadn’t been paid for more than five months. We couldn’t believe it when they actually began shooting."

This week, unions, anti-racist groups and peasant workers’ associations will launch a solidarity campaign in support of the Bangladeshis, starting with a mass demonstration timed to coincide with a speech the Greek prime minister, Antonis Samaras, will give on Sunday outlining the government’s economic policy at the international trade fair in Thessaloniki. As preparations get under way, 33-year-old Chowdhury has found himself reliving the events of that day, one that would go down as the worst assault in Europe on migrant workers in living memory.

Athens. 1970
Photo by Konrad Helbig

Athens. 1970

Photo by Konrad Helbig

Greece. 1951. 
Census

Greece. 1951. 

Census

New ticket prices for Athens public transport

Announcing reduced single fares and monthly travel cards, transport minister promises to more inspections and electronic ticketing to fight fare dodging

A new fare system will apply to all modes of public transport in Athens from Monday 1 September.

Ordinary single fares now costs €1.20 instead of the old rate of €1.40, while the monthly travel card for all modes of public transport in Athens has been reduced by €15 to €30.

But the single fare will be valid for 70 minutes instead of the 90 minutes as was the case, which represents a 10.06% increase in terms of the cost per minute (from 0.015 cents/minute to 0.017 cents/minute). Decreasing the time for which these tickets are valid will also limit the widespread practice of offering used tickets to commuters who cannot afford them.

Europe drafts emergency energy plan with eye on Russia gas shut-down

The European Union could ban gas exports and limit industrial use as part of emergency measures to protect household energy supplies this winter, a source told Reuters, as it braces for a possible halt in Russian gas as a result of the Ukraine crisis.

Russia is Europe’s biggest supplier of oil, coal and natural gas, and its pipelines through Ukraine are currently the subject of political manoeuvering - not for the first time - as Europe and Moscow clash over the latter’s military action in Ukraine.

Kiev is warning that Russia plans to halt gas supplies while Moscow says Ukraine could siphon off energy destined for the European Union - which has just threatened new sanctions if Moscow fails to pull its forces out of Ukraine.

While buyers of oil and coal can find new suppliers relatively quickly, southeast Europe receives most of its gas from Kremlin-controlled Gazprom.

Tankers from Qatar and Algeria bring liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe via ports along the Atlantic and Mediterranean oceans, but European buyers often re-sell those cargoes abroad for higher prices rather than supplying their domestic market.

Karpathos

Karpathos

Kos
Photo by Patricia Passet

Kos

Photo by Patricia Passet

Athens. 1964
The topless pictures promoting bathing suits by the designer Rudi Gernreich created a lot of furore when published in Athenian newspapers in 1964 and the papers were prosecuted for bringing them. 

Athens. 1964

The topless pictures promoting bathing suits by the designer Rudi Gernreich created a lot of furore when published in Athenian newspapers in 1964 and the papers were prosecuted for bringing them. 

Kos. Mount Dikaeos
Photo by Daniel Prosenc

Kos. Mount Dikaeos

Photo by Daniel Prosenc

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