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"Welcome Centre"

This was found in a newspaper from Lesvos called “EMPROS”. It shows a situation in the, so called “Welcome Centre”, the detention centre in Pagani.

Welcome Centre: Have you booked? I`m sorry we are full.

Deportation in Samos stopped

After the first successful prevention of the deportation of 23 refugees
in Evros on the 4th august 2009 in Samos, their was a second even
stronger action made by refugees themselves and not by organisations and

On the 10th August there was the probably second time that
refugees were supposed to be transported to Athens and from there,
“only God knows”, where they would be brought. But the refugees in
Samos  got organized and made a hunger strike on the 5ht of august. They
refused loud to enter the police prison cars screaming out loud, that they
need help and screaming: no deportation – freedom. Some solidary
people went in front of the center but the transport was cancelled.

Last sunday in the harbour

A lot of police and military, was all around the harbour. In the closed part of the harbour a normal ferry had been landed.  Then the travellers were let into the ship after getting controlled very well.

Suddenly the police seemed to be nervous.  Then a public bus came around the corner. It was obviously that they were transporting refugees. The refugees were screaming “FREEDOM” out loud and waved to the people making the peace sign. The fence was opened and the bus drove throw,they parked him in front of the belly and putted their medical masks and gloves on. They brought the refugees into the belly, which is actually the parking area.

You wanna come?


Here are a few last hints for those who haven’t yet quite made their mind up about coming (you really should though!). For one, it is important to have in mind that the police usually controls people that arrive by plane and boat. You should think about that when packing your bags…

And if you are not flying to Lesvos directly: Get your ferry ticket now! Space on the ferries to Mytiline is limited, and some people have already been grounded in Athens due to this. So don’t wait! Book your ticket now (after all, we didn’t set up the How to Lesvos site just for fun).

If you have any urgent problems, you can call the camp phone: ++30 694 791 36 22. This telephone number is of course available before and during the camp.

Once you know what date and time you’ll be arriving in Mytilini or at the airport of Lesvos, you can write an email with the date, time and the amount of persons to this address: arriving.Mytilini (at) There is transportation to the camp site. There are public buses to the campsite, too. We will publish the timetable. If you cannot catch one of those because you arrive at crazy times, let us know via email.

How to Lesvos As always: Check the page How to Lesvos for complete information. And you can always check the How To Lesvos Category for updates, also alvailable as RSS.

Klephtes! Thieves!

On Friday 17/07 8 packages with printed material for the no border camp were sent with a ship to Mytilene. The packages had specific recipient, the name and telephone number of whom appeared in the packages, and for transporting them was cut bill. When Saturday 18/07 we went to receive the packages the staff of the ship told us that the stores were closed and the receipt should be made on Sunday. Finally we went to collect the packages on Tuesday when officials of the ship told us that they considered the material as humanitarian assistance and called the coast police to receive them. The coast police admit that they took the material from the boat but no one knew about the fate of the material. The harbor master was seemed to ignore the issue completely. Two days later part of the material found in a store room of the coast police in the port.Of the 8 packages, 3 were missing, all packages were opened and some of the material found in a nearby trash bin. To the questions why the material received by coast police as there was specipic receiver and why they didn’t inform the receiver, no one was available to respond. In a publication in a local newspaper reported the following:

According to secure information, law enforcement authorities have identified and blocked quantity of printed material of anarchists for the event no border camp, which arrived by ship in the harbor. Impression is caused by the fact that the material, which identified by the authorities, was hidden in packages that were sent from Athens (by people who work until recently as a body of government on refugees) and intended as a “humanitarian assistance for refugees”! The material unloaded from the ship with the assistance of Coast Guard men, but upon unloading one package was opened, so to determine its content.

It is obvious that there is a trial to create atmosphere against the no border camp and the authorities are ready to use all methods. The fact that newspapers like “empros” are carrying false reports disseminated on porpose by the authorities,is expected. The material for the no border camp that will take place from 25 to 31 August in Mitilini was sharing already in various towns and villages of the island. No one is illegal. Come to discuss in the squares of the island.

Taxi driver accused

Last week, a taxi driver was stopped and arrested by the police. He was accused for transporting refugees without papers. The taxi driver tried to explain that an 16 year old afghan boy, with papers asked him to drive him to another place to pick up his sister. when they arrived, there were three women and a child waiting, and entered the taxi. While they were driving a police car which was observing him caught them and arrested them all, including the taxi driver.

The president of the taxi drivers union, in Mytilini, commanded that taxi drivers will be obliged to control the papers of their guest.

The danish court decision during the process against german taxi driver, that’s says that the police can not oblige the taxi drivers to control the papers of there guests is obviously not known yet

Greece belongs to ?

Somewhere on the way out of Mytilini, fascists wrote “Turks. refugees, anarchists. Greece belongs to the Greek.” And then some hours later, it said “Greece belongs to Siemens”.


Important stuff to know

The main email address is noborder.lesvos.2009 (at) .Please make sure that your question is not already answered on the homepage.

If you have any urgent problems you can call the camp phone: 0030 6947913622. This telephone number is clearly also available during the camp.

When you know at witch date and time you arrive at Mytilini or at the airport of Lesvos, please write an email with the date, time and the amount of persons to this address: arriving.Mytilini (at) . So we can organize buses to bring you to the campingside.

If you want to use your mobile phone, you should buy  the sim card from “vodafone cu”.

If you already now which day you want to come to Lesvos, make sure you book your ticket.

Like you know there is always a lot of work to do. We all will need people to translate, doing shifts at the infopoint, helping in the kitchen, taking care of the waste, toiletts and showers.

How to Lesvos As always: Check the page How to Lesvos for complete information. And you can always check the How To Lesvos Category for updates, also alvailable as RSS.

Radio Squat in Mytilini


There was a 30min radio interruption in the name of no-border, topic of this were the deportations from Samos and Mytilini.  Stories about refugees and turkish fisherman, who where caught by the border police were told. After that there was a live interview with people from Samos, who stopped the deportation on Tuesday.

Samos: The ship left without the refugees

In Vathy of Samos, the mobilization of local initiatives was successful. After 3 hours of seizure of the catapult, the ship departed for Theofilos to Kavala without the deportation of 60 refugees (Afghans and Somalis). The mobilization was very exiting with the refugees being synchronized through the crates with the collateral shouting “freedom”.
(, 04-08-09)

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Voices from the Inside of Pagani (2009)

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