…and then they came for the trans* people.

Operation Zeus in August last year marked the start of an ugly reminder of a European past that we thought we had long buried.  Nearly 60 years after the end of the Second European War, migrants were round up from the streets of Greece and shoved unceremoniously into internment camps.  In May, women working in the sex industry were pulled from the streets, forcibly tested for HIV, publicly humiliated and imprisoned.  In March, they rounded up drug users from the streets of Athens and put them too into camps.  Last month in Thessaloniki they came for trans gender people.

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On the 30th of May, the Greek authorities stepped up their cleansing of the streets of the undesirables.  The daily checks of papers, papers, papers whenever someone non-white encounters a police officer sees numerous migrants hauled to police stations, and many imprisoned in one of the hellholes that pass for the detention camps of Greece.  In April alone 10, 000 people were stopped in these checks, and there are currently 5, 000 languishing in the official camps with an unknown number in temporary facilities such as police cells and shipping containers.  Last month Dendias announced a doubling of the capacity of these camps, although with no commitment to closing the alternative facilities.

Greek citizens, drugs users, homeless people and women working in the sex industry, have also been targeted under these sweeps where they are hauled to police stations, forcibly tested for HIV and in some cases imprisoned among with the migrants in the internment camps.  As the graffiti is cleaned off the shop facades in anticipation of the summer tourist influx, the streets are being cleansed of undesirables.

On the 30th of May, a new group of undesirables was identified.  Trans gender people. For the last week, daily raids have been taking place in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city.  Under the pretense that of checking that the person is not involved in the sex industry trans people are being rounding up and arrested.  Their details are taken and they are detained for several hours.  On release they are warned that if they did not “return to normal” they would be arrested for public indecency.

This is not the first time that trans people have been targeted in Greece, in August last year, 25 trans women were arrested and force to undergo HIV testing and charged with prostitution offenses, in April, finally, the last of this group was acquitted.  This is however a new and sustained campaign against trans people, some of whom were stopped driving their cars and accused of sexual impropriety.

In May, the official broadcast to publicise Athens Pride was banned as it included a lesbian kiss, while in Thessaloniki, the  Metropolitan of the Greek Orthodox Church described Pride as an “unholy and unnatural event”, urging citizens not to take their children and indicating that he would like to see the event shut down.  At the end of last year gay men were repeated assaulted by member of the Golden Dawn, sometimes armed with knifes, in the wake of the violent and vicious rabble that saw the opening of the play “Corpus Christi” besieged by Nazis.  One MP from the fascist Golden Dawn attacked a journalist, punching him in the face and screeching after him as he escaped “You run away you faggot, you ass-muncher“, while the police silently watched.

This new escalation follows a familiar pattern of harassment, false imprisonment, detention, and arrests.  The experiences of migrants, drug users and women in the sex industry are all testimony to the deliberate targeting of marginalised groupings.   The pink triangle isn’t just a cool emblem, but a reminder that we’ve seen it all before.  We said never again – only it IS happening again….and one-by-one the people who may have spoken up disappear.

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SHAME ON GREECE
SHAME ON GREECE

This isn't going to save your shitty economy, Greece. SHAME ON YOU. Jesus himself ate with sinners and prostitutes and all were welcome to the Lord's table and supper. That you claim to practice Christianity and imprison beings for simply existing shows you are not following Jesus at all....you are doing the opposite....you may figure what that is out...let me give you a clue. it has horns.


chefnaddina
chefnaddina

All World religions are fragmented incomplete from their original source and that source is not a religion at all!

that source is a Science called the Vedas. It Is funny and sad at the same time, how complicated these World religions make life become! Saying we are the one true religion, but in fact none are the one true!Simply because of this fragmentation and even manipulation! What is sad is this Blindness they all have they should all get together perhaps meeting on a Neutral ground, in the Unitarian Church a United Nation of Churches and teach each World religious leader the Science of the Vedas! they would all see their similarities then find what's missing in their so called one true religion!  There would be World Peace!

usarmyveteran1969
usarmyveteran1969

The Muslim child is taught the Islamic religion their parents practice. The Christian Child is taught the religion their parents practice. And so it goes for all the other religions. We are born into what we should believe. I often wonder in the absence of religion what would children be taught?


Of course we cannot forget that many children rebel against their parents. They often convert to religions other that their parents practice. I find it interesting when people are angry at the world and advocate the destruction "The others". Is this true unbiased thinking? No, of course not. There is a leader in there somewhere spewing their brand of proper "governing of the people"......

The human brain is huge. Would it not be wonderful if we all actually used it? I cannot wait for the reasons to flow as to why my thoughts are screwed up. All I advocate is peace.

usarmyveteran1969
usarmyveteran1969


At the first appearance of intelligence human beings on the face of the earth humans created religion. That established that humans would surely create different religions. Each of those would hate the other and strive to eradicate the other from the face of the earth. It seems to me the earth was much happier without the "Intelligent human race". The problem in the world is religion. It matters not which one because each believes itself to be the "Correct religion".


What God, and any wives, sons he/she may have would actually be a killer? A being with absolute power would use that power to control the creations as the God willed it. So it stands to reason that every religion has a very violent God. I think perhaps it would be best to worship a big Rock. The prime directive would be if anyone suggests to kill anyone they are ht with the rock. Oh dang it! I just created another violent God!


As you can tell I was in the U.S. Army. I was drafted in 1969, went to Vietnam. I am 64 now. I have lived long enough to become wiser. I understand that world leaders lead for their own agenda with little regard for the people they lead. The problem in fixing this is that we can never get away from having leaders. And therein lies yet another problem. The succession of leaders gets better, than bad, then good again and so on. I suppose it is a good thing all leaders are not the same all at the same time. Example: Imagine if Hitler had won the war? 


samspruce
samspruce

This is the inevitable result of the 'austerity lie' imposed by neoliberal corporatism.  Greece has been manipulated by 'Europe' to be the scape goat, poverty stricken, debt ridden poor country.  More will follow (many are already following but to keep things simple...).  And, as historical evidence suggests, this is what will happen.  If the folk in the wealthier countries cannot or will not recognise what they are part of by colluding with this insane New World Order domination then all of Europe will descend into the most disgusting pit of inhumanity.  Could people really not see what was happening when Germany 'bailed' Greece out with an unsupportable debt with conditions to implement 'austerity' policies on its own people?  This is similar to Mafia tactics.  It is enslaving nations with debt.  This is exactly what they want for their current operation in Ukraine.  Will no one stop this insanity?

gothp
gothp

@xugla ( everyone's fundamental rights are respected ... not before for recreational use legal )

chefnaddina
chefnaddina

I think it's more dark and sinister like the way the Missionaries paved the Way for Colonization and Genocide both catholic and protestant ! They may be using a test to hide the fact that they are doing this all around the World not just in Greece! In America they are doing this to Homeless and more it is the Micro Chip this is what they are now doing! Started this in Miami Fl

chefnaddina
chefnaddina

Here is your answer  (Greek Orthodox Church)

When I see something like this happen I look for the Why and EVERY time is has something to do with Christian Religion! Such a Demonic religion the World must be educated and cleansed from this Hate Extremist Christian religion is one if the reason's the World will never have peace! The others are Extremist Islamic and Extremist Jewish! 

Charge them for crimes against Humanity it's Godless to persecute people who are not in your religion or what you expect them to be!

guest3346
guest3346

It would be great if the gays and lesbians were rounded up as well, after all they think of themselves as unstoppable at forcing their own illicit lifestyles on Christians and straights, this should happen in America as drugs AND the ones giving it to children are at an all time high, and as Alicat12 said round up the sex users as well the politicians the police and the judges who also use the prostitutes then maybe things will change for the good.

ColettaHughes
ColettaHughes

I say to you as surely as the sun will rise tomorrow... Those of you who would do harm to another because you disagree with them or their lifestyle are playing God. Jesus said "shake the dust from your sandals", not burn their village to the ground while cursing their tears. Take the 2 x 4 out of your own eye so that you may better see to remove your brothers splinter. To those who can not forgive with hearts that burn with hate. What is it that you are doing to see the kingdom of God? Have you fed the sick? When was the last time you took in a widow? Do you put a coin in the hand of the drunken beggar or do you curse them with your rath? Read the bible... Jesus didn't seek to hang out with the clean and wealthy.... He chose those you hate. Let those of you without sin cast the first stone.


Blessings and love to all of you. Regardless of how much you hate me just for being a transsexual, a beggar, a hooker, or anything you just can't bare to look at without busting your tiny and special bubble.  

DarrenGregory
DarrenGregory

This just came my way today: Is this still happening in Greece?  Or, not?  If it is: we have some work to do!  Enough is enough!

DarrenGregory
DarrenGregory

There are some people missing who God is: I'm not entering this debate: but, the spiritual abuse suffered to make anyone believe that God stands for purity as dictated by man?  I'm sorry: this is mental illness at it's highest level of psychopathy!

ElisabethLiora
ElisabethLiora

God's cleansing will reign supreme. You are either with God, or against Him.  You are either a child of God or a child of the devil.  It is YOUR choice.  The consequences will depend on said choice.  I side with God.  Righteousness.  And Purity.

cogdisastrA
cogdisastrA

Kosmogrrrl Baronesa1980 This is making my blood boil OMG.

NitaEll
NitaEll

God's cleansing will reign supreme. You are either with God, or against Him.  You are either a child of God or a child of the devil.  It is YOUR choice.  The consequences will depend on said choice.  I side with God.  Righteousness.  And Purity. 

NitaEll
NitaEll

God's cleansing will reign supreme. You are either with God, or against Him.  You are either a child of God or a child of the devil.  It is YOUR choice.  The consequences will depend on said choice.  I side with God.  Righteousness.  And Purity.

SHAME ON GREECE
SHAME ON GREECE

@usarmyveteran1969 Bless you for your services.....Please continue to speak out against religious crimes...I hope people take you seriously, given that you risked your life to serve our country. 

chefnaddina
chefnaddina

@guest3346  Christian religion is Godless so all this hate is the reason why. 

Only the original source to all World religions will bring the World to Loving peace the Science of the Vedas they are not a Religion. There's no such religion as Hindu this was a a name given by the ignorance of English Protestant and Catholic Missionaries who corrupted and paved the way for Colonization and Genocide around the World! If you ask me only Demoniacs should be rounded up that would mean you guest3346!

chefnaddina
chefnaddina

@ColettaHughes  Emperor Constantine of Rome manipulated the writings in the Bible they are fragmented and incomplete. You can find complete answers to life's Questions such as Science of the Soul/Atma,Anti Material and Material Worlds,Aruvedic medicine,Vastu Architectural Science and much more in the Vedas!


It is not Hindu religion there is no such religion this was a name given by the Missionaries who corrupted,had their own Culture and Science! Missionaries paved the way for Colonization and Genocide around the World!


 If you also read the life of Krsna you will find the original source to Pagan Pan and The made up story of the Jesus!

I spent years reading World religions then found the Science of the Vedas and now know this is the Original source to all in the World! No reason for Wars because all came from the same Science of the Vedas. Five Hundred years a man who was Islamic a Scholar taught the Science of the Vedas the Indians and Muslims wanted to and even tried to attack and kill him because he would not choose a side because any religion can chant the holy name of God because the Vedas are the source to all! This mans name was Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu! The Vedas were then brought to the Ignorant West by a man named AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada to educate anyone from any religion can study the Science of the Vedas to become self realized Soul/Atma and Loving devotions are the only way to the heavenly planes Hate is not the path! So Christians,Islamics,Jewish who are Hateful will not make it to the Heavenly plane of existence in the Spiritual World! The made up story of jesus is very misleading one to continuous Sin!

chefnaddina
chefnaddina

@ColettaHughes  When I see something like this happen I look for the Why and EVERY time is has something to do with Christian Religion! Such a Demonic religion because it is fragmented and missing Doctrine like all World religions they should go back to the Original source to all the Vedas which are not a religion but a true science!Of nature of Anti Material World  the material World and the human Soul!

A_Manifesto
A_Manifesto

@ColettaHughes  eeeerm. Lady i know that perhaps you are quoting (or misquoting since the bible has been poorly translated) parts that seem to fit your ideal perception of the world but allow me though not very religious to use the bible in reverse. 


Was it not Jesus who saidRender to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. In other words follow both the laws of man and God. 


Therefore if someone trespasses into my land and for example my LAW says he is to be taken to a detention camp then he should know that as i good Christian which is what you are requesting us to be i will follow the law of man and imprison him. 


Do not confuse religion into matters that have little relevance with it especially when Religion itself contradicts the manner with which you are trying to manipulate its teachings. 


Note: We do not beat, arrest, harass transexuals for walking in the street. This according to your own saying would be quite unchristian. But if the law says that a transexual (just like heterosexual) prostitute needs to be medically examined he or she would need to obey the law of man and present him/herself to the medical examiners without the police having to go through the trouble of tracking them down and bringing them forcefully. 


The greatest "invention" of my forefathers was logic. I kindly request you utilize that when you read my comment. 

chefnaddina
chefnaddina

@DarrenGregory  When I see something like this happen I look for the Why and EVERY time is has something to do with Christian Religion! Such a Demonic religion Cleanse this, Love and compassion for human souls will return!

chefnaddina
chefnaddina

@ElisabethLiora  I look for the Why and EVERY time has something to do with Christian Religion! Such a Demonic religion it has nothing to do with God,it was fabricated manipulated by Emperor Constantine of Rome all the World religions are fragmented making them Demonic. You are siding not with God but a much darker energy! American Indians,Canada's first People,The Burning times,Rape of Woman and Children,Genocide all around the World It is DEMONIAC! All the World religions need to find their missing parts and parcels from the original source!

That original source are the Science of the Vedas! Millions of years old,and had to be written because all technology was lost five thousand years ago! When Kali Yuga started we still have 427,000. yr's to go but during this time we now are entering the Golden Age! The Shift in the human Consciousness must happen and then World Peace what is holding it back is the Demoniac World religions they must all come together and find the Truth. No free pass to Heaven no jesus this was fabricated by Constantine of Rome! it was a story quite similar  but not a man called jesus it was Krsna he was God in the flesh who brought consciousness to the World when the degradation started from Kali Yuga! It is only through loving Humble devotion for God that will get one into the Heavenly plane! Every Soul has their own Spiritual path, no one religion should place it's laws upon anyone because it is incomplete so therefor demonic. Only the Vedas as to true knowledge of the Anti Material World and the material World and the Science of the Soul/Atma! The only cleaning we need in the World is dark demonic hate energy this is what is GODLESS!

shekissesfrogs
shekissesfrogs

Hey, Ms. Self Righteous @ElisabethLiora, do you  know the commandment about not taking God's name in vain? yeah, that one. It's been poorly translated but no one thinks about what it means, in fact most of the bible just shuts people's brains off. 


It means this: Don't be so vain as to think you know what God's plan is, or what His or Her side is ..yeah, I said Her. When the bible talks about Trees in the Temple that is who they are referring to.  She was censored out of the bible. The Queen of Heaven. You can be on God's side, or Jesus' side. He's not on your side, you arrogant jerk.  He didn't pick on prostitutes, or learned who women who didn't adhere to backward traditions. That was revived too, by Timothy. So what are you doing speaking in public if you are on the side of the old testament? Pick a side. 

minniemouse2014
minniemouse2014

@ElisabethLiora  lady, are you for real?  The Taliban who killed and tortured thousands of people would share your sentiments!!  All of us human beings are a mix of good and evil. No one is absolutely pure or absolutely evil. But if I were to define the difference between good and evil it is this: good is a force for uniting people, for tolerance and transcending differences, and evil is a force that divides people, and encourages discrimination.  We are at a crossroads where we can either choose discrimination, hate and war or unity, tolerance, and peace.  If Jesus were here today I would lay all the money I have on which path that He would choose!


Kosmogrrrl
Kosmogrrrl

cogdisastrA Baronesa1980 (I should note that trans activists were heavily involved in EU sending people - think Natasha Kennedy did lots)

Kosmogrrrl
Kosmogrrrl

cogdisastrA Baronesa1980 I just wonder though - the compulsory HIV testing, the telling to detransition - how many TERFs wld be in favour?

Kosmogrrrl
Kosmogrrrl

cogdisastrA Baronesa1980 It stopped after EU sent a delegation. Camps didn't, but crackdown on Golden Dawn happened few months after.

Annamaria
Annamaria

@NitaEll This is not a cleansing by God. This is just hateful people hurting other people, because they are angry and scared. It is a CHOICE to hurt people, don't dirty God's name by blaming him for their actions.

Normal guy
Normal guy

@NitaEll I don´t like to choose between two made up things! I don´t believe in fairy tales or in God or the Devil.
So why don´t you kill yourself and let other people be...! 

jess90069
jess90069

@NitaEll @NitaEli your comments are IGNORANT  "God's cleansing will reign supreme. You are either with God, or against Him.  You are either a child of God or a child of the devil.  It is YOUR choice.  The consequences will depend on said choice.  I side with God.  Righteousness.  And Purity.  I do not know what "religion" you practice, but you are severely IGNORANT.  No Where in the Old Testament or New is they anything about "God's cleansing".  You are apparently a NAZI!  I sincerely hope you find yourself with a GLBT child, sibling, or other close person in your life and you have to eat your words.  I suspect you CLAIM to be a Christian, and trust me, YOU ARE NOT A CHRISTIAN.  You are a most repugnant person.  If you do not like GLBT people that is fine, because I am sure they do not like you either.  You are MEAN, HATEFUL, AND IGNORANT.  You are severely ill-informed. If you go to a Christian Church, you need to find a new one, because they are teaching HATE,  God is all about LOVE. Compassion. and Understanding. NOT HATE!     

Annamaria
Annamaria

NitaEll This is not a cleansing by God. This is just hateful people hurting other people, because they are angry and scared. It is a CHOICE to hurt people, don't dirty God's name by blaming him for their actions.

Normal guy
Normal guy

NitaEll I don´t like to choose between two made up things! I don´t believe in fairy tales or in God or the Devil. So why don´t you kill yourself and let other people be...!

jess90069
jess90069

NitaEll @NitaEli your comments are IGNORANT  "God's cleansing will reign supreme. You are either with God, or against Him.  You are either a child of God or a child of the devil.  It is YOUR choice.  The consequences will depend on said choice.  I side with God.  Righteousness.  And Purity.  I do not know what "religion" you practice, but you are severely IGNORANT.  No Where in the Old Testament or New is they anything about "God's cleansing".  You are apparently a NAZI!  I sincerely hope you find yourself with a GLBT child, sibling, or other close person in your life and you have to eat your words.  I suspect you CLAIM to be a Christian, and trust me, YOU ARE NOT A CHRISTIAN.  You are a most repugnant person.  If you do not like GLBT people that is fine, because I am sure they do not like you either.  You are MEAN, HATEFUL, AND IGNORANT.  You are severely ill-informed. If you go to a Christian Church, you need to find a new one, because they are teaching HATE,  God is all about LOVE. Compassion. and Understanding. NOT HATE!

guest3346
guest3346

@chefnaddina @guest3346Ha, stupid you, you don't even know what affiliation if any I have to any party and yet you already place me are all you type so damn dumb or is it all the illicit sex you all have that messes you all up my advise is get back into that closet and stay there.

chefnaddina
chefnaddina

@shekissesfrogs @ElisabethLiora  Bible is incomplete fragmented and the christian religion is Demonic. Get real answers from the original Science of the Soul/Atma and Anti Material World the Vedas!


chefnaddina
chefnaddina

@minniemouse2014 @ElisabethLiora  No such person a man called jesus this was fabricated by Constantine of Rome! But your world have some knowledge of the true science of the Vedas I would read more for they are the original source to all the fragmented regions of the World!

chefnaddina
chefnaddina

@minniemouse2014 @ElisabethLiora  This is Christian Religion thinking it is Demonic as with all the other World Religions because they are fragmented. Only the truth can be found in Knowlege and Science of God and the Anti Material World and the Soul/Atma. Vedas

chefnaddina
chefnaddina

@Annamaria @NitaEll   Christian religion is Godless so all this hate is the reason why. Only the original source to all World religions will bring the World to Loving peace and that are the Millions of years old Vedic Knowlege of the Anti Material and Material World Science of the Soul/Atma!

chefnaddina
chefnaddina

@Normal guy @NitaEll  God is Consciousness! All World religions are fragmented broken incomplete nonsense! So you are an intelligent mind to know this! But God is Consciousness! You would do well to read the Science of the Vedas! No it is not a Hindu religion this was made up by the Missionaries who paved the way for colonization and Genocide around the World! The original Atheists were the.....


The  Mayavadis,then later Buddha one and Buddha Two yes there were two!

They were impersonal towards God Consciousness! And also took with them some of the Science of the Vedas they became flesh and Blood consumers 5K yrs ago when all technology was lost at the beginning of Kali Yuga! So because of this Natural disasters and floods people started to lose their intelligence and human lifespan began to shorten upon the Earth! 


To be impersonal a mayavada or Atheist will mean another Transmigration of the Soul! When one leave the body to go into the Anti Material World they will float outside the Heavenly plane,becoming Homogenized with all the others Souls/Atmas, lonely wanting to be the individual Soul.

They fall back down to the Earth School to learn remember who they are where they came from,the path they will find,the reason for being here,and find their way back home in the Anti Material Spiritual World. God being the supreme consciousness will then be the enjoyer of this individual Soul on the Heavenly plane of existence! 

The science of the Vedas would be something you should look into for self realization no make believe. They have Ayurvedic medicine,Vastu Architecture science,Astrology can also be used to plane the know of Atma/Soul that will come through your children. Christinas,Jewish,Islamic all have been breeding like cats and dogs so they have brought forth Demoniac Souls to the earth. Even though we are encased within the bodily dress we are all Spirit Souls we should never define ourselves with the body because it is temporary! 

chefnaddina
chefnaddina

@jess90069 @NitaEll  Sorry to burst your bubble but she is very Christian and if you think otherwise your in make believe like all of them because it is a broken fragmented incomplete religion, it is Demonic and Godless. Only the original source to all World religions will bring the World to Loving peace and that are the Millions of years old Vedic Knowlege of the Anti Material and Material World Science of the Soul/Atma!

chefnaddina
chefnaddina

@guest3346 @chefnaddina  You make no sense at all, what are you talking about? I am not LGBT but I have human compassion for them! I know they are Human souls and every soul has a right to be who they are! As long as they do not harm others. 

From what I can see its christians and Religious extremist who are doing all the harm in this World! Hate is Godless. 

And people no matter if they are LGBT or Hetero Breeders should not be having illicit sex! It should be for two human souls who are committed to each other in love with each other!

There is nothing dark about Love but hate control and forcing your will on another is demonic!

Every soul on earth school has their own spiritual journey, it is personal to that soul alone! So no other soul has a right to tell another, worship like me or I will condemn you! It is their journey not yours to direct and at death it will be your journey I should worry about Hate is a dark place my friend it will not bring you to Love! God is Love wake up God is Consciousness and without one is unconscious.

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