Update on the situation of the Trans women of Thessaloniki

At the end of May, trans women in Thessaloniki were subject to ongoing harassment whereby they were arrested, detained for several hours and then released with a warning to “return to normal”.  The lawyer for the Transgender Association of Greece was also herself detained.  The Association has now started legal proceedings against the police, however the harassment is ongoing.

On the 30th May, the police in Thessaloniki started a sustained campaign of harassment against trans gender women.  This comes in a context where last year in August 25 trans women were  rounded up from the streets of Athens and forcible detained, and where earlier this year drug users in Athens have also been rounded up and taken to one of the migrant detention camps.  Responding to concerns about this operation, the Minister for Public Order stated that there was a “special operational plan” in place which was designed to

…tackle, among others, prostitution and exploitation of the sexual life of socially and economically vulnerable individuals, to enhance citizens’ feeling of safety and to improve the image of the Thessaloniki’s areas

Dendias, Statement on Detentions of Trans women

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This campaign started just before Thessaloniki  Pride, and although continuing, it appeared to die down after Pride was over, however it has now again picked up pace.  On the night of 12th July, the day after the Transgender Association of Greece formally filed a lawsuit about police behaviour, five trans women were arrested, once detained in the police station, they were paraded from floor to floor, being mocked.

Women in Thessoliniki lying in road to resist arrest

Women in Thessoliniki lying in road to resist arrest

On 17th July a large scale a team from the “Operation Zeus” police unit  surrounded  two trans women and asked them follow the department. It followed them, where they were detained without any explanation for their detention.  On release they contacted the Secretary the Transgender Association in Thessaloniki and made an appointment for a meeting with four other members to inform them of the incident; again police motorcyclists surrounded them and demanded that follow them.  When the six women refused, as no reason had been given and there was no legitimacy to their demand they lay down on the road in protest refusing to go with the police, remaining there until the Chief of Police arrived who recorded their details.

Related to this, the first announcement of the new Health Minister Adonis Georgiades was that forcible HIV testing which had been abandoned in the wake of the outcry last year when women accused of being involved in the sex industry were arrested, forcibly tested and publicly humiliated, would resume.  This has already been enacted in the cases of the women picked up in Thessaloniki .

A landmark ruling by the Greek Court  confirmed that discrimination against transgender people is prohibited discrimination under Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights yet, despite the Greek Ambassador to the UN claims to the contrary. there is no native legislation in Greece which prohibits such discrimination, which leaves those who are transgender in a difficult situation, unable to amend their identity cards or change their name to reflect their gender.

The police harassment of the women of Thessaloniki is part of an ongoing situation where the police target minorities.  Dendias’ statement of “improving the image of Thessaloniki” is a worrying confirmation of the “cleansing” which is going on in Greece, where those who the state deems “dirty” are being swept from the streets.

 

 

 

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Ocarina Nina
Ocarina Nina

Thanks for the updates on this. Has there been any developments of this since August 2013? Are people still living in the camps? Is Operation Zeus still going? Please let me know.

onalazyafternoon
onalazyafternoon

I cannot believe this is REAL. I knew in the past people were ignorant.. but with todays technology and psychology and the ability to READ and LEARN and just being A HUMAN BEING in general... I would think there would be AN EDUCATED people who would learn the truth about trans gendered people and see they are of no harm to anyone even if they are different. The drug addicts on the other hand are harming themselves...and will have tendancies to prostitue for more drugs or steal to get money for stolen items to then use on drugs... maybe not when they first start.. but later after their addiction becomes so strong it rules then destroys their ability to live a normal life... they lose job, home, car, self respect as their emotions are squashed from drug use and reasoning abilities altared as mind only thinks about how to get more of the drug.. then the other bad decisions come into play...   I STILL FIND the way they are herding them into holding areas DEPLORABLE... they could use medical help cleansing their bodies of the addictive substance then counseling to help them figure out why they go to drugs rather than deal with life sober... FORCING them into help clinics or they go to jail or pay fine etc.. that is different than herding them with no choice or without proving via a court they are even guilty of what they are charged of first.. this appears to be a widespread CATCHALL to just blame people of WHATEVER to drag them off.. with no rights for the person to be heard in some type of a court of law and to be proven to be such a menace to society.. then STILL they need to be treated with dignity and respect and given an opportunity to better themselves.. or given help to get them UNADDICTED...   The trans gendered people need to be treated like any other normal human being and not treated like EYESORES or MISFITS but left alone.. I CANNOT BELIEVE HUMAN BEINGS REALLY ARE THIS IGNORANT, STUPID, CLOSE MINDED in THIS DAY AND AGE... Do they not have access to INTERNET... can they all not READ AND LEARN and come into the modern understanding of how human beings should not treat other human beings with such HORRIFIC ABUSE...  Just because someone is different and YOU DONT UNDERSTAND that difference .. that STILL does not give LICENSE to abuse them.. oh, and being POOR.. i noticed just being poor was undesirable in the streets.. so they too were being carted off and locked up in various places.. camps, or holding facilities.. REALLY?  OH MY.. THATS PITIFUL... THE WORLD IS SUFFERING FROM BIGGER POPULATION AND MONEY CRISIS IN MANY COUNTRIES and so the POOR are ALSO going to be ABUSED AND MISTREATED for no more reason than being POOR?  What the hell is wrong with the people making these decisions? Have they gone completely INSANE? Apparently. I almost cannot believe this can really be true..   It can be sad to have mass poor starving.. which will cause out of desperation.. them to prostitute and steal... ALL HUMANS NEED SHELTER AND WATER AND FOOD.. so ANYONE if taken away their money and MEANS to support themselves and HOME and throw them in street hungry.. ANYONE will go to that and many other extremes to eat or get water or shelter..  BUT TO ABUSE THEM by herding them into concentration camps and jails basically is JUST ADDING MORE PROBLEMS to these people.... abusing them... emotionally oppressing them.. and NOT MAKING THE CITY OR COUNTRY LOOK BETTER at all.... making it look like a place to NEVER VISIT and NEVER SPEND MONEY or DO ANYTHING FOR THEM..  because of the atrocities they are committing..  WHAT  A WAY TO BACKFIRE in their faces their intensions of making the streets look better by ridding them of these people.... LOOK BETTER FOR WHOM? WHO THE HELL WOULD COME VACATION AND SPEND THEIR MONEY AT A PLACE THAT THINKS THIS WAY... no one wants to support this type of mentality..  Its just unbelievable... The leaders should be drawn and quartered and fed to the fish in the ocean for this type of behavior.. A little of their own medicine.. lock em up in their own camps and free everone else... let em starve to death in them... that would serve them right!!!

onalazyafternoon
onalazyafternoon

I cannot believe this is REAL. I knew in the past people were ignorant.. but with todays technology and psychology and the ability to READ and LEARN and just being A HUMAN BEING in general... I would think there would be AN EDUCATED people who would learn the truth about trans gendered people and see they are of no harm to anyone even if they are different. The drug addicts on the other hand are harming themselves...and will have tendancies to prostitue for more drugs or steal to get money for stolen items to then use on drugs... maybe not when they first start.. but later after their addiction becomes so strong it rules then destroys their ability to live a normal life... they lose job, home, car, self respect as their emotions are squashed from drug use and reasoning abilities altared as mind only thinks about how to get more of the drug.. then the other bad decisions come into play...   I STILL FIND the way they are herding them into holding areas DEPLORABLE... they could use medical help cleansing their bodies of the addictive substance then counseling to help them figure out why they go to drugs rather than deal with life sober... FORCING them into help clinics or they go to jail or pay fine etc.. that is different than herding them with no choice or without proving via a court they are even guilty of what they are charged of first.. this appears to be a widespread CATCHALL to just blame people of WHATEVER to drag them off.. with no rights for the person to be heard in some type of a court of law and to be proven to be such a menace to society.. then STILL they need to be treated with dignity and respect and given an opportunity to better themselves.. or given help to get them UNADDICTED...   The trans gendered people need to be treated like any other normal human being and not treated like EYESORES or MISFITS but left alone.. I CANNOT BELIEVE HUMAN BEINGS REALLY ARE THIS IGNORANT, STUPID, CLOSE MINDED in THIS DAY AND AGE... Do they not have access to INTERNET... can they all not READ AND LEARN and come into the modern understanding of how human beings should not treat other human beings with such HORRIFIC ABUSE...  Just because someone is different and YOU DONT UNDERSTAND that difference .. that STILL does not give LICENSE to abuse them.. oh, and being POOR.. i noticed just being poor was undesirable in the streets.. so they too were being carted off and locked up in various places.. camps, or holding facilities.. REALLY?  OH MY.. THATS PITIFUL... THE WORLD IS SUFFERING FROM BIGGER POPULATION AND MONEY CRISIS IN MANY COUNTRIES and so the POOR are ALSO going to be ABUSED AND MISTREATED for no more reason than being POOR?  What the hell is wrong with the people making these decisions? Have they gone completely INSANE? Apparently. I almost cannot believe this can really be true..   It can be sad to have mass poor starving.. which will cause out of desperation.. them to prostitute and steal... ALL HUMANS NEED SHELTER AND WATER AND FOOD.. so ANYONE if taken away their money and MEANS to support themselves and HOME and throw them in street hungry.. ANYONE will go to that and many other extremes to eat or get water or shelter..  BUT TO ABUSE THEM by herding them into concentration camps and jails basically is JUST ADDING MORE PROBLEMS to these people.... abusing them... emotionally oppressing them.. and NOT MAKING THE CITY OR COUNTRY LOOK BETTER at all.... making it look like a place to NEVER VISIT and NEVER SPEND MONEY or DO ANYTHING FOR THEM..  because of the atrocities they are committing..  WHAT  A WAY TO BACKFIRE in their faces their intensions of making the streets look better by ridding them of these people.... LOOK BETTER FOR WHOM? WHO THE HELL WOULD COME VACATION AND SPEND THEIR MONEY AT A PLACE THAT THINKS THIS WAY... no one wants to support this type of mentality..  Its just unbelievable... The leaders should be drawn and quartered and fed to the fish in the ocean for this type of behavior.. A little of their own medicine.. lock em up in their own camps and free everone else... let em starve to death in them... that would serve them right!!!

Joanne Telfer
Joanne Telfer

Horrible ! But not really surprising. It has echos of the party of order in Marx's 18th Brumiere. The aggregation of all possible prejudice in pursuit of past glory and absolute denial of the real crisis.

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