DW – Refugee: ‘When victims are presented as perpetrators’

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In the cases of refugees who are brought to justice for crimes they have not committed, a comment is mentioned on the front page of TAZ. Reportage on the demonstrations of the unvaccinated in Greece.

In a series of court cases in Greece and other Mediterranean countries, in which people who tried to reach European countries by sea to seek asylum are accused of being “criminals” and threatened with severe punishment, the ΤAgeszeitung (TAZ) of Berlin hosts a relatively extensive report, but also a commentary, on its current front page. As the commentary on Greece states: “It is easier to escape in Greece if convicted of bank robbery than to drive a boat with refugees in the Aegean.”

The toughening of the sentences, however, leads to a paradox: “Many of the real traffickers end up with the practice: they no longer drive the refugee boats themselves. Instead, they let the refugees do it themselves – but most can not even swim. “They are in a state of emergency and often drowning. The increase in sentence limits ignores the question of whether the accused are really making a profit or not. Those who are trying to make a profit in any way are the traffickers.”

In fact, according to the TAZ, according to changes in the legal framework, prosecutors and judges “can treat refugees as if they were running a mafia business, although not only did they not have a financial benefit but instead paid in Turkey.” “Anyone who arrives here to seek protection must expect to end up behind bars, sometimes for life,” TAZ said.

Greece: Unvaccinated health workers without work and money

In another extensive report from Athens, TAZ refers to the issue of health workers, who despite intense pressure from the Greek government remain unvaccinated. According to the report: “In July, a law was passed that provides for mandatory vaccination for doctors, nurses and health administrators due to ’emergency reasons for the protection of public health’. Employees are not allowed to work. Suspended staff are not paid. he can return to his job immediately “.

As TAZ notes: “according to official data, as of September 1, there are 6,412 employees in hospitals and health centers as well as 500 employees at EKAB who are not vaccinated. This corresponds to 6% of the employees in the health sector”.

As the report observes: “For the protesters (against compulsory vaccinations) one thing is clear: whether one is vaccinated or not, it is up to each individual to decide. They believe that they can constantly test and observe the protection measures. Just like when the pandemic broke out. ” TAZ then notes: “Even if the unvaccinated are a minority, the loss of employees is felt in Greek hospitals.” Among other things, the report notes that: “according to a survey by the Marc polling institute, 64.8% of respondents were in favor of compulsory vaccination for certain occupational groups, while 32.6% were against.”

Dimitra Kyranoudi

Source: Deutsche Welle

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