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Lynn
- 591 days ago - act.watchdog.net
First migrants and recent immigrants were rounded up from Greece's streets and forced into internment camps.Then they threw the drug users in. Next came the sex workers, forcibly HIV tested, publicly humiliated, and imprisoned.



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Lynn Squance (229)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 1:08 pm
A new friend, Eleanora Oldani, sent this petition out with the request to spread the word. I am now spreading the word. Please join me in denouncing the Greek actions that demean the meaning of democracy in the cradle of democracy. Thank you Eleanora

From the petition: "First migrants and recent immigrants were rounded up from Greece's streets and forced into internment camps.Then they threw the drug users in. Next came the sex workers, forcibly HIV tested, publicly humiliated, and imprisoned.

Now they're coming for transgender men and women — and the list of "undesirables" just keeps longer.

Operation Zeus is a cleansing campaign targeting and imprisoning the most vulnerable members of Greek society, accompanied by spikes in racism, gender hate and homophobia.

There are now at least 5,000 people languishing in these hellholes simply for existing — and this month, while warning trans* men and women to "return to normal" or else, the Greek government announced that camp capacity is about to double.

We call on the EU member states to put the pressure on Greece now to stop this abhorrent cleansing campaign now. We can still save the people persecuted under Operation Zeus — but we can't afford to stay silent for long!"

When one person is denied their human rights, all are denied their human rights!

First they came . . .
. . . Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me. --- Martin Niemöller
 

jess b (26)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 1:55 pm
signed - I think
 

AniMae Chi (452)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 2:43 pm
Previously signed.
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 3:09 pm

I have signed this, and posted to Facebook and tweeted - Thanks for getting this out for more signatures.

I submitted a story a few weeks ago about the Golden Dawn and the situation in Greece. There are terrifying similarities to a regime that also grew out of years of a government imposing austerity. Don't for a moment think that USA is not equally susceptible. Any more of this heavy handed Austerity along with the gross differences in wealth ownership and the stuff will hit the fan.

What makes a country great is NOT what is happening now.
 

JL A. (285)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 3:09 pm
I know I signed an Avaaz one on this before, not sure about this one--but it took. Thanks for posting Lynn
 

Terrie Williams (780)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 4:17 pm
Signed, shared and noted.
 

Mitchell D. (133)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 6:45 pm
Noted and signed. This is similar to a posting I put out a while ago.
I will sign, and sign, and sign!
It is unbelievable that this can be happening again in, of all places, Europe!
This smells like it is religious and fascist driven, and in any case, is intolerable.
It is reminiscent of the line that came out of WWII: "First they came for the Jews, and I didn't say anything, then they came for the Gypsies, and I didn't say anything, then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't say anything, etc., then they came for me, and there was no one left to say anything."
 

Edith B. (146)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 8:34 pm
Noted, signed, and posted to FB. Sounds like the Nazis all over again.
 

Lynn Squance (229)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 8:58 pm
Mitch, what you are thinking about is the poem called "First they came . . . " written by Martin Niemöller

"First they came . . .

First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.
Martin Niemöller (1892-1984)

I keep this on My Page as a reminder that we must remain vigilant and not take anything for granted.

A non Care2 person, John D, responded to TomCat's Republicans on Parade today with the following:
"This has disturbing echoes of 1930s Germany. I know the comparisons to the rise of the Nazi party have been over-used in many instances, but stop and consider. There is a real threat of violence underlying most of the far right-wing rhetoric. Sharron Angle's call for "Second Amendment solutions" is only one example of many.

Most dismissed the nascent Nazi party as a wild-eyed bunch of wackos for long enought that by the time they were recognized as a real threat it was too late to stop them. I think the same can be said of Boykin and Joyner."

I think the comment has universal implications. It isn't just the American wacko right wing nut jobs, but fanatical right wing nut jobs the world over.

Thanks everyone. Please keep this petition and story moving for all our sakes.
 

Ros G. (88)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 9:53 pm
Thanks for getting this out there for Eleonora....signed with pleasure....the above says it all...
 

Joanne Dixon (42)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 10:12 pm
Would gladly sign, but I already have.
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (413)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 11:52 pm
Signed.
 

Natasha Salgado (615)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 12:09 am
Is this Hitlers regime all over again?? Disgusting. Prev signed-thx Lynn
 

Liliana Garcia (122)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 12:39 am
There's something wrong with my connection and it's not opening the petition page. I'll try later. Dehumanizing immigrants is a sign of weak social cohesion. In times of economic woes, migrant groups could become the scapegoat. I hope the Greek people reverse this tendency and respect human rights.
 

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 9:47 am
Noted, signed and shared
 

Liliana Garcia (122)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 2:15 pm
Finally I was able to sign!
 

Sue H. (6)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 4:55 pm
Noted and signed, thanks.
 

Jerry B. (121)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 10:19 pm
Noted and Signed..thanks Lynn!
 

Eleonora Oldani (47)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 11:30 pm
A big thank you to Lynn - my new friend :-) - for putting this in the right place. I'm glad that a number of commenters see it the way I did = the analogy to Nazi-Germany. I felt shy to draw the comparison when I posted it initially as this term is often over- and mis-used.

Now - take a step back: those who have read me every now and then know that I often stand up in "Islam" discussions because we do have the (often fuelled) tendency to bash "Islam" instead of holding people responsible for their actions. Stop and think for a moment what we so easily do with the Muslim community today: we smash the whole of some 1.6 Bio for the action of a "handful" of wackos the very same way Hitler Germany did in an orchestrated effort with the Jews and the Roma.

The wackos don't get what they deserve that way nor do they get rooted out - the opposite is the case: they get strenghtened! I don't want to start a discussion about this topic but would love if we can just think for a moment how we often behave irrationally rather than taking a deep breath and think ourselves.

As I always say: While there are plenty of bad people who happen to belong to one religion or another, I do not believe there is a person who is bad just because he/she happens to belong to a certain religion – culture or race for that matter. I wish that nobody goes at the Greek people now the same way they go at Muslims.

I do hope that these inhumae actions by the Greek government stops at once and the EU steps in but my hope is not nurished by anything :-(. I know some measures are easier to implement when the economy is bad and everybody is suffering; a scapegoat is needed! Anyone has a good idea? I'd be willing to put dedicate time to it.

Stay all safe!
 

Franshisca Dearmas (89)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 5:49 am
Noted and signed. TY Lynn
 

Ben Oscarsito (367)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 7:28 am
Done! 85,070 signatures of 100,000...
 

Dimitris Dallis (24)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 9:58 am
Thank you Lynn. Gladly signed. :)
 

Robert O. (12)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 9:23 pm
Have most definitely and happily signed. Thanks Lynn.
 

Bibi B. (0)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 4:20 am
noted
 

Pat A. (116)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 8:55 am
Signed - thanks Lynn.
 

Lynn Squance (229)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 10:19 pm
Thanks everyone.
 
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