On February 1st, 2013 at around 20.30pm immigrant street vendors in the neighbourhood of Thissio were chased off by the Athens municipal police, trapping one of them in a corner just above the rails of the Thissio metro station. When the cops attempted to steal the worker’s merchandise by shoving him, Babakar Ndiaye (38 years old from Senegal) fell onto the subway tracks from a height of 7 meters, where he died instantly.
After the murderous police chase, several passers-by, fellow vendors and solidarians assembled at the location mourning the loss of Babakar. Soon thereafter, anti-riot squadrons were deployed in the area where they attacked and dispersed the crowd using tear gases, etc. For several hours later, in the city centre, dozens of immigrants were caught by police. All detainees have been released, except two immigrants who continue to be held in police stations. Nevertheless, according to eye-witnesses, the killers in municipal uniform who caused the death of Babakar in Thissio went missing right after the murder, without having been ‘traced’ so far.
The next day, the Assembly of immigrants and solidarians of ASOEE attended a discussion in which more than 80 immigrants participated, and people shared further information about the incident.
A protest gathering with sound system outside the Thissio metro station was thus decided to take place on Sunday the 3rd of February at 13.00pm, so as to inform more people of yet another fascist murder. In addition, on Monday the 4th of February at 17.00pm, an open conversation will be held in the building of ASOEE, on Patission Street, in order to share ideas, join forces and organize upcoming actions against police violence and racism, in solidarity with all oppressed in Athens (and beyond).
Nothing must be left unanswered in the face of state and parastatal murders.
Common struggles of locals and immigrants.
‘Shehzad Luqman, 27 years old, slain in Petralona by followers of the Golden Dawn party. Silence towards fascist assaults is complicity’
— banner by the self-managed social hangout Stegastro (‘Shelter’) in the district of Galatsi-Lambrini regarding the recent fascist murder of a Pakistani immigrant worker (17.1) in Ano Petralona, an adjoining neighbourhood of Thissio