Since the last massive migrant waves in 2015 and the creation of the so-called migrant “hotspots” all over Greece, which merely serve as processing reception centers for mass migration towards the EU, we have seen the development of the interesting case regarding the City Plaza Hotel in central Athens.
The owner of the City Plaza Hotel, a lady by the name of Aliki Papachelas, had previously made appearances in the media defending and supporting migrants and SYRIZA. Today though, she alleges that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) took over her abandoned hotel literally overnight and started using it as a base to house migrants. The hotel was not in use when this occurred, but it was still in her name and the occupation occurred without her permission. At the time, there were many rumors that hotels would be requisitioned and if they were empty. If these hotels did not provide accommodation to migrants, then the state would penalize the hotel owners.
Everybody knows to a lesser or greater extent the Greek state. It’s not famous for paying its commitments on time. When it comes to migrants, two may turn up for a room but behind them could be another 10, as “subletting” is all the rage. There have been countless cases of apartments being rented and then mattresses appearing to cover all floors and dozens of people appearing to be living in a single three bedroom flat.
The hotel City Plaza became an international status symbol of ‘refugee squats’ ie migrant displacement and economic warfare inaugurated by global corporations. It appeared all over the worlds media and was presented as a lively modern version of what migration should look like. Any buildings that are derelict on not functioning should be taken over. City Plaza was closed in 2010 and the owner after having supported Syriza suddenly started to criticize the occupation of her hotel.
The Greek state, in the era of the economic memorandums (IMF-EU economic genocide against the Greek people), started to charge all owners of property the so-called ENFIA ‘haratsi’ (property tax) whether the property was in use or not. By 2016, Aliki Papachela alleges she had accrued debts of €135,000, which had accumulated for all the properties she owned. The largest percentage of this amount came from the closed hotel. Now, according to reports, the Greek government has received near €1 billion for the mass migrant waves. The NGO’s, which are too many and too varied to keep track of, also receive tons of money. The issue here is that once the migrants are processed, then money can be claimed from the NGO’s, the United Nations, and the Greek government for provisional accommodation. Newspapers such as The Guardian obviously invert reality when alleging that “[s]quats like City Plaza accomplish their work without a cent of government or NGO funding.” In contrast, despite the $803m euros that have flowed to the Greek government and NGOs since 2015 to help them deal with the refugee crisis, refugees froze to death in camps last winter. Yet we are supposed to believe that despite large sums of money swishing around, the City Plaza has been taken over by destitute refugees all on their own without NGO help or government backing.
So is the City Plaza is a real squat independent of the owner Aliki Papachela, or is it perhaps operating in agreement with her? What is the actual purpose of this “squat” in central Athens? In the aforementioned article, The Guardian is once again illuminating:
Perhaps the squats’ real crime is breaking this barrier, and bringing refugees from the urban periphery to its heart. City Plaza is just one prominent member of a network of squats, festivals, social centers, bars, solidarity kitchens and community assemblies that form the multi-ethnic, politically radical fabric of several Athens neighborhoods.”
So is this its real purpose? In your face migration at will, wherever we want, whenever we want, accompanied by a parallel propaganda blitz by the owner that the hotel has been taken over and nothing can be done? So far so good as the story goes, but is there something else behind it all?
Aliki Papachelas has gone on the record to state that an agreement was made with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to rent the hotel to them and for her to collect income. Specifically, she has said:
“I would like to thank the crooks and criminals in the government the biggest scumbag functionaries who intervened just after an agreement had been reached with the UNHCR for the renting of my hotel to refugees. If it had been rented I would not now have lost my ancestral home and would not now be facing eviction to end up on the street or in jail.”
Papachela then goes on to name various individuals who profit from the migrant flows. These individuals have been in business for decades, tapping money from various sources. First of all is the illustrious Nikos Giannopoulos from an NGO by the name of “Diktio” (“Liaison Group for Political and Social Rights”) who was a defense witness in the pseudo-terrorist trials of “17 November” and in particular on behalf of the infamous Dimitris Koufontinas.
The second individual is Olga Lafazani, the daughter of Panagiotis Lafazanis, currently the leader of SYRIZA breakaway party “Popular Unity” (LAE). Notably, Lafazanis served as Minister of Development in the first SYRIZA government, elected January 2015. Thirdly, the political formation ANTARSYA, which encompasses a motley crew of the globalist faux-far left, is mentioned.
There are technically no squatting rights in Greece and there never have been, so it’s a tall order to believe that Aliki Papachela is being billed for ENFIA and all her properties are slated for repossessions whilst she cannot evict the illegal squatters. Giannopoulos has been close to SYRIZA since time immemorial, having been promoted on SYRIZA-owned media platforms such as left.gr. Why would Giannopoulos all of a sudden, with SYRIZA in power, illegally aid a squat when the government in all its pronouncements and in all its practice since coming to power has shown that it supports sustained illegal mass migration and bends over backwards to accommodate all newcomers to the detriment of its own electoral base? Why would Lafazanis, via his daughter, want to be exposed as supporting an illegal occupation? Something doesn’t quite fit.
Is this a case of the owner Aliki Papachelas actually being instructed to go against the occupation of City Plaza? Why is this being surmised? Almost a decade prior, there was another squat in central Athens, but this time it looked real and it had no media attention nor was it a darling of the global pro-migrant propaganda movement. It was in a derelict building which housed tens of thousands of migrants and was a living hellhole. Rubbish and excrement were piled everywhere, as were intravenous needles, while migrant women openly engaged in prostitution either outside of the squat or a few meters from the nearby central police station, located just a block away from Omonoia Square.
As quoted in national Greek daily Kathimerini, the mayor of Athens Giorgos Kaminis claims that 3,000 migrants are squatting in empty hotels in central Athens. The owners of these many properties, who don’t actually receive any media attention or interviews, unlike Aliki Papahela, are ordered to pay for electricity, water and taxes as the NGO’s turn on all the utilities without their knowledge but as their name is registered as owners they are held liable! Within the Athens city council, Petros Konstantinou of KEERFA fame (KEERFA is the main anti-racist lobby group in Greece) alleges all the fundraising ANTARSYA has performed was intended to pay the previous employees of City Plaza hotel who are owed back wages. Aliki Papachela responded by stating her hotel was rented out and they aren’t her liabilities, and that she was also owed back rent.
Via social media campaigns and posters plastered throughout Athens, “solidarity” groups — perhaps better known as the “open border brigades” — circulate endless amounts of propaganda. If anyone nearby complains or states anything that jeopardizes these squats, they are immediately labelled “fascists” or “racists” so as to silence critics and ensure nothing is questioned. One also observes constant demands for resources from the Greek population, but hardly any passion to aid destitute Greeks who are in the same dire situation.
A June 2017 report on the City Plaza sage reads:
The City Plaza building had been empty from 2010 to 2016, when activists occupied the building and repurposed it as a building with living spaces, healthcare, education and dining for migrants and refugees.
Over 1,500 people migrants and refugees have lived in City Plaza, many of them using the building as a temporary home while they find other accommodation in Greece or another European country.
However, City Plaza owner Aliki Papahela filed appeals for its evacuation that resulted in the court decision.”
Yet, after going to court and securing an eviction, still no eviction has taken place even as we now find ourselves in 2018.
A posting on the Facebook page for the above pictured squat on Notaras Street in the center of Athens reads as follows:
Those who manage to enter Fortress Europe come face to face with states who profit from the migrant-refugee flow and the emergence of cheap labor, paying no interest to human life and dignity. They are confronted with xenophobia and racism, institutional or not.
In this suffocating context, we are squatting an empty public building in Athens, 26 Notara St., in order to territorialize our solidarity towards refugees/immigrants to cover their immediate needs (shelter, food, medical help). This project doesn’t stand for philanthropy, state or private, but rather for a self-organized solidarity project, wherein locals and refugees-immigrants decide together. The decisive body is the squat’s open assembly where everyone is welcome to participate with no exclusions.”
Thousands of properties have been left derelict due to the economic crash in Greece and now they are being taken over with or without the owners’ consent. Activists state that there are around 4,000 empty buildings in Athens that could be used as temporary homes for refugees and migrants.
Once this situation is stabilized, pro-migrant activists will then aim for apartments for migrants and refugees. Under the current SYRIZA-led government, tens of thousands of homes are slated to be repossessed, as per troika (European Union, European Central Bank, International Monetary Fund) demands (Editor’s note: As part of the latest demands from the troika, the SYRIZA-led government has pledged to go forward with electronic repossessions of homes. These repossessions take place at the heavily-guarded offices of notaries, outside of public view, instead of at the public courthouses which had become the site of a major campaign against home repossessions and seizures). So even if you were to go bankrupt and couldn’t pay your bills, more expenses and suffering will be piled on, leading you become an internal refugee in your own country, just like what happened to the Serbs who overnight became citizens of newly-invented foreign “nations, such as Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia.
The reality is that mass migration sold as a “refugee” movement aims, in actuality, to displace the populations and workforce of the EU. Clever NGO marketing, alongside absolute promotion by the corporate media, seals the deal. Yet, as with many other issues, such activities are localized and most people do not pay attention to what is happening even in a neighboring area. However, when such realities come knocking on the door in one’s own locality, people inevitably wake up and smell the coffee.
As for the latest mass migration nightmare? It is only just now beginning to unfold…
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