Messages of Support for the Hunger Strikers in Greece from Costas Douzinas and Slavoj Zizek

The hunger strike in Greece is now on the 25th day. Three hundred sans papiers immigrants are on strike in Athens and Thessaloniki. The majority come from North Africa and have been living and working in Greece for periods of up to 7 years. This is Egypt in Athens and the hunger strikers sans papier are dying.

The following are messages of support form Costas Douzinas and Slavoj Zizek (Directors of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities):

There is an internal and strong link between the revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya and elsewhere in North Africa and the struggle of the hunger strikers in Greece. There is not much difference between fighting for democracy and demanding dignity, between striking for basic political rights and striking for basic human recognition. There are no ‘illegal’ people only illegitimate and unjust governments. Every person who lives in Greece should have the same rights as everyone else. This is a common struggle on which our future depends. Costas Douzinas

My full solidarity with you – you are fighting for much more than just your rights. You are fighting for what Europe will become. Those who ignore or oppose you are a real threat to the European legacy of universal emancipation. In our times of nationalist xenophobia, movements like yours offer a hope that emancipation is not a dead word. Slavoj Zizek

Please visit the support website and sign the petition:

Costas Douzinas

COSTAS DOUZINAS is a Member of the Hellenic Parliament, a Professor of Law and the Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London. His recent books include The Meaning of Human Rights (co-edited with Conor Gearty, CUP, 2014), The Cambridge Companion to Human Rights Law (co-edited with Conor Gearty, CUP, 2013), Philosophy and Resistance in the Crisis: Greece and the Future of Europe (Polity, 2013), The Idea of Communism (co-edited with Slavoj Žižek, Verso, 2012), and New Critical Legal Thinking: Law and the Political (co-edited with Matthew Stone and Illan rua Wall, Birkbeck Law Press/Routledge, 2012). Douzinas has served as an editor for Law & Critique, his books have been translated into thirteen languages, and he has written extensively for The Guardian, OpenDemocracy, and other global publications. 


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