Next stop? US-style segregation

A workers' union (DROMEAS) within the Urban Transport Organization of Thessaloniki is requesting special buses for refugees only, along with a dedicated security team and screenings for drivers to check if they have caught any contagious diseases.

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Why this story matters:

The DROMEAS proposal, which was filed with the Urban Transport Organization of Thessaloniki (OASTH) administration, refers to "problems" in the municipal bus lines of the western sector of the city.

The bus lines mentioned in the request are known for primarily serving municipalities with refugee shelters  and/or locations that house underage refugees and migrants.

Despite the fact that there are no recorded incidents involving refugees in the area -- neither in buses nor anywhere else -- the proposal claims that "there has been a rapid increase in the phenomena of prostitution and delinquent behaviors of immigrants and refugees towards both drivers and the rest of the traveling public. Fear intimidation, threats, disrespect for vulnerable social groups, sexual harassment, etc., have become routine".

The author of the abovementioned text and all those who agreed with it are vague about how "[refugees] could place drivers and passengers at great risk of contagious diseases.

However, their proposed measures are far from vague. They suggest "hiring touristic buses at the expense of the hospitality structures for the immediate transfer of migrants and refugees" and creating "support groups consisting of suitably trained staff (private security staff) with the purpose of controlling tickets and imposing order and the rules within city buses."

They also ask for a "closed driver enclosure" equipped with a "panic button", "vaccination of the drivers" and blood tests because "we are worried about our health and the health of our families".

One cannot ignore the language used, which closely resembles the publications of the Greek Neo-nazi group Golden Dawn.

Details from the story:

  • It is not accidental that this statement occurred only a few days after the complaint of three juvenile refugees for racist behavior from a bus driver.
  • Dromeas’ request is one of the eight proposals -- of similar “quality”-- that have been filed with the organization’s management.
  • OASTH's president, Stelios Pappas, stated that he does not converse with factions that has racist perceptions, pointing out that "the Weimar Republic can not come back. There needs to be a large democratic front to these phenomena".
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