Today, at around 11.15, two riot police cars stopped in front of the camp and 19 riot policemen got out and come down to the camp where only 3 people were awake. The rest were either sleeping in the tent or around the village. They have asked for the IDs of the people there, explaining it is due to the protest action of yesterday. The hunger strikers explained in a polite tone that they were on hunger strike and they had nothing to do with the protests, being too weak to take part in it. As they were intimidating the people, Maria, aged 80 and always there, with the protesters, famous for this picture taken on the 7th December, when the fence was pulled down, showed up and told the riot policemen to leave the hunger striker alone. The very next moment, the riot policemen seized her and carried her away, while the people were shouting at the policemen: “release granny”. Meanwhile, more locals showed up and Granny Maria was finally released.
The riot policemen withdrew from the camp and are now watching the hunger strikers from the street, as if they were criminals. Being on a hunger strike is a basic civil right that has to be granted and the state should guarantee it, not intimidate the people who are making use of it.
The situation stays tense.