Activists build tent camps to protest against poor living conditions in Moria

In Amsterdam and Utrecht, โ€œtent campsโ€ were set up to demonstrate against the poor living conditions of refugees in camp Moria in Greece. Tents have been set up on the Museumplein in Amsterdam and on the Utrecht Neude. Work is still being done in Haarlem, Harlingen and Groningen. The tents remain standing for 24 hours.

The protesters are concerned that the needs of migrants will continue to increase in the coming months. โ€œWe face winter with fear and trembling,โ€ says Sanne van der Kooij of SOS Moria. She went to the camp on Lesbos as a doctor. With the action, she hopes to shift the attention from the American elections and corona to what she calls ‘the humanitarian disaster on the borders of Europe’.

According to Van der Kooij, there is enough room in Europe to accommodate refugees:

The crowded migrant camp Moria burned down almost completely on 9 September. Thousands of people got homeless. A replacement camp was built up quickly, but according to refugee organisations, this replacement shelter is not an improvement.

Van der Kooij is also angry about that. โ€œThey are now housed in a new camp right by the sea, on a polluted former military training ground, in inadequate tents and without adequate sanitation,โ€ she says.

At the end of the action, the tents are taken to Calais to accommodate the migrants who have gathered around that northern French city.