Seafarer’s Strike Leaves Thousands of Migrants and Refugees on Lesvos

lesvos_migrantsThe PNO announced it will extend the strike by 48 hours on Tuesday evening. The strike is set to end on Friday at 6 pm.

The impact of the strike in conjunction with the refugee crisis, which peaked in October with 210,000 arrivals on the Greek islands during that month alone, is highly visible on the East Aegean Greek island of Lesvos. Three passenger ships which were scheduled to transport migrants and refugees from Lesvos to the port of Piraeus are docked at the island’s port of Mytilene and will likely remain there until the strike ends.

Spyros Galinos, the mayor of Lesvos, criticized the PNO for their decision to hold a strike under these extreme circumstances.

“We are essentially hostages to serve the PNO worker’s interest,” Galinos told “It is impossible that in a region which has been facing such a big problem and is dealing with it, a worker’s strike comes along and undermines the battle and the effort we have given and are giving. If they themselves do not take the decision they must take they will have to be requisitioned. These things cannot happen, they cannot hold an island hostage. If they cannot show responsibility, others should show it to them.”

The mayor further noted that there are 7,000 migrants and refugees at the island’s port of Mytilene, waiting to be transported, in the cold, as they are not even allowing them to stay inside while the boat is docked. Galinos also opined that the seafarer’s have benefited from the refugee crisis as many of them would have lost their jobs if not for the necessity of these routes.

Greek Shipping Minister Thodoris Dristas met with the PNO’s leadership on Wednesday morning in an effort to persuade the organization to service the emergency routes from Mytilene to the port of Piraeus. The PNO did not compromise and thus these refugees will have to wait at least until Friday morning.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and European Parliament President Martin Schulz will visit Lesvos on Thursday.


  1. If the migrating refugees are in such a hurry they can re-board the wrecks they floating in with and sail for Piraeus. Bravo PNO for applying pressure where it makes the biggest political impact.

  2. its the united state fault for the chaos that is happening in the middle east, the united states are the ones that have caused the instability in the region they should be responsible for all these refuggees coming into our countries fleeing from isis that the states created i blame them… they need to pick these people up and take them to the states

  3. Hoping the US can do anything anymore is wishful thinking. Their foreign policy is in ruins and President Obama leads from behind acting long after he could have been effective. Every despot in the world holds the US in contempt. It is time Europe takes control of its destiny and that starts with immigration.

  4. To be more precise, the civil war in Syria and the devastation wreaked on Iraq between 1991 – up to present is a direct result of the AIPAC approved US political establishment waging wars in the Middle East and stirring up civil wars across Middle Eastern nations to benefit the geopolitical interests of Israel.

    The Iraq war was manufactured from the beginning by the Zionists, who laid it all out in paper written by American based Zionist traitors, Richard Perle and David Wurmser, and a whole cabal of Zionist subversives in the United States Government.

    Zionist neocon David Wurmser, when working for an Israeli think tank, The Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies (IASPS), prepared a paper in 1996 in which the destruction of Iraq was first mooted as being vital for Israel’s interests.

    The paper, titled “A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm,”  was delivered to a IASPS conference held in July 1996, and can be found at the following link. h t tp : // davidduke . com /wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Clean_Break . pdf

  5. This massive influx of mostly Muslim, 3rd World foreigners into Europe will ultimately make Islam master of Europe. The bible warns against making strange foreigners your kings, unfortunately Europe ignores its Christian roots and will suffer terribly as a result.

    Deuteronomy Ch 17 Verse 15

    “Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the LORD thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother.