Al Jazeera, “Greek anarchists organise for refugees as state fails”

As thousands of refugees and migrants continued to be turned away at borders, a steady flow of new faces poured into the Notara solidarity centre in the Exarcheia neighbourhood of Athens.

Notara was founded in late September when around 20 anarchists and leftists occupied an abandoned, three-storey building belonging to the Greek Ministry of Labour. The centre provides temporary accommodation, basic medical treatment, clothing and information for up to 130 refugees and migrants each day.

It is one of several similar projects springing up across the country while the refugee crisis continues to grip Europe.

Tucked away in an alley with graffiti-lined walls, Notara is part of a network of activist-administered refugee solidarity centres in the neighbourhood.

A few hundred metres down the road is a centre that provides social services, while a handful of anarchist-run dining collectives are just around the corner.

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