During the rally and solidarity march of the Antifascist Initiative of Lesvos Against the Detention Centers that took place on Saturday, March 14, 2020 in Mytilene, protesters shared the solidarity masks with the characteristic XENOPHOBIA as well as flyer for further distribution – both in Greek and English, entlitled ‘ΞΕΝΟΦΟΒΙΟΣ’ ‘and’ XENOPHOBIA VIRUS ‘respectively. It was the first day after the Greek government announced the closure of shops and a radical change in the way we communicate, so this text very aptly and caustically commented on the ‘invisible’ dimensions of a virus that poses a greater risk than the corresponding one, of corona, that of xenophobia.
“The xenophobia virus (xenovid 20) is a highly contagious viral infection that is rapidly spreading across the globe. While it is yet unknown exactly how dangerous this new virus is, several deaths have been reported in the past week, including that of a 2-year-old child. Inform yourself and take adeuqate measures to avoid a crisis in your region.
- Fevrish contempt for foreigners
- Sudden outbursts of racial slurs
- Islamophobic comments or thoughts
- Nationalist ideas and/or a sudden atraction to national flags
- Delirium of supremacy above others
The virus is usually transmitted though online media and personal contact. Most common are:
Fake news, fascists, coastguards, FRONTAX, police, religious leaders, and government officials.
The virus is epsecially found prevalent on national flags.
How to protect yourself
- Avoid any contact or association with costguards, FRONTEX and cops
- Avoid municipality-led demonstrations
- Visiting neo-nazis must immediately be isolated and quarantined
- Contact with foreigners has been proven to minimise chances of infection
- Avoid key infection zones: FRONTEX ships, Hacienda bar and around roadblocks near power plant and Moria village
- Be mindful of overly simplified answers to complex questions.”