In March, more than 50 000 people were stranded in Greece, following the series of frontier closures across the Balkans, which were started by Austria. They stayed in temporary camps in very poor conditions. These camps are often located in very isolated areas and their infrastructure does not fulfil the basic needs of their inhabitants. More than 6 000 people were encamped in the port of Piraeus in Athens in March.
The protesters started the demonstration at the E1 port terminal, marched along the entire waterfront, passing en route past a couple of other terminals occupied by immigrants, and went to the centre of Athens by metro, where local residents joined the demonstration. Together with the refugees, they then marched through the downtown area. The demonstrators chanted: “Open the border”, “Azadi – freedom”, and in the end “Thank you for Greece”.