Sisa: Cocaine of the Poor (Part 2/2)


-So we’re wandering down the
road where all the addicts– the homeless addicts- lie
and sleep all night. We approached a few,
and we were like, can we buy some sisa? A couple of crusty guys ran off
around the corner with our five euros, came back
with a little bag. They definitely shafted us. So we definitely didn’t
get enough. But this is it. This is sisa, the drug
everyone is freaked out about in Athens. This is the cocaine
of the poor. And it looks an awful lot
like crystal meth to me. Life on the streets is
increasingly difficult for users in Athens. Not only did the economic
collapse hit their support networks, but the locals
are running out of patience with them. This is especially true in
the area of Exarchia. Police rarely operate here,
as the place is a quasi autonomous anarchist stronghold,
centered around the occupied Polytechnic
building. It’s also a center point
of drug use. We’d heard that since sisa had
emerged, a violent battle for control over Exarchia had
broken out between the anarchists, the dealers,
and the police. So we went there to meet an
anarchist who claimed to be leading the fight against
sisa and its users. Can you tell us when
you first noticed sisa coming into Exarchia? -It must have been
two years ago. Lots of crazy things
started to happen. The people got more paranoid– the addicts. And then lots of bad things
started to happen– fighting for no reason at all. I got beaten up two years ago. ALEX MILLER: So you go beaten
up by guys on sisa? -Yeah, four guys with
a pit bull, a dog. ALEX MILLER: How did you
know they were on sisa? -After that, we got a huge
manifest against all the drugs and stuff like that. And people came to me and said,
these guys were on sisa, and they are addicts. And I say, so this is massive. If it happens here in Exarchia,
it’s massive in the center of Athens. ALEX MILLER: Why do you think
that the sisa users are starting to come
into Exarchia? -Some of them came to us, to all
the anarchists, and they say that the police
told them to go– to go to Exarchia. And they said, we cannot
do it anywhere else. They sent us away from all the
other territories, all the other squares. ALEX MILLER: How has the mood
changed in the area since sisa came in? -Yeah. It’s very hostile these days. We have also reports for
attempted rapes. And so there are many
girls who have reported to us, do something. They are attacking us. ALEX MILLER: You’ve told me that
you think the people from Exarchia, people like you,
you’re going to fight back against the users
and the dealers. -There two major ways. One is hit them–
hit them hard. ALEX MILLER: Beat
up the users? -Beat up the users, the
dealers, everyone. We are here and we are
anarchists and we are macho and stuff like that. The other way is to reoccupy
your territory. We want the children to
play in the square– in Exarchia Square– and not the drug dealing
happening. ALEX MILLER: Don’t
you think that beating up users is dreadful? They’re suffering. They have really shitty lives. -They are completely fucked
up, smashed up. They are already beaten up. So there’s nothing worse
you can do to them. I think it’s the worst
drug ever. ALEX MILLER: And it’s not just
the anarchists making life hell for users. While we were in Athens, we
heard of a controversial new police operation called
Operation Thetis, which was flushing the homeless
from their usual hangouts in the city. Dani Vergou was the journalist
who broke the story of Thetis just days before we arrived. DANI VERGOU: Operation Thetis
was designed by the Ministry of Public Order and Health. And what they did was last
Wednesday, March 6, they went out on the streets of Athens
and they gathered 132 drug users and they drove them to
Amigdaleza, which is a detention center outside
of Athens. And what they did there is
they took their medical histories, but they also
filled personal data. From ethnicity, religious
beliefs, if they’re adopted, if they have roommates, and
then medical history. ALEX MILLER: Do you think
they’ll continue doing this again and again? DANI VERGOU: Well, they started
on Wednesday, March 6. And it went to Sunday. It just kept going
every night, and even during the day. ALEX MILLER: Why do you
think they did that? DANI VERGOU: I don’t know. They’re trying to get
drug addicts and users off the streets. But that’s not a human
way of doing it. ALEX MILLER: As the Greek
economy has withered, so, it seems, has the standing of its
homeless citizens, who, without a support network, are
more vulnerable than ever. That night, we were approached
by Kostas, who had been targeted by police
the night before. KOSTAS PAPADIMITRIOU-FLOROS:
[SPEAKING GREEK] ALEX MILLER: So this square
behind me is one of the main areas where we’ve seen
people buying drugs and selling drugs. It’s kind of a sketchy area. But then, this morning, we came
by and there were loads of police vans all around it. And they were ushering all the
junkies into the back of their vans, and even pulled up a
couple of big buses to try and put them on there. We think this is part of
Operation Thetis, which is an attempt to just move the junkies
from the center of Athens out to the outskirts
where nobody will see them. We’ve had a couple of
bad experiences so far filming police. We’ve been kept in police cells
while they go through our papers and deleted our
footage and stuff. So we went up and asked them
if we could film them. They said, no, no, no. You’ve got to apply
for permission. It takes 40 days. Yada, yada, yada. But we’ve got an appointment
with the Drug Enforcement Agency this afternoon. So we’re going to go see them,
ask them about Operation Thetis and the cleaning of the
streets and see if they really think this is the best way to
deal with Athens’s drug addicts, or if it’s just a way
to make everything look a little bit cleaner. GEORGE KASTANIS: Drug addicts
love me, because they know that I have spent
all these years tracing the drug smugglers. I’m obliged to deal with them. When they come here, we
try to help them. Believe me, we many times give
them money to buy a sandwich or something. ALEX MILLER: Quite a lot of the
people we’ve been talking to have been telling us about
Operation Thetis. Can you tell us what Operation
Thetis is? GEORGE KASTANIS: It at
least happened once. The drug addicts who mainly
don’t have let’s say, a place to sleep– so we always find them all
the 24 hours a day in the center of Athens. A number of them, no
more than 130– they were picked up from
the center of Athens. They were transferred to
a police facility. And there, they were offered
medical treatment, plus food, water, and psychological
support. That happened only once. I don’t know whether it’s
going to happen again. It depends on the cooperation
between the Hellenic police and the competent authorities
of the Ministry of Health. ALEX MILLER: We were told that
were was actually another sweep yesterday morning
and evening. And this morning, near Omonoia
Square, we saw some police putting some users in
the back of a van. Would that not have
been Thetis? GEORGE KASTANIS: No, no. It was something completely
different. They are driven to the
competent, local authorized police station, where
we check if there’s something against them– let’s say a court decision
which is not executed. And after that, the most is one,
one and a half hours, and then they are free, if there
is nothing, of course. If they are not a fugitive– fugitives are arrested. ALEX MILLER: Yeah,
understandable. GEORGE KASTANIS: If there is
nothing against them, then they are free within at
the most, two hours. ALEX MILLER: So some of the
health organizations that we’ve been talking to have
been quite angered by Operation Thetis, because they
believe it’s inhumane to pick people up and move them out of
the area that they live in, even if they don’t
have housing. Can you see where they’re
coming from? GEORGE KASTANIS:
Well, actually, I am a police officer. So when I get an order,
I have to execute it. I cannot say anything
about that. ALEX MILLER: So whether or not
the police sweep we’d seen that day was part of Operation
Thetis, clearly, the police are intent on actively detaining
homeless people, even if they haven’t committed
any overt crime. KOSTAS PAPADIMITRIOU-FLOROS:
[SPEAKING GREEK] [SPEAKING GREEK] ALEX MILLER: The thing about
sisa is that it’s a new drug. And the thing about new drugs
is that no one ever really knows what they do. No one ever really understands
them except for the addicts, the users. And the one thing that we’ve
heard from of the users is that this stuff is Moorish and
it’s strong and it eats you inside out and it’s
bad for you. Ultimately, it just seems like
a little cherry on the top of what is a large narcotic
disaster going on in Athens’ streets right now, which itself
is simply an expression of the economic downfall that
they’ve experienced. The more time we spend with
people, the more it seems like people are getting used, now,
to going back to sisa rather than the previous drugs, because
they can actually afford them. And perhaps, this is the future
model for street drugs. Maybe sisa is just a good
example of what will happened in Italy, in France,
in England, in Portugal, in Cypress. It’s bad for people and
it kills people. But more than anything, it’s
an expression of poverty. KOSTAS PAPADIMITRIOU-FLOROS:
[SPEAKING GREEK] Bye. [GREEK]. Bye, I love you. [GREEK].

100 thoughts on “Sisa: Cocaine of the Poor (Part 2/2)”

  1. anarchrist kicking out people who break his rules??? rofl, I think they dont understand anarchy . You not supposed to interfere in another life that sound like totalitarian not anarchy. In anarachy they should be allowed to use drugs but if they try and rob from you , you also allowed to smash their teeth in if you wanted.( ie behave and I wont kill you). i guess the sjwa re not as inclusive as they make out ( not a surprise considering they all stem from Marxism/communism who are the most judgement fucks you ever find)

  2. 2:00 the subtitles don't make sense to me. 'After that we got a huge manifesto' is what I heard. Not to mention the guy doesn't sound Greek. Weird.

  3. Κωνσταντίνο ελπίζο τα πάντα να ινε καλά με εσένα , ελπιζο να ισαστε όλη καλά

  4. vice as a group are great reporters but unfortunately I felt they were clutching at straws especially in the police segment

  5. I was recently introduced to methamphetamine about 6 months ago in about 2 weeks ago I was at a local bar trying to pick up but what I didn't realize is I had purchased sisa instead and didn't realize it until after I took my first hit. Please listen to me when I say this drug is very deadly!! Off of one hit I over-amped in almost died so for those who are trying to find a cheaper alternative please listen to my warning and walk away this drug will kill you dead. And as for me I guess you really never know what you're buying anymore so hard drug partying for me is done and over with, and I pray to Jesus that somebody Reed's my story and listens before it's too late God be with you!

  6. And it's spreading fast it's not just a European drug anymore I live in Detroit Michigan metro area United States, so those that don't listen to me just please be careful and if it smells like roses throw it away please

  7. Cheap krokodil or heroine that vice keeps romanticizing. This type of journalism is bull****. Vice constantly giving this a rose eyed lense.

  8. In Belgium you pay xtc 2€ up to 5€ ,
    1 gram speed 4 up to 10€
    1 gram Weed 4€ up to 10 €
    Ketamine Lets say 20 €
    Coke 40 to 50 €
    Lsd 4€ to 10€ for a carton
    GHB around 2 € for a dose (b carefull with this Stuff easy to take too much)

    I guess these r the most popular ones

    Also 2cb
    And all psychadelics

  9. Omgosh you are a lowlife selling death to people and you are "offended" by the way police treat you like an "animal"..humans express empathy and caring neithor charechterists you own..i pray that our Lord blesses you with these gifts

  10. These countries gotta pay the police force good money,make them go to school for a few years to actually do something good. Sounds like the police force just moves them and doesn't do anything else and they lie. Kind of like everything else. Governments are fucked in other countries

  11. Fuck man you could tell how he didn’t want to leave at the end because y’all made him feel less of a failure and more of a individual in distress

  12. It makes me so sad to see this about greece, this is a great documentary, really good reporter, but I hate the title so much.

  13. The end times are here. Soon this will be happening in America. And you can thank all the Democrat lovers who will not open their eyes to complete insanity. Jesus christ is the only way

  14. 7:57 this guy is such a joke …cops in greece dont give money to drug addicts they just beat them really really bad and leave them .

  15. we,are,dying,every,day,in,athens,1,gram,of,heroin,cost,only.10euros……with,5,euros,you,buy,half,gram,shisha,is,very,cheap,is,like,crustal,meth,but,you,can,buy,for,2,or,3,euros,and,you,get,high,all,the,fucking,day,

  16. so he brought some but didn't even test it, 60m of my life wasted, what a load of shit…the best we got is "it looks like crystal meth to me" well geee thanks

    most shit vice documentary on drugs ever

  17. That's not a drug that poison you get high off of as a side affect….nasty stuff keep it away I have children and if they where in that situation I couldn't imagine how terrible that must be….I thought I had problems I'm good count my blessings

  18. Sisa sounds a lot like Ceasar. He was assassinated….. the government is trying to murder the less fortunate of society.

  19. that dude with the booger…he is killing me …give him a dam tissue …or is Greece running low on tissues to ..

  20. You people out of Greece don’t understand this but hardcore drug addicts like Konstantinos always say shit like that so you can feel pity for them and give them money (having the idea that they’re trying to get out off this); but it never happens. People die everyday in Greece from these synthetic drugs. A big percentage of the homeless people (there are millions of them bc of the crisis) do drugs on a regular basis. They’re not trying to quit them (at least most of them), they’ve just accepted that now this is their life and that they are slowly dying. This situation is really worse than it seems.

  21. Serious question. I want to be an interviewer or … reporter for Vice News. How does one apply to do this? 😎

  22. The female reporter 05:11 is so fucking annoying LOL… she's angry that the police are moving and processing drug addicts taking drugs in the city, in residential areas where children live… her reason for being angry "it's not a human way of doing it"….. fuck off!! hahah….. you chose to take drugs, therefore you chose addiction, therefore you chose the consequences….. the children have NO choice but to witness junkie scum shooting up in their parks… fuck the drug addicts.. round them up, lock them and let them go cold turkey in prison.. I care more about the kids future than the junkies human rights

  23. I have a lot of compasion for people in need but two types of people I could not give a flying fuck about are 1) Junkies(self inflicted) and 2) people injured from doing extreme sports (dumb mother fuckers)…

  24. At 6:33 it could be black/ white Film and one would think "Oh an old Film of Nazis collecting Jews for Auschwitz "! Scary
    That DEA Fuck saying Addicts LOVE him 🤣😂Yeah,with a bullet between the eyes they will!
    Dont forget Alcohol and cigs are the worst Drugs! But legal. They wont legalize shit as long as Guys like him earn money chasing addicts and thereby keeping the quality bad/ dangerous cuts etc.
    HE IS the Problem! My God,LEGALIZE it for adults,on script like Dutch and Swiss did. It got rid of the wretched addicts in Switzerland at once.

  25. So, you group up all addicts in the same region claimed by anarchists. Then you create a drug clearly made to put its users in a frenzy aggressive state, and that will also kill its user in just a few months. You let the addicts and the anarchists kill eachother, even somewhat empower them so they can keep going: keep supplying the addicts with cheap sisa, and keep the anarchists unchecked without police so they can feel their cause is actually working and they're gaining ground. Let this keep going until most of the addicts and anarchists kill eachother, you've just 'solved' 2 major social issues with minimum investment and official involvement by government.
    Maybe I'm overthinking this, but all these facts look way too directed to form this bizarre scenario. A drug with battery acid? Why would a dealer want to kill its users that fast?

  26. What is this guy expecting the police to do? Not to make swipes? Let them be?.. The least they should do is check them from time to time to keep things cleaner… These "homeless" leave the needles down in the open street… Imagine you sit or step in one… They are a hazardous threat for public welfare… How do the police treat them in his homeland anyway? Where is VICE's host from? UK?..

  27. I like Konstantinos man. That guy's lost and have horrible life but also is funny. 11:36 I didn't have penny last night now I wanna start a family I wanna work. Crews from vice gets him sisa and K is happy to smoke again in part 2. This time winking at em. (Very manipulative and convincing) (good actor) & (funny)

  28. In life. Each and every one of us is addicted to something. Shouldn't be always drugs. Starting with drugs itself, coffee, meat, pussy, dicks, tv, fashion……
    Etc many more.
    Whatever you do on your daily basis in excess amount will be unhealthy for you and spending money everyday in it will make you an addict. So I guess everyone in this world is even.

  29. Greece homlessdrug addicts looks much better then regular alcohol addicts :has a healthy looking skin ,more or less.._does nottwear dirty clothes,hairs are not to overgrown and wild.._ does this mean alcohol ismore harmfull then cheap drugs?! Wtf

  30. You don’t ask people to get your drugs without giving any to them! that’s a drug etiquette! that’s why they "shafted" you

  31. Useless! Absolutely useless. The 'powers that be' are fightimg a losing battle..and, going about it all wrong. Instead of spending that money on guns and assholes to hold them, how about helping them? Wtf?! They cut tbe funding and then, blame the addicts that they caused! Sound familiar? Kinda sounds like us, doesn't it? It isn't just one country. It a worldwide epidemic. It's planned.

  32. I'd prefer abit of heroin tho its mutch more chilled out, don't reely like to b rushing unless at a party or pub

  33. Sadly there are some people who are Hell bent on self destruction and nothing you say or do can change them , people have to want to be helped , you cant force them to be helped …people have to want to be saved before you can get anywhere … but if they are HELL bent on doing drugs , give them drugs that are less destructive and make them less aggressive , I am sure there are chemists out there that can do that cheaply .. some people are just wired for drugs and even when given money , homes and food they still seek out destructive drugs and carry on messing up their lives ..sadly not everyone can be saved .-((((((

  34. Konstantinos and Aristos ( a junkie from another greek interview ) should get special treatment to get of this shit and help other junkies get off drugs too

  35. The police chief’s comment that he has to follow orders reminds me of the book, “Hitler’s Willing Executioners”. Just saying.

  36. LOOKS HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH DRUGS……IT'S WHAT YOU CANNOT SEE, ASK JESUS AND HE WILL ENTER, KNOCK AND HE WILL ANSWER, SATAN GET BEHIND!

  37. no nation or people are immune to the zionist rothschild usury system of slavery…usury is designed so you can never pay your debt back thus making you a slave to it.

    it's interesting to note that during the collapse of the greece financial monetary system, lord rothschild bailed out a bank in greece which he personally had ties to. he owns a fortress in corfu, greece where he frequents regularly…many of these slave masters have addresses and we should pay them visits from time to time to show our appreciation and pay homage to our masters 👁

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