March 13, 2009
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Friday 13.3: London Solidarity Event for Konstantina Kuneva

Konstantina Kuneva is a female, single mother, migrant worker and grassroots syndicalist who was attacked with sulfuric acid by employer-hired thugs in late December 2008. She has suffered major injuries and is being treated in intensive care in Athens since. The attack happened in the aftermath of the December revolt, and the solidarity response of the movement was vigorous and dynamic throughout the country. Fund raising events are still taking place in various greek cities because of the urgent need for money, that will allow Konstantina to travel to the USA for an elaborate and very expensive operation, which her only chance to have some of her basic bodily functions restored.

Benefit event for Konstantina: Screenings, discussion, food and live music on Friday March 13 from 5 to 11 at 100 Flowers squat, 2A Belgrade Road, Dalston N16 8DJ. The event is organised jointly by Greek comrades in solidarity, local Turkish/Kurdish workers organizations, and comrades from North East London squats.

For more info on Konstantina’s case, most of the greek texts that have been translated into english can be found here.

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February 25, 2009
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Wednesday, February 25, 2009 Haunt of Migrants in Exarcheia attacked with hand-grenade

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

On the night of February 24 the Haunt of Migrants on Tsamadou Street in Exarcheia was attacked while an assembly of the Association of Conscientious Objectors was taking place inside: A hand-grenade was thrown from outside. Luckily the building’s window was shut and double-glazed – the first layer of the window broke but the hand-grenade bounced off and exploded outside.

(article found at occupied London)

What follows is a statement issued by the Network for Social and Political Rights, also housed in the same building.

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Murderous attack with hand-grenade at the Migrants’ Haunt

Last night, February 24, at around 10.05 pm “persons unknown” threw a hand grenade at the Migrants’ Haunt at Tsamadou Street in Exarcheia, the same building hosting the offices of the Network for Social and Political Rights). At that time the Haunt was full of people as there was an open meeting of the Association of Conscientious Objectors and the co-ordinating body of our group was also having a meeting. The attack had no victims only due to sheer luck as the hand grenade did not manage to get through the double glazed window, bounced back and exploded just outside the building.

Last night’s fascist, para-statal attack is part of the wider attempt of sovereignty to strike back after December’s revolt. During all this time we have been watching the intensification of statist and para-statist (meaning, undercovers and fascists, often the same people — trans) violence as well as a dirty propaganda campaign against spaces of resistance (”the far Left is to blame for the violence”). The “persons unknown” who threw the hand grenade do not only turn against us but against the social antagonist movement as a whole, against all who revolted in December, against all who actively refuse the dictatorship of the market and the “democracy” of the batton.

It is probably unnecessary for us to say that we shall not make a single step back, it is unnecessary to say that the parastatals will receive the response they deserve.

Athens, February 25 2009

February 12, 2009
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From 150-200 people participated in the Anti-Olympic Torch Light Parade marking the 1-Year Countdown to the 2010 Winter Games on Feb 12, 2009 in downt


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Anti-Olympic Torch Light Parade Lights Up the Streets!!!

February 12, 2009 – 00:51 — no2010
Torch Protest Feb 12, 2009

From 150-200 people participated in the Anti-Olympic Torch Light Parade marking the 1-Year Countdown to the 2010 Winter Games on Feb 12, 2009 in downtown Vancouver. After rallying at Victory Square at 6PM, where a ‘torch of resistance’ was lit and used to burn a Canadian Olympic flag, the demonstration marched to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, where a 2010 concert was taking place and dozens of police were assembled to stop any possible disruption. From there, the protest moved up Georgia St. to Burrard, stopping at various corporate sponsors, including the Hudson’s Bay Company, Royal Bank of Canada, Bell, and CTV. About a dozen torches were lit on the protest route, which ended at the ‘Countdown Clock’ located at the Art Gallery. Several targets were hit with paint bombs, including the clock as the rally ended. There were no arrests.

The protest was organized by the Olympics Resistance Network;
Email: olympicresistance(at)riseup.net or visit: www.No2010.com

Resist 2010 ! No Olympics on Stolen Native Land !

Check out the image gallery at: http://www.no2010.com/node/791

Some corporate news stories:

Anti-Olympic protestors hold counter ceremony

By Jack Keating, The Province February 12, 2009

More than 150 protestors marched from Victory Square through downtown Vancouver in an anti -Olympic torch light parade Thursday night.

The parade, to mark the one-year countdown to the Olympics, was held to highlight all of the “negative social impacts” the 2010 Olympics will have on Vancouver.

The march left Victory Square where one protester burned an Olympic flag with a torch, and they marched by the Queen Elizabeth Theatre where dozens of police stood guard to prevent any attempt to enter the theatre where an Olympic gala event was being held.

The marchers, with about 10 flaming torches and chanting “homes not Games”, continued along Georgia Street to Burrard and then down Robson, stopping at some of the corporate Olympic sponsors offices, before ending up at the Olympic clock outside the Art Gallery.

Dozens of police on bicycles and motorcycles and others filming the march with video cameras kept a close watch on the parade.

There was a brief standoff between protesters and Vancouver police officers on bicycles at the clock that ended peacefully.

However, after the protest ended someone threw a red paint ball that splattered against the bottom of the clock.

Speakers from The Olympic Resistance Network, which organized the march, at Victory Square urged people to fight against the “2010 corporate invasion, police state tactics, homelessness, criminalization of the poor, ecological destruction, public debt, colonization and other negative social impacts” they say the Olympics will bring to Vancouver.

One speaker talked about the 370 per cent increase in homelessness in Vancouver in recent years while more than a billion dollars is being spent on the Olympics.

Anti-Olympic activist Garth Mullins said the parade was an alternative to VANOC’s “spin” on the 2010 Olympics.

“We’re trying to use the torches, which are the symbol of the Olympics, to actually take them and shine some light on the impacts of the Olympics on the poor and homeless people in the Downtown Eastside,” said Mullins.

“And also on the environment, indigenous people and people whose civil liberties are going to be eroded and crushed in Vancouver.”

Mullins also criticized Operation Silver, a massive security operation underway by the army, CSIS and police.

“We feel that their security plans are going to be very detrimental to people’s civil liberties and we’re also trying to shine some light on that,” said Mullins, wearing a jacket with the orange-coloured words “Resist 2010” across the back.

Alissa Westergard-Thorpe thought the rally and parade was a success.
“I think it’s important that with the one-year countdown we get our voices out especially as the city, VANOC and the police are trying so hard to suppress dissent in the city,” said Westergard-Thorpe.

“And I think more and more people will be concerned over the next year as you see the police state build up and you see the economic waste and the environmental destruction associated with the Olympics even more people will care when the Olympics actually and I think a lot of people care right now.”

“I think merely the fact that we’re able to go out and march in the streets and express our viewpoint is always a success, especially when they’re trying so hard to restrict our right to protest.”

Several Hundred Anti-Olympic Protesters Light up the Streets
KATIE HYSLOP
Globe and Mail Update, February 12, 2009

Anti-Olympic protestors lit up the streets of downtown Vancouver during a protest parade Thursday night, carrying makeshift torches and setting fire to a 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics flag.

Several hundred people participated in the march, which stopped outside of buildings belonging to Olympic sponsors such as the Hudson’s Bay Company, CTV, and Canada Post. The protest focused on concerns about affordable housing in the city, native land use for Olympic venues, and the financial burden on taxpayers for the games.

CTV reported Thursday night that protesters also paint-bombed the Olympic clock, just as the demonstration ended.

Olympic protests during one year celebrations
Countdown clock vandalized
News1130 Staff VANCOUVER(NEWS1130) | Friday, February 13th, 2009

Not everyone greeted the countdown to 2010 celebrations with cheers.

About 100 protestors, some carrying torches, marched through the downtown core to protest the Olympics.

Despite a heavy police presence, the Olympic countdown clock at the Vancouver Art Gallery was vandalized. It had red paint thrown on it.

Damage is minor and no arrests have been made. The vandals took off right away – leaving behind hoodies.

This is not the first time the clock has been vandalized.

No-Fun City tag sticks as 2010 parties go elsewhere
An article on the lack of public events organized by Vanoc, ever fearful of protests
Wed Feb. 11 2009, ctvbc.ca

In Whistler they are partying. But Vancouver, it’s a much different story.

For years, the 2010 host city has celebrated every milestone on the Olympic journey. Not anymore. There isn’t a single public event planned for the one-year countdown day for what some call the No-Fun City.

The city had been celebrating since it won the Games, but Vancouver’s mayor, Gregor Robertson, dropped the puck on this one.

“Tomorrow there isn’t big parties all across the city. There’s so much energy focused on pulling the Games together, and the venues specifically, so all of the focus has been there in preparing. Unfortunately no work has been done for the big public celebration,” he told CTV News on Wednesday.

While there’s no special one-year countdown celebration in Vancouver there is one at the Richmond Speed Skating Oval. This is where Vancouver’s mayor will be, along with Premier Gordon Campbell and IOC president Jacques Rogge. There’ll be special performances and Olympic Athletes, but it is not a public
celebration.

No parties in the host city? Beijing had a big bash for its one-year countdown — why not us?

“That’s a good question,” said Robertson. “We gotta kick the fun into gear here.”

There will be a public celebration in Whistler — an outdoor concert in village square. Could it be previous protests have made Olympic organizers gun-shy about Vancouver?

“It’s really a case of trying to manage crowds — there’s tremendous interest but only limited number of seats,” said Colin Hansen, the provincial minister responsible for the Olympics.

“There are some challenges that come from the amount of size, scope and the amount of security in terms of safety, not even necessarily in regard to protest,” said Maureen Douglas of VANOC.

But if you are looking for something to do, you can ride SkyTrain — TransLink wants you to bring your “horns, cowbells and tambourines” and make some noise at 6 p.m. Or you can head to Canada Place where the heritage horns will blow at 6 p.m. and you are encouraged to “clap, sing, whistle or cheer.”

They’re having way more fun in other provinces — flag raising in Parliament Hill, torch lighting in Calgary — but nothing in Vancouver.

With a report from CTV British Columbia’s Shannon Paterson.

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Anti-Olympic Protests Spread: No Olympics On Stolen Native Land!

by Tar 03:31am, Saturday February 14 2009

Feb. 12th, 2009. – Protestors in Toronto, Hamilton, Guelph, Kitchener, Stratford and London will mark the one year countdown to the Vancouver Olympics with a series of road side actions and related events. Between 7am and 9am, tens of thousands of commuters on major Ontario highways can expect to see large banners bearing anti-Olympic messages. The protestors – friends and members of Anti-Racist Action – specifically aim to highlight concerns that the Olympics are accelerating development on unceeded indigenous territories in British Columbia (BC).

With the Olympics, there is a frenzy of development in BC – the Olympics are the new ‘gold rush’ – bringing displacement and destruction to indigenous communities and culture. The Province of BC was carved out of land that was never surrendered by the indigenous peoples, and was never part of any treaty. Today, most of the province remains as unceeded land. Despite this, the government continues to sell, lease and allow development on Native land for mining, logging, oil & gas, ski resorts, and other industries. The Vancouver Olympic Committee (VANOC) has gone to great lengths to hide the negative impact that the Olympics will have on indigenous people, by obscuring the facts on their participation in these games. VANOC would suggest that “participation” means appropriating and marketing indigenous imagery and culture, and also making a series of multi-million dollar business deals that funnel money through Band Councils. Grassroots movements in indigenous communities are saying no to the Olympics. They see their land being irreparably damaged by expanding Olympic developments. Anti-Racist Action supports grassroots, indigenous, protesters, and we unite to say “No Olympics on Stolen Native Land!”

January 29, 2009
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  • A brief outline of the solidarity in France with the Vincennes detention center prisoners in trial and against all sort of prisons

    2 janvier 2009

    In solidarity to the rebellious of Vincennes retention center (prison for immigrants to be deported) who pass in court on January 25, 26, 27th 2010, for burning their prison during a revolt in June 2008. A week of solidarity is set from the 16th to the 24th of January. Here is a very brief outline of solidarity actions, it is far from complete for translation reasons.

  • Open letter to some Italian anarchists

    1 January 2009

    We just finished reading your letter, that you wrote to us and all the French comrades. We read it with pleasure, finding in it multiple points we recognize ourselves in. We read it attentively, because it comes from the people who unfortunately have to face, before us and more than us, the repression. However, we must say that it also left a bitter taste and provoked a kind of discomfort.

  • To French comrades concerning Tarnac arrests but not only

    1 January 2009

    We know how painful it’s to be separated from our own comrades, and we have no recipes nor lessons to give about the way to take them out the fastest (to take them all out, forgetting the distinction between ‘guilty’ and ‘innocent’). The rapid notes that follow are the fruit of several thoughts born out of different experiences lived in Italy, hoping they could be useful to our French comrades.

  • One more twisted nail: Letter from Ivan

    1 January 2009

    Wednesday 11th of March, Ivan and Farid were called by the examining magistrate for an audition on the ongoing investigation. But above all, the prosecution and the judges wanted to ask their incarceration under the pretext that they would be in recidivism of judiciary control violation. The cops would have seen them together at certain gatherings in solidarity with Isa (who was still in prison at that moment). The judiciary control forbade them to «enter in contact in any way».

  • A communique by a comrade on the run, Diego Rios, from some unknown part of the world

    26 December 2008

    On the 24th of June, the Jhonny Cariqueo Social Centro was ransacked by the ‘Grupo de Operaciones Especiales (GOPE)’, Special Forces of the Chilean State, as part of investigations into recent bombings against the government and capitalist institutions. They were searching for our comrade Diego Rios because they had found a bag with material for the manufacture of explosives in the house of his mother. The police didn’t find Diego, and were met with dead silence by the comrades in the house at this time. It is now two weeks since Diego took the decision to go on the run, refusing to fall in the hands of the enemy, assuming the position of an antagonist in society. Our comrade, we send our support and brotherly hugs. Our comrade, every day you evade the police is a strike at power!

  • Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down

    10 December 2008

    During the last two months, the strategy of counterinsurgency developed by the greek state since December has passed to a new phase of totalisation. If we speak of counterinsurgency and not of repression it is because the former in contrast to the latter is not so much a military type intervention, as an integrated political and social technology producing consent, fear and defeatism. It aims not at the immediate annihilation of the insurgents, but at the removal of their living space: the (…)
  • Letter from Paolo

    26 November 2008

    The 25th of October 2009 at 7.50am, whilst taking my dog for a walk, I was surrounded by three members of the LRD, investigation service, I had to go to their office for an interrogation. A special intervention-unit in an armoured car was waiting at the corner, in case I would resist. The fuckers didn’t even let me quietly say good-bye to my daughter who was just leaving for school at that moment. The same service made a house search the day before, confiscated my lap-top and took pictures of political posters and others.

  • Not everything is following its normal course

    26 November 2008

    When we find the determination to quit going through live on our knees we make it difficult for things to continue as per usual. And despite all of their cops, judges and prisons, they will never break this determination.

  • We are not slaves, we are dynamite

    17 November 2008

    They are old things, from another century. Poverty, which progress seemed to have banished from the West, comes back to make us feel its bite. Bankers aren’t jumping from windows yet, but the poor are filling the streets. Factories and shops close their doors. Millions of people find themselves with no means for facing the future. They were promised that a life passed on their knees, between a job that profited a boss and obedience to the will of the government would at least ensure a quiet survival for them. Now it’s clear to all that this was a lie.

  • On the arrest of Leonardo Landi

    16 November 2008

    Leo had been hunted by the antiterrorism with an international arrest warrant since 2008, when one of the tentacles of the Florence attorney’s office had orchestrated yet another inquest against the anarchist scene in Tuscany. The comrades were accused of subversive association with terrorist aims, some with the specific accusation of having robbed a post office at gunpoint for self-financing.

January 22, 2009
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Translator’s intro: Radio Revolt is an unlicensed radio station in Greece which is devoted to counterinformation. It transmits from an occupied re

On 21 July 2009 the station was attacked. Here is an adapted English translation of Radio Revolt’s announcement, originally in Greek:

During the morning of 21 July the occupied space where Radio Revolt is housed, the railway carriage of OSE (a Greek railway operator) in the centre of Aristotelian University’s campus in Salonica, was attacked by persons unknown with three molotov bombs. After the ‘unknown’ perpetrators attempted to attack our studio, without success, they resorted to bomb with their molotovs the WC of the radio station, and any damage done was limited within it. Our station stopped transmitting only for three hours just to allow for power to be restored, which we had cutted deliberately for safety reasons.

This attack on Radio Revolt is merely one more of the failed attempts by the state and the parastate, part of a semester-long series of attacks after December, ordered by the political and economic elite and executed by cops and fascists. Their goal is to suppress all voices of freedom, everyone who protests and resists. They seek to turn society more conservative, fascist, and xenophobic; their final aim, of course, is the establishment of terror. The police is being advertised as the new messiah, and the dogma of order and security is being presented as more necessary than ever.

Let them live in their dream: day by day the multifaceted resistance becomes more powerful, and thousands of people get their lives in their hands. The dynamic mobilisations and protests prove that all every threat manages to achieve is to make social movements more powerful.

Radio Revolt, against all of them who wish otherwise, transmits – and will carry on transmitting.

Against the mainstream media.

ARM YOUR VOICE!

Radio Revolt
22/01/09

January 19, 2009
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In the night of January 13th 2009, an incendiary device, composed of gas canisters and gasoline, exploded in the entrance of the (police) commissariat of Evomos (region of Thessalonica), and damaged the windows in the facade and the ventilation system. Shortly after, the police arrested the 26 year old anarchist Ilias Nikolau, who does not live far from there. Ilias was, together with Dimitra Sirianou and Kostakis Halazas, subject of an arrest warrant for over a year, concerning the same case as Vaggelis Botzatzis (on the accusation of several arsons). Vaggelis was released on conditions on October 13th 2008. On November 14th, during the agitations with the hunger strike in Greek prisons, the 3 others went to the commissariat of Thessalonica, accompanied by some hundred comrades. The day after, the judge decided to let them await their trial in freedom. Currently Ilias is accused for “explosion” (felony), “production” and “accomplishment” (misdemeanours). Ilias does not acknowledge the accusations, nor admits “having been caught red handed”. The police raided his parent’s house, the place where he works, and stormed the house of his grandmother out of the city. Ilias was brought to the prison of Amfissa, this is a letter he wrote:

In the morning of January 13th I was arrested in the west of Thessalonica, on the accusation of an explosion that took place at the commissariat of the municipal police. This happened a year after, an incredible accusation was created against me and three of my comrades in November 2007. That accusation put one of us in prison, and made three others escape. The witch hunt has started. We have lived through a considerably warm December and a situation that shows the lack of social peace clearly. Social peace only lives in the imagination of those that cannot understand that reality is characterized by a permanent civil war. With a revolutionary side that rebels against this democratic monstrosity. Rage replaced fear and instead of approval, negation appeared. The month of December, as a sign for times to come, made a very clear devision between those that feed the Power, maintain and defend it, and those that fight it. Now is not the time to look back in nostalgia to the ashes that the insurrection left on its path. We have to understand and express the signs of the present and the future. The signs that already exist, and those to come. The signs of a relentless social war. If we want that moments of negation, revolt and dignity are lived, we have to arm our hands and our desires, determined and organized. I resist against those who think that manifestations and pacifist protest will make a difference, because they’re already dead. They drag their corpses along the streets, in the unions and in the luxurious offices of their bosses. I take place on the side of those who are led by dignity and I join with those who feel the unchangeable will to disrupt and to destroy this enormous cemetery. The prison is an added step to a rebel. A step towards imprisonment. To all those who think that they have overcome me, that they have overcome us…

For me and my comrades it works just the other way around! Because as long as there are prisoners of war, we will continue to struggle. I send warm and rebellious greetings to my comrades and to revolutionaries everywhere.

Freedom for all prisoners of the revolt. Freedom for Yiannis Dimitrakis, Polis Georgiadis and Yiorgous Voutsi-Vogiatzis and all the hostages of democracy.

Ilias Nikolau, Amfissa prison, 19th January 2009

January 19, 2009
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Tuesday, January 20, 2009 Russian Anarchist "Skat" Baburova Assassinated 19.01.2009 | Anastasia "Skat" Baburova, 30.11.1983-19.01.2009

Our friend and comrade Skat was murdered today in Moscow, shot to head by an assassin.

Assassin was not after her – he was after advocate Stanislav Markelov, another good friend and comrade. We do not know who was there to kill Stas – it could be associates of some war criminals he put to prison, it could be connected to some corporate crimes, it could be Nazis, many of whom Stas put to prison as well. List of achievements of Stas is so long, that it will take a couple of days to gather all of them to a necrology – and list of his enemies is even longer. But we know for sure, that Nastya had a bad luck of being in a wrong place in wrong time. Assassin shot her to head as well, either to eliminate a witness, or in order to escape – some witnesses have stated that Nastya attempted to arrest assassin. Stas died in place, Nastya died in hospital few hours afterwards.

Nastya was a graduate of journalist faculty of Moscow State University. She worked a while in “Izvestiya”, but left and worked as a freelancer.
During last few months she wrote to critical paper “Novaya Gazeta”, mostly about far right.

Nastya was an anarchist and was involved in numerous activist projects. She was involved in anti-repression issues, such as solidarity actions in Moscow for repressed French activists Ivan and Bruno, and later last year in solidarity work for Tarnac 9. Last year she was actively involved in attempts to defense a dormitory in Yasniy Passage, inhabited by refugees from conflict regions of Caucasus, against violent takeover of the premises by UFSIN (Administration of Federal Service for Execution of Punishment, that is Russian federal prison administration). Nastya was arrested in that action. Nastya also joined protest camp of Rainbow Keepers last summer in Sasovo of Ryazan region, and campaign against police brutality in spring of 2008. She also traveled to European social forum in Malmö in September 2008. She was co-organising alternative media section in Russian conference Anticapitalism-2008. Nastya also helped in work with latest issue #30 of Avtonom-journal. She joined Autonomous Action a day before she got murdered. Inside the movement, Nastya got well along with everyone.

Nastya was into physical sports such as jumping with a parachute and she was also well trained in martial arts. She never went around unarmed, but her knife was not a match against a gun.

Nastya was a positive person of exceptional spirit. She will be missed by parents, friends and comrades from all around Russia and Ukraine. She was from Sevastopol, and is likely to be buried there.

January 17, 2009
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On January 17, 2009, the small storefront space at the collectively-run Spartacus Books in Vancouver was packed with people for an info night on the s


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Unrest in Greece: 2nd Info Night in Vancouver (Coast Salish Territory), Canada
Info night with photo slideshow and spoken presentations.
7:00 PM / THURSDAY / FEBRUARY 5 / 2009
RHIZOME CAFÉ / 317 E. BROADWAY
On January 17, 2009, the small storefront space at the collectively-run Spartacus Books in Vancouver was packed with people for an info night on the social unrest in Greece that was sparked by the police murder of 15-year old Alexandros Grigoropoulos in Athens on December 6. A slideshow of photos and a video of a TV station occupation were shown. Presenters took turns reading out statements from various occupied buildings across Greece. A statement from a solidarity demonstration in St. Louis, USA, was also read out and some photos were shown from the riots set off by the police murder of Oscar Grant in Oakland, USA, on January 1. A booklet was distributed containing most of the statements read out and the night ended with a discussion of the social upheaval in Greece, the anarchist movement there and the situation in Vancouver. A second info night on the same theme is to take place at the Rhizome Cafe in Vancouver on February 5, 2009.

January 16, 2009
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“Fuck Greece, fight here!” (Greek Revolt info events in the UK)

A number of info events/ greek prisoner solidarity benefits are organised across the UK. Some will also have people from this blog presenting – if you are organising an event on the Greek events please let us know so that we can add it to the list.

Confirmed dates so far

  • Sunday 18.1 prisoner solidarity benefit gig at the Forest cafe, Edinburgh
  • Thursday 22.1 at the RampART social centre, London
  • Monday 26.1 at the Cowley Club, Brighton
  • Saturday 28.2 at the Common Place, Leeds
  • Saturday 23.5 at the Anarchist Bookfair, Cardiff
  • Bristol dates &venues tbc in Bristol
  • At least one more London date will be added for mid-February, to coincide with the launch of Occupied London #4

http://www.occupiedlondon.org/blog/2009/01/17/fuck-greece-fight-here-greek-riot-info-events-in-the-uk/

January 15, 2009
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Arrests

More than 270 people have been arrested in connection to actions, since the beginning of the insurrection, on December 6th, in 15 cities. 67 of them have been detained, while 50 immigrants that were arrested the first 3 days, were rapidly condemned to 18 months of imprisonment and are being deported. 19 arrestees in Larissa face charges under the anti-terrorist law. Countless of people were brought to the police departments but were released with no charges in the end. ( 969401 )

On Saturday 17/01 there will be a nationwide demonstration in Larissa, for solidarity to the arrestees.

One person has been arrested and detained since yesterday in Thessaloniki. He is being accused for explosion (felony) and for organising a gang (minor offence, luckily not connected with the anti-terrorist law), related to the effort for arson for a police department. There was a solidarity demonstration, on Tuesday night, outside the Police Headquarters, where he is kept. He is going in front of the Interrogator and the Public Prosecutor on Thursday noon.

Liberated spaces

The building of the Journalists’ Union is still occupied by young people and employees in the media. In solidarity to the revolt of December, they also focus on employment problems, pushing the mainstream media for alternative coverage of the actions, etc. 969449

A municipality cafe on a central street of Zografou district, has been ocupied by antiauthoritarians, in order for it to function as an open space for counter-information, discussion and co-ordination of actions(969647).

Solidarity to Konstantina Kouneva

Employees and workers from 27 first-grade unions, had a sit-in in the office of Evangelismos hospital, where Konstantinta Kouneva is being treated. This hospital is also using cleaning services by subcontracting agencies, similar to the one Konstantina was hired by. (969641)

The Worker Unions’ Center in Volos, after having been occupied by activists for 2 days, was released in the morning. It was an action of solidarity to Konstantina Kouneva and the arrestees of the revolt in December (969909).
*Konstantina Kouneva, a woman, immigrant and unionist, was violently attacked with acid on her face, due to her political action against the employers.

Universities and High schools

A lot of general student union meetings have been taking place in Universities all over Greece, 62 faculties are currently occupied, while many of others stay open, due to the support by the communist, the socialdemocrat and the pro-government student parties.

An education-wide demonstration will also take place on Thursday in many Greek cities.

Parents of a high-school in Pireas, protest against the authorities of the schools, who terrorise the students that took part in the school occupation in October, where a lot of students were beaten up and sent to court.

The students of the 3rd High-school of Ilioupolis, Athens, have occupied their school, against the decision of the teachers to move 4 students to another school and not allow another 5 to attend courses, for 5 days (969734), as a punishment. They are also protesting for the surveilance cameras outside their school building.

Workers’ struggles

120 people were sacked, last month, from the iron-nickel factory in Larimna.
3 people were fired from a local Athens TV station.
The employees of the water supply company in Thessaloniki are on a strike, staying in the building (despite being terrorized by their employers), making sure that there will be no problem with the water supply. . They are against the privatization of the company. the inner corruption and they ask for more personnel to be hired.

The Higher court decided for the second time against the construction of a mall in Eleonas (970278)

War in Palestine

A demonstration for the war in Palestine is being organised for Saturday 17/1. 969591
Arion, the ship of the Free Gaza movement, that transfers doctors and food towards the Gaza people, is threatened to be stopped by the Israeli authorities(969819). The greek government (970053) and the mainstream media (970281) didn’t pay attention to the issue.
Meanwhile, people, student unions and organizations of the left have mobilized for a demonstration on Thursday, in order to prevent transfer of US weapons towards Israel, through the private port of Astakos, on the Aegean Sea (970041)

Mainstream Media reports

Mainstream media published the results of the official police ballistic report on Alexis Grigoropoulos’ shooting, stating that the bullet hit a marble ball (functioning as a barrier in the edge of the sidewalk) which was next to Alexis, and then turned towards his body. Commentors (969787) think that this proves that the cop actually fired towards the young persons.

Mainstream media announced that the so-called “terrorist organisation” named “Revolutionary Struggle”, (as it had been suspected by the police) issued a communique for the shooting against three police officers in Athens, resulting into the serious injury of one of them.

January 15, 2009
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TWO INFO NIGHTS WITH
PHOTO SLIDESHOW &
SPOKEN PRESENTATIONS


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Unrest in Greece: Info Nights in Vancouver, Canada (Coast Salish Territory)

TWO INFO NIGHTS WITH
PHOTO SLIDESHOW &
SPOKEN PRESENTATIONS

7:00 PM / SATURDAY / JANUARY 17 / 2009
@ SPARTACUS BOOKS / 684 E. HASTINGS

7:00 PM / THURSDAY / FEBRUARY 5 / 2009
@ RHIZOME CAFÉ / 317 E. BROADWAY

January 15, 2009
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The 696 Form compels licensees who wish to hold live music events in 21 London Boroughs to report to the police the names, addresses, aliases and telephone numbers of performers, the likely ethnicity of their audience and music genre. Failure to comply could result in fines or imprisonment (six months in jail or a £20,000 fine)“.

January 14, 2009
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Solidarity/Benefit Gig for those arrested during the recent uprising in Greece – Sunday the 18th @6pm in Forest Cafe, Edinburgh

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Solidarity/Benefit Gig for those arrested during the recent uprising in Greece

by alexisedinburgh2008 09:57pm, Wednesday January 14 2009
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The 6th of December, the day when 15 year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos was shot dead by police without provocation, marked the beginning of a social uprising in Greece. His unlawful killing quickly became a symbol for the peoples disquiet with political corruption and media manipulation and propaganda. Hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets to protest and actively reclaim a better social, political and economic system that is based on humans’ basic rights of freedom and wellbeing and not capital or profit.

Since the 6th of December 2008 and until the 14th of January 2009 there have been 273 arrests*:

  • 67 people already in prison awaiting trials.

  • 19 people arrested in Larisa are being prosecuted under new anti-terrorist laws

(*source http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=969401)

In Solidarity to the Greek comrades and their social struggle, a gig is to be held this Saturday. It starts at 6pm in Forest Cafe, Edinburgh. Bands performing include: MOZKORRAK (drunken oi-oi) and BOTTOMFEEDERS ( local mentalists playing ersecore punk noise).

Entry is free, with donations towards legal expenses for those arrested during the Greek uprising

January 11, 2009
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LES TRAVAILLEURS, NOUS AURONS LE DERNIER MOT…

Les milliers des manifestants qui sont descendus dans les rues de toute la
Grèce le vendredi 09/01 ont prouvé que le feu de décembre n’est pas prêt
de s’éteindre, ni par les balles ni par l’acide lancé par la majorité des
médias tous ces derniers jours. C’est pourquoi la seule réponse de l’Etat
face à la jeuneuse et aux travailleurs se résume, encore une fois, à la
répression. Les MAT (CRS), les mains libres par les ordres des dirigeants
et avec l’incitation des médias pour tolérance zéro, ont lancé des
produits chimiques, accompagnés d’arrestations et des violences contre
quiconque ils croisaient sur leur route.

Quand la répression étatique se retourne (comme le 09/01) même contre des
travailleurs reporteurs, opérateurs, photographes, avocats, qui se
trouvent dans la rue sans prendre la partie des assassins, il devient
encore plus clair que les événements insurrectionnels de ce dernier temps
posent la question de la dignité à chacun et chacune des nous dont la
survie dépend du salaire. Ainsi, quelques-uns parmi nous qui travaillent
dans les média, nous prenons position à côté des combattants. Avec la
participation à la lutte des travailleurs mais aussi avec la lutte dans
nos lieux de travail contre l’opinion du patronat des médias quant aux
événements. Citons comme exemple le licenciement du photographe Kostas
Trironis du journal « Elephteros Typos », parce qu’il a pris en photos des
policiers lever les armes le lendemain de l’assassinat du jeune de 15ans,
Alexandros Grigoropoulos. 


Nous n’avons aucune illusion que les médias, en tant qu’appareillage
idéologique de l’Etat, feront tout ce qu’ils pourront pour que les gens
rentrent à la maison. Nous le savons mieux que tous car nous travaillions
pour eux. Comme nous savons que pour que Mr Pretederis, ou Mr Tragas, et
autres grands journalistes médiatiques, puissent prendre position pour
l’abolition du droit d’asile des universités et la séparation entre les «
cagoulés » et les manifestants « pacifiques », ils ont besoin le silence
quotidien de chacun des nous.

Notre position aux côtés des révoltés résulte aussi de l’exploitation
quotidienne que nous vivons tous les jours dans les lieux de travail. Dans
l’industrie des médias les relations de travail flexibles et précaires
abondent comme le travail non rémunéré, l’absence de sécurité sociale, le
travail payée à la tâche, les heures supplémentaires et les pratiques
arbitraires de la part du patronat. Ce dernier temps, sous prétexte de la
crise financière, les licenciements ont augmenté ainsi que les menaces des
licenciements.

Comme tous les travailleurs, nous vivons, nous aussi, la liquidation et
l’arnaque des chefs syndicalistes. L’ESIEA (Union des Rédacteurs des
Journaux Quotidiens d’Athènes) en tant qu’institution se retourne contre
les luttes des travailleurs, que ça soit la résistance contre le patronat
ou l’urgente nécessité de dépasser les divisions internes dans cette
branche des métiers pour la création un syndicat uni pour la presse. La
corporation d’ESIEA, qui fonctionne d’ailleurs en tant que syndicat de
patronat, est le soutien principal des dirigeants dans leur effort de nous
séparer du reste de la classe des travailleurs. Dernier exemple, c’est la
non participation à la grève générale du mercredi 10/12.

Pour toutes ces raisons, une initiative de travailleurs, de chômeurs, de
travailleurs au noir, de stagiaires et d’étudiants dans le milieu des
médias nous avons décidé d’occuper le bâtiment d’ESIEA pour mettre en
avant tout ce qui nous uni avec la société combattante :


- La contre-information par opposition à la propagande des nos
patrons dans les médias


- L’action de tous les travailleurs dans les médias,
auto-organisés, avec des procédures de démocratie participative, contre
l’attaque que nous recevons.

– SOLIDARITÉ AVEC LA COMBATTANTE TRAVAILLEUSE KONSTANTINA KUNEVA

– LIBERATION IMMEDIATE DE TOUS LES INCULPÉS DE L’INSURECTION

-NOUS N’AVONS PAS PEUR DES LICENCIEMENTS, C’EST LES DIRIGEANTS QUI AURONT
PEUR DES GREVES SAUVAGES

January 10, 2009
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Tusindvis af demonstranter strømmede ud i Grækenlands gader fredag d. 9. januar,

og beviste at ildebrænden fra decembers oprør ikke er gået ud, folk nægter at bukke under for skud eller vitriolsyre-angreb mod aktivister, der kæmper for deres lovlige rettigheder. Ved at give politiet ordren om frie hænder til at angribe alle, der kom

forbi dem, med kemikalier vold og arrestation, står det klart, at regeringens reaktion overfor de unge og arbejderne, endnu engang består i rå undertrykkelse,

Ca. 70 blev arresteret, blandt dem 14 advokater og 2 journalister, som

også fik slag. Medierne spreder den ideologiske terrorisme ved at

støtte regeringen med deres kald om nul tolerance over for

demonstranterne.

Når regeringens undertrykkelse, som fredag d. 9.1.09, går imod

arbejdere, journalister, fotografer og advokater, der bare står på den

modsatte side af gaden fra morderene (strisserne), er det endnu et klart

bevis på, at december måneds oprør også er en kamp for alle de mennesker,

hvis liv afhænger af månedslønen. Resultatet er, at nogle

af os, medieansatte og studerende, står side om side med folket i dette

oprør. Vi deltager aktivt, med vores daglige kamp på arbejdspladsen.

Vores primære mål er ikke at lade medie baronerne

servere nyhederne, efter forgod tbefindende; med deres propaganda vælger de

at vise billeder af 15 årige med slangebøsser, fremfor strisserne, der

står lidt længere nede af gaden og banker 15 årige. Vi kan ikke

acceptere fyringer som f.eks. den af Kostas Tsironis, en fotograf fra

avisen ”Eleftheros tupos” (fri presse). Han blev fyret efter at have taget

et billede af en strisser, der ulovligt havde hævet sit håndvåben og

skudt i retning af en gruppe 15årige – kun 19 timer efter mordet af den

15årige Alexandros Grigoropoulos. Redaktionen ville begrave billedet,

og stolede ikke på, at det var ægte. Da fotografen protesterede, blev han fyret.

Medierne, regeringens talerør, vil gøre alt for at forhindre folk i

at strømme ud på gaden. Istedet overtales folk til at blive hjemme foran tv’et.

Det er noget vi ved med sikkerhed, fordi vi arbejder for

medierne og kender midlerne. Så længe vi holder mund, vil ”top dog”

journalisterne blive ved med at skræmme folk ved at presentere

demonstranterne som to forskellige grupper, de farlige og voldelige

”koukoulofori” (hætteklædte) og de fredelige. Vi som arbejdede på

gaderne hele decemberoprøret igennem, ved at man ikke kan overleve 4.5 ton

kemikalier (som politiet spredte i løbet af 4 dage) uden at tage

masker og hætter på. De presser på for at hæve asylen på landets højere læreanstalter, den eneste beskyttelse de studenterne har overfor regeringens polititerror.

Vi står sammen med dem, der er aktive i oprøret, på baggrund af vores egne erfaringer

med udnyttelse på arbejdspladsen. I medieindustrien lever vi, som på alle

andre arbejdspladser, med konsekvenserne af midlertidige

ansættelser, sort (uden sygesikring) arbejde, ulønnet arbejde, ulønnet

overtid, lønninger pr. stykke (pr. artikel, pr. foto…) og andre

midler, cheferne tager i brug i deres udnyttelse af de ansatte. På grund af

den økonomiske krise, lever vi samtidig med trusler om massefyringer.

Som alle andre på arbejdsmarkedet oplever vi fagforeningernes svigt og dobbelmoral. Fagforeningen for journalister på Athens dagblade (ESIEA) blev oprettet

for at støtte journalisternes kamp for bedre vilkår. På grund af medieindustriens

spredning, hvad angår ansættelsesforhold og status, er ESIEA endt med at være en fagforening, der først og fremmest tjener chefernes interesser, blandt andet gennem forsøg på at splitte medieansattes og deres rettigheder fra resten af arbejdsmarkedet.

Da ESIEA nægtede at deltage i generalstrejken ons d.10.12.08, var

det et klart bevis på deres standpunkt.

Af alle disse grunde har vi, medarbejdere, ulønnede medarbejdere, nyligt

fyrede og mediestuderende taget intiativ til og besat ESIEA’s bygning

i solidaritet med et samfund i oprør.

– Fri information og modstand mod cheffernes (mediebaronernes) ideologiske propaganda

– Direkte og selvstyret demokratisk aktion mod mediernes agressive misinformation.

* I solidaritet med aktivist arbejder Konstantina Kuneva.

* Frigiv alle arresterede under decemberoprøret både i Grækenland og udlandet.

* Vi frygter ikke fyringer, bosserne bør frygte vores strejke.

Fra bygningen af ESIEA 10/01-2009

January 10, 2009
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The workers will have the last word – not the media bosses

The thousands of protesters that filled the streets in Greece on Friday January 9th, proved that the fire of December wonʼt be put out, not by bullets and acid against activists, nor by the ideological terrorism spread by the media these last few days. Consequently, the Stateʼs only response to the youth and the workers was, once more, raw repression. Encouraged by the mediaʼs demands of zero tolerance, and by the orders of their bosses, the police were free to attack with chemicals, violence and arrests, against anyone who came their way.

When, as on January 9th, oppression by the State turns even against the workers, journalists, photographers and lawyers who stand in the streets against the side of the murderers, it becomes even clearer that the rebellion during the past month has put forward an issue of dignity for everyone whose survival depends on wage labor. As a result, some of us, media workers and students, stand beside the rebels. We do it actively: we participate in their fight as workers, and we join their fight with our own everyday battle in our places of work. Our main goal is to prevent the bosses from imposing their views about the events, an example of which is that a photographer, Kostas Tsironis, was fired by the daily newspaper “Eleftheros Typos” (“Free press”) because he took a picture of a cop raising his handgun a day after the 15-year old Alexandros Grigoropoulos was murdered.

We donʼt fool ourselves about what the media, a crucial ideology apparatus of the State, will do to force the people to leave the streets and go home; theyʼll do everything, and we know it all too well, because, of course, we work in the media. We also recognize that the big-time journalists are only able to promote the abolition of university asylum and the idea of two different kinds of demonstrators (the violent “koukouloforoi” vs. the “peaceful” ones), as long as we remain silent.

Our place is with the rebels. One more reason for this is because we experience everyday exploitation in our workplaces too. In the media industry, like everywhere else, we have to deal with the consequences of precarious, unsecured or unpaid labour, by-piece working, overtime labor, and all the other forms of bossesʼ whims. Lately, under the threat of a coming economic crisis, we also experience intensification of layoffs, and of the fear of them.

Like all workers, we experience the hypocrisy and the betrayal of the syndicates. The Journalistsʼ Union of Athens (ESIEA) is an institution that turns against the workersʼ calls for resistance against the bosses, due to the crucial need to overcome any internal divisions and job fragmentation, in order to create a united trade union in the press. In their attempt to split the media workers from all the other workers, ESIEA is, in reality, a bossesʼ union and a basic support mechanism for them, as was testified by their refusal to take part in the general strike on Wednesday, December 10th 2008.

For all these reasons, as an initiative of wage workers, unpaid workers, recently-fired workers and students in the media, we have decided to occupy the ESIEA building, in order to voice all these things, in solidarity with a society in revolt:
Free information, against the ideological propaganda of our bosses in the media
Direct action, self-organized and democratic, by all media workers against the attacks waged against each and every one of us.

* Solidarity with militant worker Konstantina Kuneva
* Immediate release of everyone arrested during the rebellion
* We have no fear of getting fired; the bosses should fear our strikes

From the occupied building of ESIEA, 2009-01-10

January 8, 2009
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Attack on East Bay Police Station by anarchists Thursday Jan 8th, 2009 7:33 PM

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–> Last night at 3:00 a.m. we attacked the police station across the street from Ashby BART. All of its front windows were smashed out with bricks. If the pigs think they can keep getting away with murder; they’ve got another thing coming. May this small action help to fuel the fires of the uprising spawned by the most recent murder at the hands of the armed thugs of capital.

On January 1st, 22 year old Oscar Grant was executed by Officer Johannes Mehserle of the BART police in plain view of a number of people while he was laying face down on the ground with his hands behind his back and reportedly handcuffed. Had his death not been captured on film and viewed by millions of people, this would undoubtedly be covered up and justified like the countless others murdered by the pigs in this country every year. Unfortunately for officer Mehserle, this cold blooded execution inspired hundreds of people to fight back against the pigs and the fucked up system they attempt to protect.

We wanted to let everyone know how easy this was to pull off in case you find yourself walking the streets at night and need some ideas how to safely take file your complaint against the pigs. With gloved hands we grabbed some bricks from the neighborhood around the corner. We approached out of view of any cameras, as to not leave them with any identifying images. Pulling on our masks, we casually approached when no cars were driving by and spent a total of 15 seconds hurling the bricks through their thick plate glass windows. We quickly got off the main street and disappeared into the night. This communiqué was written so our attack would not go unreported and was originally posted from a public computer to a website that does not store IP information.

Smash things up in the night! Don’t get caught!

From Athens to the East Bay – the fire of rebellion is spreading.

January 6, 2009
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apo indy germanias

… one more youngster killed by the police, one more victim of the mercenaries of the state!!!

Following a police persecution, a youngster with 14 years old was shot in the head yesterday night in Falagueira, Amadora.

Situations like that happen in several slums called “problematic”, more and more besieged by the police force, situation that reinforces poverty and segregation with more repression.

The mass media justify and reinforce constantly the police impunity, spreading almost only the police versions, doing themselves the role of the police. In this context, it´s absolutely normal that the police feel free to continue to kill.

Like in Greece – where the death of Alexis outburst a truly and general social insurrection -, in France – where the suburbs revolted against the death of two youngsters that runned away from the police – and in several others spots in the world where there are murders in uniform, only an answer to the height can end the state terrorism.

No police agression without an answer!!!

January 3, 2009
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24 year old Bangladeshi Hussein Zahindul was found dead on Saturday, January 3, 2009. He is the second refugee to die since October near the Asylum Po

original article @ http://clandestinenglish.wordpress.com/2009/01/08/casualties-in-the-innercity-borders-hussein-zahidul-died-in-athens-he-was-24-years-old/ 24 year old Bangladeshi Hussein Zahindul was found dead on Saturday, January 3, 2009. He is the second refugee to die since October near the Asylum Police Department in Athens. He was found dead in exactly the same ditch where Muhammad Asraf also lost his life on October 27, 2008, while trying to avoid an assault by the police, which frequently attacks the masses of migrants queuing to hand their asylum applications. Between the two killings two very serious incidents of harassment took place: on 28 November, 2008 the cops beat up Ahmed Azaz and broke his hand, while he was queuing at the same department. On the same day, the Pakistani Mazehar Iqbal fell in the same ditch; he is still in a comatose condition and hospitalized. This is one more death inflicted by the ways police treat people in Greece, and one more act of violence against immigrants after the assault on Konstantina Kuneva. No matter what the police claim about “accidents” the tragic events in the now infamous Petrou Ralli ave. department are no accident. The treatment of immigrants there is no accident. It is one more manifestation of the degrading ways the Greek police, the agency which in Greece is in effect assigned with processing asylum applications, treats them. Immigrants who want to hand their applications for political asylum have to wait virtually for days and nights (usually from Friday morning until the morning after, when the desk opens, to hand out 300 priority numbers for the up to 3000 (…) people waiting there. People spend the night there, and the police beats them brutally in order to silence their protests for the inhuman bureaucracy they have to face. This is the only desk which deals with this for the whole Attica prefecture and the region around it. For so many years, no measures whatsoever have been taken by the government to ameliorate this condition. Violence is the police killing machine’s answer to people who leave their countries because army killing machines, among them the Greek one, destroy their homes and prospects. WE WILL NOT FORGET OUR FALLEN BROTHERS AND SISTERS STRUGGLE IS THE ONLY RESPONSE TO THE TERROR AND BARBARISM OF THE GREEK STATE AND FORTRESS EUROPE Info taken from this(http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=964269 Indymedia article), where you can find more about a demo to take place in Athens on Saturday, Jan. 11, after the call of various organisations.

January 3, 2009
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And a rejection of the solidarity statement of the ANS*² (Autonomous National Socialists) they spoke out towards this uprising. Solidarity statement

Hereby we declare our solidarity with the anti-authoritarian uprising currently is taking place in the nowadays Greece. The uprising unleashed itself after the murder of the 15 year old Alexandros Grigoropoulos by a police officer in Athens. He died after being shot thrice by a policeman. It is unacceptable that this could have happened. The state and her violence monopoly shows what they are capable of.

People who want to form their lives according to their own decided values and who are prepared to defend them, in word as well as physical, have to suffer from some simple bullets from a gun. The state and her servants are just like us all simple people. This fact – them being simply people like you and me – says that they aren’t more capable of wielding the responsibility of power and the violence that leads from this. Especially not when in this they are supported by a juridical system that punishes anyone who harms a ‘servant of the state’ with unprecedented consequences, while this same servant the other way around has nothing to fear for the actions he or she did (unless there is a situation like the one now, where the state tries to keep a good public opinion about itself).
The dissatisfaction that leads to the resistance and violence on the street comes from deeper then the frustration from the violence monopoly of the state (leading to excess like the murder of Grigoropoulos). There are, not only in Greece, developments going on of corrosion of social functions within society. The alienation from each other, the individualization, is a result of the pressure to perform as ‘efficient’ as possible at school and work floor. The costs for being able to study are rocketing sky-high and while jobs pay less and less. This while the price of houses and renting rises. This pressure makes people to get isolated, only aiming for the individual objectives like gaining enough study points and being able to pay the bulls. Having no time anymore to really talk with each other, and only hasty resting from the day that passed to start all over again with the cycle next dawn. Insecurity or people will keep their jobs or that the company where they work might leave to another country while it is still making profit at the current place. The general strikes in Greece show that this dissatisfaction is to be found in all the layers of society, and not just for students. They however, with the occupations of universities, governmental buildings etc, are giving a strong and militant signal to the state and society. ‘We have had it with this! Things have to change!’

This said, we hereby declare our solidarity with the resistance that’s brought to the powerstructures of state and capital. Together we will build a strong and jointly alternative for this cold and empty capitalist society that currently is ruling.
Join the struggle on the streets! Meet each other and talk about the subjects that really matter, about how we will prevail! Build together on a new and better world!

Rejection of the solidarity statement of the ANS*²

The solidarity of the ANS (Autonome Nationaal Socialistsen) and the political and social ideals of theirs are the opposite of the ones from Anarchism and is undesired. The ANS is a contra-revolutionary group compared to Anarchism. The character of Anarchism is that it will never be able to be unified with the authoritarian ranking politics of national-socialism.

One might think that there are similarities in the social politics of both Anarchism and national-socialism, but these similarities are only to be found in the social corner of the national-socialist ideal. Every type of state has this kind of care for her servants and should then have similarity with Anarchism. This similarity is present, but only on those few topics. Anarchism has substantive a lot a lot more to offer. Especially because she does not know any servants, only participants.

The solidarity statement of the ANS as is looks now, is only about the fact that they are impressed by the tremendous force that can be released from anger and in the fact that they see people fight for their ideals. Something that they would like to do themselves as well. The thing that they tend to forget is that we fight for a completely different ideal then what the ANS themselves believe in. This is best seen in the fact that they themselves attack and threaten people with similar ideals as the people that are currently uprising in Greece. The comparison of the SA (Sturm Abteilung) they like to make with themselves, and they so called ‘revolutionary changes’ they brought point this out even more. The SA were, in the years before the ‘night of the long daggers’ an enormous suppressive force. The SA-top might have been murdered and been replaced by one who were loyal to Hitler and his politics but in the end this won’t change the behavior the SA has shown on the streets or the politics they conducted.

If there is being talked about the ‘revolutionary force’ of the SA the NSA talks mostly about the anti-capitalist and socialist politics the SA stood for within the NSDAP and national-socialism in the ’30’s. Often is forgotten what kind of ‘revolution’ they wanted to spark and the reason for their anti-capitalism. The anti-capitalist thoughts were mostly characterized by a strong anti-bourgeoisie-rhetoric. However within fascism and national-socialism there was a bread support from the non-Jewish upper-class of society. The main core of followers of fascism and national socialism were middleclass people who had put ‘their’ revolution against the left-winged workers. How it all ended is known all too well: Mussolini, Franco and Hitler made little effort to make it harder for (the non-Jewish part of) the bourgeoisie. More strongly, especially in nazi-Germany the fascist government made pacts with the large industries and even the ones from other capitalist world powers like England and the United States. To what extent one therefore can speak of real anti-capitalism?

The anti-capitalism of the national-socialists far most is one of pure ego-centrism. It is all about ensuring the ones who are national-socialist and are functioning in the system, are having it well. The others can go to hell. The arguments that are used against for instance the departure of a factory e.g. to a lower payment country is purely focused on the losing of a job by the worker here. An important issue of course. An important issue however that is forgotten is what happens in this whole system. People on the other side of the world, or sometimes even not far from here, are forced to work hard and a lot for little reward that can barely keep them and their families alive. Solidarity with them is important as well, for they are, just like us, victim of this capitalist strategy: making as little costs as possible, no matter what price the production resources (the laborers) pay for it, and making the highest profit possible, no matter the price for the consumer. This consumer, the population, with this, is degraded to consuming cattle that especially must not think for itself and must continue to keep going with the consumerist path they walk. Forgetting what price others are paying for their joy. Through creating awareness with our fellow-citizens eventually it will be possible to take matters in our own hands again and to break free from the capitalist system of oppression there and here. We will then control our own production resources and services so that we can adjust them to OUR desires and make sure they are not handling in favor of the current ruling elite. With OUR we mean the matters of everyone on this planet. This is the big difference in just the example of anti-capitalist thinking of anti-authoritarians compared to that of national-socialism.

The SA might in the ’30’s have made struggle against the state back then, and the NSA or ANS from now might think they are doing so now as well. What they want to put in place for it ho
wever is a system that leads to the repression and later on even genocide of homosexuals, women, Jews, gypsies and those who are ideologically different. About the genocide in the future we can only speculate, but repression, with physical and psychological violence, is something the national socialists from now also are not afraid of.

“We are jointly with every revolutionary force who will go to the end to disrupt and overthrow the state and its system. Because the one thing that all of us revolutionaries binds, is the reactionary support within society that will try to use/abuse us”

quote ANS

To reply on this statement: it is not the reactionary support that will try and abuse the revolutionaries. It is the elite that will try this. For they are the ones that will be put out of place by us Anarchists. They will never gain a place higher than others, and we will always be on the lookout to prevent this from happening. The reactionary support about which is spoken of here, in my opinion is coming from dissatisfaction in society and has eventually found a way for exiting and will lead to an opportunity to make real social changes. A change in the social interaction with people, in which people won’t judge others on whether they are hetero-, homo-, or bisexual, male or female. Changes which make people share their knowledge without creating a dominant position, for both education and the world of science, technology and healthcare or wherever knowledge is needed. A world where people are being judged on what they can and not on where they are coming from. A world of honesty, equality and sincerety. A world with a true social revolution!
It is disgusting that a Group like the ANS is trying to abuse the murder of a comrad of ours, Alexandros Grigoropoulos, for their own purposes. The ANS is hoping that their own supporters will be inspired by the reaction of the population to this murder on a boy of 15. We can not accept that! No to the solidarity statement of the ANS!

, independent Anarchists Nijmegen

Viva Anarchy! No Passaran!

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