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!

January 2, 2009
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In solidarity with the students of Greece, the occupation of New School University (NY) and all murdered by the state in crisis.

Governments respect the life? Think about it
Governments respect the life? Think about it

Governments respect the life? Think about it
Governments respect the life? Think about it

In solidarity with the youth uprising in Greece
In solidarity with the youth uprising in Greece

January 2, 2009
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Lecce 20 dicembre 2008

foto giornata mondiale contro gli omicidi di stato in solidarieta con le lotte in Grecia

by acab 12:13pm, Monday December 22 2008


by acab 12:13pm, Monday December 22 2008


by acab 12:13pm, Monday December 22 2008

January 2, 2009
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As already briefly reported, last Thursday a solidarity rally took place in front of the Greek embassy in Seoul, S. Korea.

Here just a few impressions from the “event” (the translation from the main poster of the last picture: “They give money to the banks and bullets to the youth. Down with this murders’ gov’t!”):


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by no chr.! 03:26pm, Monday December 22 2008



January 2, 2009
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Boston solidarity action with Greece Boston solidarity action with Greece

Anarchist MovementOn Saturday morning, December 20th, we gathered downtown Boston for a solidarity march with Greece. After the police, who were stationed a block away, figured out where we were, they came over and made a semi-circle surrounding us as we awaited people’s arrival. At this point some people were passing out flyers, others just waiting, one planting a red and black flag on top of a huge snow pile, and two people standing with receptive tourists for a photo (who then proceeded to pose with two cops).

Despite being buried under roughly a foot of snow, the event was well attended by the North East Anarchist Network and other anarchists in the area (roughly 20 people). Like other cities we had signs commenting on police brutality in Greece and around the country -including Boston- as well as anarchist flags, black masks, and tons of flyers about Greece and what anarchists are up to in Boston.

Unlike other cities, however, we held a “tour of structural violence” where we marched to different sites and used a megaphone to explain their role in the violent power structure. Stopping at the police station, Bank of America, Fox News, the Capitol building, military recruitment center, a college, and passing the courthouse and federal building, we engaged passerbys and even one receptive cop about how these institutions are tools of oppression for the rich.

We ended at the edge of the Boston Common. The entire time we were flanked by officers on foot, a police wagon and another cop car that circled the block, and at least one undercover car.

Comrades, please add to this reportback- I just wrote it up quickly so people had a rough idea of what we were up to. Also, there is a previous infoshop post about rad actions in Boston in solidarity with Greece so check those out

January 2, 2009
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The whole statement from the solidarity in Ljubljana 20-12-08 Below we are publishing the statement that was distributed during the solidarity pr

GREECE TODAY – WHOLE EUROPE TOMORROW

On Saturday 6th December 2008 the police murdered 16 years old Alexandros Grigoropoulos. An uprising throughout Greece followed and two weeks after the crime was committed it has not ended. Once again a young life was killed by the state. The bullet that was fired did not only hit a heart of a sixteen years old comrade, it dispersed the fog curtain of democracy and we are at last compelled to face with sober senses, our real conditions of life. We live in a society that puts our lives at the mercy of forces that are beyond our control. At the heart of this society lies the production of alienation and simultaneous organization of images of success and satisfaction.

The bullet has triggered an uprising in cities across Greece and solidarity actions from Copenhagen and London to Madrid and Ljubljana. In actions of comrades in cities of Europe we recognize ourselves. We are united through our actions. Young people that are fighting with police for the control of their streets know that there is no future for them in this society, they know that slow death in working places, in hunting grounds of capital, is what is in store for them. Murder that was committed by the greek state is the truth of this society in an extremely concentrated form. Fire that consumes banks and police stations, shopping centers and insurance companies fuels our imagination and desire. “For in the destroyed and pillaged streets of our cities of light we see not only the obvious results of our rage, but the possibility of starting to live.”

Those who pulled the trigger are now commanding that we have to mourn rationally, with dignity and responsibility. But what is more dignified than total rejection of imposed silence? What is more responsible than recognition that a death of a comrade is a particular moment of general suppression? What is more rational than taking control of the street and expelling the servants of existing order – the police and it’s other lackays?

We have our eyes on the streets of Greece, we are listening carefully what comrades are communicating, we learn from them, as we learn from compañeros of Latin America, from the Balkans and Europe. Their radical rejection of state, capital and police is a rejection of world without future. We also want to live without constraints of everyday subjection; without humiliating cathedrals of stupidity and submission into which our universities were transformed; without totalitarian dictate of lies of individual realization that are being repeated hundred times a day; beyond virtual worlds into which we retreat in search of love and community, beyond modernized illiteracy and spectacular superstitions, that only make the power of masters bigger. We also want to become authors of our own history.

Greek uprising does not give any guarantees and does not lead anywhere just by itself. Yet it does once more remind to the power of negation, to the power of radical rejection. Greek youth knows that there is no place for police on their streets, it knows that every crime needs to be punished and it knows also that the trivial phrases about untouchability of private property have not use value for it. The only untouchability that greek insurgents are interested in is the untouchability of murderers and only in order to smash it.

In this very moment it is our imagination and theory, that is being realized on the streets, behind computers and at the assemblies, that is warding off the violence of the state. Today all over Greece 800 schools and faculties are occupied. Discussions in which people finally recognize each other as comrades last through the nights. In concreteness of the struggle a new theory is emerging. The future will be what we make it to be. In Greece as much as in our own neighbourhoods.

Instead of lights of consumerism greek cities are today being enlightened by the fire of history. An era of disturbances has begun. Finally a holiday worth celebrating.

RELEASE ALL DETAINED – NO PROSECUTION!
DON’T WATCH THE NEWS – CONSCIOUSNESS IS BORN ON THE STREET!
SOLIDARITY MUST BECOME PRACTICE!

Anarchist Initiative
Ljubljana, 20.12.2008

January 2, 2009
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Announcement of Dec.23

Announcement

During the course of the assembly of the occupied Polytechnic concerning the completion of the operation of the occupation, with criteria regarding the struggle and ways of its continuation, a new element was added: The demand of the Ministry of the Interior and the police, which was conveyed to us by numerous political and academic factors, that we withdraw immediately, or else the police will invade.

Based on this new element, the reply of those who remain is that the Polytechnic does not belong to ministry and the police, the murderers of Alexandros Grigoropoulos and so many others, for us to give it up to them.

The Polytechnic belongs to those who struggle and we will withdraw from it when we decide, not with blackmails and deadlines, but exclusively with criteria of the movement, criteria of the social struggle.

NO PASARAN!

-We call to the gathering of solidarity to the prisoners of the rebellion,

Dec. 24th at 4:00pm at Monastiraki,

which is called by the comrades who participated in the open event of Sunday Dec.21 within the occupied headquarters of the workers union, concerning the organization of solidarity to the arrested.

-Meeting point: 3:00pm Polytechnic, gate of Stournari.

-We call to assembly at the occupied Polytechnic, Wednesday Dec.24, 8:00pm.

Occupation of the Polytechnic University in Athens

Dec.23, 2008

January 2, 2009
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The Occupation of the Polytechnic ended at midnight of the 24th of December – The struggle continues…

ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE POLYTECHNIC OCCUPATION

Immediately after the murder of Alexandros Grigoropoulos by the special police guard Ep. Korkoneas and the first clashes in the streets of Exarchia, the Polytechnic university gets occupied and is turned into a focus for the expression of social rage. Being a space historically and symbolically connected in the living memory of the rebels and of a big part of society with the struggle against Authority -from the period of dictatorship until today’s modern totalitarian democracy-, the Polytechnic becomes the place where hundreds of people gather spontaneously: comrades, youth and workers, jobless, pupils, immigrants, students…

The fights with the forces of repression and the flaming barricades in the surrounding streets become the spark of a revolt that spreads with spontaneous demonstrations in the city, the occupation of the Economics University and the Law School, with attacks against state and capitalist targets in the centre and neighborhoods of Athens and in most cities of the country.

The following days, with demonstrations of thousands of people ending up in riots and attacks against banks, ministries and big department stores, with occupations of schools and public buildings, with young children besieging and assaulting police stations, the riot police guarding Koridallos prison and the Parliament, the revolt becomes generalized; this revolt that was triggered by the murder of A. Grigoropoulos and exploded by the immediate reaction of hundreds of comrades to that event of the widespread state violence, inspiring actions of rage and solidarity beyond the borders, all over the world.

This revolt that was simmering in the conditions of a generalized attack by the state and the bosses against society, growing in the reality of the everyday death of freedom and dignity that is reserved for the oppressed people by the increasing exclusion, poverty, exploitation, repression and control. This revolt that was persistently being “prepared”, even in the darkest times of state and fascist terrorism, through every small or big gesture of resistance against submission and surrender, keeping open the way for many more people to meet in the streets of revolt, just like it happened these days.


In this explosive social reality, the occupied Polytechnic became a point of reference for a direct confrontation with the state, in all forms and with all possible means, through consecutive insurrectionary events that burned down the order and security of the bosses, smashing the fake image of social consent to their murderous intentions. It became a place where rebellious social and political subjects met and influenced each other, through the general assemblies and the daily presence in the occupation. It functioned as a base for counter-information, through communiqués and posters, its blog and radio station, and with the PA system sending the messages and the news of the ongoing revolt. And it also gave life to political initiatives of resistance, like the call made by the Polytechnic occupation assembly for a global day of action in the 20th of December –which resulted in coordinated mobilizations in more than 50 cities in different countries, and in which the Polytechnic occupiers participated by calling for a gathering in the place where A. Grigoropoulos was murdered-, like the concert held in the 22nd of December for solidarity and financial support to the hostages of the revolt, and the call for participation in the prisoner solidarity demonstration that was organized by comrades who took part in the open assembly of the occupied GSEE (General Workers’ Confederation).

As a stable, for 18 days, point of the revolt that expanded, the occupied Polytechnic was a continuous call of insubordination to the people resisting all over the world, and a permanent sign of solidarity to the hostages taken by the state from within this struggle.

It became the territory we used in order to diffuse the message of solidarity between the oppressed, of self-organisation and of a social and class counter-attack against the world of Authority, its mechanisms and its symbols. These elements and values of the struggle created the ground for the oppressed to meet in rebellion, armed our consciences and, for the first time maybe, became so widely impropriated by so many people of different age and different nationalities; people with whom anarchists and anti-authoritarians shared the same slogans against the police, the same words, the same practices of struggle, the same rage against those who are looting our lives, and, many times, the same vision for a world of freedom, equality and solidarity.

For this reason, repression was not only expressed in the form of police brutality, arrests and imprisonment of demonstrators, but also with an intense ideological attack launched by all sides of the political system which saw its foundations trembling when repression, in which it is based, not only was unable to restrain the waves of revolt, but, contrary, it was the one that caused them in the first place.

This ideological attack selectively targeted anarchists, as a political and not mediated part of the revolted, exactly because of the impact their words and actions had, and because of the danger that is presented for the state when they communicate and coordinate with the thousands of the oppressed.

In this context, there was an hysterical effort to divide the revolted in “good pupils” on one hand, “evil hooded anarchists – ‘koukouloforoi’” or “immigrant-looters” on the other, as well as the good old myth about provocateurs, in order to manipulate the anger for the assassination, to exhaust the social explosion, to criminalize, isolate and crush the steady points of reference of this revolt.

[This is, by the way, the same rhetoric of repression that led to the murder of A. Grigoropoulos, as it is responsible for recognizing specific political-social milieus, spaces and people as the “internal enemy” on which state violence should be “legitimately” enforced.]

In this effort made by the state, the continuous targeting of the Polytechnic was included on a daily basis, with statements made by politicians and a slandering campaign by the mass media. After the hours of clashes in Exarchia and around the Polytechnic during the night of December 20, the state, in the face of the public prosecutor, threatened to proceed to a police raid, after suspending the academic asylum in the campus, despite the disagreement of the university authorities, in order to suppress the revolt by attacking one of the first places where it had started.

Their intentions were defeated because of the refusal of the occupiers to obey to any ultimatum, their decisiveness to defend this political and social territory as a part of the revolt, their open call to people to come and support the occupation with their presence and by proceeding to the planned prisoner solidarity gig in the 22th of December which gathered hundreds of people in the Polytechnic.

The threats for an immediate eviction returned stronger the following day, December 23, when, while the assembly was discussing the end of the occupation, we were informed by political and academic figures that the ministry of Interior and the police are demanding our immediate exit from the campus otherwise the cops would invade. The reply of the occupiers was that the Polytechnic does not belong either to the ministry either to police for us to surrender to them; it belongs to the people of the struggle who decide on what to do based exclusively on criteria of the movement and do not accept blackmails and ultimatums by the assassins. This way the Polytechnic occupation was prolonged for one more day, and called to the demo which was realized in the center of Athens for solidarity with the arrested.


No repressive project and no ideological attack managed or will manage to blackmail the return to normality and to impose social and class pacification. Nothing
is the same any more! The surpassing of fear, of isolation and of the dominant social divisions, led thousands of young people, together with women and men of every age, refugees and migrants, workers and jobless to stand together in the streets and behind barricades fighting the tyrants of our life, our dignity and freedom. And this is a reality lighting with its flames the future of revolt, both its intensification and deepening, until the absolute subversion of the world of the bosses.

Because we shouted in all ways that those days belong to Alexis, to Michalis Kaltezas, to Carlo Giuliani, to Christoforos Marinos, to Michalis Prekas, to Maria Koulouri and to all comrades murdered by the uniformed assassins of the state; they aren’t though days that belong to death, but to LIFE! To life that blossoms in the struggles, in the barricades, in the revolt that continues.

Ending the Polytechnic occupation after 18 days, we send our warmest solidarity to all people who became part of this revolt in their many ways, not only in Greece but also in numerous countries of Europe, of South and North America, Asia and Australia-N.Zealand. To all those with whom we met and we will stay together, fighting for the liberation of the prisoners of this revolt, but also for its continuing until global social liberation. For a world without masters and slaves, without police and armies, without borders and prisons.

DEATH TO THE STATE – LONG LIVE ANARCHY!

IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF ALL THE ARRESTED IN THE REVOLT!

THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES!

We call to the open assembly that will take place in the Polytechnic, on Saturday, December 27 at 16.00, concerning the organization of solidarity to the arrested, which was called by comrades in the assembly of the occupied GSEE.

The Polytechnic Occupation

12/24/08

January 2, 2009
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One from short movies from solidarity demonstartion with fighting in Greece

You can watch on :
http://ourmediaindymedia.blogspot.com/2008/12/solidarity-with-rebels-in-greece.html
Thats short first movie from solidarity demonstration in Amsterdam.18.12.08.Shows mainly police trying to provoke.
Spirit Of Squatters

- E-Mail: mgriks@gmail.com Website: http://www.ourmediaindymedia

www.ourmediaindymedia.blogspot.com

January 2, 2009
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greetings from london .. 2 banks vandalized in the old street area and many political slogans writte all over …WITH THIS ACTIONS WE MEAN TO SHOW SOLIDARITY WITH THE REVOLT IN GREECE AND BRING TOGETHER THE ANARCHISM MOVEMENT IN UK ..UNITED WE STAND DIVIDED WE FALL …… vandals united @

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