January 1, 2009
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ARRESTS (from 06/12/08 to 21/12/08)

Arrests: 246 – detained/ pretrial custody: 66

ARRESTS (from 06/12/08 to 21/12/08)

Arrests: 246 – detained/ pretrial custody: 66

ATHENS: 50 immigrants arrested in the first three days of the uprising sentenced to 18-month imprisonment in trials without interpreters and may be deportated, (every other day arrests are occuring, the picture is still blurry). Also on 7/12, 7 arrests were made for misdemeanors [one minor will be judged on 29/01 and 6 adults on the 26/06] on the 9/12 2 arrests were made and a regular trial date was set, on 11/12 5 people were imprisoned [ 3 Greek citizens and 2 immigrants] and 15/12 they imprisoned another 4 people (according to the blog for the ASOEE squat). On 18/12 they arrested 8 persons accused of crimes (according to word from comrades).

THESSALONIKI: 21 Arrests (3 minors will go to court on 13 February 2009 – the others, mostly foreigners are convicted and none are in custody, but the number is most likely higher – according to the blog of the ASOEE Squat).

KOZANI: 34 Arrests (the 3 in custody are: Ziampras, Papadimitriou, Mark – in Grevena prison – is seriously injured with a burn to the nose from teargas, and was transferred to hospital in Athens – according to lawyers, comrades and the blog of ASOEE Squat).

PTOLEMAIDA: 7 Arrests (according to lawyers and comrades).

LARISA: 25 Arrests under terror laws [i think!] (17 students – 4 adults in custody – Koridalos prison- according to lawyers and comrades).

PATRA: 21 Arrests (9 minors, no one in custody – according to word from comrades).

CHANIA: 6 Arrests (no one in custody – according to word from comrades).

IRAKLION: 22 Arrests [11 parents for child neglect (!!!!!), 7 minors (with 4 being required to see the commissioner for minors once a month), and 4 adults of which 2 convicted have restrictive bail conditions (1500 euro guarantee for each, with fees that amounts to approximately 2200 and mandatorily seeing the police twice a month) – in accordance with word from comrades).

VOLOS: 6 Arrests (5 minors to be tried on 26 February – the adult sentenced to 2 years and 10 months suspended sentence, released on bail for Euro 1000 – according to media).

RETHYMNO: 1 Arrest (on 15/12, a minor was arrested and his father was prosecuted for child neglect – neither are in custody – according to media).

Kavala: 2 Arrests (one on 8 / 12 and one on the 10/12 – no one detained – according to word from comrades).

KASTORIA: 1 Arrest of a minor (fined 4,500 euros for damage – not detained – according to media).

ZAKYNTHOS: 6 Arrests (5 minors released under restrictive conditions and will be tried on the 19 March – no one detained – according to word from comrades and the media).

RHODES: 18 Arrests [7 were arrested 08/12 (on bail), 10 on the 09/12 (two minors, three high school students, three uni students and two workers, free on bail ? 5,000 and the adults showing up once a month to [the department], the minors to turn up once a month to the commission for minors) and on Thursday 10/12 they caught a 17 year old for throwing a Molotov at the court house, he was held until yesterday (Wednesday 17/10) when he was freed (the arrest was based on video from the mobile phone of the witness). Prosecutions also made by the city of Rhodes, with allegations of child neglect against the parents of minors – according to the media].

No arrests were made in the following cities where clashes took place, marches/rallies or simple protests:

Serres, Chalkis, Ioannina, Veria, Xanthi, Komotini, Alexandroupolis [according to comrades of those cities].

Drama, Trikala, Karditsa, Florina, Chios, Mytilene, Corinth, Kefalonia, Lamia, Agrinio, Nafpaktos, Naousa, Syros, Amfissa, Samos, Corfu, Arta, Kalamata, Sparta, Tripoli, Missolonghi, Tower, Igoumenitsa. [according to the (local) media and indymedia].

The presentations were several thousand and are therefore impossible to calculate, thats why they’re not reported.

January 1, 2009
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This is an update on the most critical events of the past two weeks in Greece

It is true, I haven’t made any posts for a long time now, but that doesn’t mean that things in Greece are dead. On the contrary. I will try to give you an update on the most critical events on the past two weeks.

Attack against Konstantina Kuneva:
On the 23rd of December, Konstantina Kuneva, a Bulgarian migrant worker in Athens and the secretary of the Union of Housekeepres and Cleaners, was attacked with sulfuric acid in front of her home by two men. She was admitted to a hospital in a critical condition. She has burns on her face, head, hands and back and there is a possibility that she will lose her sight. The events before the attack and the testimonies of her fellow unionists and workers show clearly this is an act of punishing her for her involvement in the union.

After the attack, there has been a series of acts of solidarity with Konstantina and against the cleaning company she works for (OIKOMET). OIKOMET is known for sub-letting workers (mostly migrants), who have to work under terrible conditions, paid less than agreed etc. One of the big customers of the company is ISAP (the public rail transport system of Athens) so some of the actions were against ISAP as well. Here is a list (not complete) of the actions:
12/26 Athens: Gathering outside the hospital.
12/27 Athens: Occupation of the offices of ISAP (read:

12/28 Athens: Demonstration to the hospital
12/29 Athens: Action in a central ISAP station, demonstration and clashes with the police guarding the company’s office.
12/30 Thessaloniki: Occupation of the offices of the Trade Unions Center
12/30 Thessaloniki: Demonstration
12/31 Athens: Action in central ISAP station
1/3 Athens: Demonstration in Petralona, ticket canceling machines and cameras were smashed (photos: http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=960766 )
1/5 Thessaloniki: Demonstration (Photos: http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=962264 )

Israeli attack in Gaza
On the 26th of December, as you all know, the Israeli army started a full scale attack on Gaza and protests against the war were triggered all over the world. Same in Greece.
Again, here are some (not all) actions that took place against the war so far:
12/29 Athens: Gathering outside the Israeli embassy. The protesters (500-1000) were attacked by the riot cops guarding the embassy using tear gas. They made some arrests, including one of a young migrant from Syria who broke the police lines and got the Israeli flag down.
12/31-1/1 Athens: Gathering at Sintagma square against the war minutes before the new year’s.
1/3 Athens: Demonstration of 5000people. Protesters threw rocks to the embassy and the to the cops guarding it. The cops fired tear gas.
1/4 Athens: Demonstration of 4000people. Clashes with the cops and some banks smashed (Photos: http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=961117#961401 )
Smaller scale protests took place in other cities.

Prisoners support and actions on new year’s
Gatherings outside prisons across the country just before the new year in solidarity with the prisoners. Many banks, cars and party offices were attacked and there were some clashes with the police.

Actions against consumerism and capitalism
Christmas trees placed in central squares across the country for Chritmas celebration were burned as symbolic acts against the apathy and so that people won’t forget the murder of young Alexandros.
12/29 Athens: Protest inside the biggest and illegally built mall. 150 protesters with banners took the isles of the shopping mall and shouted slogans.
Photos: http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=959200
http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=959215
http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=959228
The slogans on the banners read: “what will be the next sale on our lives”, “work, vote, and shut up”, “shut up and shop”, “I shop therefor I exist”, “work, buy, consume, die” and more.
28/12 Athens: On Sundays the stores are closed in Greece but since it was the last Sunday of the year, some shop owners decided to keep them open, demanding their employees to go to work. Some hundreds of anarchists and leftists gathered outside stores in downtown Athens to keep the stores, if not closed, then with no customers. They shouted slogans and prevented people from going in.
1/3 Xanthi and Kavala: Big chain grocery shops were attacked by anarchists who filled carts with food, cooking oil and other goods, left and gave them away to people shopping in nearby people’s markets (farmers markets)

More actions that took place during the 2 last weeks for the murder of Alexandros and in solidarity with the arrestees:
Arson attack against a minister’s car.
Soundsystem set up to transmit messages and read communiques and demands in Holargos (Athens), Larisa and Kozani
Occupation of the townhalls in Nauplio and Agrinio, the municipal radio station in Xanthi and Poligiros and of a central cultural space in Athens (Irida).
Gatherings or demonstrations in Ptolemaida, Larisa (300 people), Kalamaria, Arta and Xanthi.
There have been also some attacks/arsons against banks and luxurious cars.
On the night of 1/2, 50 or so people attacked the riot squads guarding the PASOK’s offices in Exarhia with molotov coctails. The cops threw tear gas.
A small group threw molotov coctails against the police station in Gianena. Three people were arrested.
More arrests took place in Prolemaida, when the cops detained 12 people gathering to demonstrate. Four people were arrested later when they went to the police station to demand their release, 2 are parents of people initially detained.

Shots against riot police and police state in Athens
In the small hours of 1/5, around 3am, there were shots fired in Exarhia. Shortly afterwards it was made known that there was an attack against members of a riot squad guarding the ministry of culture and that a cop was seriously injured. Immediately after the attack, Exarhia were turned into a police state. Hundreds of riot and plain cops were all around the area, detaining anybody who was on the streets. They drag people out of bars and detained. They even detained people who worked at the bars at that time! The cops were very provocative, making people to strip down to search them and they beat up some. All detained, were transferred to police stations, held there for several hours and most of them were released later that morning. The media says 72 people were detained but they might be more that 100.

When the day came, cops invaded into 10 or so houses to search and detain the residents. All the people detained are “usual suspects” since they are active in the anarchistic movement or had previous arrests.
During the whole day, every street in Exarhia was full of cops and riot cops, like an occupation army, provoking and threating people. At night, the social space Nosotros was blockaded by riot cops but they didn’t raid. Around 150 people gathered to protest and protect those inside.
The raids were carried on on Tuesday. Of all the people detained there have been 8 arrests. It’s not yet clear but apparently some of the arrested on the first night and some after searching their houses the next day. None of the arrests is related to
the shooting. They are charged with weapon possession for items like gas cans, sledgehammer, gas masks, knives, fireworks. In one of the houses they said they found a bullet and in the attic of cafe an old pistol.
The police uses “leaks” towards the media to associate the attack with anarchists of the Exarhia area and to justify the raids, the attacks and the arrests against the movement.

the idea that whoever shot the cop would chose to hide in Eksarhia, or would be active in one of the most public and well-known anarchist groups in the city is absurd, to say the least. What is happening in Athens and Eksarhia in particular at this moment is an obvious attempt by the police to predetermine a connection between the shooting and the movement that has been confronting them en mass for the past few weeks

During the day, the police claimed that 31 shots were fired against the cops and that there were two guns used: an AK-47 and an MP-5. The AK-47 said is the same that fired against a riot police van on 12/24th and the MP-5 was used in 2007 by the revolutionary organization “Revolutionary Struggle”. The cop that was hurt is recovering. It is odd however that right after the attack it was said that the cop had died, they later said he was critically injured and in the end that he had two wounds, one in his leg and one in his armpit. A revolutionary organization fires 31 bullets against a bunch of cops and hit one of them in the leg and armpit? There was a comment in the greek indymedia saying “it seems like they were trying to miss”…
Oh and the ballistic tests came out in half a day, when in the case of the murder of Alexandros it took 2 weeks.

It is greatly believed that whoever fired those shots against the cops, is not from inside the movement, since an act like this can only harm it.
“Was the riot cop shooting orchestrated by the state?”

1/6 A month after the murder of Alexandros Grigoropoulos
Residents of Exarhia had called a gathering at the place Alexandros was shot a month ago, demanding the police to leave. More than 1000 people gathered and after the cops retreated towards the police station there was a small demonstration on the streets of the neighborhood.

At the late hours there was a series of attacks:
The police station of Patisia (Athens) was attacked with rocks and molotov coctails. Two banks, a Starbucks and some offices of the ruling party were also attacked.

January 1, 2009
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Protest at greek embassy in NYC, 18/12/2008


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On the 18th of December (a day of massive strikes and protests in Greece) at about 2:30 pm local time we, 2 greek graduate students in a small town of Ohio and upon our first visit to New York, we decided to visit the Greek embassy to express our support for the riots currently taking place all over in Greece.

The Police was not happy to see us there and at first they ordered us to stay at the edge of the sidewalk to not disturb the operation of the embassy. after less than one hour 3 more police men came and they ordered us to move to the opposite side of the street where the so called “designated protest area” was assigned by the NYPD. The reason was, they said, security measures due to events of the previous week. They did not want to talk more about this with us and they said the order came from the police head-quarters after a call from inside the embassy. I guess our “co-citizens” at the greek embassy were concerned about 2 students destroying the image of the country…

Solidarity to the greek RIOTS!!! Keep fighting! The fight against capitalist opression is global!

January 1, 2009
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Some 40 people took part this lunchtime in the march from the top of Grafton street to the Greek embassy as part of the International Day of Resistance and Solidarity. Leaflets proclaiming that ;Our lives do not belong to the state’ were distributed and the banners unfurled. On arrival at the Greek embassy we observed that the frontage had been splattered with red paint and at least one window had been broken sometime previously. A greek comrade gave a short speech on what was happening in Greece and the we dispersed.


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Reports are now coming in of similar protests and actions taking place all over the world as thousands continue to demonstrate and occupy buildings in Greece. The call-out for the Dublin demonstration observed ..

Whilst this demos was been called in solidarity with the popular up rising in Greece, in the context of cops killing an 15 yeare old boy, by shooting him at point blank range in the chest, it should be remembers that many families in Ireland have had to deal with deaths of their children is less than clear circumstances

It should also be obvious that many deaths wiill result form the service cutbacks no proposed by our government. These clearly are a capitalist attack on ordinary people, as global capitalist seek to prop up a global finacial system which has injustice and inequality as one of its core principles

We will not forget this, nor will we forget that the police forces of the state have, as a primary concern, the continuation of the status quo, at all cost. One need only look to Rossport, or the disgusting treatment at the hands of the Guards, to families looking clear and honest answers, and justice, for the death of their loved ones, that in many circumstances, at the very least deserve full and independant public inquiries

This is a list of deaths in Guards custody since 1997 to march 2006 Derek Lehane, aged 19, was taken by ambulance to hospital from Midleton Garda station, Cork in January 1997.

He was pronounced dead in hospital the same day. An inquest gave a verdict of accidental death arising from the ingestion of a controlled drug.

In December 1997, Norman McGrath, aged 48, from Ballyfermot collapsed in Pearse St Garda station and was pronounced dead at hospital. A post mortem found he had had a heart attack.

In January 1998, David O’Connor, aged 34, died at Wexford Garda Station.

Peter Williams, aged 33, from Thurles, collapsed in Kilmainham Garda Station in Dublin on 7 September 1998 and died in hospital. The inquest held that his was death by misadventure arising from the ingestion of prescribed drugs.

On 18 September 1998, Francis Brooks, aged 23, of Rathfarnham, was found dead in Tallaght Garda Station.

On 26 May 1999, Martin Hickey was found dead from strangulation at Trim Station.

On 22 August 1999, a 52 year old man died in Rathmines Garda Station. The Inquest recorded a verdict of death by misadventure, due to vomit inhalation as a result of acute alcohol intake.

On May 10 2000, Derek Cooper from Southill, Limerick was found hanging in a cell in Roxboro Garda station. he had been arrested inder the public order act.

In October 2000, Walter Kells, aged 26, was found collapsed in Drogheda Garda station and later pronounced dead. He had been arrested for an alleged breach of the peace.

On 4 June 2001, an unnamed man was found dead in Store Street Garda station.

On 13 September 2001, Thomas Mongan, from Westside, Galway, died in hospital shortly after having been arrested.

On 3 May 2001, Patrick Hayes hung himself in a cell at Dungarvan Garda station, Waterford. He had been arrested under Section 17 of the Domestic Violence Act 1996 following an alleged incident involving his former partner.

In December 2002, 19-year-old Paul Magee died in hospital after being found unconscious in Kilmainham Garda Station. A postmortem concluded his death was consistent with cocaine-related collapse

On 12 September 2002, Brian Rossiter was found unconscious in Clonmel Garda station, and died later in hospital.

On 17 June 2003, an unnamed man died in custody in Tallaght Garda station.

On 21 December 2003, John Delaney died in Kilkenny Garda station.

On 3 January 2004, William Haugh, aged 48, from Donaghmede, Dublin died in Clontarf Garda station.

On 13 January 2004, Peter Skelly, aged 25, died in Youghal Garda station.

Also in January 2004, Thomas Campion, aged 23, died in Store Street Garda station.

On 2 June 2005, Terence Wheelock was arrested and brought to Store Street Garda station, and later died in hospital.
(Sources: The Garda Siochana Annual Reports and media reports)

Against Police Brutality
Against Capitalist inequality
For a society of direct democracy, justice ands equality

January 1, 2009
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solidarity action from Leiden, the Netherlands, on Saturday 20th December


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On Saturday 20th December, a group of indigenous and non-indigenous people organized in Leiden, the Netherlands, a solidarity-action to the revolted people of Greece. The action took place at a central pedestrian street in the center of the city and it involved an open-air exposition (with posters, manifests, etc), hand-out of leaflets and discussion with the people. Later that evening, a discussion-meeting was held at a local squat.

Our goal had two main directions:

1. to provide non-commercial, grassroots information on the Greek riots, the socio-political background behind the uprising and the demands of the revolted

2. to emphasize the need for a common struggle worldwide, against all forms of state violence and suppression, for freedom and direct democracy.

Obviously, the second goal is the most difficult. In order to explore the characteristics which link together the situation in Greece with the Dutch reality, we focused on four basic aspects: labor, education, immigration and “anti-terrorism”. For each of these four aspects, we tried to give examples from both Greece and Holland, to point out that in both places -and everywhere- the core of capitalism is the same. Due to historical and geo-political reasons, there may be many qualitative differences in the form and degree of capitalist aggression (and how people experience and perceive it), but the “results” affect all suppressed social classes irrespective of political borders and so-called “ethnic identities”. This is why the struggle should be common and widespread. In this respect, I think that our action moved beyond the level of simply declaring our solidarity: it reached the level of propaganda for a global anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist movement.

In my view, the struggle in Greece quickly moved from the stage of defensive and “reactionary” counter-violence and protests, to the stage of direct attack against all forms of suppression, thereby growing into a massive, popular and autonomous uprising. In line with the current nature of the Greek movements, all social militants are called to make the next step and spread the virus of uprising in every home and every neighborhood, every labor-environment and every school, every urban and rural space. From the beginning, from now on and forever, solidarity means attack. And the attack has to be materialized by and into all means of non-commercial information, grassroots-propaganda and militant actions, everywhere.

Who, if not us – When, if not now?

everything has just begun…

someone from “Leiden Solidarios”, the Netherlands.

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January 1, 2009
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On the 20th of November there were at least 10 actions in solidarity with Greek protesters in ex-USSR countries

Barnaul, Siberia (Ru) – small anarchist demonstration disrupted by cops, some people detained
http://ru.indymedia.org/newswire/display/21344/index.php

Erevan, Armenia – a small picket near Greek embassy
http://khosq.com/ru/article/2008/12/23/aktsiya_solidarnosti_s_grecheskimi_tovarishchami

Irkutsk, Siberia – a small picket with leaflets. The banner destroyed by Siberian frost (lower than 30 degrees Celsius)
http://ru.indymedia.org/newswire/display/21345/index.php

Kiyv, Ukraine – a banner “Cop means legal murderer” hanged in the center of the city; a picket near Ministry of interior
http://ru.indymedia.org/newswire/display/21349/index.php

Krasnoyarsk, Siberia – a picket with a large banner “State is murderer”. Greek flag burnt and torn to pieces.
http://ru.indymedia.org/newswire/display/21348/index.php

Minsk, Belarus – police department attacked with smoke bombs.
http://belarus.indymedia.org/15235

Odessa, Ukraine – a picket near Greek consulate (16th of December); leaflets and graffiti around town
http://news.zaraz.org/?n=1076

Saratov, Russia – banner drop – “Cops murder not only in Greece”; anti-cops graffiti around town
http://ru.indymedia.org/newswire/display/21355/index.php

St.Petersburg, Russia – a bank in the center of the city was attacked with paint bombs
http://ru.indymedia.org/newswire/display/21347/index.php

Tyumen, Siberia – a small picket with leaflets and a black flag
http://ru.indymedia.org/newswire/display/21350/index.php

Check these links if you want to see some pictures and videos. More reports will follow.
http://ru.indymedia.org/feature/display/13325/index.php


http://avtonom.org/index.php?nid=2131

20.12.2008 | Various solidarity actions for Greek rebellion around Russia on international solidarity day 20th of December

Due to time difference, Siberian anarchists were probably first ones to protest on 20th of December.

In Barnaul, cops were already waiting for demonstrators at the beginning point at October square, they went to follow demonstration and eventually forced people to roll banners and flags. People however kept marching, shouting “ACAB” and “Comrade mayor, go to hell!”, and distributing leaflets. This was too much for the coppers, and eventually 10 anarchists and others were arrested.

(Barnaul Autonomous Action, http://www.avtonom.org/index.php?nid=2126).

In Irkutsk, Autonomous Action and others organised a picket at local polytechnical university. They had banner “Solidarity is our weapon”, but there was a technical fault – banner was made with ducktape which could not take -30 celsius (0 F) Siberian breeze, and letters dropped
– thus people could only distribute flyers.

(http://andron-s.livejournal.com/98438.html, with text of the leaflet in Russian)

In Tyumen, anarchists raised a black flag to the roof of abandonded building of Machine Construction Technical Institute and distributed leaflets.

(http://www.golosa.info/node/2851)

There was also at least one action in European side of Russia, in St. Petersburg around 8 PM local time one of the biggest offices of Baltic Bank was attacked with paintbombs. Anarchist attackers left leaflets, which called for protests against state violence. Text of the leaflet is available at http://piter.indymedia.org/node/5708

January 1, 2009
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Photos: Solidarity actions by a group of 10 comrades in Lisbon, Portugal.

From Portugal we also received the following message:

Late in the night of December 8, two large recycle bins were set on fire in the center of Lisbon, close to a building of the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF). So that the flames don’t burn only in Greece.

Na madrugada de 8 de Dezembro, dois ecopontos foram incendiados, no centro de Lisboa, perto de um edificio do Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras. Para que as chamas não ardam só na Grécia.

Αργά την νύχτα της 8 Δεκέμβρη, δυο μεγάλοι κάδοι σκουπιδών πυπρολήθηκαν στο κέντρο της Λισσαβώνας, κοντά στο κτίριο της Υπηρεσίας Αλλοδαπών και Συνόρων. Ούτως ώστε οι φλόγες να μην αγκαλιάζουν μόνο την ελλάδα.

Update: In the early hours of December 12 we set fire to a large recycle bin in the neighborhood of Graça, in Lisbon. In the sidewalk we spraypainted “Grécia em todo o lado” [Greece is everywhere], and a circle-A. Solidarity with the arrested in Greece and elsewhere in solidarity actions. We’re warming up…

Update #2: In the night of 15 of December, several recycle points were burn down in different points of Setúbal, Portugal. Also some solidarity messages with the comrades in Greece were spray-painted.
That the flame of rebellion spreads throughout the world!

Na noite de 15 para 16 de Dezembro, em vários locais de Setúbal, Portugal, incendiámos 3 ecopontos e fizemos umas pintadas em solidariedade com os companheiros na Grécia.
Que a chama da revolta se estenda a todo o mundo!

January 1, 2009
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New posters made in response to the murder of Oscar Grant, as well as the social struggles in Gaza and Greece

Some anti-cop nerds have produced the following two posters for your enjoyment. Print, Copy and Distribute/Wheatpaste massively.

The state cannot escape the consequences of its rule. We are everywhere!

SOLIDARITY TO THE BAY AREA REBELLION

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January 1, 2009
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SOLIDARITY TO THE GREEK PEOPLE DEMONSTRATION AT MAUERPARK, SUNDAY 14/12, 13.00


On the 6th of December, after a verbal conflict in the centre of

Athens, a police officer murdered 15-year-old A. Grigoropoulos. This

murder is not a single incident. It is just one among a lot resulting

in incontrollable, unpunished and arbitrary police violence.

Police in Greece murder young people, immigrants, (Romas); infringe

upon human rights torturing detainees, beating demonstrators. The

state breaks its own laws. The ones responsible are never punished.

Greek people’s revolt, triggered by that murder, is not merely blind

violence. It expresses the indignation against the economic crisis,

poverty, unemployment, workers’ precarity and the de-establishment of

the welfare state.

The whole country is rising in revolt.

Solidarity Initiative in Berlin

January 1, 2009
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A Photo Tour No Travel Agency Would Dare Offer


A photo of the ASOEE, the once occupied Economics university, where I stayed in December. Unlike the historically radical Polytechnic, the ASOEE was a center to experiment and challenge everyday life instead of planning actions in the street. In the ASOEE, there was a collective restaurant, a computer lab where many of December’s texts were written and distributed, and a communal sleeping area. Like all the comrades who participated in the occupation, I have a hard time passing by the building now that it has been returned to its previous use as a site for the social reproduction of capitalist relations. But, as a middle finger to the reproduction of everyday life, revolutionary graffiti from December still sticks to the walls of the building!


A photo memorial of Alexis found by his memorial close to Exarchia square. The corner where he was killed, where the photo is hung, is now officially named after the murdered teenager.

A wider shot of Alexis’ memorial. Letters from his friends written in December are still stapled to the wall. Flowers and candles are constantly placed in front of the memorial.


A production painted by an anarchist graffiti crew. The character was painted in the classically downtrodden south of Athens, the birthplace of the Rebetiko subculture, that in recent years has experienced a wave of gentrification. The graffiti crew is known in Athens for painting murals with a political message.

The Skaramagaz squat opened about two months ago in the center of Athens during the squat wave sweeping Greece.

December 29, 2008
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International Electronic Civil Disobedience in Solidarity with Greek Anarchists Tuesday 30 December 2008

PLEASE SPREAD FAR AND WIDE! WE NEED AS MANY PEOPLE AS WE CAN GET!

Monday Dec. 29 2008

Hackers Against Oppression have called for Electronic Civil Disobedience in Solidarity with Greek Anarchists on Wednesday Dec 31, the final day of December. December is the month in which Alexandros Grigoropoulos, a 15-year-old Anarchist, was murdered in cold blood by Greek Police. It is also the month that will forever be remembered by all those who struggle. Minutes after his murder, thousands of Greek residents took to the streets as did thousands around the world. Even liberal groups have called for the resignation of the Greek government. The streets were taken back for the people, police buildings were firebombed, and banks were turned into empty charred-out boxes. This entire time, the Greek government has been fighting and oppressing people with guns, tear gas, and the media. It’s time that we take them down.

We will be attacking the websites of the Greek Police and the Prime Minister. They are directly responsible and we will directly respond. They will no longer be able to spread their lies to the media about what is going on in the streets. You can either load the file on the day of the action or download it ahead of time. We suggest downloading it ahead of time in the event that our site get shut down.

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To a thousand more Decembers of resistance!

December 25, 2008
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There’s a hiphop artist from portugal called S-1, that in the last Saturday, put in myspace a song dedicated to all the fighters in Greece.

The link is as follows: http://www.myspace.com/pathofperfectionrecords

This is a comment i saw at www.occupiedlondon.org and just thouht is worth check, not just because of the dope beats and lyrics, but specially for the tribute and honor it pays to all those involved in the uprising in Greece.

Here’s the original comment:

“All the support goes out to all the warriors in Greece, that’s just how it should be.

Let us all unite and take action against the state starting now, forever and everywhere.

There’s a hiphop artist from portugal called S-1, that in the last Saturday, put in myspace a song dedicated to all the fighters in Greece.
The link is as follows: http://www.myspace.com/pathofperfectionrecords

I urge everyone to do likewise and express solidarity in every form and way possible. Everyone needs to know, everyone needs to be mobilized.

One Struggle.”

We will rise.

x

December 24, 2008
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On December 24th fifteen activists gathered in front of the Greek embassy in Sarajevo to give support to the ongoing rebellion in Greece. We had a transparent saying “Who seeds the misery, reaps the anger” in Bosnian and “Solidarity and Resistance” in Greek, we handed out flyers (see below) and talked to people. People from the embassy came to talk with us, very interested to keep the situation calm, asking the police not to bother us. After a while police started to take peoples identification and so we left and put the banner on the bridge with one policeman chasing us :). In the afternoon policeinspectors came to the house of one of the activist and took him for interrogation to the policestation. So far there are no consequences. In several places in Sarajevo there are graffitis expressing solidarity with Greek protest. “Today Athens – Tomorrow Sarajevo”

December 23, 2008
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On the 27th of December we occupied the headquarters of ISAP (Athens Piraeus Electric Railway) as a first response to the murderous attack against Konstantina Kuneva on the 23-12-2008. Sulphuric acid was thrown at her face as she was returning home from work.

Konstantina is in the intensive care ward of Evangelismos hospital suffering serious sight and respiratory system problems.

WHEN THEY MESS WITH ONE OF US

THEY MESS WITH ALL OF US

On the 27th of December we occupied the headquarters of ISAP (Athens Piraeus Electric Railway) as a first response to the murderous attack against Konstantina Kuneva on the 23-12-2008. Sulphuric acid was thrown at her face as she was returning home from work.

Konstantina is in the intensive care ward of Evangelismos hospital suffering serious sight and respiratory system problems.

Who was Konstantina? Why was she attacked?

Konstantina is one among the hundreds of female immigrant workers who have been working for years as cleaners. She is general secretary of the Panattic Union of Cleaners and Domestic Personnel. She is a militant union organizer, well known for her stance against various bosses. Just last week she had a clash with the employer company OIKOMETwhen she demanded for herself and the rest of her colleagues to get paid the whole amount of money of her Christmas bonus. She also denounced illegal procedures in payments. Just a short while ago the same company fired her mother in an act of revenge against her and she got herself an unfavourable transfer to Marousi station. There is also a case of a three-part meeting in the Labour Inspection Office still pending on the 5-1-2009 concerning a denouncement of hers. Situations like these are not at all rare in the field of cleaning and employee lending companies. It’s exactly the opposite.

This is the rule when it comes to cleaning company contractors: delayed contracts, stolen wages, stolen overtime payments, differences between contract assets and what the employee actually gets paid, selection of almost exclusively immigrant male and female workers with green card status (legal residency in Greece ranging from 1 to 5 years – in most cases only 1 year) so they can be held in a state of hostageship, social security benefits that are never attributed. All these under the support of the public sector and enterprises which are aware, incite and support working conditions reminiscent of the middle ages.

OIKOMET in particular, a cleaning company with enterprises all over Greece and owned by Nikitas Oikonomakis who is a member of PASOK (Greek Socialist Party), “officially” employs 800 workers – on the other hand, workers say that their number is at least twice as much and during the last 3 years the turnover amounts to 3000). Illegal procedures on the part of the employer company are on the everyday list. To be more specific, employees sign “blank page contracts” and they are never given a copy of them. They work 6 hours a day but get paid for 4,5 (including stamp) because in this way they appear to be working less than 30 hours per week on paper and the boss is not forced to include them in the “higher stamp category”. Employees get terrorized, they get unfavourable transfers, they get fired and blackmailed into resigning voluntarily (a female employee was threatened by her employer into signing her resignation after being held for 4 hours in a space owned by the company). The boss organised a “yellow” (company) union in order to manipulate employees while he fires and hires people as he wishes, ruling out any prospect of communication inside the workplace or collective action.

What is the connection between OIKOMET and ISAP?

OIKOMET has been assigned as a contractor the cleaning of ISAP (as well as the cleaning of other public sector and corporations) because it can “provide” the cheapest deal that includes the highest level of exploitation and devaluation of work. This “regime” of “offer and demand” is based on public sector organisations such as ISAP. ISAP is an accomplice in maintaining this regime of crude exploitation despite repeated denouncements by the union.

The murderous attack against our colleague was an act of revenge and had the intent to serve as an example.

The target was not coincidental. Female, immigrant, militant union organizer, mother of an underage child, she was the most vulnerable for the bosses.

The method was not coincidental. It resembles “dark” ages and aims to “brand”, to serve as an example and terrorize us.

The time chosen was not coincidental. The media, the political parties, the Church, businessmen and union bosses have been trying to ridicule the social movement that has taken the form of an explosion and talk about the cold-blooded murder of 15-year-old Alexandros as the result of a bullet getting redirected. In this pretext, the attack on Konstantina is lost in the everyday news.

This murderous attack on the part of the employers was well-planned.

Konstantina is one of us. Her struggle for DIGNITY and SOLIDARITY is also our struggle.

The attack on Konstantina has left a mark in all our hearts. It has left a mark in our memory as have done the racist pogroms, the concentration camps for immigrants, the attacks by thugs working for the state, the workplace accidents, the people murdered by the state, the working conditions that resemble galleys, the purges, the lay-offs and the terror. All these show the long way ahead for the social and class struggle.

Our hearts are filled with sorrow and rage and one sentence comes to our lips:

MURDERERS, YOUR TIME WILL COME

THE EMPLOYERS TERROR SHALL NOT PASS

SOLIDARITY ASSEMBLY

FOR KONSTANTINA KUNEVA

December 3, 2008
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Arson against diplomatic corps vehicle and bank (Athens, 3/12/

Early in the morning of Wednesday 3/12/08 we attacked to a vehicle of the diplomatic corps of Bosnia and to Geniki Bank on Papandreou street in Halandri. It is a minimum act in solidarity with the comrade Polikarpos Georgiadis, accused for the kidnap of northern Greece industrialists president G. Mylonas. It is a way to become one with the comrades inside prison walls and to act. We destroy whatever tries to pass over us. We leave behind us the ashes and wrecks of this decadent civilization and we stand upon them with a smile of joy listening to its death rattle. WAR CONTINUES BY EVERY WAY AND BY ALL MEANS.

Arsonists with filhty consciousness

November 18, 2008
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008 Russia: Solidarity with Moscow anti-fascist prisoner Aleksey Olesinov!

On the 18th of November, an action against repression of anti-fascists will take place at Metro Station “Novokucnetskaya” in Moscow. Action will begin 16:00, and will demand freedom for anti-fascist prisoner Aleksey Olesinov. Aleksey is imprisoned for more than 10 days already, and has been held incommunicado by authorities, his lawyer Stanislav Markelov has still not been allowed to meet with him. Health condition and conditions in which he is kept are not known to his relatives and friends. Friends of Olesinov are certain, that he is persecuted due to participation to anti-fascist activities.

Aleksei Olesinov was arrested 6th of November, and accused of “hooliganism”, according to statue 213,
second part of Russian criminal codex. Although he has never before faced
criminal charges, he was remanded. Police motivated the decision to remand him
with the fact that Olesinov is an anti-fascist activist.

Formal pretext for arrest is an insignificant fight which took place
30th of August between visitors of one of the Moscow clubs and security
of the club. Nobody was wounded during the fight, Olesinov was arrested
the same night close to the club, but eventually police who arrested him
did not pressed even misdemeanor charges against him.

For unclear reason case of Olesinov is united with two felony
investigations. Another of them is the murder case of anti-fascist
activist Fyodor Filatov. It is possible, that police attempts to hide
fact that investigation is doing nowhere by arresting one of the
activists of the anti-fascist movement.

Case of Olesinov is under personal control of first vice-minister of
internal affairs M.I.Suhodolskiy. It is rather unlikely, than an average
case of “hooliganism” is under a personal control of first vice-minister
of internal affairs.

Currently Olesinov is kept in remand prison of “Butyrka”, but he was in
a police prison for 6 days, which is a reason to believe that police
tortured him there in order to gain information on workings of
anti-fascist movement.

Participators of the anti-fascist movement demand to stop violations of
legal rights of Aleksey Olesinova, to give him an access to lawyer, and
also to stop using murder of Fyodor Filatov to purposes which have
nothing to do whatsoever with the murder investigation.

Contact telephone: +7-985-997-05-24

Donations are very much needed for Olesinov’s defence campaign.
You may donate through bank accounts and internet purses of ABC-Moscow.
They are available in http://www.avtonom.org/index.php?nid=1912.

Always contact ABC-Moscow* if you made a donation: abc-msk AT riseup DOT net

(Original: http://avtonom.org/index.php?nid=2058)
(in Russian: http://avtonom.org/index.php?nid=2059)

http://www.ainfos.ca/en/ainfos21707.html

November 16, 2008
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Thursday, November 20, 2008 Solidarity actions with Greek Prisoners' Struggle

November 16, Lisbon, Portugal

“Sunday night anarchists attacked the greek embassy in Lisbon (Portugal) with black paint-bombs. Greetings to the comrades. Solidarity to the prisoners in struggle!”

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November 14, Lisbon, Portugal

“Friday, Nov.14, at 11h in the morning we distributed 200 A4-size leaflets in front and around the building of the Economy and Comerce Section of the Greek Embassy, in the center of Lisbon, leaving some of them inside the building also. The leaflets included a small introdutory text to the prisoners’ struggle, a few of their demands, and a chronology of the events until that day. Besides, it also included the following text:

“Prison is everywhere, in all our life. Constantly we are watched, controlled, identified, listened… it is the cop, the surveillance camera, the court, the judge, the police station, and our entire reality of forced interactions… it is the fear of being what we are, of saying what we feel, of doing what we would like to do… it is the everyday misery, it stalks us in our memory, it is a permanent threat…

Prison is also that isolate building, where only the convicted and the hangmen are… it is the siege from where we can not leave, it is the guards that control and torture us, it is our body in the hands of the state…it is the walls that enclose and hide us, that push us away for years… it is the place where everything is taken away from us…

Prison is, at the same time, an idea and a building. But always a reality.

In Greece, like everywhere else, the struggle of the prisoners is the only way to face and fight the reality to which they are forced. To accept prison is only possible due to all the means of alienation the state uses, inside and outside the prisons, and that create a daily life of fear and resignation. What’s happening today in the Greek prisons has born from the determination of individuals kidnapped by the state, and although we are outside the walls, that doesn’t mean we’re free. That freedom, we have to conquer it.

In Greece, in Portugal, and anywhere else, no condition of life inside a prison will ever be human, because that’s impossible inside a prison. There’s no reform of whatever nature that can, in any way, humanize this place where we’re locked up; where everything, with the exception of dignity, is taken away from us.

But dignity will always belong to those who struggle, to the insurgents, to the individuals.

There are countless ways with which to show our solidarity and spread the revolt, attacking control and the controllers of this world; the first step is to decide on which side we are.

Having said this, the only “demand” we have is the destruction of every prison and of this prison-society!

SOLIDARITY WITH THE PRISONERS IN STRUGGLE IN GREECE!

-anarchists”

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November 10, London, UK
Greek embassy attacked again by anarchists, spraypainted, windows smashed, car tyres slashed. “IF THEY GIVE US REPRESSION WE GIVE THEM DESTRUCTION”
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November 9, London, UK
On Sunday night the Greek embassy was spray painted with political slogans in solidarity with the prisoners in Greece and some windows got smashed. It was also done in solidarity with 3 animal liberation militants arrested in Sweden involved in a campaign to close a fur shop. “THE VICTORY IS OURS ATTACK no borders no prison …………….KEEP WARM BURN THE FUCKERS los ropen huesos”

November 13, 2008
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French Anarchists Charged With Rail Sabotage

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Nov. 11, 2008 Time Magazine

Don’t look now, but here comes Europe’s violent extreme-left again. Two decades after French police busted the radical group Action Directe, which waged a bloody urban guerrilla war during the 1970s and 1980s against French business and military interests, French authorities on Tuesday nabbed a group of anarchists suspected of having sabotaged the nation’s high-speed rail system over the last several weeks. The arrests aim not only to put an
end to the spate of vandalism that had wreaked havoc and panic among French travelers for the past two weeks; they may also derail any violent plans French anarchists might have been preparing with like-minded extremists with whom authorities say they were in contact in Germany, Belgium, and the U.K. (See Today in Pictures.)

The police raids took place early Tuesday morning in Paris and in four other
sites in France. A total of 20 people were arrested, and by mid-day 10 of
those had been officially placed under investigation for participating in
the spree of potentially deadly sabotage. In most of those incidents, hooked
metal bars had been attached to high-voltage electricity lines that power
high-speed trains; when the bars were snagged by passing locomotives, they
plowed a path of destruction through high-voltage power lines. A
total of six incidents of sabotage were recorded since Oct. 26, including a
coordinated operation Nov. 8 that targeted four different rail lines in
northern France and caused delays of nearly 160 high-speed TGV trains — including Eurostar service to London — leaving thousands of passengers
stranded.

The sudden spate of sabotage capped nearly two years of sporadic
vandalism to French rail lines that successive inquiries attributed to
isolated, disgruntled trouble-makers. But the recent incidents showed
more skill, and their perpetrators seemed able to act at will without
detection. For that reason, French rail users were already rattled even
before the coordinated attacks of Nov. 8. The saboteurs struck in
virtually all corners of the nation without warning, and applied a high
degree of knowledge and technical ability in putting the destructive
metal hooks in place without being killed by the 25,000-volt power
lines.

After a further act of sabotage was reported Monday in southwestern France,
a decision was made to group individual investigations under the direction
of France’s centralized counter-terror operation in Paris, which collated
all the information police and intelligence services had related to the
inquiries. Within 24 hours, officials had narrowed their scope down to a
group of “autonomous anarchists” whose radical positions and increasingly
restless activity — including protesting during a G8 summit in Poland
last year — had led French intelligence services to place some of its
members under surveillance.

“They speak a very radical language, and have ties to groups abroad,” said
French Interior Minister Michèle Alliot-Marie in announcing the arrests
Tuesday. “Since becoming minister, I’ve noted the risks of the resurgence of
a violent radical left (given) the radicalization we’ve observed in it over
the past three or four years.”

French terrorism expert Roland Jacquard thinks Alliot-Marie is right to be
concerned — especially given similarities between the accused anarchist
group and Action Directe, which carried out the unit’s robberies,
assassinations, and machine gunning attacks. “Like Action Directe, these
anarchists set themselves up in out-of-the-way, rural communities where no
one would suspect them of anything more troubling than perhaps a general
ecologist lifestyle,” Jacquard says. “Like Action Directe, these anarchists
used that cover for their plots, and fled back under cover once operations
were over. But like Action Directe, that escalation of activity — and its
success — raised the potential of it sooner or later evolving into more
violent strikes targeting individuals or groups of people.” (See pictures of riots in France.)

Guillaume Pepy, chairman of France’s state-owned SNCF rail company, didn’t
go so far as to speculate about what else the group might have done had it
not been arrested. But he did say the “central role of rail travel as a
collective means of travel that France has made a priority” was also what
made it an inviting target for saboteurs seeking “to strike a blow at a
well-functioning French society.”

If so, France’s counter-terrorism organizations may not have seen the last
of belligerent behavior by extreme leftist groups that have largely been
dormant since Action Directe was smashed in 1987. “The economic and
financial crisis the world is now experiencing is a dream come true to the
extreme-left, especially with mainstream leftist political parties unable to
mount any real opposition to ruling conservatives,” Jacquard notes. “That
brings the possibility of social unrest radical leftists may seek to exploit
— or even provoke through violence of their own.”