Act for freedom now receives and transmits:
THEIR ENFORCED SILENCE AMPLIFIES OUR VOICE.
Because of the battle that has been orchestrated around ASOEE since
2008, where immigrants have built a community of resistance with students
and other groups of solidarity, on the 28th of December MAT, DIAS and cops
invade the university buildings of ASOEE. The pretext was the search for
warehouses of Illegal trade products, following an “anonymous phone call”.
During the operation 16 immigrants were arrested, both vendors and passersby.
After they’d finished with the immigrants it was the turn of those in
solidarity with them. The first concern of the police once they were in
ASOEE was to invade the self-organised space and discover “lawlessness”
finding such evidence as: texts, posters, printed material, and a library,
all findings obviously associated with the free flow of ideas. The media
stood icily indifferent to all these findings. In contrast, they focus on
anything that will serve their communication games and they zoom in to and
beam out a close-up of the studio of the self-organized radio station
“Radio zones of subversive Expression” that is emitted from ASOEE at
98.0FM in the center and at 93.8FM in the rest of Athens.
“Radio zones of subversive Expression” has operated continuously since
2002. The effort of creating and operating a radio station was based on the
idea of no mediation at any level of life, the passion for self-expression
and the desire to communicate. To overcome the risk of sterile criticism
and rejection, which inevitably leads to stagnation and unconscious
passivity, the answer could be none other than creation. Given that the
media are controlled exclusively by organized private or state interests,
we felt we needed the motivate and to give an outlet to the ideas and
movements that oppose the system and its institutions.
In 2005 Free FM, a radio station that broadcasts without permission from
Hymettus was installed on the same frequency (at 98.0) and that station
enjoyed a state of immunity since they did the job of the state without any
political cost. We on the other hand chose not to indulge in a kilowatt war
with Free FM thus raising the electromagnetic emission levels way beyond
safety levels. Nor do we wish to transform the station into a headquarters
for counter-specialists with many re-transmitters around the country.
Something similar is being attempted over the past month on the 93.8
frequency. A few months after we started broadcasting the station in that
particular frequency a machine that emits void signal appears in the FM
band in an effort to stem the spread of free speech in some areas of Athens
with methods that can be clearly identified as parastatal .
Trying to overcome this peculiar attack from Free FM, we tried to find a
way to partner with the self-organized group in ASOEE. This partnership
led to placing an antenna and a transmitter in ASOEE, and then a studio was
set up. We much prefer to set up our studios under the antennas we raise
and to have daily action within the university communities in which we
coexist. The two points of emission that the station now has were created
by everyday people with everyday presence in the universities whether we
talk about students or not. The presence of counter outputs, cue,
assemblies and activities within universities regardless of their
“educational” purpose is what gives meaning to the university avaton and
protects it, unlike the laws, the politicians and the hot shot professors.
Both the invasion of Villa Amalia and the seizure of the machinery of
the station are not accidental. The self-organized group at ASOEE has
chosen to stand alongside the immigrants who struggle against fascism, which
is being imposed as a social condition in the region and beyond. The same
happened on 12th of December in the repressive operation against the squat
at Villa Amalias and the arson attack by fascists of the free social space
Xanadu at Xanthi on the morning of December 21st.
It is the common component of these projects that causes allergy to
authority. It is the seed in the structure and organization of each
self-organized project that works collectively freely with mediation, and
counter commercially, counter hierarchically standing for the values of
freedom, dignity, resistance and solidarity opposite a system that stinks,
which stands for subjection, individualism, alienation, fear, isolation and
In this context, the “hit” on “Radio zones of subversive Expression”
was the purpose of the exercise! Because the station chose to broadcast the
voice of the struggling people excluded from mainstream media. From
immigrants who resist outside ASOEE to political prisoners, from
labor struggles to self-management in neighborhoods, from
counter-information in mass mobilizations to briefings and solidarity.
If they think that by targeting the infrastructure of the movement they
will bend the struggle for solidarity and freedom of expression they are
mistaken! The necessity of creating and allowing unmediated expression is
not limited by any hardware. This need will continue to cause cracks in the
wall of silence they’re trying to raise around us.
OUR VOICE CANNOT BE SILENCED, SIEZED OR CRIMINALIZED
WE CONTINUE TO TRANSMIT BEUYOND PROFIT, WITHOUT HIERARCHY AND UNMEDIATED
93.8 FM, FROM THE INTERNET AND WILL BE BACK SOON AT 98 FM
“Radio zones of subversive Expression” 98fm – 93.8fm ::.