Athens, Greece: The nation, religion and family murder – Vandalism and sabotage of churches

Paint on church
The nation, religion and family murder
Shit to sexism
Not even one less

Shit to greece
Let greece die, so that we live
During the early hours of Sunday the 10th of February 2019 , we made our
presence and dislike evident at the churches of agios andreas and agios
sotiras in Petralona. We threw paint at the religious paintings and the
main entrances of the churches, we put glue in the locks of agios
andreas and we wrote messages around the building and on the ground of
its courtyard.
We wrote antinationalist and antisexist messages like
“nation-relegion-family murder”, “let greece die-so that we live”, “shit
to greece” and “no one less”. The murder of Aggeliki in Corfu by her
father was our motive behind this action and through this we want to
showcase our opposition to the nation, family, religion and patriarchy
and all of their values which we’ve hated since we were little.
We chose Petralona because this is where greek middle-class families
live who in their majority embody greek societal norms. It is a part of
Athens with beautiful houses, family-friendly cafes and it generally
emits a clean-cut and calm lifestyle, away from oppression. We thought
that maybe we intervened in this normativity, even a little.
The early morning hours of Sunday weren’t random time-wise. There wasn’t
enough time for the priests and the others responsible to remove the
messages from the walls, to clean the paint and take the glue out of the
locks, so that the Sunday church service would start normally- this
regular meeting of every kind of christian. On the Sunday service that
would start a few hours later, we wanted to sabotage this habit and
bring the fathers, the priests and the devout ladies in front of the
male and nation centered christian reality and the consequences it has
on our bodies and self-determination.
A few more words about the murder of Aggeliki in Corfu
Along with the turning of the year, a few months ago, Aggeliki is
murdered by her father in Corfu. The reason for her murder was her
relationship with an Afghan immigrant, something her racist father
wasn’t fond of. There are many details and information about how the
murder happened and where the granting of “justice” is currently at. We
are not going to further mention such points. For us, the femicide of
Aggeliki is equally as important as all the previous ones. The part of
the society that supported the punishment of Aggeliki for her
relationship with an immigrant- a part deeply racist, patriarchic and
all in all “greek”, didn’t get the answer it should have gotten. This
femicide was lost within the spirit of tradition, celebration, holiday
relaxation, family comfort all of the illusions of those days. Just like
all of the other femicides were lost. The turning of the year and the
christian delirium that becomes even more intense in periods like this,
came along with a girl’s murder and this is the affirmation that what we
are fighting against is here and it is happening now. Hence, we felt the
need for our action to have Aggeliki as the reason behind it and to give
an answer to the previously mentioned ensemble of priests, white men,
christians, sexists, observers and the rest of the others who are to
A description of our enemies
The church is at the core of patriarchy. For christianity, the sexuality
of women is sinful, the woman is the original sinner the temptator of
men. Because sexuality is a subversive force, the church in early
capitalism ages has leaded witch hunts, and has taken off the autonomy
of women’s bodies from the women themselves to set institutional control
over it, to turn those bodies into reproductive apparatus. This happened
in the middle-ages in Europe, but also has been applied during
colonization where the alliance of christianity and capitalism as a
system of power destroyed-and still does it nowadays-indigenous
community, stealing of land and building its constant hierarchy, making
men to believe than being equal of women is a sign of weakness and
submission. The relation between church and patriarchy can be found as
well within the construction of family and typically inside the figure
of the father(and yes, god himself is a man). The family can be analyzed
as an ideological institution, and an important tool for legitimating
power monopoly, the fountainhead of slaves, serfs, laborers, soldiers
and providers of all other services needed by the ruling class. That’s
why it is sanctified. The nucleus family is a reproduction of a
miniature state, where parents and many time fathers and brothers
establish their leadership, as the state is doing it through the use of
political power and decision making. Furthermore the oppressions that
are found within the mononuclear family are the same as those exercised
externally, in the very society, and again we found the typical
oppression against women and everybody that don’t fit into the frame of
the heteronormative cistem.
The church and christianity along with their values are an immediate
threat to those who don’t obey the orders of conservatism, the silent-or
not-violence and subjugation. Since we were little, we were taught to
pray to an authoritarian spiritual figure, we were standing in front of
a blue and white rag with a cross by it and we had to be decent, humble
and silent. We were to respect sixty year old pricks with robes. In
school, on the streets, in the family we were imposed not to speak that
much and that the important and complex topics are for the others to
handle. However, there was something in us telling us that it’s not the
women’s fault if they are raped, that the ones who talk back are not
crazy, that the ones who have the guts to speak up are not liars. It
seemed odd to us that the female existence is authorized by priests,
fathers, boys, men of the army and so on, who their actions with
christian nonsense. We have grown up now and we are certain that our
oppressors are standing right in front of us. Patriarchy as a means of
infliction to the bodies and self-determination of females is deeply
rooted in the traditions, the ethics, the customs and the stereotypical
beliefs of the dominant narrative of the greek society. A predominance
of the white man with a christian background is constructed. He acquires
the self-assertion which allows him to dominate verbally and ethically,
to rape, to hit and assault, to murder. The greek society knows exactly
how to suppress femicides, to claim them as ordinary and marginalize
them. We do not forget the murder of Aggeliki by her father in Corfu,
the femicides in Argolida and Kalamata in 2015, the rape and murder of
Stella Akouminaki in 2011, the rape and murder of Eleni Topaloudi in
Rhodes, the murder of a girl in Petroupoli by her father in 2017. These
are not crimes of passion, not a settlement of a disagreement, not toxic
relationships where violence is mutual, the murderer isn’t mentally
disturbed. These are socially legalized practices that are quite rarely
questioned. They begin from the ten commandments, they expand on the
streets, household, workplace, university, assemblies, friend groups,
love and sex interactions and they end in scars or bruises on our
bodies. We will respond to the church, orthodoxy, patriarchy and the
nation until all are free. We like to shame those who view us as a
spectacle on the street* and we like seeing them looking down, being
surprised that we shout at them, mixing up their words. We are
particularly content when we chase men who catcall us from their
motorcycles and they go faster to get away, we enjoy it when we punch
and kick sexists.
Masculinity is also trapped and formed by the religious lies of male
dominance. To come back to the murder of Aggeliki and many others like
Eleni, killed in Rhodes because she defended herself from her
aggressors, we should analyze why this outburst of rage, rape, killing
is coming over and over again and how do we stand and organize to defend
ourselves against it. We’re saying that the root of the jealousy is
coming from the necessity for patriarchy to keep its control on the
oppression of women, that the culture of rape is the phenomena of the
exploitation of the bodies, and that the institutional family should be
transformed and consequently, abolished.
*Strength and freedom to P. who stabbed her rapist.
PS; As we were writing this text, we heard about the chocking and murder
of a woman in Sitia, Crete by her husband. Until the hands of every
rapist, harasser and murderer get cut, we are going nowhere.
Received by mail: 12/8/19

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