December 6, 2009
by actforfreedomnow

Major events occurring at this time in the center of Thessaloniki and in particular Aristotle Square.

Extensive episodes in the center of Thessaloniki

Last updated: Sunday, December 6, 2009, 15:03

People cut off from the planned path threw Molotov bombs at roadblocks setup by the police which responded by throwing teargas, making the surrounding atmosphere suffocating.

A little earlier, unknown people set fire to the Starbucks of Kamara, limited following direct intervention by the fire brigade.

They then burned rubbish along the Via Egnatia and smashed shop windows aroud the church area.

Traffic is stopped, and remains closed at Tsimiski. Diversion of vehicles from the new City Hall and Velideio.

December 6, 2009
by actforfreedomnow

translations (french & italian)


Un anno dopo l’assassinio di stato di Alexandros Grigoropoulos l’esercito di regime cerca di occupare la citta`. Gli assassini armati hanno prima invaso lo squat autogestito Resalto e poi il municipio del Pireo, che era occupato da compagni in protesta contro l’irruzione degli sbirri nello squat.

Questa sera la sbirraglia ha messo in stato d’assedio gli spazi di lotta politica e sociale e accerchiato il quartiere di Exarchia e il politecnico, mettendo parecchia gente in stato di fermo o di arresto. I media, porta parola di regime, riproducono il clima di terrore creato dalla propaganda di stato.

Un anno dopo la rivolta sociale di dicembre, il sistema dell’oppressione e dello sfruttamento vuole riguadagnare terreno cercando di instaurare uno stato d’urgenza per addomesticare la rabbia popolare e calare sulla societa` un silenzio di morte.

Sapendo che la citta` e` sotto assedio, noi occupiamo il policlinico e invitiamo tutti quelli che resistono a continuare la lotta con ogni mezzo.

Siamo determinati a mantenere questo spazio occupato e dichiaramo la nostra solidarieta` con tutti quelli che subiscono la repressione di stato.





Communiqué de l’occupation de l’école polytechnique d’Athènes

Un an après l’assassinat d’Alexandros Grigoropoulos par l’état grec, l’armée d’occupation du régime essaie de controler chaque coin de rue.
Les assassins armés ont envahi le squat autogéré Resalto et la mairie du quartier occupée suite à l’entrée des flics dans le squat.

Ils ont isolé les espaces de lutte politique et sociale, ils ont encerclés le quartier d’Exarchia et l’école polytechnique, en procédant à un grand nombre d’interpellations et d’arrestations
(pour des controles d’identité et certains avec des chefs d’inculpation)et cela continue en ce moment. Les portes parole parole du régime,les médias, reproduisent la propagande d’etat en créant un climat de terreur.

Un an après la revolte sociale de décembre, le système de l’oppression et de l’exploitation tente de regagner du terrain.
Il tente d’imposer un état d’urgence afon de museler la rage populaire et d’imposer un silence de cimetierre dans la société.

Prenant acte que la ville est sous occupation, nous occupons l’école polytechnique. Nous appelons chacun qui résiste à continuer la lutte par tous les moyens.
Nous tenons cet espace et nous déclarons notre solidarité à tous ceux qui subissent la répression d’état.



occupation de l’école polytechnique d’Athènes

December 6, 2009
by actforfreedomnow


Approximately 150-160 people have been detained as a means of terrorizing the people in order to prevent and deter others from participating in demonstrations marking the anniversary of the murder of a 15 year old youth in Athens.

A year after the murder of Alexandros Grigoropolous by the Greek state, the regime enforcing army, the police, are attempting to seize every corner of the city.

The uniformed murderers have invaded the social centre, “Resalto”, in Keratsini. They have attacked youths and have blockaded all entrances and exits to places of social and political struggle. They have surrounded Exarhia and the Polytechnic, and continue to make large numbers of arrests and detainments.

The puppets of the regime, the media, are transmitting state propaganda and as a result are creating an atmosphere and terror.

One year after the social upheaval of December 2008, the system of oppression and exploitation is once again attempting to re-assert its authority. The Government is attempting to enforce a state of emergency in order to drown out social outrage and enforce the silence of a cemetery on society.

Due to the seizure of the city we are occupying the Polytechnic university.

We are calling every person who wants to resist to do so by any means possible

We will keep the space, and are showing solidarity with all those who face state persecution.

We demand the immediate release of all those arrested and detained





Occupied Polytechnic

December 6, 2009
by actforfreedomnow

Remember, Remember, the 6th of December: Northeast Day of Actions in Solidarity with the Greek Anti-Authoritarian Movement.

Remember, Remember, the 6th of December: Northeast Day of Actions in
Solidarity with the Greek Anti-Authoritarian Movement. Stand Against State
Repression, From the Left or Right.

In Boston, we will meet on the Copley Square green at 4pm and march to the
consulate building (on Beacon st, between Arlington and Charles st)

The Greek insurrection began almost a year ago. As we approach the
anniversary of its beginning, the day when a young anti-authoritarian was
shot dead by police in the anarchist “free neighborhood” of Exarchia in
downtown Athens, we must ask ourselves what happened, what’s happening,
what failed, and, most importantly, what worked? As we reflect, we must
also recognize our roles as U.S. anarchists in solidarity with this
insurrection. We can all remember how we felt last year when we heard
Alexi was killed and that Athens was burning. We held solidarity actions
then, and we must demonstrate again.

The Greek insurrection led to the fall of the right-wing government and
the election of a socialist government. While its president calls it
“antiauthoritarians in power,” and the Minister of Public Order claims to
have many anarchists as good friends, on the new administration’s first
day the Greek Socialist Party invaded the anarchist neighborhood of
Exarchia in Central Athens with 1,000 police. Since then, repression of
anarchists has been constant. The socialist administration attacked
November 17th demonstrations commemorating the 1973 rising against the
military junta, and have maintained a media blackout in Exarchia, whose
residents they continue to raid, detain, arrest, and pummel. These actions
will not go unpunished.

Regardless, the movement in Greece is only gaining steam, and the stage is
set for another Greek December to remember. Already, 400 schools and 30
universities have been occupied, anti-authoritarians are carrying out
“urban guerilla” actions against banks, government institutions,
multinational corporations, and the repressive police. Anarchists have
occupied several news stations to spread their messages,and workers have
declared dozens of strikes across the country.

On the other hand, the politicians, vowing to not let Greece fall into
“chaos” again, have announced a “Zero Tolerance” plan, deploying 6,000
officers in Athens to repress the inevitable uprising. “We want to send a
clear message, we won’t tolerate a repeat of the violence and terror scene
in central Athens, we won’t hand Athens to vandals,” Citizen Protection
Minister Mihalis Chrysohoidis told reporters today.

Our comrades in Greece, those who fight for their freedom and prepare now
to escalate their struggle, need the support and solidarity of those of us
across the world who believe in their cause.

It is a time to once again muster the feelings of love and rage in order
to hold another day of solidarity on Sunday December 6th, 2009 the
anniversary of Alexi’s death. We will hold actions and demos at Greek
consulates, school occupations, and candle lit vigils so the spirits of
our comrades are not forgotten.

In Boston, we will meet on the Copley Square green at 4pm and march to the
consulate building (on Beacon St, between Arlington and Charles Streets).
See you there!

December 5, 2009
by actforfreedomnow


Violence erupts during Athens march

Violence erupts during Athens march

The police killing of a teenager unleashed the country’s worst riots in decades last year [AFP]

Police and protesters have clashed in Athens as the city marked the first anniversary of the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy which led to Greece’s worst unrest in decades.

Riot police, hoping to avoid the lengthy riots of last year, fired tear gas at thousands of demonstrators as they marched through the capital and other Greek cities on Sunday.

Greece’s government had deployed more than 6,000 police officers onto the streets of Athens to avert a repeat of the severe rioting that hit the capital and major cities last year which caused millions of dollars of damage.

‘Sporadic trouble’

Sporadic scuffles between stone-throwing protesters and riot police broke out around the Athens march.

“The murder of Alexis Grigoropoulos was not only a heinous act, it was a lesson for us all … An obligation to try and ensure a fairer society for our younger generation”

Karolos Papoulias, Greek president

Police in full riot gear fired tear gas to disperse small groups of hooded youths.

“We are using teargas on several fronts where youths are damaging stores and setting fire to garbage bins,” a police official, who requested anonymity, said.

“It’s been a year since police murdered the boy and the government which caused the murder has collapsed but nothing has changed in terms of police brutality,” Panos Garganas, a university employee, told the Reuters news agency.

Al Jazeera’s Barnaby Phillips, reporting from Athens, said: “There has been trouble during the last two or three hours very much centered around the university buildings in the centre of Athens.

“Under Greek law it is very difficult for the police to go into the university buildings and make arrests. Hard lined groups were armed with many bricks, stones, Molotov cocktails, and catapults and they fought running battles with the police around these buildings.

“Meanwhile the main march to commemorate the shooting of this 15-year-old boy, who was killed by the police last year, went through the city centre past the parliament building, and on the whole there things seemed to be peaceful. So, it’s been a mixed picture – there has been sporadic trouble in parts of the Greek capital but the whole march itself was varied in tone,” he said.

Police raid

On Saturday, Greek police arrested more than 150 people in Athens, to head off trouble on the anniversary.

Greece’s government has warned it will have a zero tolerance policy towards violence [AFP]

The arrests took place after hundreds of people rallied in the central district of Exarchia, where Alexis Grigoropoulos was gunned down by a police officer on December 6 last year.

The youths reportedly attacked police officers with stones and petrol bombs.

In a raid in the western district of Keratsini, police detained at least 20 people.

The group of teenagers arrested included at least three Albanians, seven Greeks and five Italians.

“Five Italians and seven Greeks have been arrested, while dozens have been detained,” a police official said.

“Some were throwing stones at police and others were armed with wooden sticks.”

Zero tolerance

Greece’s government also said it will not tolerate a repeat of last year’s riots while Karolos Papoulias, the president of Greece, pleaded for calm ahead of the planned protests.

“We will not tolerate lawlessness and attacks on innocent citizens”

Theodoros Pangalos, Greek deputy prime minister

“The murder of Alexis Grigoropoulos was not only a heinous act, it was a lesson for us all … an obligation to try and ensure a fairer society for our younger generation,” he said.

Theodoros Pangalos, the Greek deputy prime minister, said: “We will not tolerate lawlessness and attacks on innocent citizens.”

Grigoropoulos was shot dead by a police officer who claimed he fired into the air whilst under attack by youths.

Two police officers have been charged with murder and attempted murder for the teenager’s death and are scheduled to stand trial on January 20.

Fears of violence have been heightened by reports that groups of anarchists from other European countries are planning to join the protests in Athens.

‘We’re gonna rule this town tonight’

Thousands of anarchists are battling 6,000 cops in Athens tonight. University building near parliament seized and anarchist banner flies from roof. Motor cycle snatch squads beingknocked over and bikes seized. Petrol bombs, barricades… ‘We’re gonna rule this town tonight’.


December 5, 2009
by actforfreedomnow

Demonstration in Hamburg

Today an unauthorized demonstration took place against repression and police violence, as well as in remembrance of Alexis Grigoropoulos and all the victims of capitalism.
There were about 100 people at the demonstration. The demonstration was loud and strong. Police did only attack the demonstration once by driving into the demonstrators with a car. Besides, there were some identity controls. No one was hurt or arrested.
There were slogans shouted like “No Justice, No Peace, fight the police”, “Polizia Assassini”…Some firework was used.

Solidarity with the Greek uprising and all liberated spaces!
Greetings to all the fighting people in Greece and everywhere!