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April 1, 2009
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March 25, 2009
ATM DAMAGED LONDON
Late in the night of the 25th March, in a small posh corner of Greater London, U.K. several cash mashines around the neighbourhood were utterly destroyed. Ch@os followed next morning!
Hip-Hip Hurrah! The spring has arrived!
c u on the streets!
we are their crisis and we are fearless!
March 23, 2009
beukenweg cooking brigade – 23.03.2009 11:32
benefit vegan voku for the prisoners of the Greek social revolution of December, today at the new joe’s garage (pretoriusstraat 43). 19 H, 3€ or donation.
As almost every monday the beukenweg cooking brigade will serve nice vegan food at the new joe’s garage for 3€ or donation. All benefits will be destinated to many different social causes and struggles, giving some flyers and general info about the organisations or events we are supporting with each voku.
Place: Pretoriusstraat 43.
Price: 3€ or donation.
Day & Time: 23.03.09, 19.00 H.
Benefit for: prisoners of the greek social revolution of December (revolt’s assembly support collective kratoumenoi.eksegersis at gmail.com).
March 21, 2009
Protest groups upset over rally violence
By KATIE SCHNEIDER, SUN MEDIA
The Calgary Sun [Alberta]
March 23, 2009
CALGARY — Anti-Racist Action Calgary is condemning the violent actions of protesters demonstrating on their side of the line who clashed with the Aryan Guard at a weekend rally.
Three protesters were arrested Saturday when the anti-racist group confronted members of the Aryan Guard who were marching to celebrate White Pride Day.
The rally of several hundred people became violent when demonstrators began tossing water bottles, cans of food and signs at each other.
The chaotic clash injured two people, including Sun columnist Rick Bell.
But Jason Devine, spokesman for ARA, said the group does not condone violent protesting.
“We have said from the beginning it was supposed to be confrontational but not violent,” he said.
“We have never called on people to physically assault the Aryan Guard — our job was to ostracize them, getting the message out there are Nazis in our community.
“The signs are there to get the message out not there to bust people’s heads open.”
Devine said those who resorted to violence and were arrested were not associated to the ARA and had just joined the march off the street.
And once the debris was thrown, he said he tried to stop it.
“We immediately said to people ‘don’t do that because this is not what it’s about’,” he said.
“We in no way condone random people attacking them.”
But he said he doesn’t feel the ARA’s image has been tarnished with the violence that erupted from its side of the line.
“If people look into the situation … the ARA has not and is not advocating violence,” he said.
“They (the Aryan Guard) are the ones advocating violence.”
Protest turns violent as Calgary Aryan Guard, anti-racism activists square off
By Jamie Komarnicki, Calgary Herald [Alberta]
March 21, 2009
A white pride march through Calgary’s core quickly deteriorated into a violent melee Saturday as protesters flung rocks, aluminum cans and other projectiles into a crowd of people taking part in the demonstration.
Several fist fights broke out at the Aryan Guard rally and at least two people were treated for head injuries after being hit by the projectiles, although the injuries weren’t serious.
Police arrested three people, and charges are pending.
More than 400 anti-racist protesters confronted about 60 members of Calgary-based white supremacist group, the Aryan Guard.
The white pride marchers began their route near Mewata Armouries and planned to make their way to city hall.
The Aryan Guard waved white pride flags and chanted slogans as they zigzagged through the inner city. Their path was blocked at several turns by the raucous anti-racist activists, who first clashed with the marchers at 7th Avenue and 6th Street SW.
A strong police presence formed a human barricade between the two sides.
Authorities broke up several fights between the two sides along the way.
At one point, the Aryan Guard marchers brought traffic to a standstill on 6th Avenue as they threaded their way through vehicles.
“It freaks me out,” said one motorist, recording the protest on his cellphone through his car window.
The protest ended at about 4:30 p.m. when the Aryan Guard boarded a city bus and were shuttled out of the core.
Earlier in the day, the group of anti-racist activists held a “celebration of diversity” on the steps of city hall as part of efforts to overshadow the Aryan Guard’s event.
Several hundred people, many waving anti-racist signs and some of them masked, gathered for a series of speeches and songs promoting multiculturalism.
Rally organizers lashed out at the Aryan Guard.
“The message has to get out there, they’ve got to be exposed,” said Jason Devine.
“This rally isn’t going to get rid of the Aryan Guard, but it is a blow to them.
“This is a springboard we have to build of off. We have to take the energy of this rally and go further.”
Kelsey Mills learned of the event after reading an article in her high school newspaper. A similar event last year — which saw throngs of white supremacists and anti-racists clash on downtown Calgary streets — was shocking, she said.
“I just think that it’s not right. The Aryan Guard shouldn’t be around,” said Mills, 17.
Harmohinder Plaha, president of Calgary’s South Asian Canadian Association, called for Calgarians to stand up against racism.
“We don’t like racism. We are totally against it,” he said.
March 14, 2009
Free Spaces Demonstration-Berlin March 14 2009
At the 14. march 2009 arround 4.000 people were gathering on the Hermannplatz in Berlin to demonstrate for the survival of left free spaces in Berlin and everywhere and against the ugly gentrification in lot of the center’s districts of Berlin. Many residents already have been forced to move in other districts of Berlin, since they cannot afford the constantly increasing rents in the center’s districts anymore. The demonstration was part of the “United We Stay” action weekend. The campaign, which organised the demonstration is called “We Stay All”. They also claim an immediately political solution for the few stayed house projects and Wagenburgen (squatted places where people live in trucks and cars). The concept of the demonstration was to appear as colourful and openly as possible so that common people also join the demonstrations and to avoid attacks of the riot cops (which in last time offener happened on demonstrations of the radical lefts).
The demonstration started at 15:00 from Neukölln, went through Kreuzberg and ended then in Friedrichshain. The cop’s presence and repression took place with 900 of them following and disturbing the peacfull protest. They started with randomly controls to people who started gathering, filming the protestors during the whole event. At the Warschauer Bruecke the whole demonstration had to stop because the cops arrested two prostesters. They said that they shall have went on the rail tracks of the underground. After they took their blood type and their personal data they released them and the demonstration went on. But already short time later the cops started trouble again, they splitted the demonstration into two parts after some ppl surrounded and attacked a singled cop car. The cops stated later that they weren’t completely innocent that the situation escalated because the cops in the car got scared and locked themselves inside the car. At the same time that happened a group of arround 1.000 demonstrants splitted from the demonstation and went in the Warschauer Strasse, where some cars, cop cars, a Mc Donalds and a bank has been smashed and some waste containers were looted. One cop car has turned upside down. Later they also tried to attack the new opened Nazi’s clothes shop but it was protected by arround 50 cops. As the first coming 100 demonstrants saw the cops they stepped back and after one minute hundreds of cops were coming from all sides and hunting the protestors. During that situation a bunch of cops were passing by a person who had nothing to do with the demonstration, one cop hit him and the person felt with his head on the kerb stone edge. That person has been seriously injured with a basal skull fracture, but instead of the cops helping him and call the emergency they went away and let him lay helpless on the street. Also the feminist squat near the place the person was injured was attacked by cops. At the time that this event happed the rest of the demonstration went through the Revaler Strasse, where people of the culture project RAW made a fire show, further through the Simon Dach Staße (a street full of trendy tourist’s bars), where some protestors smashed windows of a bar and later in the night four bars were attacked with butyric acid. The demonstration went then on through the Scharnweberstrasse where people from the house project Scharnweberstrasse 29 made a fire show on the balcony and people from the second house project Scharni were standing on the roof and waving flags. The demonstration ended in front of the city hall in the Frankfurter Allee observed from a cop’s helicopter and lot of cops with dogs in front of the city hall. During the demonstration 12 people were arrested and two cops injured. After the demonstration the cops were present in the whole district all the night over and randomly pressed charges against people. Police and fire-fighting operations continued through the whole night.
March 13, 2009
Konstantina Kuneva is a female, single mother, migrant worker and grassroots syndicalist who was attacked with sulfuric acid by employer-hired thugs in late December 2008. She has suffered major injuries and is being treated in intensive care in Athens since. The attack happened in the aftermath of the December revolt, and the solidarity response of the movement was vigorous and dynamic throughout the country. Fund raising events are still taking place in various greek cities because of the urgent need for money, that will allow Konstantina to travel to the USA for an elaborate and very expensive operation, which her only chance to have some of her basic bodily functions restored.
Benefit event for Konstantina: Screenings, discussion, food and live music on Friday March 13 from 5 to 11 at 100 Flowers squat, 2A Belgrade Road, Dalston N16 8DJ. The event is organised jointly by Greek comrades in solidarity, local Turkish/Kurdish workers organizations, and comrades from North East London squats.
For more info on Konstantina’s case, most of the greek texts that have been translated into english can be found here.
February 25, 2009
On the night of February 24 the Haunt of Migrants on Tsamadou Street in Exarcheia was attacked while an assembly of the Association of Conscientious Objectors was taking place inside: A hand-grenade was thrown from outside. Luckily the building’s window was shut and double-glazed – the first layer of the window broke but the hand-grenade bounced off and exploded outside.
(article found at occupied London)
What follows is a statement issued by the Network for Social and Political Rights, also housed in the same building.
Murderous attack with hand-grenade at the Migrants’ Haunt
Last night, February 24, at around 10.05 pm “persons unknown” threw a hand grenade at the Migrants’ Haunt at Tsamadou Street in Exarcheia, the same building hosting the offices of the Network for Social and Political Rights). At that time the Haunt was full of people as there was an open meeting of the Association of Conscientious Objectors and the co-ordinating body of our group was also having a meeting. The attack had no victims only due to sheer luck as the hand grenade did not manage to get through the double glazed window, bounced back and exploded just outside the building.
Last night’s fascist, para-statal attack is part of the wider attempt of sovereignty to strike back after December’s revolt. During all this time we have been watching the intensification of statist and para-statist (meaning, undercovers and fascists, often the same people — trans) violence as well as a dirty propaganda campaign against spaces of resistance (”the far Left is to blame for the violence”). The “persons unknown” who threw the hand grenade do not only turn against us but against the social antagonist movement as a whole, against all who revolted in December, against all who actively refuse the dictatorship of the market and the “democracy” of the batton.
It is probably unnecessary for us to say that we shall not make a single step back, it is unnecessary to say that the parastatals will receive the response they deserve.
Athens, February 25 2009
February 12, 2009
Anti-Olympic Torch Light Parade Lights Up the Streets!!!
February 12, 2009 – 00:51 — no2010
From 150-200 people participated in the Anti-Olympic Torch Light Parade marking the 1-Year Countdown to the 2010 Winter Games on Feb 12, 2009 in downtown Vancouver. After rallying at Victory Square at 6PM, where a ‘torch of resistance’ was lit and used to burn a Canadian Olympic flag, the demonstration marched to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, where a 2010 concert was taking place and dozens of police were assembled to stop any possible disruption. From there, the protest moved up Georgia St. to Burrard, stopping at various corporate sponsors, including the Hudson’s Bay Company, Royal Bank of Canada, Bell, and CTV. About a dozen torches were lit on the protest route, which ended at the ‘Countdown Clock’ located at the Art Gallery. Several targets were hit with paint bombs, including the clock as the rally ended. There were no arrests.
The protest was organized by the Olympics Resistance Network;
Resist 2010 ! No Olympics on Stolen Native Land !
Check out the image gallery at: http://www.no2010.com/node/791
Some corporate news stories:
Anti-Olympic protestors hold counter ceremony
By Jack Keating, The Province February 12, 2009
More than 150 protestors marched from Victory Square through downtown Vancouver in an anti -Olympic torch light parade Thursday night.
The parade, to mark the one-year countdown to the Olympics, was held to highlight all of the “negative social impacts” the 2010 Olympics will have on Vancouver.
The march left Victory Square where one protester burned an Olympic flag with a torch, and they marched by the Queen Elizabeth Theatre where dozens of police stood guard to prevent any attempt to enter the theatre where an Olympic gala event was being held.
The marchers, with about 10 flaming torches and chanting “homes not Games”, continued along Georgia Street to Burrard and then down Robson, stopping at some of the corporate Olympic sponsors offices, before ending up at the Olympic clock outside the Art Gallery.
Dozens of police on bicycles and motorcycles and others filming the march with video cameras kept a close watch on the parade.
There was a brief standoff between protesters and Vancouver police officers on bicycles at the clock that ended peacefully.
However, after the protest ended someone threw a red paint ball that splattered against the bottom of the clock.
Speakers from The Olympic Resistance Network, which organized the march, at Victory Square urged people to fight against the “2010 corporate invasion, police state tactics, homelessness, criminalization of the poor, ecological destruction, public debt, colonization and other negative social impacts” they say the Olympics will bring to Vancouver.
One speaker talked about the 370 per cent increase in homelessness in Vancouver in recent years while more than a billion dollars is being spent on the Olympics.
Anti-Olympic activist Garth Mullins said the parade was an alternative to VANOC’s “spin” on the 2010 Olympics.
“We’re trying to use the torches, which are the symbol of the Olympics, to actually take them and shine some light on the impacts of the Olympics on the poor and homeless people in the Downtown Eastside,” said Mullins.
“And also on the environment, indigenous people and people whose civil liberties are going to be eroded and crushed in Vancouver.”
Mullins also criticized Operation Silver, a massive security operation underway by the army, CSIS and police.
“We feel that their security plans are going to be very detrimental to people’s civil liberties and we’re also trying to shine some light on that,” said Mullins, wearing a jacket with the orange-coloured words “Resist 2010” across the back.
Alissa Westergard-Thorpe thought the rally and parade was a success.
“And I think more and more people will be concerned over the next year as you see the police state build up and you see the economic waste and the environmental destruction associated with the Olympics even more people will care when the Olympics actually and I think a lot of people care right now.”
“I think merely the fact that we’re able to go out and march in the streets and express our viewpoint is always a success, especially when they’re trying so hard to restrict our right to protest.”
Several Hundred Anti-Olympic Protesters Light up the Streets
Anti-Olympic protestors lit up the streets of downtown Vancouver during a protest parade Thursday night, carrying makeshift torches and setting fire to a 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics flag.
Several hundred people participated in the march, which stopped outside of buildings belonging to Olympic sponsors such as the Hudson’s Bay Company, CTV, and Canada Post. The protest focused on concerns about affordable housing in the city, native land use for Olympic venues, and the financial burden on taxpayers for the games.
CTV reported Thursday night that protesters also paint-bombed the Olympic clock, just as the demonstration ended.
Olympic protests during one year celebrations
Not everyone greeted the countdown to 2010 celebrations with cheers.
About 100 protestors, some carrying torches, marched through the downtown core to protest the Olympics.
Despite a heavy police presence, the Olympic countdown clock at the Vancouver Art Gallery was vandalized. It had red paint thrown on it.
Damage is minor and no arrests have been made. The vandals took off right away – leaving behind hoodies.
This is not the first time the clock has been vandalized.
No-Fun City tag sticks as 2010 parties go elsewhere
In Whistler they are partying. But Vancouver, it’s a much different story.
For years, the 2010 host city has celebrated every milestone on the Olympic journey. Not anymore. There isn’t a single public event planned for the one-year countdown day for what some call the No-Fun City.
The city had been celebrating since it won the Games, but Vancouver’s mayor, Gregor Robertson, dropped the puck on this one.
“Tomorrow there isn’t big parties all across the city. There’s so much energy focused on pulling the Games together, and the venues specifically, so all of the focus has been there in preparing. Unfortunately no work has been done for the big public celebration,” he told CTV News on Wednesday.
While there’s no special one-year countdown celebration in Vancouver there is one at the Richmond Speed Skating Oval. This is where Vancouver’s mayor will be, along with Premier Gordon Campbell and IOC president Jacques Rogge. There’ll be special performances and Olympic Athletes, but it is not a public
No parties in the host city? Beijing had a big bash for its one-year countdown — why not us?
“That’s a good question,” said Robertson. “We gotta kick the fun into gear here.”
There will be a public celebration in Whistler — an outdoor concert in village square. Could it be previous protests have made Olympic organizers gun-shy about Vancouver?
“It’s really a case of trying to manage crowds — there’s tremendous interest but only limited number of seats,” said Colin Hansen, the provincial minister responsible for the Olympics.
“There are some challenges that come from the amount of size, scope and the amount of security in terms of safety, not even necessarily in regard to protest,” said Maureen Douglas of VANOC.
But if you are looking for something to do, you can ride SkyTrain — TransLink wants you to bring your “horns, cowbells and tambourines” and make some noise at 6 p.m. Or you can head to Canada Place where the heritage horns will blow at 6 p.m. and you are encouraged to “clap, sing, whistle or cheer.”
They’re having way more fun in other provinces — flag raising in Parliament Hill, torch lighting in Calgary — but nothing in Vancouver.
With a report from CTV British Columbia’s Shannon Paterson.
by no2010 & more 12:47am, Saturday February 14 2009
|Anti-Olympic Protests Spread: No Olympics On Stolen Native Land!
by Tar 03:31am, Saturday February 14 2009
Feb. 12th, 2009. – Protestors in Toronto, Hamilton, Guelph, Kitchener, Stratford and London will mark the one year countdown to the Vancouver Olympics with a series of road side actions and related events. Between 7am and 9am, tens of thousands of commuters on major Ontario highways can expect to see large banners bearing anti-Olympic messages. The protestors – friends and members of Anti-Racist Action – specifically aim to highlight concerns that the Olympics are accelerating development on unceeded indigenous territories in British Columbia (BC).
With the Olympics, there is a frenzy of development in BC – the Olympics are the new ‘gold rush’ – bringing displacement and destruction to indigenous communities and culture. The Province of BC was carved out of land that was never surrendered by the indigenous peoples, and was never part of any treaty. Today, most of the province remains as unceeded land. Despite this, the government continues to sell, lease and allow development on Native land for mining, logging, oil & gas, ski resorts, and other industries. The Vancouver Olympic Committee (VANOC) has gone to great lengths to hide the negative impact that the Olympics will have on indigenous people, by obscuring the facts on their participation in these games. VANOC would suggest that “participation” means appropriating and marketing indigenous imagery and culture, and also making a series of multi-million dollar business deals that funnel money through Band Councils. Grassroots movements in indigenous communities are saying no to the Olympics. They see their land being irreparably damaged by expanding Olympic developments. Anti-Racist Action supports grassroots, indigenous, protesters, and we unite to say “No Olympics on Stolen Native Land!”
January 29, 2009
2 janvier 2009
In solidarity to the rebellious of Vincennes retention center (prison for immigrants to be deported) who pass in court on January 25, 26, 27th 2010, for burning their prison during a revolt in June 2008. A week of solidarity is set from the 16th to the 24th of January. Here is a very brief outline of solidarity actions, it is far from complete for translation reasons.
1 January 2009
We just finished reading your letter, that you wrote to us and all the French comrades. We read it with pleasure, finding in it multiple points we recognize ourselves in. We read it attentively, because it comes from the people who unfortunately have to face, before us and more than us, the repression. However, we must say that it also left a bitter taste and provoked a kind of discomfort.
1 January 2009
We know how painful it’s to be separated from our own comrades, and we have no recipes nor lessons to give about the way to take them out the fastest (to take them all out, forgetting the distinction between ‘guilty’ and ‘innocent’). The rapid notes that follow are the fruit of several thoughts born out of different experiences lived in Italy, hoping they could be useful to our French comrades.
1 January 2009
Wednesday 11th of March, Ivan and Farid were called by the examining magistrate for an audition on the ongoing investigation. But above all, the prosecution and the judges wanted to ask their incarceration under the pretext that they would be in recidivism of judiciary control violation. The cops would have seen them together at certain gatherings in solidarity with Isa (who was still in prison at that moment). The judiciary control forbade them to «enter in contact in any way».
26 December 2008
On the 24th of June, the Jhonny Cariqueo Social Centro was ransacked by the ‘Grupo de Operaciones Especiales (GOPE)’, Special Forces of the Chilean State, as part of investigations into recent bombings against the government and capitalist institutions. They were searching for our comrade Diego Rios because they had found a bag with material for the manufacture of explosives in the house of his mother. The police didn’t find Diego, and were met with dead silence by the comrades in the house at this time. It is now two weeks since Diego took the decision to go on the run, refusing to fall in the hands of the enemy, assuming the position of an antagonist in society. Our comrade, we send our support and brotherly hugs. Our comrade, every day you evade the police is a strike at power!
10 December 2008
26 November 2008
The 25th of October 2009 at 7.50am, whilst taking my dog for a walk, I was surrounded by three members of the LRD, investigation service, I had to go to their office for an interrogation. A special intervention-unit in an armoured car was waiting at the corner, in case I would resist. The fuckers didn’t even let me quietly say good-bye to my daughter who was just leaving for school at that moment. The same service made a house search the day before, confiscated my lap-top and took pictures of political posters and others.
26 November 2008
When we find the determination to quit going through live on our knees we make it difficult for things to continue as per usual. And despite all of their cops, judges and prisons, they will never break this determination.
17 November 2008
They are old things, from another century. Poverty, which progress seemed to have banished from the West, comes back to make us feel its bite. Bankers aren’t jumping from windows yet, but the poor are filling the streets. Factories and shops close their doors. Millions of people find themselves with no means for facing the future. They were promised that a life passed on their knees, between a job that profited a boss and obedience to the will of the government would at least ensure a quiet survival for them. Now it’s clear to all that this was a lie.
16 November 2008
Leo had been hunted by the antiterrorism with an international arrest warrant since 2008, when one of the tentacles of the Florence attorney’s office had orchestrated yet another inquest against the anarchist scene in Tuscany. The comrades were accused of subversive association with terrorist aims, some with the specific accusation of having robbed a post office at gunpoint for self-financing.
January 22, 2009
On 21 July 2009 the station was attacked. Here is an adapted English translation of Radio Revolt’s announcement, originally in Greek:
During the morning of 21 July the occupied space where Radio Revolt is housed, the railway carriage of OSE (a Greek railway operator) in the centre of Aristotelian University’s campus in Salonica, was attacked by persons unknown with three molotov bombs. After the ‘unknown’ perpetrators attempted to attack our studio, without success, they resorted to bomb with their molotovs the WC of the radio station, and any damage done was limited within it. Our station stopped transmitting only for three hours just to allow for power to be restored, which we had cutted deliberately for safety reasons.
This attack on Radio Revolt is merely one more of the failed attempts by the state and the parastate, part of a semester-long series of attacks after December, ordered by the political and economic elite and executed by cops and fascists. Their goal is to suppress all voices of freedom, everyone who protests and resists. They seek to turn society more conservative, fascist, and xenophobic; their final aim, of course, is the establishment of terror. The police is being advertised as the new messiah, and the dogma of order and security is being presented as more necessary than ever.
Let them live in their dream: day by day the multifaceted resistance becomes more powerful, and thousands of people get their lives in their hands. The dynamic mobilisations and protests prove that all every threat manages to achieve is to make social movements more powerful.
Radio Revolt, against all of them who wish otherwise, transmits – and will carry on transmitting.
ARM YOUR VOICE!
January 19, 2009
In the night of January 13th 2009, an incendiary device, composed of gas canisters and gasoline, exploded in the entrance of the (police) commissariat of Evomos (region of Thessalonica), and damaged the windows in the facade and the ventilation system. Shortly after, the police arrested the 26 year old anarchist Ilias Nikolau, who does not live far from there. Ilias was, together with Dimitra Sirianou and Kostakis Halazas, subject of an arrest warrant for over a year, concerning the same case as Vaggelis Botzatzis (on the accusation of several arsons). Vaggelis was released on conditions on October 13th 2008. On November 14th, during the agitations with the hunger strike in Greek prisons, the 3 others went to the commissariat of Thessalonica, accompanied by some hundred comrades. The day after, the judge decided to let them await their trial in freedom. Currently Ilias is accused for “explosion” (felony), “production” and “accomplishment” (misdemeanours). Ilias does not acknowledge the accusations, nor admits “having been caught red handed”. The police raided his parent’s house, the place where he works, and stormed the house of his grandmother out of the city. Ilias was brought to the prison of Amfissa, this is a letter he wrote:
In the morning of January 13th I was arrested in the west of Thessalonica, on the accusation of an explosion that took place at the commissariat of the municipal police. This happened a year after, an incredible accusation was created against me and three of my comrades in November 2007. That accusation put one of us in prison, and made three others escape. The witch hunt has started. We have lived through a considerably warm December and a situation that shows the lack of social peace clearly. Social peace only lives in the imagination of those that cannot understand that reality is characterized by a permanent civil war. With a revolutionary side that rebels against this democratic monstrosity. Rage replaced fear and instead of approval, negation appeared. The month of December, as a sign for times to come, made a very clear devision between those that feed the Power, maintain and defend it, and those that fight it. Now is not the time to look back in nostalgia to the ashes that the insurrection left on its path. We have to understand and express the signs of the present and the future. The signs that already exist, and those to come. The signs of a relentless social war. If we want that moments of negation, revolt and dignity are lived, we have to arm our hands and our desires, determined and organized. I resist against those who think that manifestations and pacifist protest will make a difference, because they’re already dead. They drag their corpses along the streets, in the unions and in the luxurious offices of their bosses. I take place on the side of those who are led by dignity and I join with those who feel the unchangeable will to disrupt and to destroy this enormous cemetery. The prison is an added step to a rebel. A step towards imprisonment. To all those who think that they have overcome me, that they have overcome us…
For me and my comrades it works just the other way around! Because as long as there are prisoners of war, we will continue to struggle. I send warm and rebellious greetings to my comrades and to revolutionaries everywhere.
Freedom for all prisoners of the revolt. Freedom for Yiannis Dimitrakis, Polis Georgiadis and Yiorgous Voutsi-Vogiatzis and all the hostages of democracy.
Ilias Nikolau, Amfissa prison, 19th January 2009
January 19, 2009
Our friend and comrade Skat was murdered today in Moscow, shot to head by an assassin.
Assassin was not after her – he was after advocate Stanislav Markelov, another good friend and comrade. We do not know who was there to kill Stas – it could be associates of some war criminals he put to prison, it could be connected to some corporate crimes, it could be Nazis, many of whom Stas put to prison as well. List of achievements of Stas is so long, that it will take a couple of days to gather all of them to a necrology – and list of his enemies is even longer. But we know for sure, that Nastya had a bad luck of being in a wrong place in wrong time. Assassin shot her to head as well, either to eliminate a witness, or in order to escape – some witnesses have stated that Nastya attempted to arrest assassin. Stas died in place, Nastya died in hospital few hours afterwards.
Nastya was a graduate of journalist faculty of Moscow State University. She worked a while in “Izvestiya”, but left and worked as a freelancer.
During last few months she wrote to critical paper “Novaya Gazeta”, mostly about far right.
Nastya was an anarchist and was involved in numerous activist projects. She was involved in anti-repression issues, such as solidarity actions in Moscow for repressed French activists Ivan and Bruno, and later last year in solidarity work for Tarnac 9. Last year she was actively involved in attempts to defense a dormitory in Yasniy Passage, inhabited by refugees from conflict regions of Caucasus, against violent takeover of the premises by UFSIN (Administration of Federal Service for Execution of Punishment, that is Russian federal prison administration). Nastya was arrested in that action. Nastya also joined protest camp of Rainbow Keepers last summer in Sasovo of Ryazan region, and campaign against police brutality in spring of 2008. She also traveled to European social forum in Malmö in September 2008. She was co-organising alternative media section in Russian conference Anticapitalism-2008. Nastya also helped in work with latest issue #30 of Avtonom-journal. She joined Autonomous Action a day before she got murdered. Inside the movement, Nastya got well along with everyone.
Nastya was into physical sports such as jumping with a parachute and she was also well trained in martial arts. She never went around unarmed, but her knife was not a match against a gun.
Nastya was a positive person of exceptional spirit. She will be missed by parents, friends and comrades from all around Russia and Ukraine. She was from Sevastopol, and is likely to be buried there.
January 17, 2009
January 16, 2009
“Fuck Greece, fight here!” (Greek Revolt info events in the UK)
A number of info events/ greek prisoner solidarity benefits are organised across the UK. Some will also have people from this blog presenting – if you are organising an event on the Greek events please let us know so that we can add it to the list.
Confirmed dates so far
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.
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.
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.
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January 14, 2009
|Solidarity/Benefit Gig for those arrested during the recent uprising in Greece
by alexisedinburgh2008 09:57pm, Wednesday January 14 2009
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*:
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
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,
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
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
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
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