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Posts Tagged ‘General Strike’

Rage in the streets of central Athens (Greece)

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

November 12th rioting:

Riots broke out in the streets of central Athens on November 12th 2015, day of general strike. Before the morning demonstration, hooded protesters chased a team of uniformed cops who were patrolling on foot near the Archeological Museum, in Patission Street, and beat up at least one of the pigs. Just after Omonoia Square, a Bazaar supermarket chain store, which was open despite the general strike, was trashed until its managers lowered the roller shutters. A little further on, near the Old Parliament building, a minivan belonging to OTE telecommunications company was burned. Rioters smashed street furniture (bus stops, traffic lights, etc.) and spray-painted anarchist slogans on the walls along Stadiou Street. At Syntagma Square, anti-riot squads who were guarding the luxury hotel Grande Bretagne on Vasileos Georgiou Street were attacked with firebombs. At the lower side of Syntagma, the Ministry of Economy was also attacked with Molotov cocktails. At the upper side, in front of the Parliament, a giant Greek flag was removed; the patriots that tried to retrieve it were beaten (several times), and later their shitty rag was burned. A quick Molotov cocktail attack was also carried out against anti-riot squads next to the Monument of the Unknown Soldier. As the demonstration was nearing its end, the Bank of Greece building on Panepistimiou Street was attacked with fire, and clashes with cops took place near the Propylaea. These are only a few moments that we witnessed ourselves, together with other comrades. No arrests or injured protesters were reported.

Among other incendiary slogans, “Organising informally and insurrectionally, Black December in the whole wide Earth” was chanted (which is devoid of rhyme in its English translation, but shows that we are warming up over here).

Some individualities that joined clashes in downtown Athens that day released a text, stating among others: “On November 12th, we also participated in the general strike with the clear objective of clashing; a clash that is not framed in the context of regaining our labour rights, or any sort of humanisation of the system. We clashed with the aim of highlighting the insurrectionary practice, with a view to sharpening and making it long-lasting, in the face of every authoritarian institution or relation. (…) We also call for a Black December, for the coordination and organisation of insurrectionary, polymorphous anarchy. Discourse without praxis is not more orphaned than praxis without discourse. (Signed:) A street group.”

November 17th rioting:

This year’s November 17th marked the 30th anniversary of the murder of 15-year-old Michalis Kaltezas, shot dead by the cop Athanassios Melistas on the sidewalk of Stournari Street. On November 17th 1985, Michalis Kaltezas was killed by a police bullet in the back of his head as he was running towards Exarchia Square along with other anarchists and rioters who had firebombed a police bus of the MAT anti-riot squads.

On November 17th 2015, after the annual commemoration of the 1973 Athens Polytechnic uprising against the regime of the colonels, and once the peaceful demonstration in Athens was finished, several hundred hooded rioters took to the streets of Exarchia and clashed with police forces, from about 8pm until the small hours of November 18th. Rioters used all available materials – stones, sticks, Molotov cocktails, flares, etc. – to attack anti-riot squads and teams of plainclothes cops. Also, a car was set on fire in Stournari Street. That night, amid flaming barricades and clouds of tear gas, rioters stormed a Bazaar supermarket at Soultani Street en masse, completely looting and vandalising the store.

At least six people were arrested downtown, before the commemoration demo and during late-night clashes.

Some of the slogans that were shouted during the street clashes in Exarchia:

“That’s right, that’s right, that’s right, bursts of Kalashnikov to make it stick in your mind”

“One does not kneel before Democracy – Conspiracy of Cells of Fire”

“Scumbags Snitches Journalists”

“Cops Pigs Murderers”

“One – three, Christos Tsoutsouvis” (In memory of acratist urban guerrilla Christos Tsoutsouvis, who executed three cops on May 15th 1985 in Athens, during a shootout in the neighbourhood of Gyzi, before he fell by police bullets.)

footage by “ALFA TV” comrades

via Contra Info

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CNT update of 14 November General Strike (Spain, Southern Europe)

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

From Tarcoteca:

CNT update pickets around the Spanish state. The general trend: fairly quiet day in many cities and fulfilling the goal of stopping the activity in the industrial areas and major markets. Widespread impact of the pickets also in the city centers. Massive demonstrations followed in the afternoon. Anti-repressive alert in Logroño and Granada!

Translation from: CNT, Cobertura informativa: General Strike 14N

Portugal, Lisbon – Clashes outside parliament

Italy – Revolt Everywhere, Freedom for All!


Spain, Pontevedra : Sabotage of ATMs

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“Tattoo” by Landeg White

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

This poem is released for the date of the combative November 14 2012 general strike called for the entire southern european area. This is a general strike that has heard a specific call to go beyond simply one day of refusal, towards an entire rejection of the manufactured crisis of capitalism. For insurrection and the destruction of the existent.

(to the sound of Greek bagpipes)

Today, the Greek Government
executed by firing squad
1000 pensioners, along
with 2000 workers, as part
of a package of financial
reforms, to reassure
the markets and permit
the Troika to release one
more tranch of the bail-out.

How one feels for the victims
In all this, the bankers
criminalised, shorn
of bonuses, the markets
bearish, nervous as
kittens, the green back,
the pound, the tsunami
floating yen, scurrying
between time-sealed

vaults and safe-havens,
exposed to the sniping
of credit default swaps
as Molotov cocktails
rain down relentlessly
from Fitch’s, Moody’s,
and S.& P.’s. Will
the friendly Troika
contrive fresh reforms?

Will our young friend,
the euro, be vaporised?
Growth is a must, come
what may, be it 3000
health workers hung,
drawn and quartered,
4000 firemen burned
at the stake, even
the odd politician garrotted.

Landeg White

Landeg White is a scholar, translator, novelist and poet, who has taught at universities in Trinidad, Malawi, Sierra Leone, the University of the West Indies, Trinidad, the University of Malawi and was the Director of the Centre for South African Studies at York University. Among his various books are studies of V.S. Naipaul, of Mozambican and Malawian history, and of southern African praise poetry, together with five collections of poems. His translation of Camoes’ ‘The Lusiads’ won the Texeira Gomes prize for 1998. His most recent book is “Studying to be Singular: John Gabriel Stedman, 1744-1797”.


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14 November 2012: International call to general strike

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

There will be a general strike in the southern countries of Europe. The uncontrollables want to make it spread and go global. Fire and barricades in the streets and the police and bosses put on the run. Here is the call.

325 receives and transmits via tarcoteca:

In the current context it is meaningless to stop working for only a single day. State and companies are capable to absorb its effects and make it harmful to workers that support the strike. The only solution in sight is a permanent and active general strike. But in this globalized world the response must be global. Single acts in a country don’t have effects in the market economy. Similar situations in hundreds of countries allow the coordination. As simple as establishing a common date, 14-N. (more…)

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Barcelona: 2 comrades imprisoned for the general strike on March 29 (Catalonia)

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012


2 Catalans empresonats arran de la vaga general del 29 de març

La jutgessa del jutjat d’instrucció número 31 de Barcelona ha decretat aquest dimecres a la nit presó provisional sense fiança per a dos dels 10 detinguts entre dimarts i dimecres en relació als incidents del 29 de març a Barcelona, segons ha
avançat Alerta Solidària.

Es tracta d’Andreu C. B., de 22 anys, actualment veí del barri de Sants de Barcelona, militant de Maulets i membre del CSA Can Vies i del Casal Panxampla.
L’Andreu, detingut aquest dimecres al matí a casa seva per quatre agents de paisà, està acusat del delicte continuat de desordres públics, de coaccions greus, de robatori amb violència i/o intimidació, delicte contra els drets, fonamentals i
llibertats públiques, danys i delicte de pertinença a grup criminal.

D’altra banda, el jutge també ha decretat presó provisional per a Rubén M.M, de 23 anys, veí també de Sants i membre actiu també dels moviments socials detingut dimarts. En el seu cas li imputen el delicte de desordres públic continuat, de
lesions greus, delicte de coaccions greus, falta de lesions, delicte contra la integritat moral, delicte contra els drets fonamentals i llibertats públiques, delicte de danys i delicte de pertinença grup criminal.

Aquest dimecres han comparegut davant la jutgessa de guàrdia els quatre detinguts dimarts a Barcelona i Andreu C., detingut dimecres. La fiscalia havia demanat presó per a tots cinc, però la jutgessa ho ha desestimat en el cas dels altres tres, han quedat en llibertat amb càrrecs sense fiança. Es tracta de Jorge M.C, de 25 anys; Jordi A.D, de 24 anys i Natxo P.A., de 20 anys, militants del SEPC i la CAJEI i membres també de la Coordinadora d’Assemblees de Facultat (CAF) de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.


2 Catalan imprisoned because of the general strike of March 29

The magistrate judge’s number 31 of Barcelona has declared this Wednesday night imprisonment without bail for two of the 10 arrested between Tuesday and Wednesday about the incident on 29 March in Barcelona.

Andreu C. B., currently resident in the Sants neighborhood of Barcelona, Maulets activist and member of the CSA Can Vies and Casal Can Panxampla. Andreu, who was arrested Wednesday morning at his home by four officers in plain clothes, is accused of the crime continued public disorder, serious coercion of, robbery with violence and / or intimidation, crime against the rights and fundamental freedoms, damages and criminal offense of group membership.

Moreover, the judge also has ordered tuesday imprisonment for Ruben M.M., a resident of Sants neighbourhood and also an active member of social movements from there. In its case against him for the offense continued public disorder, serious injury, serious crime of coercion, lack of injuries, crimes against moral integrity, crime against the fundamental rights and liberties, criminal damage and criminal offense of group membership .

This Wednesday appeared in front of the judge on duty the four arrested Tuesday in Barcelona and Andrew C., arrested Wednesday. The prosecution had asked prison for all five, but the judge has dismissed the case on three of them. These, Jorge, George, and Natxo, SEPC and CAJEI members and also of the Coordinator of School Boards (CAF) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona are now out on the streets again.


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Barcelona: La ciudad de las bombas volverá a arder – Múltiples acciones de Anarquistas Nihilistas (Catalunya)

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

325 recibe y transmite:

6 de Marzo – Área Metropolitana de Barcelona
Se reivindica con retraso el incendio de 15 contenedores así como la quema de 6 vehículos.
- A las 2:49 fueron incendiados en la calle Floridablanca 3 contenedores.
- A las 3:00 en la calle Asia se quemaron 5 contenedores y 3 vehiculos, 2 de la empresa Acsa y 1 de Gamma alta.
- A las 3:02 en la avenida marques de sant mori se quemaron 4 contenedores, dos vehículos de gamma alta y un coche propiedad de prosegur.
- A las 3:17 en la misma avenida, se quemaron otros 3 contenedores.
Calle mare de deu de lorda:
- El 10 de Abril fue incendiado un cajero con un coctel molotov en una sucursal La Caixa. (more…)

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General Strike Called In Oakland – Calls For US & Global General Strike Nov. 2 (Global)

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

325 receives and transmits : Source

Below is the proposal passed by the Occupy Oakland General Assembly on Wednesday October 26, 2011 in reclaimed Oscar Grant Plaza. 1607 people voted. 1484 voted in favor of the resolution, 77 abstained and 46 voted against it, passing the proposal at 96.9%. The General Assembly operates on a modified consensus process that passes proposals with 90% in favor and with abstaining votes removed from the final count.


We as fellow occupiers of Oscar Grant Plaza propose that on Wednesday November 2, 2011, we liberate Oakland and shut down the 1%.

We propose a city wide general strike and we propose we invite all students to walk out of school. Instead of workers going to work and students going to school, the people will converge on downtown Oakland to shut down the city.

All banks and corporations should close down for the day or we will march on them.

While we are calling for a general strike, we are also calling for much more. People who organize out of their neighborhoods, schools, community organizations, affinity groups, workplaces and families are encouraged to self organize in a way that allows them to participate in shutting down the city in whatever manner they are comfortable with and capable of.

The whole world is watching Oakland. Let’s show them what is possible.

The Strike Coordinating Council will begin meeting everyday at 5pm in Oscar Grant Plaza before the daily General Assembly at 7pm. All strike participants are invited.

Stay tuned for much more information and see you next Wednesday.

Since this announcement, social media has been abuzz with calls for a US-wide General Strike and a Global General Strike!

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Regarding the arrest of the anarchist Lida Sofianou at the general strike demonstration of Feb 23 in Athens (Greece)

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Footage of Motorbike cops being attacked (Mainstream media) + February 23rd: General strike chronology, photos and video.

Update: Saturday, February 26, 2011
Lida Sofianou and another protester who faced felony charges under the enactment of hoodlum-law [koukoulonomos], were released under bail conditions (sign on at a police station once a month). A third protester facing misdemeanors was released without bail. Until 1:07pm (GMT+2) the protester accused of carrying a bow and ax, was waiting to appear before the prosecutor (photos of the frame-up of the police, here). He is injured by the police beatings in the chest, by thoracic rupture. He got notice to appear before the prosecutor on Monday, 28/2, but he is still detained because he refused to give fingerprints. Solidarity is our weapon

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Athens on the day of the general strike on February 23 and headed to Parliament, flouting police repression and control. In a society crushed daily in the cog-wheels of increasingly intensified repression enforced by the state and the bosses, and under the pretext of the memorandum of co-operation with the IMF, the EU and the ECB, the determination of the thousands to march to Parliament signals a refusal to bow or to fall for the fright that authority wants to give. The demonstration blocks of the anarchists/anti-authoritarians, of the class base unions, of the neighbourhood assemblies, of social resistance against price increases etc. all carried a clear message: the message of collectivisation and self-organisation of social struggles from below, against mediation, party conduct and the class surrender of union bosses. The fighting spirit of the thousands who besieged Parliament and the insistence of those who stayed at Syntagma square for hours, facing the army of police, reveal the conviction that bosses are not unshakeable, that this is the time of social and class strike-back. (more…)

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