Posts Tagged ‘Athens’
Saturday, July 25th, 2020
In the night of July 23rd we sprayed slogans in solidarity to the squats Liebig34 and Rigaer94 in Berlin on the LIDL supermarket in Neos Cosmos / Athens. After we destroyed all windows with hammers.
Every eviction has its price. This is a message do all those responsible for the aggressive gentrification of many European cities, which always goes on with the eviction of squats, the state terror against the radical movement and the rising of rents. We noticed the eviction thread against Liebig34 in Berlin and the attack by so called owners and their companies together with the cops against Rigaer94. With the eviction of Dervenion56 in Exarchia the government of ND continues its operations against the combative and solidarity resistance, which we always will be – with squats or without.
One of many answers to an evicted squat is the destruction of a consumer symbol the capitalist system offers to the inmates of the prisons called the Metropolis. To support the struggle of our comrades in Berlin we found a German company, but it can be also real estate agencies or luxury cars or tourism.
The LIDL supermarket chain was targeted already some time ago in Germany because of its bad working conditions for their employees. This action is an offering of solidarity to this aggressive campaign against the working conditions in LIDL WORLDWIDE. 8 to 10 hours per day with a fake smile for pity money, sitting in front of hundreds of products, in a cashier, becoming a robot which just counts and counts. Or lifting big weights destroying your back. Why all these? What is the role of supermarkets ?
Supermarket are big financial mechanisms which seem very innocent to the majority of the people. The truth is, they are not.
Supermarket are colonizing the economies of local societies in all the earth. All the small markets, grocery stores and other kind of shops are shutting down whenever a new supermarket is opening. There is no need for a new supermarket in most of the areas, its just matter of expanding and absorbing. Also, is reducing the use of local products and producers. Slowly slowly, the residents of an area are becoming workers, mainly women, of this industry, losing all their independence (even in liberal terms)
The opening of chain supermarkets, local or multinational, is also increasing importing of products. This is happening because the production companies are
exploiting people in a cheaper way in other countries, or because they make better offers to a multinational company because of the massive consumption. What is happening at the end is a big consumption of petrol by the ships to transfer products all around the world. The paradox of capitalism, the fact that a product from 2000 miles far is cheaper than the local, is killing faster the nature.
All these brings us to the bigger problem. Supermarkets are the greatest tool for multinational food companies to takeover all of our nutrition process. We eat shit, we don‘t produce anything, we need money to buy everything, we need to work for them for ever to be able to buy them and cure our selves from the sickness their food is creating
Do we smash supermarket?
Yes we do. But we have to know that most of the people will not understand why. So we must do more propaganda against this mechanism. And for sure it is better to smash without people being inside. Our target is to spread fear to the side of the bosses not to the side of the random population. But if somebody break a supermarket with people inside without putting someone in danger, its okay, we can overpass it.
Solidarity to Liebig34 and Rigaer 94
We hit the German interests in solidarity with the resistance in the German controlled territory
Solidarity to Dervenion 56 and all the evicted and the still resisting squats in Greece
Support to the workers that suffer in the food and product industry worldwide
As a note, we place a link here for a poster we made years ago, concerning supermarkets, one of the core nodes of ‘everyday life’
Monday, July 20th, 2020
Besieged bodies among the concrete, between the cameras eyes, crossing daily life with careful but daring steps, moved by an ethic forged by negations.
We are folks that woke up from the social lethargy, having as weapon our solidarity to the fighting individuals towards the world. We want to be the crack that will join the others, destroying a system that represents injustice and “deadly injuries”.
So, at the night of 7/7/2020, we chose to plant four incendiary devices to the Ford car dealership of Sfakianakis company, resulting to three burnt-down vehicles and a destroyed showcase. Our target was totally not random, as this specific company equips the state apparatus with vehicles, and also the moment of our attack coincides the uprising in USA, the homeland of Ford.
By that we choose to be the aroma of night-flower that bungs the nostrils of the decay, and we want this smell to break every authoritarian nose, to close every mouth that pukes shit, to cut every hand that points at our bodies full of racism, homophobia and sexism.
Saturday, July 11th, 2020
9 July 2020, Athens, Greece: Proposed by a self-proclaimed socialist Minister of Public Order (Michalis Chrisohoidis), taking part in a right wing government (New Democracy), assisted by the votes of the self-proclaimed socialist party (KINAL), the Greek Parliament approved a junta-inspired bill on Thursday imposing new restrictions to quash and destroy the right to protest, a right integral to the so-called democracies, eg. under the provisions of the new law you will be arrested for joining a protest that hasn’t been authorized by the police. For dozens of years across the world, this has been called a Police State or a Dictatorship but then again the Greek governing party’s name is “New Democracy”, which probably means the same, when someone feels the need to affix the word “New” to the political theory of “Democracy” that has been solidified for more than 2.500 years.
As a result, thousands of people marched through central Athens denouncing the new law, and managed to approach in great numbers the Greek parliament at Syntagma Square, during the discussion of the bill. The sight of hundreds of policemen that flooded the area around the parliament, during such a sensitive topic of protest, aggravated things and soon the protest turned in to a riot, making the atmosphere unbearable to breath, while the riot police “bombarded” the area with asphyxiating gas grenades.
After a decade long financial crisis, Greece is expected to suffer a new major recession this year due to the impact of the pandemic. The new law that was passed yesterday seems to aim exactly towards what’s coming. The strong reaction of the greek society, for all the money that were thrown away by the Greek government and Athens mayor (Kostas Mpakogiannis) during the quarantine and what followed. It’s no wonder that the Greek government chose to hire thousands of new policemen, rather than nurses and doctors during the COVID-19 pandemic. But, then again, as it was aforementioned the governing party’s name is “New Democracy”…
July 3, 2020: Night of brutal police violence and terrorism in Exarchia / 3 Ιουλίου 2020: Νύχτα ωμής αστυνομικής βίας και τρομοκρατίας στα Εξάρχεια
Sunday, July 5th, 2020
Πρωτοφανή σκηνικά ακόμη και για τα έως τώρα δεδομένα της ΕΛ.ΑΣ. εκτυλίχθηκαν στα Εξάρχεια το βράδυ της Παρασκευής 3 Ιούλη 2020.
Ντοπαρισμένοι αστυνομικοί από την ασυδοσία που τους πρόσφερε η απαγόρευση των συναθροίσεων κατά τη διάρκεια της καραντίνας του Κορωνοιού, αλλά και το επερχόμενο νομοσχέδιο για περιορισμό και απαγόρευση των διαδηλώσεων, εισέβαλαν στη περιοχή, επιτέθηκαν σε συναυλία αλληλεγγύης στην Κατάληψη Δερβενιών 56 που εκκενώθηκε πρόσφατα, έπνιξαν την περιοχή στα ασφυξιογόνα, διέλυσαν τη συναυλία, χτύπησαν με ωμή βιαιότητα όποιον και όποια έτρεχε για να ξεφύγει από τη μανία τους και τα χημικά, έπεφταν με τις μηχανές τους με ταχύτητα πάνω σε παρευρισκόμενους , υπήρχαν περιπτώσεις που μηχανές Δέλτα πέρασαν μαρσάροντας πάνω από πεσμένους ανθρώπους σπάζοντας τους πόδια και χέρια, έριχναν σε ευθεία βολή χειροβομβίδες κρότου-λάμψης πάνω σε κόσμο, μάτωσαν στην κυριολεξία πελάτες μαγαζιών στην πλατεία Εξαρχείων, στη Θεμιστοκλέους, στην Κωλέττη και στη Μεσολογγίου, πέταξαν ασφυξιογόνο μέσα σε μπαρ γεμάτο από ανθρώπους, εισέβαλλαν σε άλλα μπαρ χτυπώντας άγρια εργαζομένους και θαμώνες, έσπασαν μαγαζιά μέσα κι έξω, πετούσαν στον κόσμο καρέκλες και τραπέζια που βρίσκονταν εξωτερικά κι όλα τα παραπάνω καταγεγραμμένα σε μαρτυρίες, φωτογραφίες και βίντεο που έχουν ήδη κυκλοφορήσει στο διαδίκτυο τις προηγούμενες 2 ημέρες και το βίντεο αυτό έρχεται προς επίρρωση απλά να προστεθεί σε όλα αυτά.
Και μέσα σε αυτό χάος που προξένησε η ελληνική αστυνομία η αλληλεγγύη και η αντίσταση. Κάτοικοι που άνοιγαν τις πόρτες των πολυκατοικιών και τα σπίτια τους για να προσφέρουν καταφύγιο στον κόσμο από τη μανία των ενστόλων. Άνθρωποι που βγήκαν στα μπαλκόνια τους και στο δρόμο ορθώνοντας ανάστημα και οδοφράγματα στην επέλαση των βαρβάρων και αυτός ο χαρακτηρισμός δεν είναι υπερβολή για όσα έπραξαν οι υπάλληλοι των Μητσοτάκη, Χρυσοχοίδη και Μπακογιάννη το βράδυ της Παρασκευής στα Εξάρχεια. Μα ό,τι κι αν κάνουν όμως, σ’αυτή τη γειτονιά όλα γυρίζουν πάλι σε αυτό. «Αντίσταση, αυτοοργάνωση, αλληλεγγύη». Πολλές, μα πολλές δεκαετίες τώρα.
[Koukaki] Solidarity action for Dervenion 56 squat and an international call for solidarity (Greece)
Saturday, July 4th, 2020
We are calling for international actions in solidarity with the Squats. Make the Greek state, the Greek capital and its partners regret the choice they made to attack the movement and its spaces in Greece. To defend Dervenion 56 and all squats,to prepare the ground for the coming social uprising.
On Friday 26/6, in Exarchia, the Greek state evacuated and sealed Dervenion 56 squat and the building at Dervenion 52. An immediate gathering of solidarity was held at Exarxia Square for several hours.In the evening of the same day, a solidarity march was held with the participation of 300 people. The march ended at Dervenion squat, barricades were set up around the perimeter and then comrades broke the concrete blocks of shame. (more…)
Debriefing and propositional statement of comrade Dimitris Chatzivasileiadis to the comrades (Greece)
Friday, July 3rd, 2020
On the 21st of October, around 11pm, together with one more person, I made an appropriation of a state casino shop in Cholargos (suburb of Athens). Before our departure from the shop the rifle that was used for our self defense passed from the other person’s hand to mine. An automatic rifle, if available, is a convincing deterrent during any act that may come into confrontation with the murderous mercenaries of capitalism. Bastards like those who tortured to death George Floyd, the same bastards who gang killed Zak Kostopoulos, who was already wounded by the fascist shop-owners in a pedestrian road, in the middle of the day, in the city center, bastards who, shortly after, killed Embouka Mamasoubek inside a police station, and whose names are still kept secret, having enjoyed the full cover of the then leftist government and bourgeois justice, these bastards don’t understand any other language than the one they have learned to implement.
The moment I took the weapon, it fired, due to my negligence. The bullet hit my leg. After leaving the place, I sought refuge at the nearby home of an old friend. Estimating that very soon the repression mechanisms and their minions, the regime’s journalists, would publish my photo, I decided to evacuate a flat in which I was storing a number of tools for the resistance, with the aim to rescue them. So these tools ended up in the house where I had gone wounded, and from there into the warehouses of the militarist-statist rulers, about two weeks after my injury. (more…)
Firefund campaign for the financial support of Solidarity Fund for imprisoned and persecuted revolutionaries from Greece
Monday, May 11th, 2020
“In this current circumstance, especially in light of the new facts about the virus spreading and the restrictive measures imposed by the state on this occasion, it is again extremely difficult to secure the resources to support the material needs of the ones within the walls. Perhaps it is more difficult than ever. The slogan “no one left alone in the hands of the state” is becoming more crucial and tangible these days than ever. We urge you to defend it once again in practice. Factual solidarity will again be our weapon.”
The Solidarity Fund for imprisoned and persecuted militants was established in 2010 in a circumstance where, on the one hand, a hard capitalist restructuring was carried out under the guise of the “economic crisis” and, on the other hand, the radical movement, having very recent memories from the experience of the social revolt of December ’08, was in full bloom. Under those circumstances, repression became even more intense, resulting in an ever-increasing number of political prisoners. It is precisely in this context that the Solidarity Fund was formed, initially setting out to provide regular and consistent support to those persecuted or imprisoned for their subversive action or for their participation in social struggles. The basic aim of the structure is to ensure decent living conditions for the imprisoned comrades through a process that would take place within the political movement; thereby taking the material dimension of solidarity a step beyond close family, friendly and comrade relationships, as well as to help with the immediate coverage of emergencies (such as court expenses and bails for the persecuted). Yet, the actions of practical solidarity and the building and development of communication bridges and united struggles between those inside prisons and those outside of it, remain as priorities of the people who form and sustain the structure. (more…)
Friday, April 17th, 2020
(Video clip sent from Delta sector)
Today is the third day of the prisoner strike in Korydallos. Basically the prisoners who work in the jail’s kitchen and the ones who work as cleaners are on strike. Social services is only supplying 2 sandwiches per day for each prisoner. Everything else is the same.
Nothing much changed of prison life although there is the strike.
At least here in Alpha sector.
Problem is that the strike didn’t yet start in all prisons of Greece, but it did start in around 65%.
And there are not yet determined demands. It is obvious it is for changes of law because of corona but nothing is specified what exactly we want.
Last 2 days there was symbolic noise protest of prisoners. Against closing of the cells at 20h, which is the normal time of cell closing. Basically just hitting doors to make noise to annoy cops, but nothing happened here they just closed us in cells
In Delta sector of Korydallos prisoners have set some fires yesterday.
After the fire, MAT (riot cops) arrived and they heavily beat one guy and took him with them. I don’t know where they took him, I just hope they will not say “he died of corona”. Maybe they took him to an isolation cell or to the jail hospital…
To find out more about the current situation in the Greek prisons read these articles on the site of Actforfreedomnow:
Friday, April 17th, 2020
Call for financial support to the Solidarity Fund for imprisoned and persecuted militants
The Solidarity Fund for imprisoned and persecuted militants was established in 2010 in a circumstance where, on the one hand, a hard capitalist restructuring was carried out under the guise of the “economic crisis” and, on the other hand, the radical movement, having very recent memories from the experience of the social revolt of December ’08, was in full bloom. Under those circumstances, repression became even more intense, resulting in an ever-increasing number of political prisoners. It is precisely in this context that the Solidarity Fund was formed, initially setting out to provide regular and consistent support to those persecuted or imprisoned for their subversive action or for their participation in social struggles.
The basic aim of the structure is to ensure decent living conditions for the imprisoned comrades through a process that would take place within the political movement; thereby taking the material dimension of solidarity a step beyond close family, friendly and comrade relationships, as well as to help with the immediate coverage of emergencies (such as court expenses and bails for the persecuted). Yet, the actions of practical solidarity and the building and development of communication bridges and united struggles between those inside prisons and those outside of it, remain as priorities of the people who form and sustain the structure.
Saturday, March 28th, 2020
From Athens Indymedia:
In the unprecedented social conditions we are living in, the spread of coronavirus has taken critical dimensions for the national healthcare systems and the capitalist mode of production as well as social organisation in general. For the system to survive, state and bosses implement totalitarian politics and a further devaluation of our lives.
– Lack of health facilities for the big majority of the population
– Militarisation of our everyday life, with a ban on transportation enforced through economic, surveilled and penal repression
– Mass layoffs, intensification and dire conditions for those working in hospitals, super markets, fast food restaurants, telecommunications
– Creation of concentration camps for migrants and mass incarceration in prisons without any health provision
– No meaningful measure for the homeless, drug users, sex workers
– Increase of domestic and gender violence cases as well as psychological breakdowns due to the prolonged confinement of people in their homes
All of the above make up a dystopia to which we deem necessary to respond to in a direct and collective way, self-organised and in solidarity with every subject that is experiencing the physical, psychical and mental consequences of totalitarianism; and at the same time to fight to break the unproductive and totalitarian management of the present crisis by the state. For these reasons we want to communicate and create a network for solidarity and struggle, with initial aims the following: (more…)
Greece: The news program of STAR channel tried to identify anarchist refugee Abtin Parsa as a terrorist
Thursday, March 26th, 2020
On 14/3/2020, the news program of STAR channel, which is a part of the general Greek media mafia, controlled by known cocaine smuggler “Marinakis”, did show a propaganda video clip in reference to my public statement.
The news program of STAR channel, obviously tried to identify me publicly in the TV, as an terrorist. In the beginning of the video clip, two pictures of me(with cover faces) have been showed, which one of the pictures has anarchy symbol in the background. During the video clip, there is a clear manipulation on my words in the statement and in the same time, focus on my identity as an immigrant. Finally in the end, a journalist show up only to mention that I have been under research about terrorism.
The news program of STAR channel, connected three items in the video clip: Anarchism, Immigrants and Terrorism, which these items are exactly what Greek oligarchy regime used them as propaganda to act about social security.
Why social security is a important point for the state?
Because social security is the basic tool for the state to control the society. For us who have been lived in the middle east, it is very clear: If you need to control the society, you need to create a enemy, so you create a need for the society to have your protection from the enemy. Clearly what Greek media mafia have showed until now as enemy are: Anarchists and Immigrants. (more…)
Tuesday, February 11th, 2020
On July 8th, 2019, the New Democracy government of Kyriakos Mitsotakis assumed power in Greece, after campaigning on a promise to ‘clean up’ the central Athens neighbourhood of Exarchia, and ‘take it back’ from the anarchists.
Since then, the Greek state has launched a renewed attack against the anarchist and self-organized migrant movements, targeting squats and promising future raids. Against this threat, Greek anarchists have responded with characteristic resolve and determination.
Featuring interview with Pangiotis Varthalis of the squat Lelas Karagiannis 37
Translated by Boubouras (Act For Freedom Now)
Tags: Alexis Grigoropoulos, Athens, Counter-info, Exarchia, Greece, International Solidarity, Lelas Karagianni 37, Migrant Struggle, Racism, Raids, Repression, Riots, Sabotage, Squatting, Video
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Tuesday, February 11th, 2020
THEY DON’T INTIMIDATE US, THEY INFURIATE US!
Last night at Notara26 Refugee/Migrant Housing squat we were attacked for the third time in the past six months by the state uniformed bullies.
Around 4:30 am – only a few minutes after one more attempt by undercover police to intimidate one of our comrades who was on her way to our squat- a riot squad, totally unprovoked, surrounded our squat twice.
The first time they were flashing their torches and laser pointers into our lobby persistently trying to see our faces and how many we were. They then withdrew for about ten minutes but came back reinforced. Τhis time apart from torches and laser pointers, they tried to force our squat’s door open.
These practices of the uniformed state terrorists DO NOT SCARE US! We are here, we continue our everyday struggle against fascism, racism and repression. We form strong solidarity and comradeship ties.
The only result this kind of bullying can have is to bring us even more together and our ranks closer!!!
There is only one thing to say…
WE SHALL MEET AT THE BARRICADES
Assembly of Notara 26, 10/2/2020
via Enough 14.
Sunday, February 9th, 2020
Information on the arrests of anarchists K. Athanassopoulou, D. Valavani and G. Michailidis by telephone communication, 6.2.20
As is already known, the 3 comrades were arrested at 9.30am on Wednesday 29/1.
From the time of arrest until 19.00 pm they were not allowed to contact anyone. The following day, the genetic material was violently taken from the two comrades, after Mihailidis’ DNA was already in their possession. Particularly Dimitra Valavani was hit despite their having been informed of a previous head injury. Her constant demand to call her doctor has been repeatedly denied. Instead, she was taken to hospital after 3 hours, where she was given irrelevant examinations.
All three held a negative attitude during the interrogation. The next day they were taken to an investigator and prosecutor, where they declared their anarchist political identity.
It is worth noting that in addition to the standard investigations in their homes, the counter-terrorism twice entered Dimitra’s grandfather’s house, where he was subsequently sampled for DNA.
The three comrades are strong psychologically and will send more extensive information when they manage to send a communique text.
STRENGTH TO D. VALAVANI, G. MICHAILIDIS AND K. ATHANASOPOULOU.
Translated by Act for freedom now!
Saturday, February 1st, 2020
In July 2019 a new right-wing government came to power in Greece, pledging to get the country back to “normality”. By this it means a 1950s-style vision of a uniform, white, christian society where everyone is happy working for low wages, shopping on credit, and blaming their troubles on scummy foreigners.
So, in external affairs, the government rattles the national sabre ineffectively against Turkey or North Macedonia. Internally, it declares war on anyone who doesn’t fit the “normality” script: above all migrants, students challenging the neoliberal university, and the country’s troublesome anarchist movement.
On the ground in Athens, this translates to numerous squat evictions, as well as occupying and gentrifying the “lawless zone” of Exarchia: the haunt of anarchists, migrants and students alike. Plus, in general, boosting police numbers and powers, toughening sentencing laws, and rounding up migrants evicted from the squats to be sent to camps across the country.
The previous left-wing Syriza government also sought to control Exarchia and its anarchist and anti-social elements. But it played a more sophisticated hand, often avoiding inflaming tensions which could alienate some of its supporters. New Democracy takes the opposite tack, playing up its attacks to get applause from its right-wing audience.
New Democracy in the UK
The characters behind New Democracy seem a fair representation of the Greek business elites, with their family dynasties and cronyism. Another feature of the Greek business class is its strong international connections. In particular, many business and political leaders have been educated in the UK, while London is one of the main financial centres where the Greek shipping barons and friends launder and spend their money. (more…)
Tags: Analysis, Athens, Exarchia, Fotios Stikas, George Palikaras, Greece, Kostas Papakostas, Marianna Lykourentzou, Michael Arapis, Nea Demokratia (Right Wing Party), New Democracy UK (Right Wing Party), Nikolaos Lilis, Panayiotis Kalambokis, Repression, Sokratis Ochtaras, Theodosis 'Ted' Zaimis, Vasilis Repakis
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