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Posts Tagged ‘Athens’

Anti-Covid19: Network for Mutual Aid and Struggle (Greece)

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…)

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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…)

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‘After 10 Years! Lambros Fountas Lives in the Heart of Every Fighter’ by Act for Freedom Now!

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

”There are some people for whom there should have been mountains with their names written upon them for all time. Tombstones are not tall enough..”

On March 10, 2010, in Athens the anarchist and member of Revolutionary Struggle, Lambros Fountas falls dead in an armed clash with the uniformed servants of the state, during a preparatory action of the organization.
Lambros Fountas cannot easily be categorized. He has always been THERE. He fell fighting, as a member of R.S., of an organization that came to question the end of the history of urban guerrilla struggle in Greece in a deafening way. Where the broader radical movement fought with all its force so as not to internalize the imposed defeat of the revolutionary struggle by all means. The burial of the revolutionary perspective. In this repression and media delirium, R.S. with its upgraded operational capability and its anarchist-theoretical elaboration raised the bar for revolutionary organizations.

Lambros died with a gun in his hand, just as he lived: standing up, fighting for a human society of equality and solidarity, without state and exploitation. And for that exactly we will remember the life and death of Lambros everywhere on labour protests, strikes, anti-fascist actions, in solidarity structures, in clashes with the state’s lapdogs, in guerrilla actions. At this difficult point in history Lambros will always be with us there where the barrier against the march of capitalist barbarism is built, where the dignity of human resistance is standing high, where a new world is shaping.
Lambros will always be with us in the struggles for the Social Revolution, for Anarchy.

… in the hard times you never abandon the city, in the good times you didn’t gain any interests, in the desperate times you didn’t fear anything…

LAMBROS FOUNTAS LIVES IN THE HEART OF EVERY FIGHTER

Act for freedom now!

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Athens, Greece: Claim of responsibility for car arsons in Philopappou Hill near Koukaki area

Sunday, February 23rd, 2020

Four VIP van (Tourist small taxis buses) arsons took place in the early hours of Wednesday in Koukaki, near Philopappou Hill.

We carried out this attack as retaliation and a sign of solidarity with the people who were beaten and arrested by the forces of State repression during the reoccupation of the squats in Koukaki as well in solidarity with those arrested after the buildings were recaptured.

The target was selected near the squats firstly to remind to the cops that no matter how hard they try they can’t protect neighbourhoods from black-hooded people and secondly because these vehicles exist only to serve tourists and the tourism industry.

“There is a right to the brick.
There is a right on the stick.
There is a right to Molotovs in Exarchia, or anywhere.
There is a right to car arson.
There is a right to armed struggle.
There is a right to revolt and liberation from slavery.“

Chrysochoidis (Minister of Citizen Protection of Greece)

1,000 squats for each eviction
One bullet for each cop

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Translated by Act for freedom now!

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Athens,Greece: Hands off Exarchia – New Democracy’s War on Anarchists

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)

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Athens, Greece: Notara 26 Squat is Attacked by Cops

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.

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Athens, Greece: Update on the arrested 3 comrades after telephone communication

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.

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Translated by Act for freedom now!

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Athens, Greece: Anarchist comrade Dinos Giagtzoglou sentenced to 11 years and 2 months

Saturday, February 1st, 2020

Friday, January 24, the trial of anarchist Dinos Giagtzoglou ended in the special courtroom of Korydallos Prisons.

With a concurrent prosecution proposal, the Second Three-Member Athens Appeals Court cleared Dino of being a member of and participating in a terrorist organization (C.C.F.), the manufacture of explosives and financing of a terrorist organization but guilty of supply-possession explosive (defective) and illegal possession of pistols, ammunition (felony).

The court found him guilty by a majority (2-1) after one member considered that the charge was defective.
Anarchist comrade Dinos Giagtzoglou was sentenced to a total of 11 years and 2 months’ prison without parole.

Source: Athens IMC & Actforfree.

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Nea Demokratia – Greece’s Right Wing Political Party in the UK: A Profile

Saturday, February 1st, 2020

From Stateless:

+ Drugs, dynasties, and Nottingham Forest: Marinakis and Greece’s Mafia State.

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…)

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Athens, Greece: Fugitive Anarchist Comrades G. Michailidis & K. Athanasopoulou Captured by Anti-Terrorist Police

Friday, January 31st, 2020

+ Update – 3/2/20 – Prison transfer details..
+ Update and new solidarity call to the 3 Anarchist comrades.

31.01.20202: According to information posted on Athens Indymedia and in the Greek corporate media, anarchist comrades Giannis Michailidis, Konstantina Athanasopoulou and an unnamed woman were captured in an allegedly stolen car in the Athens suburb of Agia Paraskevi on Wednesday.

Anti-terrorism police are claiming they found a Kalashnikov rifle, a submachine gun, a handgun, stolen license plates and other items inside the vehicle.

The comrades have so far been charged with four felonies and six misdemeanors including membership of a criminal organization and illegal possession of weapons.

Comrade Giannis Michailidis escaped from the Tyrintha agricultural prison in June 2019. He was originally arrested in February 2013 for the double armed robbery that took place in Velventos along with anarchist comrades Nikos Romanos, Dimitris Polis and Andreas-Dimitris Bourzokis. He was also serving time for an attack against police in Pefki in May 2011. Giannis is also known as “the archer of Syntagma” since, in February 2011, in the clashes during a general strike, he was arrested for hitting the riot police that protected the Greek parliament in Syntagma Square (Athens) with a bow and arrow.

Comrade Konstantina Athanasopoulou had been on the run after being released on bail for activities related to the revolutionary organization Revolutionary Struggle. She was sentenced in absentia in 2019 to 35 years and 6 months.

International Anarchist Solidarity to the Arrested Comrades!

via Anarchists Worldwide.

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Athens, Greece: New Update from the 4th Revolutionary Struggle Trial

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

23.01.2020: The prosecution’s proposal for the charges of membership of and participation in Revolutionary Struggle to be dismissed was accepted at today’s hearing of the 4th Revolutionary Struggle trial focusing on bank robberies from 2012 to 2015 and the attempted kidnapping of ship owner Martinos.

In her proposal, the public prosecutor accepted, on the basis of non-existent evidence and the assertion of Comrade Nikos Maziotis that bank robberies from 2012-2015 had nothing to do with Revolutionary Struggle or its funding, and by extension, that those accused of this have nothing to do with the organization. She also proposed to waive the charge of criminal organization, which according to the indictment existed between 2006 and 2012. She also proposed an exemption for the PROBANK robbery cases from 2006 and for the attempted kidnapping of Martinos in 2013.

For the bank robberies and some of the other charges (homicide, possession of weapons and explosives, kidnapping, forgery etc), the prosecution’s proposal as to whether or not the defendants were guilty or not did not differ much other than a few exceptions to the original bill of indictment.

The next hearing was scheduled for February 6th, 2020.

Assembly in Solidarity with the Members of Revolutionary Struggle

via Athens Indymedia, translated into English by Anarchists Worldwide

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Athens, Greece: Solidarity Statement from Imprisoned Members of Revolutionary Struggle to the Koukaki Squatting Community

Monday, January 20th, 2020

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SOLIDARITY TO THE COMRADES OF THE KOUKAKI SQUATTING COMMUNITY

Since the end of August 2019, the state has launched a wide-scale crackdown on self-organized structures, occupations of the anti-authoritarian space and against squats, which also housed refugees and immigrants, mainly families with children. The present ND (Νέα Δημοκρατία / New Democracy) government is attempting to level everything left standing by the previous SYRIZA government, which had made more selective progress, with the goal of evicting squats of either immigrants or self-organized spaces of struggle.

The Koukaki Squatting Community is one of these self-organized structures of struggle, which was evicted some time ago, but their comrades in arms recaptured it yesterday which led to a second intervention by the police which resulted in the arrests and beatings of the comrades and those acting in solidarity. The dynamic resistance of the Koukaki Squatting Community who fought against the MAT (Riot Police) and the EKAM (Special Anti-Terrorist Unit) twice during eviction operations for the first time in such cases in Greece, is an exemplary stance to defend the options and practices of struggle that we should never abandon.

SOLIDARITY TO THE COMRADES OF THE KOUKAKI SQUATTING COMMUNITY
SOLIDARITY TO EVERYONE WHO DEFENDS THE CHOICE TO STRUGGLE

Pola Roupa – Nikos Maziotis, members of Revolutionary Struggle
January 12, 2020, Korydallos Prison

[Taken from actforfree.nostate.net]

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Athens, Greece: About the New Trial Against Revolutionary Struggle

Thursday, January 9th, 2020

The new trial against Revolutionary Struggle [Επαναστατικού Αγώνα, ‘Epanastatikòs Agonas’] will continue at the special court in Korydallos Prison (Athens) on Friday, January 10th, 2020, at 9:00AM. This ongoing legal proceeding against the organization and its members is part of the wider series of trials that continue to involve and be directed against the comrades, in particular Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis. The charges in this trial relate to a car bomb abandoned and discovered by the police in the summer of 2017, seven months after Pola Roupa’s arrest on January the 5th of the same year. Nikos Maziotis, however, has been in prison since July 16th, 2014. In this trial the comrades are accused of “supplying, possessing and manufacturing explosives”. [The date of the hearing for this new trial was announced on Athens Indymedia here].

Revolutionary Struggle is a revolutionary anarchist organization that – since the night of December 5th, 2003, with a double explosive attack against the 1st degree court in Athens – has carried out countless actions against the state and capital in Greece. The group’s actions and analyses were directed against structures, apparatuses and institutional and repressive representatives of the Greek State (IE: 1st degree court, police stations, riot police, Korydallos prison, ministries of labour and economy, former Minister of Public Order G. Voulgarakis), international capital structures, representatives of Greek and international economic power, multinational companies and structures of other states (IE: Ministry of the Economy, Citibank, Royal Dutch Shell, Eurobank, Athens Stock Exchange, National Bank of Greece, Embassy of the United States of America).

On March 10th, 2010, Lambros Fountas, an anarchist and a member of the organization, was killed by police officers while expropriating a vehicle in Dafni (Athens). (more…)

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Berlin, Germany: Solidarity Means Attack – Action for Squats in Greece

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

On the 6th of January, we chose to open a banner amidst the crossroad of Liebig and Rigaer Strasse and attack a police car in order to show our solidarity with the threatened house projects in Berlin and the evicted squats in Athens.

The banner says: “Solidarity with Squats in Greece – Revenge 4 Koukaki Eviction”.

When it was installed across the street, a patrol car arrived and was attacked with stones by the backup team and forced to flee.

There are some similar conditions for the anarchist movement in Berlin and Athens, for example the aim of the government to eliminate us and take our neighborhoods and occupied spaces. Despite the differences between the movement in Germany and Greece, the enemy is the same. The smell of garbage in uniforms is the same, the barriers of the prison is the same. Ultimately, the goal of these two states are the same, to eliminate the resistance of the fighting anarchist movements.
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Anarchists Claim Responsibility for 4 Incendiary Attacks in Athens (Greece)

Thursday, December 26th, 2019

Anarchists claimed responsibility for incendiary attacks on a parking lot for luxury yachts, a security company vehicle, a café owned by a New Democracy politician, and the home of a police reporter.

The following is their statement:

Our lives are flooded with the ultimatums and the dictates of their state, capital and their culture.

In the workplaces, we need to sell our labor power to survive, the bosses’ ultimatums are the voice of capitalist development at all costs. The voice of neoliberal expansionism, the voice of the murderous intentions of the employer who cripples our bodies with intensified timetables, the abolition of Sunday holidays, uninsured labor, inadequate security measures, layoffs and extortion.

In our schools, the dictates of the state and of capital are the voices of discipline in the barbarity of our times, the telling of the treacherous history of submission to the powerful, the voices of nationalism and intolerance, the erasure of the memory of each moment of social war. Their aim is to create a new generation of disciplined slaves, always eager to enter the line of capitalist production without consciousness of their role. Without a trace of substantive knowledge of the history of the struggles and uprisings against states and their powers. Accepting their peaceful coexistence with those responsible for poverty and wars. Acknowledging that the struggle is futile and capitalism is the winner of history.
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