Posts Tagged ‘Exarchia’
Thursday, November 14th, 2019
The past few weeks have seen an intensification of the Nea Demokratia government’s efforts to subdue the Greek anarchist movement and crush initiatives that offer alternatives to prison society. In particular, the anarchist neighbourhood of Exarchia in Athens has been a focal point for its aggression. A rough chronology of this repression as well as actions of solidarity and resistance taken by comrades in Athens is listed below.
The current rumour is that the State wants to evict ‘all squats’ by 17th November. Another rumour puts the deadline at 6th December. Both are significant dates in the history of the Greek anarchist movement, which are marked by annual riots. What ‘all squats’ means is not entirely clear. What is clear from the past few weeks however, is that attacks have been made on squats both inside and outside Exarchia, and as well as in cities in other parts of the country.
Evictions of migrant housing squats
The State’s first focus for attack on occupied spaces has targetted the numerous squats that offered alternative housing to the dire state-run camps for migrants. These were self-managed spaces inhabited by migrants, anarchists and anti-authoritarians, often of considerable size. They were largely concentrated in Exarchia. (more…)
Debriefing Text of the Open Assembly of Squats, Collectives, Internationalists, Migrants and Solidarians (Athens, Greece)
Thursday, October 3rd, 2019
DEBRIEFING TEXT OF THE OPEN ASSEMBLY OF SQUATS, COLLECTIVES, INTERNATIONALISTS, MIGRANTS AND SOLIDARIANS
This text is a debrief of the actions of the open assembly from its beginning right after the evacuation of four squats in Exarchia on 26/8 until the demo of 14/9, where four arrests took place.
The evictions of 26/8 were not left unanswered, as hundreds of comrades made a spontaneous demo from Exarchia to Psyrri. The next day, the assembly calls for a solidarity gathering at the courtrooms for the three arrested people of Gare, and, the afternoon, for a solidarity gathering for the detained migrants in Petrou Ralli.
On 29/8 we made a solidarity rally in front of Mpoumpoulinas migrant housing squat, while the next morning at 4am the squat began to be barricaded and solidarians started gathering outside, acting as a bulwark against a possible eviction. On Saturday, August 31st, the assembly supported the march around Exarchia with a bloc of its own. The next action was to break the blockade around the steki of anarchist immigrants with a support rally and hanging a banner. Next, in preparation for the march against state repression on 14/9 at Propylaia, four kinds of posters, calls and texts in five different languages were printed, and then posted and given out in neighborhoods, universities, schools and squats. Actions culminated with the informational intervention of a hundred comrades at the hip-hop festival in Technopoli, Gazi, on 6/9.
Saturday, September 28th, 2019
Today morning 27 Sept, around 02:30 the neighbourhood of Exarchia was listening to the voice of 5 bullets, which came from the street of Char. Trikoupi to attack the military check point of MAT [Riot unit] at this street. The results of the armed attack are not clear yet, but we suppose that there were not killed or injured cops.
This is a warning for those who militarized and occupied our neighborhood, since an army is in our neighborhood, so the answer also should be in an armed way; what we are doing is return the violence that already we have received. The real terrorists are states, not us as a social resistance movement.
Unfortunately, a part of our movement is bringing the resistance to a peaceful way of struggle, which is unacceptable, because in our opinion a pacifist resistance movement is a dead resistance movement, so we think the violence and especially armed violence is necessary against all these attacks that we have received from the state.
Revolutionary anarchist armed strugglers (GANA)
Monday, September 9th, 2019
The state and capitalism continue to target the freedom of the social base and appropriate its labour and resources. In recent years we have experienced some of the most violent attacks on this freedom through the mass impoverishment of the already oppressed and exploited. At the same time, a widespread social resistance and solidarity movement has formed. People have created a variety of self-organized spaces such as housing infrastructures, social medical centers, community kitchens, open parks and public spaces. In spite of setbacks, the movement has created a solid social ground and accumulated considerable knowledge and experience. Through squats, political groups, base unions, squares and neighbourhood assemblies we have formed communities of struggle with strong social bonds. Communities oriented towards society, with a critical eye all the same. At times, the movement has had to use violence as a means of defending and expanding free spaces against state repression, capitalist interests and fascist attacks. It is a movement that grows in diversity and vibrancy, despite the ongoing criminalisation of solidarity and mobility.
Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019
On September 2nd, we attacked the Greek embassy in New York City, smashing the front window and tagging the entrance with a circle-A.
This action was in solidarity with the anarchists and refugees in Exarcheia, where the fascist Greek state has begun evicting squats and sending immigrants to concentration camps. So far, at least four squats have been evicted and 143 people arrested by the pigs, brutally ripping people from their homes under orders from the extreme right-wing New Democracy party.
Let’s not forget it is the American imperialist pigs, along with the British and French colonizers, that have brutally exploited and occupied parts of the Middle East and Africa, carving away borders with blood and making way for puppet regimes and despots forcing millions to flee their homes. (more…)
Greece: Every Hour RIOT, Every Day Demonstration – Update on the evolving conflict in Exarcheia, Athens
Saturday, August 31st, 2019
We provide an update on recent events in Exarcheia, Athens, following the beginning of the first major repressive attack upon the squats by minions of the Greek state, ordered by Prime Minister Mitsotakis* and the far-right New Democracy party that begun on 26th August. Below follows a text released on Athens Indymedia:
On the morning of 28th August, around 02:30, a group of 30 anarchists, attacked MAT at Tositsa/Trikoupi streets with molotovs.
The attack happened as two groups of comrades: the first group of comrades attacked MAT from Tsamadou street and burned them in Tositsa street, while the cops were next to the squatted steki of anarchist immigrants. (more…)
Thursday, August 29th, 2019
The first major repressive attack against Exarcheia by the far-right wing New Democracy Party began on the morning of August 26, as police arrested 143 people from four different anarchist and refugee squats.
The following are English translations of statements by the German-language website The Hydra World and Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet (Revolutionary Anarchist Action), an anarchist group, based in Turkey.
The Attack Has Begun – First Evictions of Squats in Exarcheia
The first wave of attack against autonomous life in Exarcheia is part of a massive plan to transform the area into the Montmartre of Athens… an operation that is scheduled to take five years. At the end of the tunnel is the successful construction of the Exarcheia Metro Station. Intermediate stations along the way to this are the eviction of squats, the expulsion of refugees and the enforcement of full police control over Exarcheia. To support the police actions, an intervention force was formed from various parts of the city administration – from cleanliness to environment to city infrastructure. Graffiti is to be removed, smart lanterns installed and the dismantling of “Anarchy in Exarcheia” organized. (more…)
Wednesday, August 21st, 2019
Recently received translations of two separate actions from earlier this year to highlight anarcha-feminist and anti-sexist struggle.
Athens, Greece: Antisexist scoutings in Exarchia
In response to the misogynistic culture of Exarcheia and the recent incidents of rape, sexual harassment and gendered violence in the streets of the area, we decided to show those who would have us live in fear that they are the ones with a reason to be afraid. On the night of the 10th of March we went on an antisexist scouting without the presence of cis men chanting slogans and demonstrating our ability to fight back.
On the night of the 15th of March we went on a second antisexist scouting by femmes in response to the misogynistic culture of Exarcheia and the recent incidents of rape, sexual harassment and gendered violence in the streets of the area. This time even more comrades participated in the intevention. We will continue being present in the street and we will be more and more. (more…)
Monday, December 17th, 2018
The following text is an initiative of debriefing and not a result of a collective work with all the participants. Some of them may even disagree with the style and the concerns of the text. However, it is an attempt to reveal the facts and considerations that define the project.
On the morning November 14th, comrades, individuals and members of collectives occupy the central Polytechnic building in order to stand a political presence during the three-days anniversary of the 1973 insurrection and to keep the polytechnic open on November 17th. The two objectives are related to a wider political aim. To not compromise with the bourgeois-democratic state – (especially as a final and positive result of an insurrection )- and therefore to refuse the cessation of the conflict with the state repressive forces. For some of us, it was also important not to portray the uprising as an event of the past, as a museum piece. On the contrary, to express the necessity of these moments to exist nowadays and that its memory can be honored only if and when it is becoming action. We acknowledge that a part of the people participating in the Polytechnic rebellion of 1973 struggled against Authority, whether it was dictatorial or democratic. That’s why the request was ‘DOWN WITH AUTHORITY’. Some consciously or not, continue the struggle started from that moment until now. Many of the greatest incidents of the post-dictatorship period occurred in Polytechnic and were straightly connected to struggles bearing an anarchist sign. (more…)
Thursday, December 6th, 2018
Actforfree received :
On the evening of 4th December, we made our attack upon the police border control of Exarchia on Voulgaroktonou street. We came with sticks and flaming bottles, and when they saw us they immediately started to panic and run shouting for help. We struck fear into their hearts and sticks onto their heads, fire engulfed at least two policeman and at least one patrol car was burned. We hunted them and made sure it was a night to remember. We also stole some of their equipment (clubs, shields, helmets). When we left, the street had changed its character, transformed from a quiet suburban street with a police checkpoint to a battleground, a site of victory. They also bleed, and we can make them.
The same night, the state and its mouths reported that there had been a mild and usual attack with no injuries and damages. They hid the action instead of publicizing it for repression propaganda because our action was a success and an example. When we beat them and we win, they have to try their best to hide this as an impossibility, that they are composed of people, that they have weaknesses. They also hide our action because of the anniversary of the assassination of Alexis, as a way of dampening our momentum and isolating our action. If they can’t change the reality of our victory they attempt to change what is spoken. They may believe that they can avoid the fall of their world by silence, but this is an expression of their collapse. We are here to engrave their tombstone. (more…)
Tuesday, October 24th, 2017
Some anarchists groups in Exarcheia, Athens, are organizing the 1st Insurrection Festival. The date is November 12, 13, 14. We would appreciate your cooperation to spread the news.
Insurrection is the time when a collective body is uprising. Not a collective body with a common identity or ideology but driven by common actions against authority.
Insurrection is the violent entrance of the invisible into the central political scene.
Insurrection is fed from poverty to despair, from rage to need of empowerment and dignity from the social base.
At the end, insurrection is the practical doubt of domination’s structures and any regime. The negation of their omnipotence. If for some of us insurrection must lead to social revolution, or in another way must be a constant situation, the participation this moment should be our common ground.
We are calling this open assembly on to co-organize the First Insurrection Festival. It will be structured around four mains axes :
Monday, July 24th, 2017
We have noticed an increasing hostility towards Bazaar supermarkets in Exarcheia. We have done some research about it. Here are some of the things we discovered.
Bazaar belongs to Veroukas Group, a shady business group with no website and no public contact details or financial info. Veroukas is one of the major business chains in Greece, with a 1,5 billion yearly turnover and 600 stores all over country, and at least 3 in Exarcheia. They claim to have a market capitalization of €35M. A little strange, since Bazaar alone had over €40M in 2014.
So we don’t know how much money they make. But we know HOW they make it:
By exploiting their providers and workers, who make a little over minimum wage in the best cases, while the company is making millionary profits.
By speculating with the prices of food, while thousands of Greek families are malnourished. (more…)
Protest turns into a fierce riot 8 years after the murder of Alexis Grigoropoulos by the police (Greece)
Sunday, December 11th, 2016
New video from the fierce riot that “exploded” in Athens on December 6, 2016, commemorating the 8th year since 15 years old Alexis Grigoropoulos murder in cold blood by a policeman in the Exarcheia neighborhood of Athens, on December 6, 2008.
Everything started a few minutes after 9 pm, on the night of 6 December 2008, when a tensed argument between two cops and a group of youngsters ended with the policemen leaving the scene, but only for the murderers to park their patrol car a few blocks away and return to confront the kids with their guns. One of the two cops (Korkoneas) aimed towards the kids and fired two shots. One of the bullets struck 15 years old Alexis Grigoropoulos in the heart and fell dead. (more…)
Saturday, January 2nd, 2016
As Anarchist Radio Berlin we had the opportunity of making an interview
with two activists of the occupied and self-organized refugee center
Notara26 in Athens, Greece. The comrades tell us about the origins and
ideas of their center as well as of the anarchist influence and
importance of the Exarchia neighbourhood. They also comment on the topic
of governmental (Syriza) policies and the difference of their work to
such policies. And they also mention problems encountered in this project.
You’ll find the audio (to listen online or download in different sizes)
Length: 12:36 min
You can find other English and Spanish language audios here:
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