Posts Tagged ‘Greece’
Thursday, May 28th, 2020
In the early hours of Wednesday 27/05/2020, in Thessaloniki, Greece, 2 anarchist comrades were arrested on an attempt of incendiary/explosive attack on the house of the ex member of New Democracy (the Greek governmental party) and now president of the Deposit and Loans Fund, Dimitris Stamatis.
As Greek media report, the one comrade was seen by civil cops passing by and checking the house in Kalamaria area; then the other comrade was caught at the moment he was going to plant the incendiary/explosive devices. The first comrade was caught a few hours later in Thessaloniki, riding his bike.
There was a big police research operation in the comrade’s house, and also in other comrades’ houses. More specifically, 4 squatted houses at Ano Poli area in Thessaloniki were thoroughly searched and, furthermore, there were totally 10 comrades persecuted, who were left free some hours later, as nothing was found against them.
The 2 anarchist comrades are accused for the felonies of criminal association, attempt of explosion, attempt of arson, possession and manufacturing of explosive material which could cause danger for human beings; also for offending the laws about arms, firecrackers and drugs, and for resistance and disobedience against authority.
They will pass from the examining judge on Monday 01/06/2020, in the morning, at Thessaloniki’s court. Until then, they will be held captive in the State’s hands. Calls for solidarity will be published at the next days.
Updates will follow.
STRENGTH & SOLIDARITY TO OUR 2 COMRADES IN THESSALONIKI
WE DON’T FORGET THE PRISONERS OF SOCIAL WAR
NOT A STEP BACK
EACH FLAME AND EXPLOSION IS A SIGNAL OF FREEDOM & INSURGENCY
EACH ANARCHIST COMBATANT IS A WELL-SHARPENED KNIFE
AGAINST THE WORLD OF MISERY & OPPRESSION
Tuesday, May 19th, 2020
SOLIDARITY WITH PRISONERS ALL OVER THE WORLD
CALL FOR INTERNATIONAL DAYS OF ACTION
The existing health crisis and its management from governments until now, globally, has unmasked the real character of authority, which was hiding itself behind the democratic mask. This oppressive system imposed an ultimate control of life, forbidding everything. Now, all civil liberties have become senseless words. This extreme condition that we live in, reveals that the prison-model is the true capitalistic model of society.
Prison is the most extreme form of bio-politics and extermination. Prisoners are under constant surveillance and control, something that, nowadays is happening to the whole society.
In this period of time, prisoners in Greek prisons are dying, one after another, from minor causes such as rotten teeth etc. Selim Zerolari and Azizel Demiroglou were two prisoners that we were informed about their deaths, this month. Mass media, of course, managed to conceal or distort these news. Furthermore, the state has grabbed the opportunity, due to the curfew, to move the most active prisoners, anarchists and others, into other prisons. Silence in the streets gives more power to the state to repress the voices of the imprisoned people.
Incarceration has always been, and remains, a form of torture and a tool of submission for authority. If we don’t resist to this modern totalitarianism, we will live in this prison-society, which states systematically impose.
Throughout the planet, in the face of the corona virus threat, prisoners stacked in prisons and migrant concentration camps are shouting: We are prisoners, not death row convicts!
Korinthos migrant concentration camp, Greece: 1,200 migrants go on hunger strike, March ‘20
Italy, March ‘20: 27 prisons in revolt due to the corona virus, many prisoners killed in the clashes
Argentina, April ‘20: Revolt in Concordia prison, guards respond with shootings
Palmasola, Bolivia, May ‘20: 2 prisoners left to die from the corona virus, prisoners revolt
Chile: Strike mobilization at high security prison in Santiago, May ‘20
Thebes prison, Greece: Prisoners revolt after prisoner dies because she was not taken to hospital, April ‘20
MEET ALL PRISONERS DEMANDS
FREEDOM TO ALL WHO ARE IN THE CELLS
PUBLIC HEALTH CARE FOR ALL – PRISONERS AND MIGRANTS
OPEN ALL CONCENTRATION CAMPS FOR MIGRANTS
AS LONG AS BORDERS AND PRISONS EXIST NOBODY IS FREE
CALL TO INTERNATIONAL DAYS OF ACTION IN SOLIDARITY WITH PRISONERS
29-30-31 MAY 2020
Comrades, Solidarians with prisoners’ struggles
Tuesday, May 19th, 2020
Episode number 34 (05/2020) of “B(A)D NEWS – Angry voices from around the world”, a monthly news program from the international network of anarchist and antiauthoritarian radios, consisting of short news segments from different parts of the world, is now online.
Length: 1:22 h
You’ll also find the audio on A-Radio Berlin’s new website.
In this episode you will hear contributions from:
1. Free social radio 1431AM:
• Hunger strike of V. Dimakis
• 1st of May in Greece
• Some words about Grup Yorum, the hunger strikes and the deaths of 3 comrades.
2. A-Radio Berlin:
• Interview on the film “Radical Resilience” about political burnout and how to avoid it.
• The audio is from two internationalist, which are based in Rojava at the moment, about their thoughts and analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on the society there and why it makes sense to fight the capitalist system worldwide.
4. Radio Fragmata:
• Updates on situation in Greece and coronavirus (May Day 2020, New environment destructive policy, police brutality, refugees struggles and fascists attacks, anarchist and revolutionary prisoners situation, mutual aid actions)
5. Invisible Radio:
• Voices of people from Moria camp and Last incidents in prisons and camps in Greece
Other audios from A-Radio Berlin in English here:
Or visit the anarchist 24/7 online stream from the Channel Zero Network:
Tags: 1st May, Anarchist Radio, Anarchistisches Radio Berlin, Athens, Coronavirus, Free Social Radio 1431AM, Frequenz(A), Greece, Grup Yorum, Hunger Strike, International Solidarity, Interview, Invisible Radio, Mayday, Migrant Struggle, Moria, Racism, Radio, Radio Fragmata, Repression, Rojava, Syria
Posted in Autonomy
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…)
Saturday, May 9th, 2020
Whenever the oppressed masses attempted the inversion of an injustice social, economical, political system, the resource to the arms and revolutionary violence has been the cornerstone of each revolutionary undertaking. It is a fact that no revolutionary process can’t reject violence as a form of struggling against the oppressors. Anarchists throughout the ages never divided the forms of struggling. For that reason Anarchism as a revolutionary movement has an unbroken and fundamental relationship with armed struggle because armed struggle springs from the roots of the lower social status and proletariat, acts for its interests, emerges as a pattern of construction with a revolutionary prospect. A revolutionary movement which respects itself, cannot exist without having a parallel path and an organic connection with the armed struggle. So we stand in solidarity with the comrades, men and women, who choose to fight also with armed struggle as urban guerillas having the analysis and strategy with main aim the creation of a society of economical equality and political freedom. We respect and support their choice especially when our comrades are still fighting for the cause of Social Revolution even in the most difficult circumstances.Two of those comrades are Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis , members of the Revolutionary Organization “Revolutionary Struggle”.
The comrades are imprisoned with life sentence and 27 years for Pola and 83 years (after breaking the life sentence in the 4th trial against “Revolutionary Struggle”) but they unremorsefully continue their fight in the court rooms and prisons of the Greek regime. The Revolutionary Organization “Revolutionary Struggle” was constituted in 2003 when the social and political environment in Greece was characterized by the absence of social and class resistances toward the neoliberal reforms. With the diffuse consent of the biggest part of the society, the system seemed steadfast. At this first period of action (2003 – 2007), “Revolutionary Struggle” had two main peaks of action against the imported neoliberal reforms on the political and social sphere and the “War on Terror” that had been declared by the USA and the rest of the political and economical elite of the West. Through the analyses, the strategy and the symbolically definitive high-impact blows, “Revolutionary Struggle” was directed to reveal the double nature of globalisation – political and martial- and disputed the state’s omnipotence. (more…)
Friday, May 1st, 2020
This is a translation of a Greek text claiming the responsibility for some incendiary attacks on two vehicles of the Hellenic Post and a vehicle of a security company at Thessaloniki, Greece. This action took place during the quarantine days, in the middle of April 2020, by the “Constantly Fluid Union”. The photos are taken from corporate media. Here is the original source-link with the Greek text.
We responsibly declare that we are irresponsible
We move around insubordinate
We will not leave the fight for later
So let’s play
The night falls on the metropolis.
The roles have been consolidated, as the quarantine conjuncture builds a new routine, having passed a big period of time.
A routine being controlled and which simultaneously controls us.
Citizens are enclosed inside their homes, they open their TVs for the evening program. The question is if they ever closed them all day. Some of them, recalling the glorious days of their “freedom”, take a battle position on their balcony; they are the initiative protectors, those checking who moves around and who doesn’t. They don’t just gaze, they feed their thirstiness for control and police inspection of their neighbourhoods. Snitches, responsible citizens, good house-keepers, supporters of the military junta, alpha males; they emit the disgusting smell wafting around the city, which is empty of people and full of cops.
And of course cops experience once again the protagonist role. Dispersed on the streets, wandering around as imposing figures, they dominate the neighbourhoods and proudly check the people. Sometimes they don’t even need to do this, because they get their pleasure by the anxious glances and steps of the passengers, even if they don’t stop some of them.
The imposed routine of confinement that we experience since more than one month, has generated unprecedented feelings to us. Things that since now were considered as dystopic (reports of moving around, control of the social field in militarized terms, cops in the streets, drones), now are just reality, and other things (such us protests, posterings, gatherings) are getting criminalized.
Our hatred for authority and the complex of power in which we survive isn’t paused. We need to invent new praxises, both to achieve the pre-quarantine obvious things, and to continue causing open wounds and cracks on the existent. We try, by being close to each other, to not get seized by fear, wherever it comes from. We find targets to attack, so as not to die by tedium or in front of a screen, and simultaneously to elicit clandestine complicit smiles to our comrades.
And when does all this finish?
Probably when it is defined by those who set the game of law.
When is it crumbled up?
When some people choose to have some flammable stuff on them during a purposeless walk.
A fire can disturb the rules, disturb those who set them, because apparently some individuals intend neither to obey nor to submit. And maybe this fire is the healing element that can be channelized through the streets of the ghost-town, and through the eyes of the gloomy and almost lifeless people composing it.
On Friday 10/04, we set fire to two vehicles of ELTA (Hellenic Post), at Papanastasiou street, opposite to Ippokratio hospital.
On Wednesday 15/04, we placed an incendiary device to a vehicle of a security company at Sikies area.
We send a signal of solidarity to all those who, even if they are incarcerated and directly afflicted by the state of exemption, though they continue to have a decent and combatant position.
Our incendiary greetings to all the migrants who revolt inside the detention centres, to all the prisoners inside the Greek hellholes, who experience revengeful transfers or repressive investigations in their cells by the scum of Greek Police.
With happiness and pleasure overflowing from our eyes, we declare that nothing will remain unanswered, we will come back armed with more rage, being more rabid and dangerous.
From Korinthos to Malandrino, Thebes, Domokos, and from Paranesti to Corfu, Koridalos, Chania and Grevena: FIRE AND FLAMES TO EVERY CELL / CAGE.
RAGE AND CONSCIOUSNESS, NEGATION AND VIOLENCE, LET’S SPREAD CHAOS AND ANARCHY
Constantly Fluid Union
Received via Translation Initiative.
Friday, May 1st, 2020
Received on 30.04.2020:
Translation of a text claiming responsibility for incendiary attacks against people serving the political, journalist, repressive, judicial machinery. The attacks took place in the first days of March in Athens, Greece, by the “Anarchist Groups of Nocturnal Visits”. There are also a few photos from some of the attacks below. This is the source-link from the original publication on Athens Indymedia (including the Greek text and the photos)…
We live in the era of hyper-information and perpetual production and flow of news. The dominant power is defined by the control over the info-flow and the big-data. The control of human force is now possible via the constant analysis of the data daily collected by everyone’s digital tracks, and intends to a voluntary enslavement under the dominant order. These imposition terms are totally different and more whitewashed in comparison with the previous years. The strategy of counter-insurgency and preventive repression against the damned ones has been framed by dystopic new technologies, specialized knowledge and even more fluid and complex methods of investigation and evidence collection. The constant mapping of our anarchist environments from the police forces -i.e. the prosecutions and the arrests for postering and interventions, or the GPS trackers and the micro-cameras planted to comrades’ homes and vehicles- intends to the perpetual enrichment of their data-base, utilised by the State’s machinery.
Once more we see a systematic imposition of far-right and racist narratives by the media. This way, they justify the image of militarized public spaces and the droves of cops dispersing through every street and square. The national body is spreading its roots in the arid soils of its downfallen inheritage, supporting again the rising of neo-nazis and fascists who were hiding under the umbrella of patriotism and “frustration”. We also notice an increasing intensity on their actions, along with operational development of the means they use, and apparently the equivalent State’s support and analgaesia. The armed citizens’ guardings in Evros, under the tolerance and the covering of the police forces, are a gloomy depiction of the future. All those who had signed an informal or formal truce with the previous government due to their supposed social-democratic mediocrity, lost the “deal” after July. All those who supported the politics of SYRIZA due to ideological affinity, are now dully shouting, trying to persuade us that it was the lesser evil.
Greek State, in the present historical conjuncture, is coping with the interior enemy applying the intensive strategy, imposing states of exemption and “law and order” doctrines, erecting monuments of victory against our imprisoned and prosecuted comrades, striving for the establishment of capitalist normality and the interception of every insurrectional move. It’s our responsibility to develop a militant infrastructure and to carefully plan our next steps to the formation of a prepared anarchist movement, able to stand as a barricade against the totalitarian capitalist attack. At the last months, the actions of individual and collective insurgency become more frequent, painting the nocturnal metropolitan canvas with fiery shines of arsons, deafening melodies of explosions and beams of successful conspiracies.
Domiciliary incendiary attacks as one of the fine arts
The complex of the dominant capitalist relationship is not only composed by faceless nets of capitalist violence and relentless reproduction of the social relationships being imposed by them. It’s not only composed by our mental mutilation, by our fragmentation, by the repeated behaving of the capitalist ritual inside the metropolitan factory which destroys our memory, our creative imagination, our identity. It’s not only composed by the capital’s expansion on every second of our daily life, even further than the working condition; a process of denervation that destroys every non-capitalist cell of our individuality. The capitalist formation is also composed by human beings who become an integral part of it by serving a social, economical, political role. They are one among the many expressions of capitalist brutality; they are its body and it voice, its eyes and its ears, its guns which target us, and its stormy propaganda.
The strategy of personalized targeting serves plenty of political and tactical purposes. It transfers the fear and the terror -grown and practiced against the oppressed ones- to the dominants’ homes, to the places in which they feel safe and invulnerable. It proves that we are able to afflict them, when being organized and having the will; that, when we choose the time and the place, when we choose the guerrilla methodology as a tool of struggle and conflict, we can be the front of counter-attack against the state’s and capitalism’s strategy of counter-insurgency. It’s in our hands to remind the zealous guardians of the capitalist world that they can face determined resistance if we realize the social war’s full dimensions. If we reify the material consequences that will be paid by all those who serve the modern gloom.
If we take the decision to become really dangerous and to organize ourselves. Let’s bring the warfare to their garden, outside their doors. Because, even if the people serving important positions on the authoritarian pyramid are expendable, it’s still of a high political importance to give them back the fear and the psychosomatic pain which they’ve exercised over the oppressed bodies. Let’s become the constant threat dangling over their heads; the threat that makes them need 24/7 armed security outside their homes or during their transportations, cameras on every corner, and finally a whole machinery of research, prevention, data collection, repression and justification of their disgrace. Let this threat hunt them. The active supporters of the dystopic neo-liberal normality are targeted. Therefore, it would be appropriate for them to count their choices and their words, claiming the importance we intend to impute to them counting their addresses.
Unfolding our roots and origins on the public sphere
That’s where we come from: From the apartments of the miserable cement and the metropolitan isolation. From the failed crises of conscience attempted by the media via brain-washing and reality inversion; from the mass culture of consumerism and advertising which construct pseudo-necessities, so as to fulfill the bosses’ pockets; from the body punishment of the beatings at the police stations and the protests, when we decide to stand against power; from the “non-violent” ideology, which is nothing more than a humiliating bow and a call for the dominant subjects to continue their murderous work; from the depression, which is massively spread by capitalism via asphyxiating pressure, virtual stupor, ruination of every healthy social relationship – intending to give us the “solution” and heal us via psycho-pharmaceutical drugs, leaving us limp, unconscious, wandering victims of the post-modern decay.
Facing the violent present of our times, we regret remaining indifferent servants and pathetic observers. We want to counter-attack; against the functions of management and reproduction of the capitalist reality, against the “bellum omnium contra omnes”, against the individualization and the constant antagonism. We want to make barricades of resistance against a state which rises nationalism and racism; which divides the people into locals and foreign ones; which decides for their life or their death at the ground or sea borders, under the sound of war drum beat and the screamings of the expanding social fascistization.
Anarchy -as the embodiment of the constant war for freedom- is a permanent reminder to those serving the authoritarian institutions that it can be perceived as a revenge on a small scale for everyone who feels that capitalism is social death in disguise, an open wound from which the blood of the world’s damned ones spills all over. A revenge on a small scale for all of us that feel we’ve lost thousands of beautiful days enclosed in the labour camps, producing profit for the bosses; that we’ve lost thousands of beautiful days incarcerated in the concentration camps, in their open or closed detention centres and prisons; that we daily destroy our bodies so as to cope with the ridiculous employer’s demands; that we become expendable so as not to disrupt the capitalist profit-seeking. That’s why these actions are also a signal of solidarity to those who will find a part of themselves reading this text; a promise that the struggle goes on; an open challenge, because we need comrades with whom to create militant bonds and collective prospects. Let’s fulfill the vision of freedom and resistance, so as to become the worst nightmare of those who want us with our head bowed.
Our relationships and our beliefs are planted like a seed deeply inside the soil. They flourish like cracks of vegetation out of the mousy and cold cement. They flourish everywhere and always. This time, they flourished from the flames and the whomps of the incendiary/explosive devices that we placed at the doors and the property of some wingmen of the capitalist abjection that we experience and fight inside our territory.
We claim responsibility for the incendiary attacks on the houses of:
Manolis Asariotis, a police reporter of ANT1 (Greek corporate media). His role as a person that totally supports the state and expresses the government’s propaganda on his public speeches, in fact being their physical extension; his total co-ordination with the (un)known circles of the counter-terrorist unit which publicize fake news so as to target comrades; his opportunism and his hatred against anarchists that lead him to build a “reality show” around the personal lives of anarchist combatants, to reproduce the police narratives, to construct guiltiness for many people, to prepare the ground for their repression; his role to cover up all the crimes of Greek Police against combatants, migrants, excluded ones; these are some of the reasons why we visited him. Next time he reproduces fake news and targets people, let him be aware that his house is known in our circles.
Thanos Tzimeros, a fascist politician. His role as a graphic, though potentially dangerous politician; his public statements that profane our fallen ones, such as Alexis Grigoropoulos and Pavlos Fyssas, his racist and xenophobic gutter against migrants, the shameful reproduction of the theory of the two extremes (horseshoe theory), and the equation of nazism with communism; these are some of the dozens of reasons why we visited him. To solve the question of our poor Thanos: maybe he hasn’t served any political position – even if he has elected 3 members on the county council of Attica. Though, he is still a visible voice of the far-right wing, of the neo-liberal pole, of the conservative narratives. His stupidity surprised us once more, as we learned that he makes a fundraising to collect money and fix his house’s burnt-down entrance. Let him be sure that now, as we know his house, maybe we will unsuspectedly give him our fund.
Ioanna Mandrou, a journalist of SKAI (Greek corporate media), and her judicial husband. Nothing was mentioned in the corporate media about the incendiary attack on the authoritarian couple’s house. Her role as a priest of the judicial reportage, based on the “objectivity” and the “valid information” coming straight out of her husband, who serves an important position on the judicial hierarchy; her constant slandering against political prisoners (i.e. the case of the negative decision about the furloughs of Dimitris Koufontinas) and prosecuted combatants; her offensive comments against Magda Fyssas (that during the court she was provocative against the murderer of her son, Pavlos Fyssas); her responsibility for the perpetual covering of every political and economical scandal (see Novartis), as she always creates atmosphere for the social justification of the pre-decided acquittals; the fact that she is politically organized on New Democracy party, and she can be noticed at every encounter, outing or meeting of ND politicians (see the video of her dancing at en event of the Minister of Maritime Affairs, Giannis Plakiotakis, along with all the far-right gutter); the fact that she is a fanatic supporter of fascism, of the memoranda, of the social inequality, of state repression; all these were enough for us to target her. Let both her and her husband keep in their minds that we still have unfinished business with them. The choice of Mandrou to pressure our comrades through slandering, lies and obsessions, opening the doors for the judicial scum -like her husband and his “high class” fellows, who hung our comrades on the loop of incarceration- will not remain unanswered.
Manolis Themelis, a veteran cop who is now a local politician next to the mayor (ex PASOK member) of Nea Filadelfia region, Giannis Vouros. This was an attack also not mentioned at the media. He is a fascist militant, with an active role on reproducing the governmental strategy on his neighbourhood. He has worked as a cop at the Police Station of Omonoia -known for its cops’ plenty of brutalities and murders (among others), having a prominent position on torturing, attacking, bullying and humiliating migrants over the past years. He has served the Greek Police in several ways, always reproducing the dominant cannibalistic and exploitative morality. He is one among the many “anonymous” cops, well-buried inside the slime of the supposed anonymity ensured by their position as expendable executive organs. We exhumed him as an example for every equivalent piece of human garbage, so as to remind them that they’ve made very specific and unforgettable life-choices. Maybe an incendiary gift to their cars or to their houses’ entrance can help them remember that they are on the first line of the war against the revolutionaries and the damned ones, and that this position will possibly have a personal price for them.
Our total solidarity to our comrades K. Athanasopoulou, D. Valavani and G. Michailidis, who are now imprisoned, after a counter-terrorist operation.
Strength for the four comrades who are prosecuted for their participation to the supposed organization “Comrades”, after a stupidly orchestrated operation intending to terrorize the anarchist movement in total.
Signals of solidarity and strength to our comrade Gabriel Pombo da Silva, to the two comrades arrested for the arson of an ATM in Madrid, to the Park Bench three in Germany, and to all the anarchist, anti-authoritarian and antifascist prisoners in Russia and Italy.
Our thoughts for the imprisoned people who revolt against the state of isolation inside the Italian prisons, after the generalized emergency situation.
Inside our hearts, the flames of the Chilean insurrection are still burning, and we don’t forget neither the fallen ones, nor the imprisoned ones, nor the people who experienced the brutality of the uniformed scum.
And because memory is a weapon on our hands, Lambros Fountas always accompanies our hearts and our struggles. On the 10th of March nobody dies, as the 10th of March gives birth to guerrillas.
Anarchist Groups of Nocturnal Visits
PS: We consider as non-equivalent for this situation to just make a fragmentary mention on the issue of COVID-19. We would just like to simeologically focus on the enforced exercises of social distancing, alienation, self retirement, loneliness, insecurity and fear for the people next to us. Exercises of consolidation of the emergency state, of the metropolitan militarization, of the capitalist restructuring in terms of militarized and battle management on the social field, of the fluid and elastic readjustment of the working relationships via the house-work and the temporary engagements, of the destruction of every collective feeling inside the working spaces or the fields of social reproduction. Exercises of closed mouths end eyes in front of the modern upgraded panoptic control, the thermal cameras or the cameras of immediate biometric analysis, the silent drones, the justification of the mobile tracking. Exercises of insensitivity and apathy in front of the total unfolding of the modern death-politics and the social exclusion of migrants, prisoners, homeless ones, people that practically couldn’t follow the infamous “We stay at home”, because they don’t have a home, or maybe because their “home” is a place where they are invisibly accumulated, with no medical care, as they are not considered as “normal people”, as “citizens”, but as superfluous bodies.
The management of this “health crisis” in terms of war, is just one more point of the social-class war. It’s a straight attack against the exiled from the kingdom of privileges, as there’s no golden cell for them to be stoically enclosed, but precarious and underpaid long hours, savage working hours without the necessary means of hygiene, firings and unemployment, hunting for handouts, high anxiety and insecurity for what’s next. The class truce which we are about to sign, coping with the “invisible enemy threatening the society”, makes even more visible for us where to direct our fire. What we deeply need to communicate with our comrades now, is that -beyond the basic issues of solidarity, mutual aid and self-protection- this conjuncture should find us prepared. Let’s communicate – Let’s talk – Let’s organize – Let’s get ready. So that we can be able to stand on our ground and cope with the coming capitalist crisis and the war against us.
Translated from Greek by: Translation Initiative
Formatting via AWW.
Tags: Arson, Athens, Coronavirus, Dimitra Valavani, Gabriel Pombo da Silva, Giannis Michailidis, Greece, International Solidarity, Ioanna Mandrou, Konstantina Athanasopoulou, Lambros Foundas, Manolis Asariotis, Manolis Themelis, Park Bench 3, Pavlos Fyssas, Sabotage, SKAI TV, Solidarity Action, Thanos Tzimeros
Posted in Direct Action
Friday, May 1st, 2020
Welcome to the 33rd edition of Bad News. This is our Angry Voices From Around The World for April, 2020. A report from the international network of anarchist and anti-authoritarian radios.
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1. Črna Luknja sharing a thought on how does corona virus influence our society and thoughts on how to intervene politically in state of emergency – from Federation for Anarchist Organizing from Slovenia and part of Croatia.
2. 105fm (Mytilene, Lesvos) for the general situation in Lesvos, situation in Moria camp and hunger strike in Moria’s prison.
3. The Final Straw Radio sharing a short description of recent covid-19 subjects in the US and some commentary by anarchist prisoner Sean Swain on how to make it through isolation more safely.
4. R.O.S.E. (Athens) with updates and news from Athens.
5. A-Radio Berlin on a commentary about the global situation these days.
6. Free Social Radio 1431AM (Thessaloniki) about
the cut of power supply in BIO.ME. (an occupied and self-organized factory in Thessaloniki)
movements and struggles in prisons during the quarantine and corona-virus.
repression in so-called Greece during the quarantine and corona-virus.
arrests of Kurdish and Turkish comrades in Athens.
evictions of migrant’s “home” squats.
7. Dissident Island (London) focuses on issues around housing in the UK, discussing moves the state has made to protect landlords, the lip service paid to renters and homeless folk, and the self-organised solutions that are emerging through rent strike and mutual aid groups.
8. Frequenz A with an interview with somebody of the anarchist network Dresden (Germoney) about their initiative in their neighborhood during the covid-19 crisis.
9. Radio Fragmata (Athens) with an introduction on the socio-political situation and struggles in Greek territory.
Tags: Anarchist Radio, Anarchistisches Radio Berlin, Athens, Berlin, Coronavirus, Croatia, Dresden, Germany, Greece, Lesvos, London, Migrant Struggle, Radio, Radio Fragmata, Repression, Sean Swain, Slovenia, Thessaloniki, UK, USA
Posted in Autonomy
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, April 11th, 2020
This is the 32nd episode of “B(A)D NEWS – Angry voices from around the world”, a news program from the international network of anarchist and antiauthoritarian radios, consisting of short news segments from different parts of the world.
1. Radiofragmata (Athens, Greece): Updates for arrested anarchists and political prisoners. / News from the Greek regime.
2. Free Social Radio 1431AM (Thessaloniki, Greece): About the revengeful deportation to Albania of the anarchist comrade Irdi K.
3. Radiozones of Subversive Expression (Athens, Greece): A review for the current situation in Evros (the Northeastern borders of Greece).
4. 105FM (Mytilene, Greece): An update from the recent refugee demonstrations in Lesvos, the repression and the fascist attacks.
5. Dissident Island (London): A roundup of happenings from around the so-called United Kingdom.
6. A-Radio Berlin: An interview with an organizer of the first feminist congress in Poland that took place in February.
7. Frequenz(A): About the resistance against a deportation in Leipzig, Germany back in the 10/7/2019 and the repression like for example the current court case linked to that.
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Posted in Autonomy
Thursday, April 9th, 2020
Translation received via Athens IMC:
Following our communication by phone with many migrant prisoners in the Paranesti Detention Center, we were informed of the following events that took place on Friday 3rd of April. In the aforementioned camp there are 6 wings in which are places 7 to 8 containers, and in each one are cramped together 15 persons. The living conditions are terrible and the people are lacking basic resources for survival.
Under conditions of life threatening detention, the authorities on top of this, ceased to accept any asylum claims a month ago and they ordered confinement due to the corona virus. As a result the migrants were confined inside the containers without any hope of freedom. No information was given to them about the reasons they were quarantined, about what is going on outside or even what they should be doing to protect themselves from the virus.
In a climate of general upheaval and uncertainty, on Friday 3rd of April they decided to react initially regarding the terrible food that they are given and then, in coordination, 500 to 600 people in all 6 wings refused the meals. They made known to the Administration the reasons of their mobilization and the authorities reacted immediately telling them their demands would be met and convincing them to accept the food temporarily. (more…)
Saturday, April 4th, 2020
We are experiencing the deepest systemic crisis that is killing. Covid 19 was created by deep poverty and inequality. Doctors have already spoken out about the new poverty conditions that all kinds of epidemics are hatching in different parts of the globe. Covid 19 is a child of inequality, and as it gets deeper, new viruses may be born that may be even more murderous than this coronavirus. Isn’t it time for political criticism? But it is the very system of capitalism and the market economy of political oligarchy called representative democracy that creates an ever-widening gap between wealth and poverty, resulting in an ever-increasing poverty spreading across many countries on the planet.
A prominent pulmonologist who has publicly raised the issue of extreme poverty as a cause of the pandemic and has said that if inequality is not addressed, we will continue to have such pandemic phenomena, never again appeared on television screens. The way covid 19 is treated is also done according to social and class conditions, although the system is essentially responsible for this development. Covid 19 may not discriminate against who it hits, but not everyone has the luxury of proper care (large homes with compliance with safety and hygiene, good nutrition) and not everyone has the ability to purchase overpriced materials to protect themselves, especially now with the millions of unemployed in Greece, locked in their homes and even exposed to hunger. Patients with covid 19 no longer have access to public hospitals that are already under the weight of the pandemic due to shortages of materials, infrastructure, and staff, while diagnostic tests are limited. (more…)
Greece: A first statement on 2/3/20, from anarchist comrades D.Valavani, K.Athanasopoulou and Michailidis G.
Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
A first statement from comrades Valavani, Athanasopoulou and Michailidis
Difficult is the moment when freedom is lost. Especially when it had been won in adverse conditions. The situation gets worse if we consider that the blow we received on a material level has even stronger symbolic implications. Our cinematic arrest was followed by similar media propaganda, our graphic tour with bulletproof vests and the usual judicial management to find ourselves once again with an overblown set of charges, elements that form an extension of the handcuffs and weapons of the uniformed assassins.
A look at the wider social situation around us which is changing at a rapid pace so that we can slip away from our own microcosm a little.
From the magnitude of the workers’ exploitation and abolishing of labour rights to the stranglehold of animals in meat production units. From the intensive repression against protests and the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment from anti-terrorist services around the world, to deforestation and the disappearance of wildlife. From the financial exclusion of a growing social segment to the violent marginalization of most of the earth’s population. To the murders of the poor, the excluded, of all who are leftovers in the world of the mighty. From the provocative economic and business elite to the peoples being bombed, shot and uprooted. Where the interests of the powerful mean death, danger or a life drowned in submission. Nature, animals and humans mean nothing more than units generating profits and wealth. These and many others led us to choose the anarchist struggle, a choice that challenges the existing social order.
Our initial focus is on creating authentic and sincere relations, while at the same time there is the lasting need of our participation in the multiform struggle. After all, the anarchist struggle does not differentiate its means or support a hierarchy of forms of struggle. It is imperative and adjusts according to the conditions of each era, placing its bet on collectivization and diffusion on the social fabric.
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…)