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(en) A-news bulletin from Greece SEP-DEC 1999

From ELIAS LABROU <eliaslabr@yahoo.com>
Date Mon, 7 Feb 2000 14:08:31 -0500


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Here is the last issue (No 24) of A-news, that are
published by the ANARCHIST INTERVENTION and the
anarchist core “still subdued”, with news from Greece.
For contact e-mail to news_a@yahoo.com

	ANARCHY AND FREEDOM
The last months of the year, and also of the
millenium, were really “hot” for the state and the
authority. To many parts of the world, people who
struggle, get out to the streets and clashed with the
mechanisms of the state. Denmark, Greece, Seattle..
some parts of the social war.
	This last period for the greek territory, is
caracterised for two facts. First is the actions of
the communist party, actions like the ones of the
police. They arrest people and “give” them to the
police. The thing that must be understood from the
anarchists all over the world, is that the communist
parties, as well as the other parties, are enemies of
every action of liberty, and as enemies they must be
seen. The communist party is known for these actions,
because siply it was construted to help the state and
its affairs, as a state mechanism.
Second, the visit of Clinton during November, was the
opportunity of violent expressions of society, that
turned to destructions of banks, luxury shops, state
buildings and cars... The communist party tried to
prevent these clashes, however the people didn’t fall
to the communist trap, and transform tis visit to a
nightmarous memory.
Other things are the struggle of the pupils and the
effort of the communist youth to control them. But
nothing is over because the state will face students
during the beginning of the new school year.
The year of 1999 was very difficult for the state,
because the resisitance become stronger, despite the
action of the mechanisms of the state.


SEPTEMBER

2
-Police operations against “illegal” immigrants take
place in the centre of Athens. Tens of people are
arrested.
3
-The 45- year-old worker P.Kotsenos is killed during
his work, at an under contruction airport.
5
-The branch offices of National Bank at Exarchia sqr.
(in the centre of Athens) is been attacked by group of
people. The offices are totally destroyed. Police
arrests four suspects, who are finally released.
7
-Earthquake in Athens causes 120 dead and 3000
wounded. Most of the dead are workers who were working
inside factories that collapsed.
11
-More than 50 people, attack with rocks, sticks and
molotov bombs, against members of the communist party,
who were guarding the area where a festival ,
organised by the communist youth, was taking place, at
Ilissia (suburb of Athens). Two members of the
communist party are injured and three cars own by
these members, are set on fire. Later same night,
three people are arrested at a nearby area, and were
recognized by members of the communist party.
14
-The three persons, who were accused for participation
to the attack against the communist festival, were
released after been charged.
15
-Four diplomatic cars, owned by the embassies of
Russia and Albania, that were parked outside the US
consulate at Thessaloniki, are set on fire. The
responsibility, by a call to a newspaper, is taken by
the group “Popular Revolytionary Front”.
21
-The 27-year-old worker N.Xanthopoulos, is killed
while working at an under contruction airport.
27
-The 33-year-old M.Koukoumeras attacks to a police
vehicle, at Thessaloniki.

OCTOBER

2
-After the end of a football match at the city of
Volos, groups of people attack to riot police squads.
For several hours, clashes break out. Many people are
been arrested.
4
-The McDonald’s restaurant at Haidari (suburb of
Athens), is set on fire. The responsibility, by a call
to a newspaper, is taken by the group “Friendly
Company”, “against the Klinton’s visit”.
6
-During a pupils march, at the centre of Athens, a
bank and riot police squads are been attacked by
groups of people.
8
-A young man, who has been arrested for driving a
stolen car, committies suicide at the police station
of Kolonos(suburb of Athens).
20
-Undercover cop, is found to videotape a workers’
march, at the centre of Athens. In his bag, there were
found leaflets, supporting the greek dictatorship of
‘67.
22
-The 23-year-old P.Kazakos attacks and shoots several
immigrants at the centre of Athens. Kazakos says that
“he doesn’t like foreign people.
25
-The offices of Police Officers’ Union, are set on
fire. The responsibility, by a slogan written to a
wall, is taken by the group “Popular Revolutionary
Front”, saying “23-10-98, for Bulatovic”, with a black
star.
26
-More than 200 anarchists march to the ptisons of
Koridallos (suburb of Athens), in solidarity to
K.Mitropetros. The march was organised by “Anarchist
from west suburbs”.
28
-During a pupils’ parade, at the centre of Athens, a
55-year-old throws eggs against the minister of
Education, and is arrested.
29
-A solidarity concert to K.Mitropetros, takes place at
Exarhia square(centre of Athens).
30
-More than 500 anarchists participate at a solidarity
march to K.Mitropetros, at the centre of Athens. After
the end of the march, riot police squads move against
them,are been attacked and move away. Other solidarity
marches take place in other cities of Greece.
-A school bus is set on fire at Zografou (suburb of
Athens). The responsibility, by a call to a newspaper,
is taken by “Anarchist Faction” saying “Freedom to
K.Mitropetros”.
31
-Aself made device explodes oytside the offices of the
company “IDEAL GROUP” causing serious damages. No
group takes the responsibility.
-Six Iraqian immigrants were killed and other 15
injured, while they were trying to pass the
Turkish-Greek borders, through a mindfield.

NOVEMBER
1
-The trial of anarchist K.Mitropetros begins.
Mitropetros was arrested during clashes on June 1998,
at Kanigos square (centre of Athens).
2
-K.Mitropetros is convicted to 5.5 years in prison. He
sets free, with restricted conditions and warranty.
-Several cars, which are parked outside “Renault”
branch offices , are set on fire. The responsibility,
by a call to a newspaper, is taken by the group
“Anti-state Action” saying that “this action took
place as a welcome to Clinton.”
-A self-made (which not explodes) device is found
outside the offices of the former minister of Public
Safety Anagnostopoulos, in Athens. No group takes the
responsibility. 
5
-A self-made exploding device, is neutralised by
pyrotechnics, after a warning call, outside the branch
offices of NIKE at P.Faliro. (suburb of Athens). No
group takes the responsibility. 
-Group of people invade at a school in Thessaloniki,
causing serious damages.
-Police arrests four pupils, in an occupied school at
Thessaloniki, accusing them for damaging the building.
Finally they set free.
7
-A self-made device explodes outside the offices of
LEVI’S, at Halabdri (suburb of Athens). The
responsibility, by a call to a newspaper, is taken by
the group “Anti-capitalist Action”.
-The greek-american union offices at Kolonaki (centre
of Athens), are been shoot.
9
-A march takes place, at the centre of Athens, against
the visit of Clinton.
10
-Three cars which are parked outside the offices of
SUZUKI, at Kipseli (centre of Athens), are set on
fire. The responsibility, by a call to a newspaper, is
taken by the group “Anti-state Action”, against the
visit of Clinton.
-The visit of US president Clinton, is postponed for
one week, for security reasons.
11
-Pupils’ marches all over Greece. In Athens more than
3000 people participates. Two municipality police
vehicles are destroyed and molotov bombs are thrown
against a bank.
-Group of people invades to the communist party
offices at the centre of Athens. Three members of the
communist party are sent to hospital.
-A cop is sent to prison for 10 months, accused for
beating up a prisoner, at a police station in
Thessaloniki.
13
-Molotov bombs are thrown against the post offce at
Pagrati (suburb of Athens). At the area a leaflet is
found, with slogans against Clinton’s Visit and an A
in circle.
15
-A gathering-discussion is organised at Polytechnic
school. The subjects are the general actions of
Anarchists and the visit of Clinton. Slides and a
video are shown. The gathering is organised by
“Collaboration of anarchist groups and persons for
social solidarity and multiform action”.
16
-The offices of communist party, are set on fire at
Halandri (suburb of Athens). No group takes the
responsibility. 
-The branch offices of National Bank are set on fire
at Kesariani(suburb of Athens). No group takes the
responsibility. 
17
-A luxurious car, with US plates,is set on fire at
P.Faliro.(suburb of Athens).  No group takes the
responsibility. 
-The group “Anti-state Action”, takes place the
responsibility, by a leaflet, for the arsons of three
cars.
18
--A van, owned by DHL (american company), is set on
fire at Patissia. (suburb of Athens). No group takes
the responsibility.
-The offices of ana american insurance company are set
on fire at P.Faliro. The responsibility, by a call to
a newspaper, is taken by the group “Friendly Company”.
-The branch offices of Ionian Bank is set on fire at
Petralona (suburb of Athens). No group takes the
responsibility. 
19
-2 cars are set on fire at Exarchia (centre of
Athens). No group takes the responsibility.
-Protestors against Clinton’s visit, invoke to the
port of Thessaloniki, and force port police to put
down the flag of European Union.
-President of USA, B.Clinton arrives to Athens.
Several marches take place, which are meeting to
Syntagma sqr(centre of Athens). When the people try to
move to US Embassy, they are been attacked by riot
police, with chemical gas. Clashes break out to the
whole centre of Athens. Barricades are contructed and
fires are lightened. More than 60 bank branch offices,
luxury shops and cars, police vehicles etc. are set on
fire by molotov bombs. The stockmarket and several
state buildings are also been attacked. Clashes last
more than five hours, all over the city of Athens.
Many people are arrested.
21
-After the end of a football match in Athens, clashes
break out between fans and police.. Television vans
and cars are destroyed. 
22
-A car, owned by a cop, is set on fire at A.Artemios
(suburb of Athens). No group takes the responsibility.
23
-A car owned by a cop, is set on fire at Pagrati.
(suburb of Athens). No group takes the responsibility.
24
-From the 30 people who have been arrested on 19-11,
during the clashes against Clinton’s visit, 10 are set
to free under conditions, 13 free without conditions,
3 are send to prison, 3 free  with a trial and 1 is
convicted to 8 months with a 3 year parole.
29
-The offices of INTERAMERICAN are set on fire at the
centre of Athens.  No group takes the responsibility.
30
-Explosion of a self-made device outside the offices
of insurance company Athens Brokers, at ILION (suburb
of Athens).  No group takes the responsibility. 

DECEMBER

4
-The offices of a stockmarket company are set on fire
at Exarchia (centre of Athens). No group takes the
responsibility. 
5
-The market of sports wear of the company NIKE is set
on fire at N.Smirni. The responsibility is taken, by a
call to a newspaper, by the group “Friendly Company”.
-The Albanian worker T.Lenieri loses his life while
working in a ship at Perama. (suburb of Athens). The
accident happens as lack of protection.
-To many schools that are under occupation, policemen
invade and finish them.
6
-There is a revolt and an effort for escaping of 150
prisoners, at the jail of Volos. (city of N.Greece).
The guardians shoot at them and injure a young
Albanian. The special forces of the police interferes
and the escaping is not succeeded. There are a lot of
damages inside the prisons.
7
-Two cars are set on fire at Vironas (suburb of
Athens). At the area nearby there is aleaflet from the
group “Anarchist group of Vironas” saying “Freedom to
N.Maziotis”.
-The car of a university professor and a diplomatic
one, are set on fire at Kolonaki (centre of Athens).
No group takes the responsibility. 
8
-Marches take place all over Greece. At Thessaloniki
(city of N.Greece), there are attacks to the court
building and many banks. In Athens there are fights
between protestors and members of the communist youth.
Small fights happen in many other cities.
-Ten ex-students are under trial for participating at
the occupations of the 1995. Finally 8 are set
innocent, while 2 are to 4 months in prison with a 3
year parole.
10
-Twenty students are arrested in Rhodes (island of
Greece), in an occupated school. Alittle bit later are
set free. About 500 students make a protestation to
the town centre and attack to the court building, the
prefecture and the police station.
15
-Explosion of a self-made device outside the offices
of the ex-minister of Public Order T.Tsouras. The
responsibility is taken, by a call to a newspaper, by
the group “Kids of November” saying “We take the
responsibility of the attack to the offices of
T.Tsouras, ex-minister of Public Order. The attack
took place for the police and judje chatging to
students. Solidarity to the struggles of the pupils.”
16
-Pupils’ marches all over Greece. In Athens there are
fights between anarchists students and members of the
communist youth.
19
-Explosion of a self-made device outside the offices
of TEXACO in Athens. There was a warning call to a
newspaper and a radio station, while the
responsibility is taken by the group “Revolutionary
Cores”.
21
-Two cars are set on fire at Exarchia.  No group takes
the responsibility. 
23
-A gathering takes place at the centre of Athens,
against the war at Tsetseny. The gathering is
organised by the “Company of anarchists and
anti-authoritarians”.
24
-Avraam Lesperoglou is arrested at the airport of
Athens. He was wanted since 1982 for participating to
arobbery with an injured cop, as well to the clash of
Gyzi (suburb of Athens), when the anarchist 
C.Tsoutsouvis and 3 cops are died. Also he is charged
as a member of the group “Antistate struggle”.
27
-Avraam Lesperoglou is trasfered to prisons of
Koridalos.
28
-The responsibility of the arson of the branch offices
of Ergo bank is taken, by a call to a newspaper, by
the group “Anarchist ironfist of Vironas”.
-A car, owned by the company OEM HELLAS is set on fire
at MArousi (suburb of Athens).  No group takes the
responsibility. 
31
-A molotov bomb is thrown against the branch offices
of Eurobank at Patissia, causing damages.  No group
takes the responsibility.



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