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(en) Greece, Demos of the 17 November day for theSsaloniki 7

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Tue, 18 Nov 2003 12:45:41 +0100 (CET)


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Anarchists' mobilizations -in many different cities of the country- for the
30 years after the repression of the Polytechnic uprising from the military
dictatorship, had the character of solidarity with the 7 prisoners from the
demonstrations against the Thessaloniki EU summit and the spirit that the
struggle continues against the modern "democratic" dictatorship of the
globalized State terrorism and Capitalism.

ATHENS. The anarchist bloc, with a banner demanding the immediate liberation
of the 7 Thessaloniki prisoners, gathered 2.000-3000 people in a demo of
total 15.000.
http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php?lang=el&article_id=159468
Despite the huge police mobilization -7.000 cops, snipers on roofs,
helicopters etc- and the state officials' declarations of "zero tolerance"
(which may not be clear for someone abroad but here it scandalous for what
is supposed to be "the celebration of democracy") many young people did not
surrender to fear and joined the anarchist demo, with slogans and
spray-painting for the 7, against the Olympic games, "anti"terrorism, war
and modern dictatorship (one of the main slogans was "there is police in
every corner, dictatorship didn't stop in '73).
http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php?lang=el&article_id=159221

The first incident was comrades spotting a plain-clothes cop and practicing
some zero tolerance on his head.
http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php?lang=el&article_id=159172

Confrontations started outside the US embassy with stones and other objects
thrown against the riot-police who used tear-gas to be answered with
molotov. From that point and for the next hour there were clashes, some
barricades on fire in the streets as the bloc was moving to Alexandras str,
collecting and throwing stones against the police and with people shouting
slogans for the 7 and COPS-PIGS-ASSASSINS, while tear-gas was falling
around. The demonstrators passed in front of the Police Headquarters and
attacked the building. Other targets smashed were 4 banks and 2 car
dealerships.
http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php?lang=el&article_id=159140

There were about 40 arrests, most of them before the demo or riots started.
>From them, 10 people were charged and will be brought to prosecutor today.

THESSALONIKI. 1.500-2.000 people participated in the anarchist demo called
for the liberation of the 7. Riots occured in the area of the universities,
with demonstrators throwing molotov cocktails to the riot police. One person
was arrested in the demonstration. Until late at night people were occupying
"Theologiki" faculty demanding freedom for the seven.

PATRAS. 500 comrades in the anarchist bloc with banner "solidarity with the
hunger-strikers, free the thessaloniki 7". In the beginning of the demo
there were some clashes with the Socialist party youth.

HERAKLION. 300 comrades in the anarchist black bloc with slogans for the
Thessaloniki 7. Police (among them special police commandos who are in
Crete) tried to encircle the bloc from the beginning, after comrades
attacked some socialist party thugs, but the rest of the demo stood in
solidarity with the black bloc and refused to continue the demo if the cops
would not retreat. One special repression-unit cop who tried to arrest an
anarchist was beaten and is now in hospital.

XANTHI. 50 Anarchists-antiauthoritarians, with banner 'Free the seven,
solidarity with the hunger-strikers" formed a bloc which marched with the
rest of the demo and then broke away and gathered outside the city's police
station, with slogans for the seven.

KERKYRA island. Anarchist bloc, with banner "free the hostages of democracy"
and flyers FREE THESSALONIKI SEVEN marched with the rest of the demo

RETHYMNO. In the demo of 300 people, 50 comrades formed a bloc for the
liberation of Thessaloniki 7.

SAMOS island. Antiauthoritarians occupied the Agean University and hang
banners "free Thessaloniki 7" and "Peace between the peoples - War between
the classes".

MYTILINI. Comrades occupied for an hour the ministry of Aegean in solidarity
with Thessaloniki 7 and then demonstrated in the city.



NEWS: The demand of the 7 for temporary release until their trial has not
been answered by the judges yet. Few minutes ago comrades who are in the
hospital informed that the manager ordered Carlos' and Spyros' transfer back
to prison hospital because they are not accepting to be fed!! Fernando will
stay to Nikaia hospital. This development to send them back to prison, when
their health condition is getting worse every day is brutal repression
exercised by doctors and means an attempt to break their determination in
fighting with the weapon of their lives for freedom. There have been other
doctors though who strongly complain in public the police methods used upon
our comrades.


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