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Date Mon, 26 Jan 2004 15:03:15 +0100 (CET)

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"There is no doubt that we are entering a police-state situation and we will
have to learn to live with this. (...) If necessary, even the stadiums will
be guarded by the army"
Jacques Rogge, president of the international olympic committee, November 26, 2003
In times of war for the imposition of global domination, where the bosses
proceed to inter-state coalitions and capitalist completions, coordinating
their raids in the name of "anti"terrorism to establish totalitarian control
and the pillage of the world...
In times of an all-out attack against the peoples of the so-called "third
world", whose genocide from starvation and diseases and their enslavement in
the dungeons of mass production-colonies of the multinationals nourish the
"developed" world's well-being; whose death during the new order's crusades
and under military occupation, their confinement in concentration camps and
the attempts to neutralize their resistance have become the foundation stone
for the security of domination's projects...

In times of intensified exploitation, surveillance and repression for the
excluded and those who resist within the metropolitan walls...

...The olympic games are a front-window of capitalism and domination itself.
An advertisement of the world of class slavery and of the subsequent police
and military means to impose it. A global-range gala, sealing in one more
level the cooperation of the local bosses with multinational corporations,
international political staffs and agencies of repression.

For the greek state, a participant in the criminal coalition that is
launching the global terror-war, the olympic games are a step to upgrade its
role in the world's elite, to strengthen its pre-eminent position in the
Balkans, as well as the spearhead for its attack against the exploited and
the oppressed within its territory. An attack to be continued after the new
confirmation of the parliamentary dictatorship through the fraud of
elections on the 7th of March.

Everyday it is becoming obvious that the olympic games are not just a sports
event lasting a few days, but a permanent process, signifying a new era of
repression and social control.

In the name of accomplishing the Grand Idea, the "ideals" of profit are
praised by the bosses: the companies, contractors and state officials who
handle the huge 2004 budgets. In this giant commercial enterprise, the
proletarians are labeled as the "volunteers" to pay its cost by being robbed
through the taxes, the expensiveness and wage freeze, but also to pay its
price: speeding up the rhythms of work, in extremely dangerous conditions,
with their own blood in working "accidents". The human sacrifices of local
and immigrant workers in the altar of profit and of the bonuses given for
the fast termination of the Works, have taken nightmarish dimensions in the
olympic construction sites where hundreds of workers die and get seriously
injured. A new model of absolute exploitation and expendable humans is
consolidated in the olympic works, to characterize from now on the
conditions of labor in every other site of wage slavery.

At the same time, as the Games offer a unique opportunity for capitalist
looting, the natural environment is plundered and destroyed, while the urban
landscape is redeveloped according to the new norms of commercialization and
surveillance of public spaces.

The local version of the global terror-war is being established trough the
colossal operation "safe olympic games", including:
- the collaboration of "anti"-terrorist specialists from greek, US, british,
israeli and australian secret services,
- military exercises by greek and foreign mercenaries belonging to special
forces of the police and the army (with dominant participation the one of
the US), based on "pre-emptive action" and "management of disproportionate
threats" scenarios,
- spying military aircrafts flying over the city,
- the use of NATO's "security systems",
- mass imports of modern weapons and
- the installation on a large scale of technologically advanced equipment
monitoring public spaces and persons, such as the C41 system developed by
the american multinational SAIC (a company providing know-how,
infrastructure and armament for the war in Afghanistan and Iraq).
Hundreds of surveillance cameras are being placed, forbidden "red zones" are
instituted and in the streets the death squads of a police occupation army
are loose. During the olympics, 50.000 soldiers will be under "high alert"
and every demonstration or working strike will be forbidden. Through these
orgiastic preparations, the repressive apparatus is upgraded, and the new
police role of the army in the confrontation of the "internal enemy" is
being promoted. The "zero tolerance" doctrine against any expression of
social and class dissidence is rooting and the operations against "illegal"
immigrants are intensified.

The olympics are proclaimed "matter of national interest" and their safety
becomes the ideological vehicle for an accelerated imposition of a State of
Emergency (not only for the period before and during the games, but mainly
for the period which follows, where the intensification of social struggles
is anticipated). For the implementation of methods and conditions that are
either way considered as priorities for modernizing state terrorism. Within
this situation, "court-martials" are set, such as the one that accomplished
its mission recently inside Koridallos prison, imposing to those accused as
"November 17" members exterminative sentences of political convenience, and
the one that will take place on February 9 against the five accused for
participation in E.L.A (Revolutionary Popular Struggle). These are trials
aiming at having the institution of "independent justice" legalize all
"anti"terrorist commandos operations, the tortures and confinement in "white
cells", the snitches and the pogrom against the dissidents of
terror-democracy. Participation is social resistance and solidarity with
persecuted fighters is criminalized, while many of them remain literally
hostages awaiting trials, like the arrested in the demonstration against the
EU summit in Thessaloniki.
The greek state signs international "anti"terrorist acts and treaties
allowing the extradition of social fighters to the global gendarme (USA),
and takes part in the establishment of a european Task Force committed to
chase anarchists. Officials of the "anti"terrorist agencies from the 7
countries participating in this Force met in January and examined
specifically the issue of Athens olympics, while introducing the concept of
"struggle against anarchist terrorism" for reasons of preemptive repression
and preparing the ground for suppressing any social resistance.

The olympics, as the bosses' Grand Idea, propagandized by the whole spectrum
of the authoritarian system (political parties, financial institutions and
the Media) is a contemporary ideological machine to extract social consent,
consisting of the most conservative figures, such as nationalism, to the
most modern "values" of consumerism and "voluntary" offer of unpaid labor in
the service of the bosses.

We do not forget that, here as much as globally, the excess of
multi-advertised means, mechanisms and methods of repression the state and
capital are getting armed with, as well as their intimidating campaign,
reflect also their insecurity caused by existent and imminent social
explosions. They reflect the failure they taste in their effort to present
their domination as indisputable and totally invulnerable, when all over the
world there are struggles and revolts bursting against globalization of
exploitation and oppression, against war and capitalist peace.

Today, the olympics concentrate the state's effort to deepen its authority
in society, repressing all those resisting its plans. But this campaign is
not adequate to instill fear, discourage and deter the multiform expressions
of social and class struggle. On the contrary, it is a condition
highlighting the necessity to intensify and spread this struggle in every fr
ont the bosses are opening with their aggression and in every front they try
to close to their account.

We antagonize the projects of the growing commercialization and surveillance
of public spaces, reclaiming them and transforming them to spaces of
resistance. We sabotage social peace. We resist against the "anti"terrorist
war inside and outside the borders. We stand in solidarity with political
prisoners and persecuted social fighters. We act together with all those
revolting against the dictatorship of the State and Capital.



Open Assembly of Anarchists-Antiauthoritarians
Athens, January 2004

Fotos from the anarchist Black Bloc in the demonstration of January 22 in
Athens against the olympic games:


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