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(en) Greece, Update, Aathen LET THE OLYMPIC GAMES DIE IN THE LAND THEY WERE BORN

From anarchist assembly <anarchist_assembly@yahoo.gr>
Date Mon, 19 Jul 2004 07:21:40 +0200 (CEST)


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In times of war for the imposition of global domination, where the
bosses proceed to inter-state coalitions and capitalist completions,
coordinating their operations in the name of "anti"terrorism to
establish totalitarian control and to loot 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-multinationals' colonies
are nourishing the well-being of the "developed" world; whose death
during the new order's crusades and under military occupation, their
confinement and torturing inside 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 walls of the western world...

...The olympic games are a front-window of capitalism and domination
itself. An advertisement for the world of class slavery and for the
means to impose it. A global 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 and strengthen its pre-eminent position in
the Balkans. They are its own way to contribute to the expansion of this
terror-war and especially to this aspect that concerns the
militarization of western societies and the extermination of the
"internal enemy".

Inside the country, the games are the spearhead for the state's attack
against the exploited and oppressed, as well as the means to accelerate
the imposition of a long-lasting State of Emergency, signifying a new
era of repression and social control.

In the name of accomplishing the National Grand Idea, the "ideals" of
profit are praised by all kind of bosses: companies, contractors and
state officials who handle the huge 2004 budgets. In this giant
commercial enterprise which will cost more than 6 billion euros, the
proletarians are forcefully labeled "volunteers" to pay its cost by
being robbed through the taxes, the expensiveness and wage freeze, but
also to pay its price: by speeding up the rhythms of work, in extremely
dangerous conditions and under new forms of surveillance, with their own
blood in working "accidents". These human sacrifices (more than 620 dead
immigrant and local workers the last four years) in the altar of profit
and due of the bonuses given for the fast termination of the Works, have
taken nightmarish dimensions in the olympic construction sites where
hundreds of workers are killed or 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
pillage, 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 international "anti"terrorism is being established
trough the colossal operation "safe olympic games", including:

- the collaboration of "anti"-terrorist specialists from greek, US,
british, israeli, australian, german, french and spanish secret services,

- military exercises by greek and foreign special forces, based on
scenarios of "pre-emptive action" and "management of disproportionate
threats"

- NATO's engagement after official demand made by the greek state, with
spying aircrafts, special units on alert and navy patrolling in the
Aegean and Mediteranea sea,

- mass imports of modern weapons and

- the installation of technologically advanced equipment monitoring
public spaces and persons, such as the C4I 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 and forbidden "red
zones", where access is possible only for those having license, are
instituted. All areas around athletic facilities, hotels, ports and
airports in the five olympic cities are sealed and sterilized with the
use of sensors to locate anything and anyone considered as suspect. In
the streets, the death squads of a police occupation army undertake
"cleansing operations" against the homeless, drug addicts and
immigrants, while the former US base in Aspropyrgos, outside Athens, is
transformed in to an olympic concentration camp. In Heraklio, Crete,
Roma families will be evicted out of their settlement to be relocated in
an old military base. During the games, 50.000 soldiers will take
position around Athens and patrolling inside the red zones.

Through these orgiastic preparations, the repressive apparatus is
modernized, and the new role of the army in the confrontation of the
"internal enemy" is promoted. The "zero tolerance" doctrine against any
expression of social and class dissidence is rooting and the borders,
where already hundreds of refugees are loosing their lives, are even
more fortified.

The olympics are proclaimed "matter of national interest" and their
safety becomes the ideological vehicle for the implementation of methods
that are either way considered as priorities for the intensification of
state terrorism, in the framework of constructing a global Guantanamo.

Within this situation, "court-martials" are set, such as the one that
accomplished its mission inside Koridallos prison, imposing to the
accused as "November 17" members exterminative sentences of political
convenience, and the one that is taking place now against the five
accused for participation in E.L.A (Revolutionary Popular Struggle),
with the judges cynically admitting that "the trial must be finished
before the olympics".

These are trials aiming at having the institution of "independent
justice" legalize the tortures and confinement in "white cells", the
collaborators and the pogrom against the dissidents of terror-democracy.
After they're finished, political prisoners will be sent to the new
isolation wing, which was recently built in the jail of Larisa.

Participation in social-class struggles and the expression of solidarity
are both criminalized, and every choice to resist without apologizing to
state legality, rejecting the mediation of institutions is baptized
"terrorism".

The greek state signs international "anti"terrorist acts and treaties
allowing extradition. Within these circumstances it was decided to
extradict in Germany Sinan Bozcourt - Taylan, a Kurdish communist
arrested in Greece on the same day that many other political refugees
from Turkey were arrested in different countries of Fortress-Europe.

Using the alibi of the olympics' safety, the greek secret service and
police authorities are officially now after political refugees, Arab and
muslim immigrants, anarchists and anti-authoritarians, announcing that
their places are being watched and their email and telephone
communication monitored.

The fact that the recently formed european task force -which introduces
the term of confronting "anarchist terrorism" for reasons of preemptive
repression- is dealing, among other things, with the safety of the
olympics, and the press statement of a greek police official that "until
the games we will be finished with the anarchists", are indicating that
this is a chance for the state to attack social militants in an
examplary way in order to intimidate society and disarm the idea of
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 front 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 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.

REKINDLE THE FLAMES OF SOCIAL AND CLASS WAR

DESTROY THE BOSSES' GRAND IDEA

Open Assembly of Anarchists-Antiauthoritarians
June 2004

www.geocities.com/anarchist_assembly

anarchist_assembly@yahoo.gr



Anarchist demo in Volos against the olympics, June 26:

http://www.geocities.com/anarchist_assembly/gr/volos.htm

Anarchist demo in Athens against the olympics, June 19:

http://www.geocities.com/anarchist_assembly/gr/19june.htm

The anarchist bloc in the protest for "working accidents" - demo to the
ministry of labor, February 25:

http://www.geocities.com/anarchist_assembly/gr/ergasias.htm

for more actions check:

solidarios - www.geocities.com/anar_gr <http://www.geocities.com/anar_gr>

athens.indymedia.org

thessaloniki.indymedia.org


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