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(en) Greece, Anarchist block at antiracist demo in Athens

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>(Tri Huc murielle47-A-yahoo.com)
Date Fri, 10 Sep 2004 14:26:04 +0200 (CEST)


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Last Saturday after footbal game Albania-Greece (2-1), that took place in
Tirana, all over Greece swept racist pogrom on scale unseen till
know. "Greek soul", growingly inspired recent months from diverse
"national victories" (2nd position of singer Rouvas in Eurovision, winning
european championship in football and last but not least, "secure and
peaceful" Olymics without participation of disturbing teams ala Al-Queida)
and heated up by media and politicians, took spontaneusly and massively
to the streets in order to attack foreigners, especially Albanians, which
are largest and most hated minority. From the small villages where
windows of cars belonging to Albanians had been trashed till most of
towns and cities, where hordes of patriots hunted foreigners, spirit of
"national unity" showed its teeth.

In island of Zakynthos 20-years old
albanian citizen Gramoz Palushi had been killed with the knife and his
brother and friend injured by greek racist, in Thessaloniki over 100 of
neonazi "Hrisi Avgi" members hunted and beated "strangers" in the
center, in Athens around central square of Omonia and in many
neighbourhoods bigger or smaller groups attacked foreigners, similar
incident occuring till late night in Rethymno, Kerkyra and many many
other places. There was few hundred injured foreigners this night,
predominantly Albanians (but e.g. an Ukrainian will probably lost his
eye, after he was fired at in area of Monastiraki from air gun) all over
Greece, 70 of them just in Athens, including several with knife
wounds. Police arrested over 100 persons, almost all of them has been
Albanians ... This racist pogrom, even if skillfully used by rightwingers
like "Hrisi Avgi" or "Elliniko Metopo" and more or less discreetly
supported by police, has been in fact simple and logical expression of
that same xenophobic hate, which all perceived as "strangers" are
experiencing in Greece on everyday bases. Mass media silenced down the
events, many of them made even Albanians themselves responsible for
them (because they "provoke"), prefect of Thessaloniki Psomadis blamed
"open borders" as source of problem and described foreign workers as
"open wound" for Greece.

On Tuesday 7th there was demonstration in Thessaloniki organized by
Albanian Immigrant Forum, where many anarchists as well as antiracist and
other groups participated. On Thursday 9th September demonstrations
with participations of anarchists took place in Hania (over 100
people), Giannena (200) and Athens (2500), in Thessaloniki antiracist
groups occupied office of Psomadis.

Demo in Athens started at Omonia Sq. and was led by Albanian Immigrant
Forum, followed by diverse groups and 700-strong anarchist
block. Slogans like "Greek and foreign workers united", "Down with facism"
had been screamed. Anarchist block shouted "Greece, Turkey, Albania-enemies
sit in banks and ministeries", "National unity is a trap, proletarians
don't have fatherland", "In a world of bosses we are all
strangers", "Facists on gallows", "Flags look nice only when they
burn", etc. Followed by many units of MAT (riot police) and hordes of civil
cops, anarchists sprayed many slogans (also in albanian) in the central
streets,damaged many security cameras and windows of one bank and
"Radiotelefonic Council". Head of the demonstration was blocked at
Stadiou St., so we had to turn back direction Omonia, anarchist block
being the front one now. At the end of the march cops started to get very
tense, their lines tighter so in order to relax them 4 or 5 "bottles" had
been thrown, some stones flyed too in their direction. Police answered
with charge and massive tear-gas, splitting the demo in half. 200
anarchists went down Pireas St. and having minor clashes with police
following them, still managed to form demonstration which went direction
Exarhia, trashing on the way few bank and similar objects windows. Despite
of splitting demo, albanian block after short pause due to tear gas
continued demo till Omonia Sq. and firstly then dispersed. Anarchist crowd
of 100 gathered around Exarhia Sq. and some more incidents with civil
policemen occured, one of them loosing his motorbike to the flames and
some beaten. There was around 10 arrests, mostly done by civilians, 2
comrades will have their process today.

Pictures of anarchist block are at:
http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php?lang=el&article_id=264055
<http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php?lang=el&article_id=264055>
Burning motorbike of a cop at:
http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php?lang=el&article_id=263972
<http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php?lang=el&article_id=263972>


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