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(en) Greece, Dear citizens of Vonitsa and Amfilochia (1), residents of neighbouring regions and Prefectures of Preveza and Arta (2)

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Date Tue, 22 Feb 2005 11:00:48 +0200 (IST)

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In an effort of our Federation regarding the environmental question, after an
intervention we organised for the piscicultures in Astakos, we logically must
touch a little bit the problem of destruction of Amvrakikos Gulf (3).
This destruction is coming from: a) the piscicultures in the region of Vonitsa,
b) petrolic installations of E.K.O. (4) and Shell, c) the waste by the
industrial agricultural extents and d) the sewages of the populated regions.
A. The organised political interests through their friendly high standing
individuals and the companies of piscicultures in the altar of profit
accumulation, founded in the region of Vonitsa 3 or 4 pisciculture
units with some of them to be only 5 metres in distance from the coast.

Mr Tzefrios, Tsolis and Masouras (5) (who is also the deputy mayor of
Vonitsa) not even maintain the law of the distance of installation of
cages from the coast. These pisciculture «gentlemen» received in
subsidies and allowances hundreds of thousands of Euros in 2002,
something that was their main aim. But you have in your mind dear
residents, that if they were not receiving these money they could not
develop their enterprises.

Think in which balance would be the environment if you had been
self-organised with your own fishermen co-operatives, if the subsidies
were given for the growth of such initiatives.
But unfortunately the power functions based on the favour of the
private capital which they use for the appointment of their electoral

If you had information about the increase of your income from the
fishery, then it would exist a case that the agriculture and the
livestock-farming be your second and third profession.
When the pisciculture gentlemen break the cages, according to the
description of amateur fishermen, the fishes of the units are coming
out in the open sea and they tranform the native species of the Gulf in
genetic monsters, overgrown with other colour etc., etc.
But let these gentlemen answer us:
1.for the quantities of ammonia and nitrogen that throwing on the
cages when no control exist.
2.for the quantities of rotted mud that settle down from the mentioned
above substances and the excrements of fishes.
3.for the quantities of coal per ton of production of fishes.
4.for the quantities of total nitrogen and phosphor.
5.who makes control for the eutrophication of wild fishes from the
mentioned above substances?
6.how much quantities of toxic hydrogen sulfide are produced by the
mentioned before mud?
7.for the quantities of antibiotics and medicines in the flesh of fishes.
8.why in Greece are given authorisations for more tons of fishes than
in Japan, Canada or Finland?
9.who makes the control for the chemical constitution of content of
wet nurses as well as the produced fishes.
It is certain that all the control process is a joke
Let these gentlemen tell us how they established their units in these
regions when they have been characterised to archaeological
exploration and who «gentlemen» of the central power they paid for
this. Let them answer us if they observed the relevant legislation about
relocation of cages after the expiry of interval time that the law reports.
Let them answer where is the area of sanitary burial of their litter as the
legislation forecasts. Let them answer if their Albanians and Pakistani
workers are secured and how many hours are working. Let them
answer according in whish law their guards have weapons.
But what they can tell us these gentlemen of piscicultures when they
do not observe even the capitalistic legislation?
You have self-organised yourselves and remove these gentlemen of
piscicultures, because they offer nothing in the place and only they
take from it, your own place.

B. Regarding the petrolic installations E.K.O. and Shell they are the
wound of Amvrakikos Gulf. The danger for the destruction of the Gulf
is very big, by only an accident of a boat that transports oil. The
decisions of Prefecture of Etoloakarnania on the authorisation of
operation, extension of their activities, were off-hand and without no
thorough environmental study. Surely the Prefecture of
Etoloakarnanias in the present time succumbed in the companies but it
will apologise in the future if a boat with petrolic charge outpours in
the Gulf. Up to now we are lucky that after clumsy groundings of boats
we did not have an ecological destruction.
Shell and E.K.O. are the time bombs of Amvrakikos. When they will
explode it is known only by the clock of chance.

C. The political power after made you economically rendered and sent
you in the level of destitutes, leaves the situation as it is regarding the
use of big quantities of fertilizers and pesticides even if they destroy the
environment and it makes you uninformed and consequently
subsidises you for biological (organic) farming and this because the
subsidies should be given in its own friends (industrial fertilizers and
pesticides). It must be reported here that each year are used in the
farming round the Amvrakikos Gulf 31.400 tons of fertilizers and 300
tons of insecticides.

D. You wonder how much cities allocate biological cleaning, that does
not allocate no one, and consequently how much sewages fall in the
Gulf. Deductively the Federation of Anarchists of Western Greece
(O.A.D.E.) and for the 4 above factors (pollution) but also for the living
standards of the residents of this region proposes the self-organisation
of the citizens with social and economic aims for the upgrade of their
life. If the circumstances will require we will come back with concrete
documents and decisions taken by State bodies and the local
government (6) (and we have already those) in order to prove the
hidden devalorisation of your life in the name of somebody?s interests.

Federation of Anarchists of Western Greece (OADE)
May 2004

1.Vonitsa and Amfilochia. Country towns in the Rrefecture of
Etoloakarnania in Western Greece.
2.Preveza and Arta. Perfectures in North-Western Greece.
3.Amvrakikos Gulf. Belongs to the Prefecture of Etoloakarnania.
4.E.K.O. State owned oil and fuel company.
5.Tzefrios, Tsolis and Masouras. Local pisciculture businessmen.
6.Local government in Greece called Local Self-Government (which is
not actually)

This is another leaflet concerning local environmental and other
related issues produced and distributed widelly by the comrades of the
Federation of Anarchists of Western Greece (OADE) last year. For any
information about OADE please feel free to send a letter in P.O. BOX
1333, Patras (Central Post Office) 26001, Greece. By email contact at
James Sotros
International Relations of OADE

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