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(en) Greece: Text of leaflet by Federation of Anarchists of Western Greece (O.A.D.E.)

From "Jack Black" <outetheos@yahoo.com.au>
Date Mon, 31 Jan 2005 19:50:29 +0100 (CET)


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Dear citizens of Astakos (1) and regional municipalities, Aitoloakarnanes (2),
The Federation of Anarchists of Western Greece (O.A.D.E.), has been sensitised
for the environment as well as the local economic progress, kept an eye and
participated in the struggle of residents of Astakos and adjacent
municipalities against the companies of piscicultures.
We believe that all of us are compelled to take a stance for one so much
complex, not only environmental but, mainly, political and social problem.
We studied the letter of the pisciculturists in a local newspaper and the
answer of the mayor of Astakos, did an autopsy in the marine spaces where the
aquacultures exist, participated in the protest of the locals in 3 August 2003
and finally received the opinion of specialised scientists who work at the
piscicultures.

The basic conclusion that results is the corruptness and the interwining, the
accumulation of capital in the few acquaintances and the local closed friends
of the local power (in this respect - PASOK) (3) and the exploitation at the
expense of wide social layers under the pretext of the "growth and recovery of
new economic exits".

The gentlemen of the companies occupied all the marine coastal space from
Astakos up to Mytikas (4), in the name of their personal profit, creating a sea
which resembles as a "field with mines" (the same happens in Amvrakikos and
Corinthian Gulf, with different resultants there). We are talking about
occupation because, as was proved not only by the speech of mayor but also by
others, we have been sensitised for the environment, and we are against the
local factors from whose someone took authorisation from the vise-prefect
(responsible for the environment), other from the local governor and other from
the general secretaries of the Ministries of Agriculture, Environment- Planning
and Public Works etc etc. Alaloum (5) and loot…

It is ESSENTIAL, dear citizens, to be informed how the authorisation of
installation of a pisciculture is obtained, that is to say by which authority,
who represents each authority and who signs on its behalf. The governmental
power is practised by concrete institutions and these are expressed by certain
persons. Consequently, all the responsibilities are concrete, institutional and
personal.

The interwining does not come from the sky, is contracted between persons with
particular relations, the documents are signed with concise processes and the
rake off comes and go from office to office.

Remember who the householders of piscicultures are, in whish - at overwhelming
majority of - political party they belong, whose governmental officials they
have relations with (and supposedly friendly), if they have exhausted the
subsidies by other agricultural and enterprising activities, and then the
"tangle is untied".

Wonder, therefore, if they have as their basic concerns your employment, the
protection of environment and the local development, as they claim.

They are telling fairy tales and lies to you, because they aim at your
exploitation, because they want to draw the subsidies (national and european)
because of your resistance and apathy.
They are indeferent if there is a production of good and quality fish or not.
They simply want to gain from them. They have collected already billions from
the subsidies.

They employ 70-100 individuals (and not 280 as they claim) using them as a
moral shield against the others and against any criticism. With the alibi of
employment and using them along with their families, they help electorally
those who helped them in the obtaining of authorisations of installation of
their enterprising activities. This is the chain of interwining.

The electoral assisted (parliament members), however, because the votes of the
employed and also the businessmen (with their influence) are not enough for
them they are posed simultaneously as "protesters".

During the protest of 3 August 2003, we all asked ourselves "who finally is
accountable". And as we show there "no one". There the "theatre of absurd" was
on stage, and this because some representatives of Prefecture, Region and two
governmental parliament members (Makrypides ans Smyrlis) (6) appearred as
supporters and spoke in deed about the "fair fight of the citizens".

It must be noticed that the Mpokas brothers (7) have particular relations with
the two local governmental parliament members, and mainly with Smyrlis. It is
evident that these worthy "supporters" adopted another stance in their party,
the Prefecture and the Region ("Silence of Lambs"), and a different one in
front of their fellow-citizens, and legislating and protesting, as says the
popular proverb, "neither in the sack nor in the sackful".

If this is not perversion, it is at least "mischief".

The mayor, in the rally of 3 August 2003, had to practise a caustic criticism,
reported particular surnames, and did not thank them in the end of the protest.


In particular:

a) All the coasts in the before mentioned region are committed by the
companies, creating aesthetic problem.

b) The fish of the piscicultures are nourished with whatever someone can
imagine, as well as animal products (eg. chickens), meat flour, chemical
processed formulas etc, to be developed fastly, so that the result is that the
public health to be in danger in the altar of profit.

c) There are fish transformations created and when their cages are broken these
monsters are repeated in the open sea. There are descriptions by fishermen who
tracked down transformed species of fish realising continuously the lack of
traditional species.There are also overgrown fish (varieties of fish that their
physiologic weight does not exceed the 500 gr. and there reaches in the 1,5
with 2 kilos).

d) The bottom of the sea is destroyed, and that's why the law forecasts the
relocation of these businesses per regular time, when an environment pressure
exists. Question: When the authorities measured for environment pressure and
how many relocations happened?

e) The legislation forecasts that the waste must be removed in solid form
packed in plastic bags with a sanitary way… meaning of course the sanitary
burial. Question: Who checks all of these and where is the space of sanitary
burial? Here the quality of food of fish is proved indirectly.

f) The legislation forecasts an archaeological research under the installation
marine spaces before the obtaining of authorisation of installation of a
pisciculture. Question: Whish authority contacted it, when and from who it was
drawn up?

g) The local workers there are not more than 100, of whom a few or even no one
is secured, and all the rest are Pakistani migrants who live in sordid
conditions (without observation of schedule etc.) with low wages. Locals and
Pakistani do not have the right of syndicalism. So, here we have a type of
fascism temporally determined in the Medieval Times, where the workers were
slaves in the feuds, having right of food but not right of expression or
speech.

h) Dear friends, the significance of the public land (as public building etc
etc.) is a significance which we have to appropriate in order to consider the
environment our own affair. Everything is public (that is, belongs to the
people) and it is not state owned. The significance of the state owned is a
constitutional figment, so that we consider nothing ours and then every
authority can appropriate everything and judge via means of every of its
employees (in governmental, regional, prefectoral, or municipal level) when
something is granted or sold or not. If the above becomes perceptible, our
mobilisations will be frequent, permanent and dynamic.

i) It is imposed for the local fishermen to be self-organised, to be informed
by themselves for the entries given for the protection of environment as well
as the growth of aquacultures, because they are the only ones who will maintain
the balance between environment and growth. Self-organisation, self-management
and the participative spirit in co-operative movements are today already
imposed against the arbitrariness assisted by the government and the closed
friends of the power. The essential conditions for the above are the fishermen
to be informed, the energy, the sense of right and the adversity with those
"controlling".

j) The authority (legislative, executive and at extension juridicial) cannot
function rightly. It functions with the base of its permanent recapture and
maintainance. That's why the various politicians, parliament melbers, ministers
etc. supposedly are on the people's side and "legislate for them". Remember the
political programs of two authoritarian parties PASOK, Nea Dimokratia (N.D.),
(8) after the change of the regime. PASOK is today considered as the better
administrative party, while the N.D. put on the mask of popular, social anf
workers friendly party. It is obvious from their mutation that they draw us in
their projects, and that the occupation of the power is enough for them. Notice
here also the role official parliamentary Left which, if someone excludes its
passive participation in every anti-NATO, anti-american, or workers (mainly
industrial workers) mobilisation, it has been withdrawn by itself in the
parliament, being unable to give solutions or proposals in complex sectors of
our life, our complex social and occupational activity.

k) To come back in the local problem, the mayor of Astakos will find us in the
future against in another form of enterprising activity which he wants (hotels
etc.) if these degrade or even destroy the environment (land and sea with the
waste), if in this economic activity do not participate the locals - unemployed
and small scale earners - not only as workers but also as participants in the
administration of these enterprises. This will be achieved if the state and the
local government receive less money than the concession of the land in the by
any chance investments and place the remain as an investment in local working
force but in the form that we proposed above. Otherwise, the "extremely
revolutionary" text of the mayor in the local newspaper does not have meaning.
Is is contradictory for the pisciculturist to leave and the hotel keepers to
come, while it is affirmative to protect the environment and develop
economically the local area with the participative process of the citizens.

l) In the same spirit, why in the pits for the excavation of various materials
the mayor and the citizens they do not establish a stable and sure enterprise
in order to improve the income of the locals?

m) The works in the Platygiali (9), why they never finish? Why it should always
exist a turnover and the workers are forced, indirectly and immediately, help
in the electoral appointment of various ones? That is to say this is the only
dependence that exists between workers and government?

Residents of the wider region, self-organise, collectivise and go into
partnership. This is the force against the power of government and any
authority. Do not participate in your seduction that befalls in the shameful
electoral process.

Postscript:

After the writing of this text, an advertising campaign of the pisciculturists
began in a local newspaper and in the 6th issue of Chamber of Aitoloakarnania
on the suppossed subject "the piscicultures and what they offer" in the local
economy. Under the title "Aquacultures: Hell or Paradise" (in page 21) the
pisciculturists guided by their stress to convince us that all are positive,
admit the money they take from the subsidies, their turnover etc etc. But, to
tell the truth, this money by how many individuals are accumulated, in 5,10 or
20? That is to say, if the IXTHYKA, NIREAS (10) and the other companies have
gross income 26 billions, are this your own income, the income of ten
individuals? And they say to us that they offer in the local place. Here they
admit their exploitation at your expense. However, because the interwining is
up to date, the Mpokas brothers are partners in companies of piscicultures and
at the same time in the Administrative Council of Chamber of Aitoloakarnania.
They are also members of the editorial committee of this publication and in the
Protection Committee of of Trade-union Executives. So, you can evaluate "if the
article of this magazine is objective" and judge after another reading of the
point "f" of our proclamation how much they are interested for the syndicalism.
Finally, in the local newspaper "Week" of 21 October 2003, why the company
IXTHYKA reports that it is going for closure because of deficits, because she
is autonomous economically in the expenses? Did the IXTHYKA receive subsidies
from the European Union programs as the magazine reports? So, without the
subsidies are the piscicultures showing a deficit? Who says the truth, the
magazine of Mpokas brothers or the article of IXTHYKA in the "Week"

Conclusion:

No one says the truth. The magazine wants no resistance for the piscicultures
and strengthen the IXTHYKA with foreign money (european entries etc.).

November 2003

Federation of Anarchists of Western Greece (O.A.D.E.)


Notes
1. Astakos. Town in Western Greece.
2. Aitoloakarnanes. The people who resides in Aitoloakarnania, a region in
Western Greece.
3. PASOK (Panhellenic Socialist Movement). Political party founded in 1974 and
led by Andreas Papandreou until his death in 1994. PASOK was in the government
during 1981-1989 and 1993-2004 (led by Kostas Simitis).
4. Mytikas. Place in Western Greece.
5. Alaloum. It is a word of the Greek slang language meaning a really messy
situation etc.
6. Makrypides and Smyrlis. Local (from Aitoloakarnania) parliament members.
They belong to PASOK.
7. Mpokas brothers. Local pisciculture businessmen.
8. Nea Dimikratia (New Democracy - N.D.). Right wing political party founded in
1974 and led by Konstantinos Karamanlis and been in the governmental power
during 1974-1981, 1989-1993 (led by Konstantinos Mitsotakis) and again since
March 2004, led by Kostas Karamanlis (nephew of Konstantinos).
9. Platygiali. Place in Western Greece.
10. IXTHYKA, NIREAS. Local pisciculture companies.

Translation by James Sotros, International Relations of OADE, December 2004
This is the english translation of a leaflet written and distributed by the
Fedaration of Western Greece (OADE) about more than a year ago but which is
indicative of the ideas and the participation of OADE comrades in the local
social struggle. For more information about OADE please contact me at this
email address.
In solidarity
James Sotros


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