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(en) [Greece] State terrorism: torture on the back streets of Athens - an account of an anarchist immigrant By ANA (pt) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 5 Aug 2018 08:43:16 +0300


The following is an account of an anarchist immigrant who suffered a temporary abduction, beatings and torture by a band of police officers in Exarchia, Athens, at dawn on Friday, July 27. ---- On Thursday, July 27, around 2 o'clock in the morning on Bouboulinas Street, in the Exarchia neighborhood of Athens, a squad of Greek policemen kidnapped me and tortured me. Immediately they began to torture me with a series of kicks, using racist and fascist insults. Meanwhile, the police said that my problem is that I am an anarchist and belong to a known political group of Exarchia. ---- Then the police squadron forced me into a dark alley. They laid me down and tried to break my ribs by kicking. I put my hand on my ribs to protect them. They took my hand from my ribs and tried to break my fingers with their shields. To protect my fingers, I pulled my hand under my belly. At that moment, they hit my ribs again to break them. This action lasted for a long time, until one of the officers proposed to break my wrists. So they put my hands on the curb to break them with the batons, but I managed to move my hands away.

This heightened their anger, and, shouting for fascist and racist insults, everyone began to beat me. They beat me for over an hour and a half. All this while they took some pictures of me, and when I was unconscious on the street. When the cops realized that my body was seriously injured and I could not move, they began to gloat with me, telling me, "You have ten seconds to get out of here, if we get you again, we'll kill you." And two cops moved in front of me to get me again. They hit my knee several times with sticks to make sure I could not escape. When one of them turned to look back, with all the pain I had, I started to run. One of the cops tried to pick me up again,

The paramedics came immediately and, after examining me, said that I should go to the hospital. There they discovered that in addition to severe bruising all over my body and wounds on the head, I had a fractured spinal joint.

Exarchia, an area of self-organized projects and revolutionary struggle, is under constant state attack because it is a place that forms part of the international social struggle against capitalism, mafia, terrorism and, in general, against the system. Exarchia is a zone of defense where different groups exist and act together for freedom and equality, and against oppression of the system. Through mutual cooperation, we can meet each other's needs without any authority. That is why, for this struggle, the State beats us, it represses us.

The State, by placing permanent police forces on the perimeter of Exarchia, has made a kind of border between us and the rest of Athens, it is as if they put us in a kind of prison. At the moment, we have no other way to resist this imprisonment, except the agitation against the police stations. One reason the cops wanted to break my wrists is because, as they said, I am one of those who participate in the riots. Many people are usually involved in these clashes with the police because they do not want to be in prison because they do not want control of any authority.

As an immigrant anarchist, I understand that the struggle for freedom is common among the local inhabitants and the immigrants. For this reason, I work towards unity and making a collective body between the local inhabitants and the immigrants. We will not only fight for immigrants, but for everyone, because we understand that our pain, our problems are the same.

Immigrants are under constant attack from the state and the fascists, and it does not matter what kind of government is in power, whether it's an ultra-rightist or leftist government. Syriza is coming forward as advocates for immigrants, but the reality is that they are detaining large-scale immigrants, every day they deport and kill people at the borders. We know that all authority is our enemy.

In today's Exarchia, immigrants are under increasing threat of repression. Recently, they began to do sweeping operations in the neighborhood square, arresting any immigrants who are there. At the same time, there are groups in Exarchia who act as policemen, using the same tactics, as pogroms in the square against immigrants. As a group known as a security team, the military part of the political group "Anti-authoritarian Movement" (AK), which has a relationship with the government and stands as defenders of immigrants, but use immigrants as cover for their business with the Mafia. As an immigrant, I have to tell these groups: Stop using our name for your dirty business.

Of course, the cops and the mafia work together for the same purpose: to control and annihilate the resistance.

The message of this violent attack by the uniformed frets was: to terrorize immigrants, anarchists, and those who actively resist and fight the police. Let's not be intimidated. State violence makes it clear that our struggle is fair.

Murderous police and mafia!

Source: https://athens.indymedia.org/post/1590385/
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