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(en) Greece: Urgent call for international solidarity!
Mon, 26 Nov 2012 13:10:09 +0200
Comrades, The purpose of this message is to inform you briefly about what is happening the
last days in Greece and to appeal an international call of solidarity to all anarchists
worldwide. ---- Greece is at a critical turning point, and many critical changes are
taking place in a societal as well as a political and economic level. The disintegration
and dissolution of the dominant – until recently – model of power and exploitation is more
than evident, so it defines what is commonly called ‘crisis.’ What we are experiencing now
is the total failure of a system that is unable to secure any longer the social consensus,
thereby is engaged in a frontal attack that is unconditional and with no pretext. ----
Initially, at the beginning of this condition which was called ‘crisis,’ the attack
occurred in materialistic terms.
With the devaluation of labour, the horizontal reduction of wages, the ‘flexible’ working
conditions, the institutionalization of insecurity, the increase of the price of consuming
goods and public utility bills, the increase of taxes and the cuts in welfare benefits. At
the same time, the sale of public wealth to private individuals, the widespread police
presence on the streets, the auctions, the rising of unemployment began…
In addition, the unprecedented attack by means of propaganda was unleashed. The mass media
controlled by the State and Capital unleashed a staggering rate of catastrophology and
publishing of disaster scenarios and production of calendar milestones of ‘disclosure’
such us… ‘If Troika does not approve the next installment of the loan, we will fall
apart…’ With all these, the communicative mechanism of Power manages continually to blur
the water and maintain a state of terror ensuring the paralysis of society via extortion.
However, the resistance has never stopped for a part of the Greek society and the
proletariat. Occasionally, declarations for general strikes are surrounded in a different
degree by people who actively resist and express their willingness to fight against the
conditions imposed by the State and Capital.
At the general strike of May 11th in Athens, once again thousands of protesters marched
and voiced their opposition to the Greek government’s new anti-social measures which
effect the workers and the majority of people. During the demonstration, while a big part
of the protesters had passed by the parliament and were heading to an end, the cops
attacked without provocation and viciously the most radical demonstrator blocks –
anarchists and anti-authoritarians, neighborhood assemblies, rank-and-file labour unions,
extra-parliamentary left – beating them with unprecedented savagery and firing hundreds of
tear gas against them, until these blocks were dispersed. More than 100 demonstrators were
hospitalized, while others underwent surgery.
Comrade Yannis was the protester whose health right now is in the most critical situation.
Having suffered a murderous attack by the cops which caused him severe head injuries, he
was transferred to the hospital in an antemortem (pre-death) situation –according to the
medical report issued later. After the doctors ascertain the breadth of internal head
bleeding, he immediately underwent surgery; he has been intubated in the intensive care
clinic since. His situation remains critical but stable, without having escaped the danger
for his life or health.
It is obvious that these murderous attacks against demonstrator strikers on Wednesday, May
11th, had a single purpose: to intimidate people and all those who resist to the attacks
of Power and capitalist State. It was an act for exemplification aiming at the subjugation
of people that seemed to send the following message: stay home, quit and disciplined.
In the content of this very procedure the sovereignty recently enlists more and more the
right-wing and/or its parastate offshoots. The outbreaks of racist violence recently
multiplied across the country, and reached a climax last week. In the light of the
cold-blooded murder of a resident in the centre of Athens with intent to robbery, for
which many immigrants have become a target, an unprecedented pogrom against migrants has
been unleashed. Groups from organized and/or autonomous fascists, racists and extreme
rightists took the opportunity to gather every evening to attack immigrants, injuring
several while the death of an economic migrant also seems to have resulted by them. At the
same time, the neo-Nazis alongside with the police also attack squats in the city centre,
leading comrades into a condition in which we have to defend ourselves at the risk of our
lives against police and fascist brutality.
The gravity of the situation is obvious. Once society accepts an unprecedented attack in
materialistic terms the most radical political parts – one of the main being the anarchist
milieu – are under police and fascists attack (literally this time, if one considers the
This is the reason why we urgently call for international solidarity!
Solidarity has always been one of the value features of anarchists. We always count on
solidarity to support our struggles and fight back the logic of isolation and retirement
into private life promoted by the state power, and also the capitalist condition of
individuation and dismantling of the collective notion.
Now that the Greek society and the proletariat suffer a strain with unprecedented
deterioration of living conditions, now that anarchists are under such an oppression that
takes dimensions of actual attempted murder, now that the anarchist political milieu is
being at the sight of state violence and fascist threat, we need to see our comrades
around the world to call actions and stand in solidarity to our struggle; by organizing
events, demonstrations, marches, protests, by writing texts, via words and actions;
anything that the comrades deem most appropriate; any expression of revolutionary
solidarity that only anarchists know and want to demonstrate, will vitalize our spirit and
strengthen our struggles.
With comradely greetings,
Group of libertarian communists (Athens)
See also the following Internet links:
http://en.contrainfo.espiv.net/ additional information about recent events in Greece
http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=1288989 video: police attacks
http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=1290982 video: fascists and
police in co-operation attack immigrants
nazis attack immigrants
http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=1288923 photos: police attacks
http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=1289018 photos: police attacks
http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=1289114 photos: police attacks
Joint poster by the International Relations Commission of the Italian Anarchist
Federation, and the Group of Libertarian Communists–Athens
in Greece and Italy, banks and government ministries are the enemies
In Greece and Italy, the capitalists and their political representatives produce
barbarity. With the excuse of dealing with the budget deficit (a debt created entirely by
them to recover their profit margins), they want to slowly take us back to the past
century, when the wealthy possessed the natural resources, a day’s work was paid a mere
pittance, the public social services were nonexistent, and only a few had access to
education and health care.
In this way, step by step, the major part of society is condemned to an ever greater misery.
Even concepts like ‘democracy’ and ‘constitution’ no longer hold: in Greece and Italy,
through real parliamentary coups d’état, the bosses have imposed new governments headed by
Their objective is to impose, faster and faster, even more barbaric measures in order to
ensure their subsistence and extend the dominance of their banks.
In Greece and Italy, the State does not hesitate to modify its own operating norms, but
rather seeks to hinder, even proactively, the expansion of social resistance that arises
in the streets and squares, by enervating and stifling its growth.
In Greece, in Italy and many other parts of Europe and the world, the bosses have declared
open war on the society.
In Greece, in Italy and many other parts of Europe and the world, like a century ago, the
self-organized, non-hierarchical and direct-democratic forms of resistance begin to
expand. Among the people, faced with the barbarity of capitalism and the States, the
libertarian hope grows.
We build communities of struggle in every neighbourhood, we spread radical practices of
revolutionary syndicalism and direct action, and we support any social act of revolt and
self-organization against dominant institutions. In Greece, in Italy and everywhere we
strengthen our actions and prop up the struggles with internationalist solidarity.
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