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(en) verba-volant: Anti-authoritarian movement of Thessaloniki -- Thessaloniki: Anti-authoritarian Movement intervention outside Canada collapse against El Dorado Gold and gold mining in Chalkidiki (ca, fr, gr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Thu, 28 Sep 2017 11:25:43 +0300

On Thursday , September 21, 2017, the Thessaloniki Anti-authoritarian Movement proceeded to intervene outside the Canadian consulate in Thessaloniki (the El Dorado Gold mining company is apparently Canadian) against El Dorado Gold and gold mining in Chalkidiki . The intervention was carried out earlier before the out-of-court trials of the city were held in solidarity with those prosecuted for the anti-mining struggle in Chalkidiki . By the way, we want to report that in the first trial of the anti-mining fighters, all the defendants were acquitted. The communiqué of the Anti-authoritarian Movement follows.
It is the third time that El Dorado Gold suspends the works (of gold extraction) and plays the role of tactics, in order to become the absolute sovereign of the extractions from Chalcidice to Thrace. With the pretext of arbitration (invented by the government to gild the pill and try to convince that it has no responsibility, since this government not only granted several licenses to the company, but also during its term began drilling and pumping of the wastewater), El Dorado Gold does not seem to be willing to accept any rule that is not its own.

We are going to say it clearly: El Dorado is the new Camora of development and investments. Since he set foot on Chalkidiki, he was interested in making alliances faster than destroying the environment. He had no difficulty in finding spokesmen and henchmen, not only in local society but also in the centers of power. This media, business, political and social front of the "willing" has come back to the surface to launch the series of mutual favors and blackmail: Alafuzos, Bóbolas, Mitsotakis, the mining unions sold to the bosses, and all well-known foundations and people favored politically and economically by the gold mafia, have already taken their seats in the El Dorado Gold Orchestra.
In addition, as the new gold mafia has entered the game of political power, all its partners and lackeys not only did not miss the opportunity, but caught it. The Syriza government was not exasperated by the extraction, but rather by the open collaboration at the tactical level between the New Democracy and El Dorado Gold. That is why the three do their best to carry out this work, which, as it progresses, seeks to silence all the authentic and spontaneous elements that have emerged from the struggle of the underdogs against the extraction.
Therefore, the movements and struggles that emanate from the passion for life and freedom are neither spectators nor collaborators of the Power in their games, but with their direct action intervene to dissolve (cancel) these games, also dissolving all the narratives of delegation. Specifically, at the same time as the government approved the operation of the Mesojora hydroelectric dam, leaving open the subject of the diversion of the river Aqueloo, and at the same time that it is privatizing the water supply, it seems that it is fighting for Skuriés.
The movements of modern life are outside and against the narratives of the managers of the Power, the State and the markets. They struggle to overthrow development planning, whose cornerstone is the constant enlargement, with all the catastrophic social and environmental consequences it inevitably entails.
Today the key question is not "development, how and for whom?" But "why development?". And the answer to this question is not between the deficient explanations of Right and Left, but in the hands and in the open dialogue between the movements for the life and the freedom. Their encouragement lies within the communities of struggle for the defense of common goods and for the defense of those who are prosecuted for this struggle.
The fighting in Chalkidiki began in the streets and in the streets will determine its outcome. We are not concerned with the conflict between the managers of Power. We are concerned with the purpose of the extraction of gold, it concerns the end of the state of captivity, and the end of the persecutions of the fighters.
Solidarity is our weapon. Those prosecuted for the anti-mining struggle are not alone.

Anti-authoritarian movement of Thessaloniki

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