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(en) www.anarkismo.net: Greece, Saronic, the marine dump of development by Agros (gr) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 28 Oct 2017 10:45:21 +0300


Against this treaty, against the polluting civilization, to re-establish our collective resistance, self-organized and uninvolved. Through multi-faceted actions, by strengthening solidarity relations and networking of struggles, by grounding our prerogatives through appropriation and occupation of lands, take a stand against state and capital plans, land and freedom. ---- Saronic, the marine dump of development ---- September 10, 2017, the tanker Agia Zoni II, sinks into the Saronic Gulf. The ship transferred (according to the well-known shipowner of Kountouri) about 2,600 tons of oil. The media are confusingly publishing the first news, obviously not by accident, and the same pattern is followed by the government. They talk about limited oil outflow. However, the large oil spills and the pitch gradually covering the Saronic coast can not hide. The sunken tanker was a one-sided 45-year-old boat, remarkably repaired with patches and with 2 sailors instead of 11, as planned, in its handling. Under such conditions, the "star of Greek shipping" can shine on the top of the world list ...

His sinking takes place shortly after he had loaded most of his cargo from Hellenic Petroleum, at the Aspropyrgos refineries. Initially, they talk about 300 tons of oil at sea, then become more than a hundred. In the next few days management by media and state mechanisms is done with more "thin" manipulations. A rundown of former and current ministers, mayors, specialists, shipowners and channelists are beginning to ecstatically shame to disguise not only the "accident" as they call it, but overall the "noble" practices of capitalist development (industries, shipowning capital, trade, tourism, refineries, urban waste water) that for decades have turned Saronikos into a savoy. The conversation is now focused on the corrective actions to be taken by the state and the ship company in order to eliminate the damage, both as an image and as a memory, in which case it is spent on decontamination mechanisms and specialized techniques for removing oil, the possible compensations that the affected tourist areas will receive, the "superhuman" efforts of the state apparatus that manage to eliminate the oil from the sea and with it another history a degradation of the Saronic Gulf and the lives of its inhabitants.

The sinking of the tanker was not an accident. What is never going to be said is precisely that it was a premeditated crime in the name of capitalist development, the one that spreads only looting and death. For many decades Saronikos and its coastal areas, from Perama and Keratsini to Elefsina and Aspropyrgos, Salamina and Psittalia, have the characteristics of a particular geography. Piraeus is now a transit commodity giant of goods and millions of passengers and tourists from and to the countries abroad as well as to the Aegean islands. Obviously, the burden of the Saronic Gulf on the hundreds of ships of every kind that crosses it daily is systematic. Wastewater and petroleum products leaving ships during their transit are the main cause of desertification of the marine environment and this is a daily "accident". At the same time, hundreds of tankers are loading and unloading oil and various derivatives and "accidents" during transport are innumerable. Reading even research from shipping circles can see that oil spills (from breaking a hose to transhipment) are a constant source of pollution for the Saronic Gulf, and it is easy to see the magnitude of atmospheric pollution from chimneys the refineries and furthermore the burden of the aquifer in the areas of Elefsina and Aspropyrgos from their waste. Part of the same story, Psittalia,

The pollution in Saronikos was not "discovered" by the sinking of Agia Zoni II tanker. The latter event is a sharp expression of this daily history of degradation of the areas, the complete depreciation of the inhabitants' lives and the brutal imposition of polluting civilization on every facet of their existence . Especially the areas from Perama to Eleusis are classically determined, with the inhabitants, on the basis of the class pyramid, to have accepted and incorporated this treaty under blackmail, saying that in order to survive you will have to work in the pollutant and carcinogenic environment refineries and shipbuilding areas. The last event and its management is to highlight the normalization of this irreversibility, the unspent fall of space, land,

Everything is allowed in the name of the development of this sovereign project to which we are called to join. The development projects, however, are only the realization of capitalist projects, the material nature of the sovereign impositions.
Particularly in recent years, in a crisis environment and with the establishment of the permanent emergency, there is an intensification of the development plans, a re-legitimation in the name of the "salvation of the national economy", which is accompanied by acceleration in the implementation processes. In the Saronic area, this intensification is evident. With the sale of PPA to COSCO, a special economic zone is created in the region, with special working conditions (the Minister of Labor is already preparing a legislative amendment for the operation of modern galleys). The transit capacity of Piraeus is increasing; COSCO has increased its port capacity to 5.5 million containers,

But the "work" at ELPE refiners, Latsis interests and the Greek state, seems to be profitable - the turnover of the company in 2016 exceeded that of 2015 and amounted to 328 million euros. Obviously, the increase in profits goes hand in hand with the easing of labor relations, workers' exhaustion, incomplete security measures resulting in many injuries and murderous "accidents", most recently in May 2015 with six injuries and the death of four workers.

We need to stop at another point. Domestic shipbuilding capital is a pillar of capitalist development and enjoys a particular response from the Greek state. Apart from not taxing his profits, he has imposed a labor middle ages, deals with all sorts of smuggling, is part of a system of interference with many bots, holds media, football clubs. and uses the fans as a mercenary army (see Marinakis-Melissanidis). It is funny, therefore, from the point of view of the media management, but also of state actors, to do as if they discovered America with the smuggling affair in which St. Zion II was involved. The interwoven and the depreciation of profit in all its grandeur.

The state, with its mechanisms, policies and regulations, is on the side of shipping, petroleum, industrial capital, either left-handed or right-handed. The present government, this social democracy-far right hybrid seems to play its role. On the one hand, it is rushing to conquer the magnitude of the disaster, and on the other it seems to be on the side of the victims. A typical example of its commitment to the suppression of any social unrest is the management of the Eldorado Gold case: while the destruction of Mount Kakavos is prescribed, it plays the "intransigent" government paper and the observance of laws and order, sending the company into a pseudo-procedure "Arbitration",

The great disaster in the Saronic Gulf is an emphatic point on the roller coaster of the development map. And it is inevitably linked to the already widespread disaster in North America. Halkidiki from the mines of Eldorado Gold, the RSW-plants (the euphemistically renewable energy) in every inch mountain in Crete, the Peloponnese, etc. for the benefit of various energy lobby, the continued diversion of Acheloos river, and slicing the marine area of the Aegean and Ionian seas in "plots", for oil and gas drilling ... But to return to Attica, with plans for mining craters in the Geranian Mountains, the impending destruction of Philadelphia for the benefit of Melissanides, the sale of the former Hellenic Airport to a Latsi interest company to turn it into a controlled zone that will target high incomes and tourists. These are just some of the pieces that make up the pillage of land plunder in the name of growth. The sweeping development projects that suck the maximum earth, air, water, energy sources to expand markets, reflect, because of our infinite interactions with the natural surroundings, and an aggressive strategy with regard to the formation of the same characteristics of life. The inhabitants of Saronikos will learn to breathe polluted air, to work in galley conditions, to swim in polluted seas, just like the inhabitants of the Northwest. Halkidiki will inhale high concentration dust,

The latest crime in the Saronic Gulf area has made visible, due to its extent, a condition that has become a living condition. We seek to become accustomed to the devaluation of our lives, to be definitively and irrevocably subject to the conditions imposed by sovereign plans, to the endless flow of goods, profitability, in terms of exploitation, oppression, pillage. Until life is impregnated by these very values as a whole. Issues of polluting culture are not resolved by quantitative style arrangements: less intervention, less pollution, less profitability. They are not solved by rationalizing development. Against this treaty, against the polluting civilization, to re-establish our collective resistance, self-organized and uninvolved. With multi-faceted actions, by strengthening solidarity and networking,

We do not want a "other kind of development", but the destruction of a world that exploits, inequality, looting.

This world is not rational, it is overturned.

* Text of the Occupation Agros that was shared in intervention at Ilion-Ag. Anargyroi for the last disaster in the Saronic Gulf.

https://www.anarkismo.net/article/30611
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