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(en) fda-ifa: REBUILD LIBERTATIA
Mon, 5 Feb 2018 09:25:29 +0200
On January 21, 2018, a series of fascist attacks on emancipatory structures of the
left-wing radical movement took place in the Greek city of Thessaloniki. Tens of thousands
of fascists, nationalists, patriots and clericals had gathered to give new impetus to the
long dispute over the name of Macedonia and the legacy of Alexander the Great.
Nationalists in Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) claim the
name Macedonia in equal measure. Both states provoke themselves again and again for years,
i.e. by naming historical places or airports after Alexander the Great. Since 2014, there
have been no negotiations between the two countries. ---- Nevertheless, an agreement
emerged lately. ---- At least on the Greek side, however, the nationalist movement wanted
to stifle such an agreement, and therefore mobilized since weeks to the first
nationalistic mass demonstration since 1992 in Thessaloniki, the capital of the northern
Greek region of Macedonia.
On January 21, a mix of right-wing parties and organizations, members of the fascist party
Chrysi Avgi, nationalist hooligans, conservatives, Orthodox and patriots marched in
Thessaloniki, making clear what they think: "Macedonia is Greek!". It must have been
nearly 100,000 people.
Out of this nationalist demonstration, attacks on people and structures which were
fighting against the nationalist consensus of the fascists, patriots and clerics in the
past, have been repeatedly committed. First it hit the occupied school Sxolio, an
autonomous social and cultural project of the anti-authoritarian movement (AK) in the
district of Faliro. The attack of the fascists could finally be fended off.
However, the attackers moved on to the house of the libertarian communist group
Libertatia, which is only about 300 meters away from Sxolio. A first attack on the
occupied house could also be fought off. But two hours later, around 3:00pm, 60 to 70
fascists returned to the house and set fire to it.
The approximately 100-year-old building, which was occupied since 2007, completely burned
down with its large library and all belongings of the occupants. In response to this
coward attack, an anti-fascist demonstration was announced for the evening of January
22nd. In the course of this demonstration it came to some smaller riots and aggressions
against the police, which had the day before not only let happen but also partly actively
supported both, the attack on Sxolio as well as the attack on Libertatia.
While not one of the fascist arsonists was arrested, on January 22nd the police arrested
five participants of the antifascist demonstration, including one member of the collective
of Libertatia. But not enough, the prosecution now accuses the five antifascists of arson
of category two - an offense punishable by a sentence of five to ten years imprisonment.
Despite of this massive repression by the state and the militant attacks of fascists, the
comrades in Thessaloniki keep on fighting: They call for the intensification of resistance
to fascism and capitalism - in Greece as well as throughout Europe. Furthermore, the
comrades want to rebuild Libertatia.
We urge you to financially support this project: Support the reconstruction of Libertatia!
Support the imprisoned comrades! Support the anti-fascist resistance in Europe!
Freedom for the Thessaloniki Five! Death to fascism! Long live Libertatia!
Friends of Libertatia in Vienna, January 2018
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