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(en) Greece, DANGEROUS FIRE IS A STATE AND CAPITALISTIC CRIME By A.P.O. (pt) [machine translation]

Date Fri, 10 Aug 2018 09:35:07 +0300


Position of the Anarchist Political Organization on the devastating fires that have recently hit Attica. ---- DANGEROUS FIRE IS A STATE AND CAPITALISTIC CRIME ---- The frenzy and death behind the "growth" behind it, the social anger over the bankrupt world of power ---- The events that we are watching over the last 24 hours in Attica are indeed shocking and cause sadness and anger to every person. The fires that broke out in many different places left behind a hundred dead people, thousands of burned acres of forest, and flattened entire areas and settlements, making the size of the environmental and social disaster incalculable. ---- From the very beginning, the state and the media are trying to present the image of the "national tragedy" resulting from an "asymmetrical threat" desiring to destabilize political and social life, while turning the terrible tragedy into a field of micropolitanist opposition to government around the management of the tragic results of the events. The crocodile tears poured can not in any way conceal the criminal responsibilities of the state apparatus and its antisocial role. As in the case of the devastating floods in Mandra, as well as ten years earlier in the murderous fires in Ilia and Evia.

The state, for decades, has sought to dissolve every form of social self-organization in relation to the elements of nature, but also in general, then replaced it, now expressing its weakness, inability or reluctance - because of its own interests nature, structure and orientation - to deal with the consequences of disasters, natural or man-made, leaving society to their harsh effects. At the same time, the continued underfunding of social care projects (fire-fighting, flood protection, anti-seismic works) combined with the waste of spending on military equipment in military equipment can only be characterized, particularly in a country that has been hit many times and is known their hazards.

In fact, the tragic events that shock us are not unfortunate incidents or deviations of the system, but inevitable and ever-escalating consequences that bring to the physical world and society the multitude of great and small interests that derive from the system itself and they support it. Specifically, the Eastern region Attica has become for more than thirty years a field of ruthless speculation because of the suffocating pressure for the continuous expansion of the Athenian metropolis promoted by central state policies and capital. Moreover, as a privileged residential environment for the middle and upper classes, as well as a profitable area for the development of the tourism industry, it is an eldorado of construction, building, real estate and business capital.

So it is not accidental phenomenon -in the event throughout the mountains of Penteli and Hymettus, at the foot of the mountains and adjacent lowland and coastal areas; the last thirty years, hundreds of fires that have turned vast areas of forest in place of the skull to achieve the declassification of entire areas of forest, turn into spaces of different uses and development of any kind of business and gradually integrated into the city plan. Within this condition the tragic events of Monday, July 23, 2018 could have happened in many other cases in the past, as is very likely to be repeated in the future. This lethal fire was just one of the hundreds that have erupted in the wider region,

It is important here to note that the fire that has taken place, despite its speed of expansion, because of the strong western wind it has been in the region, is by no means an "asymmetrical threat", as the Prime Minister has unprepared to justify the size human tragedy, mimicking the ridiculous statement of Minister Polydoras in 2007 about "wind generos". This was because the direction of the air was steady, the direction of the fire predictable and the extent of the burnt area relatively limited.

The fire started from the foothills of Penteli in a low vegetation area since it had been rebuilt in the recent past, headed east to a forested area, burning most of the settlement Neos Voutzas leaving behind dead people and proceeding to a dense forest area towards Mati and the beach. A unique firewall on this route, where ground-based fire-fighting vehicles can intervene to halt the fire, is Marathonos Avenue. It was certain, from the very first moment of the fire, that if it is not possible to stop the fire on Marathon Avenue - either because of the state's fire extinguishing mechanism or due to exceptional weather conditions - then it will continue in a densely populated forest area with high traffic, threatening thousands of human lives. For this, it is inconceivable that since early in the afternoon it was known to the state staff that the fire was growing in inhabited areas and that there was no way to hinder it, since this was never attempted by fire-fighting instruments, but the same Staff did not make any effort to evacuate the village of Mati or to notify its inhabitants even at the last moment, for what would inevitably happen. In addition, no state effort has been made by state mechanisms to directly launch floating means to save hundreds of people heading to the sea to save themselves from the flames, only hours later and after many have been lost to it. and from early in the afternoon it was known to the state staff that the fire was growing in residential areas and that there was no way to halt its pursuit, since this was never attempted by firefighting, but the same staff did not make any effort to the evacuation of the settlement of Mati or the warning of its inhabitants, even at the last moment, for what would inevitably happen. In addition, no state effort has been made by state mechanisms to directly launch floating means to save hundreds of people heading to the sea to save themselves from the flames, only hours later and after many have been lost to it. and from early in the afternoon it was known to the state staff that the fire was growing in residential areas and that there was no way to halt its pursuit, since this was never attempted by firefighting, but the same staff did not make any effort to the evacuation of the settlement of Mati or the warning of its inhabitants, even at the last moment, for what would inevitably happen. In addition, no state effort has been made by state mechanisms to directly launch floating means to save hundreds of people heading to the sea to save themselves from the flames, only hours later and after many have been lost to it. but the same staff did not make any effort to evacuate the village of Mati or to notify its inhabitants even at the last moment for what would inevitably happen. In addition, no state effort has been made by state mechanisms to directly launch floating means to save hundreds of people heading to the sea to save themselves from the flames, only hours later and after many have been lost to it. but the same staff did not make any effort to evacuate the village of Mati or to notify its inhabitants even at the last moment for what would inevitably happen. In addition, no state effort has been made by state mechanisms to directly launch floating means to save hundreds of people heading to the sea to save themselves from the flames, only hours later and after many have been lost to it.

The number of individual elements that contributed to the tragedy, such as the way of building, the absence of a district fire design and the evacuation and rescue design, mismanagement of traffic, state mechanisms, the criminal cover they provide to small and large private interests and their interference with them. However, in addition to the failed state-building plans and their even more failed implementation, the nightmarish events as developed and described above also highlight, in the most violent and obvious way, the deeply anti-social nature of the state which at a time of great social a crisis where thousands of human lives are threatened, has shown no reflective potential and reaction to the alarm and rescue of so many people. On the contrary, his inertia contributed to the disorientation, complacency and inactivity of the residents and visitors of the region in the face of the imminent destruction, with tragic consequences. And if this tragedy did not get even bigger, this is solely due to the self-action and solidarity developed by people who were faced with the fire and those who rushed to help. The state has remained at the very first moment a chilly, external and top observer of human drama, geared to managing the political cost of events, to masking and shifting responsibilities, and controlling the social anger that frightens the fools and the death it leaves behind the state-capitalist turmoil of development.

In the case of West Attica, the fire that occurred on 23/7 burning a large forest area and many houses in the village of Kineta and adjacent settlements, fortunately without human victims, had an obvious cause. The point where the fire occurred in Gerania Mountains and the forest land incinerated is the site that is planned to be converted into a bauxite mine by the Mytilineos group. In the past, a request for authorization was submitted by the Mining Company DELPHI - DISTOMON SA for an area of 50,000 acres in the Gerania Mountains, which was first rejected by the Regional Council for environmental and social reasons, one of the the forestry character of the area.

It is a real war against nature and society, which, like the war in general sweeping many regions of the world, is a constituent element of the system.

In an environment of wild class exploitation and attack on society and nature, destruction by fires is the result of the criminal policies of the state and of capital, of the very nature of the social and political world - a human being that is destructive to the natural world - and economic system that in the name of "development" and "profit" does not hesitate to destroy whole mountains, lakes and rivers to turn them into industrial zones, sink villages and scatter cancer to whether people, convert settlements into rubbish sites, plunder even the entire ecosystem. In this strategy, fires are a very common practice for desecrating and destroying the natural environment so that it can then be exploited and exploited through mines, casinos, maisonettes, tourism ... To emphasize that today the restructuring of the political and economic system is characterized by an unprecedented aggression towards society and nature, the key element of which is the giant enterprise of divesting public natural resources and land in private capital, from the Greek state under the EU's guardianship. and the IMF. the key element of which is the giant enterprise of the disposal of public natural resources and land in private capital, carried out by the Greek state under the custody of the EU. and the IMF. the key element of which is the giant enterprise of the disposal of public natural resources and land in private capital, carried out by the Greek state under the custody of the EU. and the IMF.

At the same time, the global environmental disaster, the dramatic climate changes and the way to deal with the "extreme" weather phenomena, highlight the overall bankruptcy of the entire political, economic, social and cultural system that is founded on social-class competition and hostility toward nature and societies. Typical is the case of the tragedy caused by Hurricane Katrina in N. Orléans in 2005, with more than 1800 dead people, mostly poor blacks - some of whom were murdered during the police and military control operations of the city - and hundreds of thousands of homeless people the result of state indifference and hostility towards them. As Republican MP Richardson Baker said cynically: "We have finally dispelled the issue of social housing in New Orleans. We could not do it, but God did. " This catastrophe was" exploited "by the state for the definitive displacement of the largest number of the poor black inhabitants of the city and was an" opportunity "for capitalist development, rebuilding and the transformation of the city on the criteria of state control and the profitability of capital. " I believe we can start from the beginning. This white page provides us with some very great opportunities. " Joseph Canizar, a big businessman.

Accordingly, for the state-capitalist system, the fire that burned an area of about 12,000 acres of forest and settled in eastern Attica leaving behind more than 90 dead people, as well as the fire in the Gerania Mountains and Kineta, are "opportunities" exploitation, "exploitation" and business development.

In conclusion, the solutions for defending life, humanity and nature from the threatened destruction and the perverse forms of destruction and death that the state-capitalist system places on them and point out the inevitable consequences of "progress" are not within the system, but to its destruction before pulling and destroying everything. The small but valuable struggles and resistances that emerge today (from Lefkimmi Corfu, Epirus and NE Chalkidiki to Agrafa and Acheloos and in many other regions) in front of the individual phenomena of the generalized destruction that spreads death, pollutes the earth, the air and the waters, burns the primordial forests and wipes out the wildlife, while simultaneously dissolving the local societies, they are mounds to prevent and delay this destruction and to defend those that can be saved, such as mountains ashes, coasts, rivers, lakes, animals and birds. But they must also become signs of a radical awakening and fields of deeper and conscious radical criticism and struggle against the state and capitalism that sweep the human society and the natural world.

At the same time, it is valuable to support those in need and to promote mutual aid as the most important human value, social self-organization as a practice that goes beyond the parasitic state, antisocial institutions and the hypocritical attitude of all sorts of political factors.

SOLIDARITY IN FIREPLACES IN ATTICA

NO CONFIDENCE IN THE STATE AND ITS MECHANISMS

COLLECTION - SOCIAL SELF-ORGANIZATION - SOLIDARITY IN ANY ASPECTS OF SOCIAL LIFE

RESISTANCE TO CRIMINAL STATE AND CAPITALIZING DEVELOPMENT

AGAINST NATURE LIFE LIFE FOR LIFE, LAND AND FREEDOM

Anarchist Political Organization - Federation of Collectivities
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