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(en) Greece, Thessaloniki: Call by the Anarchist Federation to support the demonstration against the OASTH miserable transport

Date Wed, 26 Feb 2020 09:26:00 +0200


Saturday 22/2, 12:00, Statue of Venizelos ---- As the political elite, OASTH executives and shareholders squeeze public funds, thousands of poor diabolicals sail under the miserable regime of urban transport in Thessaloniki. ---- Since 1957 OASTH has been the monopoly of Thessaloniki's public transport. One of the many paradoxes is that by 2017 the organization, although a legal entity under private law, is subsidized by the state. This creates a condition of full security for shareholders' funds, as any revenue reductions are covered by state funds. In 2017 OSTH is nationalized, put into special clearance and a new public body is set up. Today, Thessaloniki public transport is in the form of a public-private partnership (PPP). ---- OASTH has taken over the transport project along with the KTEL buses, which have already taken over 6 lines and from January will take 25 rural lines. The following will be lost from this treaty for yet another forum, as the analog ticket that applies to KTELs is unlikely to apply to the specific lines mainly used by workers in industrial areas (Sindos, Thermi, Oreokastro).

On the other hand, the situation at the bus hub has reached an impasse. Racist and sexist attacks, whether by passengers or drivers, are a daily occurrence. Some drivers, on the other hand, had been leading such movements by excluding refugees from the buses before the ND government excluded them from the hospitals. Also, the frequency of the itineraries is unacceptably low, so we stack up like sardines, until recently a glass has been broken on the bus due to the suffocating crowd. Of course, those responsible (President of OSTH, Mayor of Thessaloniki, Minister of Infrastructure and Transport) are hurrying to reassure us that conditions will improve, and that there will be a competition for fleet purchases. The buses which, however, promise with their thick words they won't go out on the road before 2021! These leaders urge us to be patient.

Obviously they have time to get on the bus, so to say so easily. For those of us who come to grips with the miserable conditions on OSTH buses every day, we have to tell them that we are not patient. dozens of buses will be withdrawn due to age limit (20 years). At the same time, dozens of vehicles are sprawling in the OASTH train station for half a year. Mitsotakis was outrageously cynical anyway when he said that the situation with the Thessaloniki public transport would get much worse until it got better ... But better for whom? Obviously better for the individuals who will take on the project, after the big buckwheat continues, with zero transparency of inputs and outputs of the organization. Today every drone comes out and announces to us with great impudence that we are responsible for the situation of OASTH, the "downers", the ones below who do not accept a ticket for our journeys. So are the wages coming to us, that is, at a time when constant wage cuts and job elasticity have forced many of us to fail to pay the basics. They have the audacity and we are shaking our fingers, as the taxes we pay are financed by OASTH funds, from which shareholders and executives of the organization eat and drink. Furthermore, Ticket prices are rising rapidly, making it inaccessible on a daily basis for many and many who find it difficult to make ends meet. Ticket prices are constantly rising, so that shareholders' drivers will not gag. In fact, the state undertakes to pay to OSTH either the full price or the difference that arises for those who travel with OSTH for free or with a reduced ticket. Consequently, the artificial narrative that those who fail to validate a ticket are responsible for the bad texts of OSTH constitutes a fairy tale that both the shareholders and executives of OSTH, as well as the individual state and municipal leadership, in order to renounce the responsibilities they so burden corruption, as well as their anti-popular policies. Ticket prices are constantly rising, so that shareholders' drivers will not gag. In fact, the state undertakes to pay to OSTH either the full price or the resulting difference for those who travel with OSTH for free or with a reduced ticket. Consequently, the artificial narrative that those who fail to validate a ticket are responsible for the bad texts of OSTH constitutes a fairy tale that both the shareholders and executives of OSTH, as well as the individual state and municipal leadership, in order to renounce the responsibilities they so burden corruption, as well as their anti-popular policies. Ticket prices are constantly rising, so that shareholders' drivers will not gag. In fact, the state undertakes to pay to OSTH either the full price or the resulting difference for those who travel with OSTH for free or with a reduced ticket. Consequently, the artificial narrative that those who fail to validate a ticket are responsible for the bad texts of OSTH constitutes a fairy tale that both the shareholders and executives of OSTH, as well as the individual state and municipal leadership, in order to renounce the responsibilities they so burden corruption, as well as their anti-popular policies.

The question is not whether the new body to be set up will be private, public or partnership of both. We want to have public and free movement for everyone: workers, students, pensioners, unemployed, immigrants. Each of us is forced to use the bus to go to work, school, hospital, etc. So you have no requirement to pay a ticket. The fare should be borne by those who benefit from our final destination, the bosses and the state.

Under the current conditions of the dominant, capitalist social formation, capital has been overwhelmingly colonized over time, directing every human activity to its reproduction. Even our own movements contribute to the reproduction of capital itself and of the dominant, capitalist system itself. We move to work, to study (to work), to ride (to get out of work), to consume (our job pay), to go out on a job search. In short, we move in order to finally move the cogs of the capitalist mechanism. Within this suffocating condition of capitalist daily life the cost of commuting, among other utilities / services, is passed down from the bourgeoisie to the backs of the devil. Our exploitation by the bourgeoisie is therefore not limited to our workplaces. Class bleeding extends to every conceivable level of our daily lives, to every conceivable part of metropolitan tissue.

We call on the vast social majority of the oppressed and exploited to turn to collective treatment of their common problems, precisely because the material interests of those at the base of the social and productive pyramid are in common. Guilty for the unbearable day-to-day life we experience, for poverty, poverty, unemployment, social and class exclusion, public service degradation, hunger wages and crumbs pensions, are those who live parasitically at the expense of the producers, their bosses and their political staff. That is why the world of social base must erect mounds of resistance to the oppressors who oppress us, recognizing and fighting its true class enemy,

It is imperative in the here and now to try to recapture the stolen from the bourgeois parts of our daily lives. Collectively and in bulk we do not hit tickets in the city (if we hit a ticket, then, as soon as we get off the city, we deliver it to a passenger), we sabotage the cancellation machines, we show our solidarity with the passengers we boil down to of capitalist destitution, we do not allow racist and sexist behavior to be tolerated, we persecute the controllers who play the role of rufian quasi-cops, we collectively erase the fines they impose on us. We demand decent conditions for our commute, increased itineraries and urban, the necessary standards for the dignified access of people with disabilities to public transport and, finally, free movement for all. Support the grassroots self-help initiatives related to the fight for free and dignified movement for everyone.

We call in support of the demonstration against OASH's abominable public transport: Saturday 22/2, 12:00, Statue of Venizelos

NO TOLERANCE TO THE SPORTS OF OASTH MOVEMENTS

STRUGGLE AGAINST STATE AND CAPITAL BARBARITY, OUR SOCIAL EXCLUSIONS AND OUR CLASSIC REVOLUTION FROM DOCUMENT

WHAT THE CAPACITY OF CAPITAL DEPARTMENT IS INTENDED FOR, SO WILL SOCIAL DISPUTE AND PROLITERAL RESISTANCE

WE REQUIRE RISING ROUTES OF URBAN TRANSPORT, FREE AND SAFE MOVEMENTS FOR EVERYONE

WITH CLASS SOLIDARITY, COLLECTION AND SELF-ORGANIZATION WE ARE RESPONSIBLE TO STATE AND BENEFICIAL ATTACKS

Anarchist Federation (Thessaloniki Region)

site: www.anarchist-federation.gr

email: anarchist-federation@riseup.net
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