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(en) Greece, Anarchist Federation: Prohibition of protests, juntas are for crises. Everyone on the street by Spyros Dapergolas [machine translation]

Date Fri, 10 Jul 2020 09:28:56 +0300


Bourgeois democracy always respects "democratic rights" if it can "sell" them more expensively than it "buys" them. ---- But we live in a time when "democratic rights" can be expensive. We are living in another episode of an escalating economic crisis that began a decade ago with fiscal collapse, memoranda and commissions and is now enriched by a series of other crises such as health, geopolitics, immigration... Huge challenges are coming so far. state / capital as well as the social base. In such circumstances, the people's choice to take to the streets can determine developments in directions that the state avoids. That is why the state is targeting the protests. As a while ago, he targeted Exarcheia. Or as he did with the right to strike. With the squatting. Just like he hired thousands of new cops. As he bought auras and tons of new chemicals. If one does not see that the other side is being equipped while at the same time trying to disarm us, he is voluntarily blind.
So this is not the time for "democratic rights", they cost a lot and after all a right-wing government does not easily find buyers in its audience, it cannot even sell them. On Thursday, the Parliament passes a bill that practically abolishes the right to demonstrate. We are not the ones to be surprised by such a blatant violation of the letter and spirit of the supposed "democracy". However, it is worth noting something unprecedented: although part of ND's election program, this legislation had disappeared for a long time. It is of particular importance that he returned to the public eye and ended up being voted on under public pressure by a major capitalist through the (pro-government) media he owns. This is a rare time when the interaction between capital and the state becomes so obvious. And it makes sense.
In fact, their goal is not so much to gather the base if it gets in the way. They are well aware that state power cannot confront the majority with the sheep of democracy when it revolts. Their goal is to stop the sparks that can ignite fires. Their goal is the political and social structures of struggle. Organized forces from the entire opposition spectrum, uncontrolled unions, local movements and demanding struggles. They are the best they can do to defend their interests. Having an army of propaganda parrots, they are trying in practice to cut off the social media's channels of contact with its radical spear. They are trying to divide the base.
In such a challenge there is neither half-heartedness, nor any choice for whatever power is on the side of the many. The choice is one. Open, public and fully aware of the possible costs, refusal to comply with the new law. Every organization, every formation of a struggle must come out in public and declare its disobedience. To declare it both to the state as a proud and honest act of resistance but also to the base as a promise and commitment. As the Anarchist Federation, we clearly state that we will not respect the new law. We will demonstrate whenever we choose and the conditions demand and we will face any cost that this choice brings.In any case, we believe that the generalization of this disobedience has every possibility of abolishing this law in practice. And by achieving something like this, it will prevent the reduction of the forces of our class in the battles that are coming and from which the future of ourselves and our children will be judged. The plans of the government will not pass.

The juntas are really for the crises.

But the uprisings are for the juntas, let the junta never forget that.

Everyone on the street!
Athens: Thursday 7/7, 19:00 Propylaea
Thessaloniki Thursday 9/7, 19:00, Venizelos Statue bedrooms
Anarchist Federation
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