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(en) Solidarious #17 Grecian Anarchist Bulletin for Counter-Information and Action, Sep. 2002 - HANDS OFF! LELAS KARAYIANNI SQUAT [solidarity actions] [L.K.37]

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Mon, 7 Oct 2002 04:17:31 -0400 (EDT)

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L.K. 37 squat is facing a new repressive attempt. Since the end
of July, the rector authorities of the university proceeded in a
low blackmail to achieve the expulsion of the squatters, by
cutting off the water and ordering the same for the electricity.

The building of L.K. 37 was bequeathed to the University, the
Polytechnic and the Fine Arts School in 1960 with the condition
to make it house for homeless and poor students, but it
remained abandoned since then for more than 25 years, as the
owners didn't even care to make any repairs. On the contrary,
their only interest was focused on how they would invalidate the
will so that they could use it "more profitably" as they had
written! In 1980 they even tried to agree on demolishing it and
make a new modern building in the same place in order to rent it
and collect the hire. This was hindered when the old house was
officially recognized "traditional" and not to be demolished.

The end of abandonment came in 1988 when a group of
students, workers and jobless youth occupied the building,
transforming it from a rubbish dump and pet cemetery into a
creative and active space for housing and for political, cultural
and social discussions and events, publications and
interventions. Until today, in this continuous and always
renewing course the squat became a source for a collective
project to self-organize and resist, beginning from criticizing the
housing issue and its commercialization, and spreading in a
series of other aspects of social oppression, class exploitation
and repression of the social fights and specific militants. As such
as space for anti-institutional and antiauthoritarian activities, it
was often target for repression, like in 1994 and 1995 when there
were police raids and arrests. Then the building was re-occupied
and the squat continued thanks to the solidarity of many

Today, the rector authorities remembered the building again,
asserting as a pretext that they want to make use of it. The fact
is that this house represents for them a means to take more
money from the European financing programs, which by the
way have no provision for housing poor students! It would be
ridiculous anyway to believe that the rectors care for this issue
when at the same time they throw out 1000 students living in
Ilisia Students' House in order to prepare the building for the
journalists coming for the 2004 Olympics. And while hundreds
of other buildings that were bequethed to the university are used
for profit, rented to companies such as banks...)

It's obvious that the squat is an obstacle for the revelry they are
preparing with the european money and so repression comes to
serve the business...

This attempt to repress one of the oldest squats, temporary
liberated zones in suffocating cities, is one more chance to
express active social resistance. Especially today, in conditions
of intensifying capitalist exploitation and state terrorism this
resistance needs more than ever its own self-managed spaces...



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