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(en) UK, Dissent!* - Popular dissent against the Olympic Corporate Games

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Date Thu, 22 Jul 2004 20:32:18 +0200 (CEST)

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Dissent! is a network of groups and individuals taking action against
the G8 in Britain in 2005. Our struggle against the globalisation of
exploitation and capital means that we are in solidarity with the
struggles of all the common people around the globe. In the coming month
the focus of the global bosses is the Olympic Games in Athens (Greece).
The preparations for what is perhaps the biggest spectacle in the
world are well under way. So far national and international
corporate media have largely focused on the construction (or not)
of the Olympic venues. The social effects and consequences of
the Games however, remain largely unreported. Already massive
environmental damage has been caused plus nineteen workers
have lost their lives in the so-called working "accidents" whilst
working at the Olympic venues' construction sites. At the same
time, the Olympics have proven to be the perfect excuse for the
Greek State to attack all the social groups that are in the margins,
in fact, everyone refusing to participate in the corporate spectacle
that the Olympics are.

Furthermore, stray animals (mainly dogs, cats and pigeons) in all
four Olympic cities are already being killed in order to "clean"
and sterilise the cities for the arrival of the delegates.

A new 'Olympic' prison is being built at Aspropirgos, near
Athens. This is perhaps the strongest evidence for the repressive
wave that will hit Greece in August. It is expected that the
prison's inmates will include junkies, roma and refugee
populations, political activists; in fact, anyone seen to be causing
trouble or simply being in the way.

During and after the Olympics, Athens will have something
Orwellian about it; over 1,000 surveillance cameras have been
installed within Olympic venues and another 283 in other public
spaces. These are extraordinary numbers for a country where
such cameras have only been introduced within the last few
years. The cameras were supposedly installed temporarily and for
traffic co-ordination purposes only. This, however, would not
explain why most of them are installed in areas where
demonstrations are expected to take place. The Greek Minister
of Public Order, Y. Voulgarakis, recently confirmed our fears
that the cameras will stay after the Games. He stated that he
would never order the removal of the cameras, adding that "any
minister who did so would have to face the consequences, as this
(surveillance) network has cost a vast amount of money to the
country and therefore has to be used in the post-Olympics era".
Further adding to the whole surveillance paranoia Voulgarakis
announced that during the Games, citizens will be able to dial a
four-digit number (1014) free of charge, in order to inform the
authorities of any "suspicious" activities that they might become
aware of.

It is estimated that the security personnel present in Athens
during the Games will be 40,000 - 80,000 strong. The Greek
police and army, domestic and international intelligence services
and even NATO forces will be there. The first Olympic Games of
the post-9/11 era will be the Games of surveillance,
commercialism and State terrorism.

Finally, the environmental destruction caused by the
construction of venues for the Games is massive. The Olympic
Village is being constructed on the slope of the mountain of
Parnitha, eliminating part of forest in one of Athens' last green
resorts. At the same time, the canoeing venue is built in the area
of Marathon, despite the fact that this is an area of global cultural
and historical heritage. The list is endless: the destruction of
green space to allow for the construction of the ping pong venue
in Galatsi; cutting down of 8,500 trees to allow for the expansion
of roads; construction of an ultra-high voltage centre (400/150
ĂSK.Vat, 1120 M.V.A.) at the mount of Immitos. The centre is
being built 125 meters away from the local school.

Naturally, such repressive plans and actions have been fiercely
opposed by leftist and anarchist groups and individuals across the
country. Amongst others, the campaign "anti2004"
(www.anti2004.net) and numerous anarchist groups have taken
on a number of actions (such as the anti2004 anti-authoritarian
festival) to show their disgust for the Games and all that they
stand for: dope, bosses, multinationals, environmental
destruction, State repression. Opposition to the Games is strong
and growing. As an anarchist slogan states, many wish for the
Olympics to die in their birthplace.

We express our strong feelings of opposition to the Olympic
corporate games who aim not in promoting the athletic spirit, but
promoting repression and consumerism... in other words the
Olympic Truce, which the bosses are talking about, is a farce...
the only truce which is happening is among the bosses. We stand
in solidarity to the people who will make a stand against the
Olympic Games of the bosses.



The Dissent! assembly Bradford, 4.7.04

Link: http://www.dissent.org.uk
Source: http://www.dissent.org.uk/content/view/37/2/0pm
T-shirt & screen printing :: stencil-making
7.30pm Social evenings - cafe :: music


Extra events:

Friday 23 July
From 7.30pm: film night will include "The Governator", a film
about the election campaign for the governorship of California
by Arnold Schwarzennegger :: café :: raffle bar :: more films

Thursday 29 July
From 7.30pm: social night :: café :: raffle bar

Friday 30 July
From 7.30pm: Genoa - three years on. film night will include
documentaries about the demonstrations in Genoa in 2001, the
death of Carlo Giuliani and police repression :: café :: raffle bar ::
more films

Saturday 31 July
From 7.30pm: Tabla night - traditional asian drumming.
on the door :: café


Extra events most evenings:
call 07956 975490 for information

the struggle continues...
occupied social centre ex-grand banks
*[Ed. Note: Dissent! is antiauthoritarian anticapitalist initiative.]

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