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(en) Greece, land & freedom: Gatherings against patriarchy and gender-based violence [machine translation]

Date Thu, 1 Jul 2021 09:03:00 +0300


Call of the Group against Patriarchy - Anarchist Political Organization in the rallies against patriarchy and gender-based violence in Athens and Thessaloniki, on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. ---- THE PATRIARCHATE IS KILLING! ---- "This little flame is for you. Hold the sister and companion. When you feel alone. When you are afraid. When you feel that the struggle is very difficult or that life itself is difficult. Light it again in your heart, in your thought, inside you. And do not keep it just for you, comrade and sister. Take her to the missing. Take her to the murdered. Take her to the detainees. Take her to the women who were raped. Take her to the women who were beaten. Take her to the abused women. Take it to those who have suffered violence of any kind. Take her to the immigrant women. Take it to the exploiters. Take her to the dead. Go to her and tell each one individually that she is not alone, that you will fight for her, that you will fight for the truth and justice that her pain deserves,

Take this flame and transform it into anger, courage, determination.

Take it and join it with other flames.

Hold it and then you may think that there can be neither truth nor justice nor freedom within the patriarchal capitalist system.

And then maybe we'll meet again to set the system on fire. "And maybe you are next to us, to make sure that no one will put out the fire until there is nothing left but ashes."

Excerpt from the speech of the Zapatista women at the closing of the 1st International Meeting of Women Who Fight.
March 10, 2018, Morelia, Chiapas, Mexico.
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The cold-blooded murder of Caroline Crouch is not an isolated incident. Every year 50,000 women are murdered on the planet by their ex or current partner or other family member. In 2020 alone, ten murders took place in Greece, while since the beginning of the year at least three more women have been murdered.

What arms the hands of the murderers and washes away their crimes is a whole system, which has a name and is called patriarchy, state and capitalism. The perpetrators are nurtured, encouraged, armed and in the end covered and justified by the prevailing values and the mechanisms themselves. Indicative is the attitude of the police and the media in the case of the murder of Caroline, who for more than a month created the hagiography of the rich, successful Greek father and husband, reproducing his narrative of "robbery by foreigners" and sowing racist society , xenophobic poison. While after his confession, they rush to stigmatize the dead Caroline.

And if the murders come to light, always in a distorted way, on the contrary, the daily rapes that women suffer at work, at home or on the street, are usually covered by a veil of silence.

On Saturday, June 19, a woman cleaning the apartment building in Petralona was held hostage, raped and beaten for hours by a man who had already been convicted of another rape and attempted murder. The woman finally manages to escape with the help of her neighbors, covered in blood. The police refuse to enter the apartment, with the result that the rapist escapes, while the MATs line up in front of the people who have gathered in solidarity with the woman.

GENDER VIOLENCE IS A REGIME AS LONG AS THERE IS A STATE AND CAPITALISM

In the conditions of its ongoing disintegration, the authoritarian patriarchal capitalist system attacks, promoting violence against women, especially those belonging to the lower social strata, with the aim of their subjugation. Patriarchal violence is systemic violence and is an organic part of the authoritarian and capitalist world. It is another weapon in the quiver of the system for the division of the oppressed, for the diffusion of social cannibalism and the imposition of the tacit acceptance of the inequalities that it reproduces. That is why in the face of the gloomy reality reserved for us by the authorities all over the planet, we propose the organization of those from below and the claim of those who belong to us, the organized class counterattack of the exploiters, women and men, to overthrow the world of patriarchy.

For working women, the unemployed, refugees and immigrants, prisoners,

For Caroline, Dimitra, Eleni, for Zackie Oh, for every murdered, abused, raped, trapped

ORGANIZATION AND STRUGGLE FOR THE OVERTURN OF THE PATRIARCHAL-STATE-CAPITALISTIC SYSTEM

Concentrations:

Athens, Tuesday 29/6 at 19:00 at Syntagma

Thessaloniki, Tuesday 29/6 at 19:00 in Kamara

Group Against Patriarchy - Anarchist Political Organization - Federation of Collectivities

https://landandfreedom.gr/el/agones/435-sygkentroseis-enantia-stin-patriarxia-kai-tin-emfyli-via
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