GREECE: Anarchists under fear of death from police/fascists – call for solidarity
We publish an urgent appeal for help from Greek anarchists, who are currently being physically attacked by fascists and police and in fear of their lives.
The purpose of this message is to inform you briefly about what has been happening during the last few days in Greece and to call for solidarity from anarchists worldwide. Greece is at a critical turning point, and many critical changes are taking place in a societal as well as on political and economic levels. The disintegration and dissolution of the dominant – until recently – model of power and exploitation is more than evident and defines what is commonly called ‘crisis.’ What we are experiencing now is the total failure of a system that is unable to secure any longer the social consensus and which is thereby engaged in a frontal attack that is unconditional and with no pretext.
Initially, at the beginning of this condition, which was called ‘crisis,’ the attack occurred in materialistic terms: with the devaluation of labour, the horizontal reduction of wages, the so-called ‘flexible’ working conditions, the institutionalisation of insecurity, the increased prices of goods and public utilities, the increase in taxes and cuts in welfare benefits; and at the same time, the sale of public wealth to private individuals, the widespread police presence on the streets, the auctions, and the rise of unemployment. In addition, the unprecedented attack by means of propaganda was unleashed, such as… ‘If the Troika does not approve the next installment of the loan, we will fall apart…’ Thus, the communicative mechanism of Power manages continually to blur the lines and maintain a state of terror, so ensuring the paralysis of society via extortion.
However, the resistance has never stopped for the proletariat. Occasionally, declarations for general strikes are supported by people who actively resist and express their willingness to fight against the conditions imposed by the State and Capital. At the general strike of May 11th in Athens, once again thousands of protesters marched and voiced their opposition to the Greek Government’s new anti-social measures, which affect the majority of people. During the demonstration, while a big part of the protesters had passed by the parliament and were heading to an end, the cops viciously attacked, without provocation,the most radical demonstrator blocks – anarchists and anti-authoritarians, neighborhood assemblies, rank-and-file labour unions, extra-parliamentary left – beating them with unprecedented savagery and firing hundreds of rounds of tear gas against them, until these blocks were dispersed. More than 100 demonstrators were hospitalized, while others underwent surgery.
Comrade Yannis is the protester whose health, right now, is the most critical. Having suffered a murderous attack by the cops, which caused him severe head injuries, he was transferred to the hospital in an antemortem (pre-death) situation – according to the medical report issued later. After the doctors ascertained the extent of internal head bleeding, he immediately underwent surgery. He has been intubated in the intensive care clinic since. His situation remains critical but stable.
It is obvious that these murderous attacks against demonstrator strikers on May 11th had a single purpose: to intimidate people and all those who resist. It was an act that aimed at the subjugation of people and which seemed to send the following message: stay home, quit and be disciplined.
Meanwhile the outbreaks of racist violence has multiplied across the country, and has reached a climax with an unprecedented pogrom against migrants unleashed. Groups from organized and/or autonomous fascists, racists and extreme rightists have taken the opportunity to gather every evening to attack immigrants, injuring several, and murdering one. At the same time, the neo-Nazis, alongside the police, attack squats in the city centre, which means we are forced to defend ourselves at risk of our lives. The gravity of the situation is obvious. Once society accepts an unprecedented attack, the most radical political parts – one being the anarchist milieu – come under sustained police and fascist attack.
This is the reason why we urgently call for international solidarity! Solidarity has always been one of the features of anarchists. We always count on solidarity to support our struggle and in our fight against isolation and the capitalist condition of individuation and the dismantling of the collective notion.
Now that Greek society and the proletariat suffer with unprecedented deterioration of living conditions… now that anarchists are under an oppression that takes dimensions of actual attempted murder… now that the anarchist political milieu is the object of state violence and fascist threat… we need comrades around the world to call actions and stand in solidarity with our struggle – by organizing events, demonstrations, marches, protests, by writing texts – anything that is deemed appropriate; any expression of revolutionary solidarity that only anarchists know will vitalize our spirit and strengthen our struggles.
With comradely greetings,
Group of libertarian communists (Athens),
See also the following Internet links:
http://en.contrainfo.espiv.net/ additional information about recent events in Greece
http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=1288989 video: police attacks the demonstration
http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=1290982 video: fascists and police in co-operation attack immigrants
http://www.demotix.com/photo/688561/demonstration-stabbed-greek-turns-riots-and-racist-acts photos: nazis attack immigrants
http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=1288923 photos: police attacks the demonstration
http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=1289018 photos: police attacks the demonstration
http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=1289114 photos: police attacks the demonstration
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