Thursday, May 20, 2010

This is what popular rage tastes like: politicians heckled, abused, attacked at restaurants, cafes and on the Greek streets

A series of articles has appeared in corporate press in Greece, showing the difficulties many politicians are faced with here when attempting an appearance in public. When spotted eating at a restaurant, ex-PM Karamanlis was approached by a woman shouting “shame on you, all you know how to do is eat”. A few weeks ago ex-president of parliament Apostolos Kaklamanis found refuge in a cafe’s toilets to avoid the crowd’s “congratulations” on his party’s efforts. Corporate media are now full of anecdotes like this: about the second minister of Economics who was forced to leave a beach in Athens; the once all-powerful minister of Shipping who is now heckled on a daily basis by a group of kids in his home island of Kos. The heckling and abuse that the ex-minister of Finance, Giorgos Alogoskoufis, has received in virtually all his recent visits to London. The house of Akis Tsohatzopoulos, a once-powerful figure in the social-democrat PASOK, which has turned into a sort of a monument of discontent, with its outer wall filled with messages of hatred. Or Giorgos Voulgarakis, who was heading to a cafe in the upper middle class area of Kolonaki only to be confronted (there, even…) with a small mob of people demanding to know “where the money is”. Random drivers beeping their car horns in disapproval when driving outside the parliament. The police have issued new, tighter measures of protection for the politicians and advise them to use small, unmarked cars rather than their beloved limos and SUVs for the time being. The stories are endless, it seems.

What will this translate into concretely is hard to tell, of course – these are the early days of Greece under the IMF. One is for certain: we’ve got the rage!

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Solidarity Poster for Polykarpos Georgiadis and Vaggelis Chrisohoidis (greece)

did anyone speak of a
“…A handful of capitalists
have organized a criminal gang
and have kidnapped the proletarians,
demanding for ransom
their labor force,
merchandising their human activity,
their time (which is turned into money),
their own being itself…”
to vaggelis Chrisohoidis and Polykarpos Georgiadis
who the persecuting authorities, exactly because they denied to betray values and people,
accuse them as participators in the kidnapping of industrialist Milonas
anarchists from Serres from north-greece

Anarchists solidarity protest outside Korydallos prison, the main prison in Athens, at the time of the change of the year. This protest happens every New Year's Eve for the past six years. This year more than 400 people took part in the protest that interacted with the prisoners inside through shouting mutual slogans and fireworks. The main slogan was "The passion for freedom is stronger that your prisons".
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A society that punishes/the condition of incarceration/the prison of the mind/the prison as punishment/the rage of the damned will sound on the ruins of prisons/those denying obedience and misery of our era even within its hellholes/will dance together on the ruins of every last prison/with the flame of rebellion avenging whatever creates prisons.

To the prisoners struggle already counting one dead and thousands in hunger strike across greece, we stand in solidarity and anger until the destruction of every last prison.



Keny Arkana - La Rage English Subtitles

1976 - 2000 Greek Anarchists Fight for Freedom

(December Riots in Greece)