Thursday, May 20, 2010

Your struggles are in our best interest!

On Wednesday evening, some 200 protesters marched through the city of Frankfurt, Germany, in order to express their solidarity with the struggling people on the streets of Greece.

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Your struggles are in our best interest!

On Wednesday evening, some 200 protesters marched through the city of Frankfurt, Germany, in order to express their solidarity with the struggling people on the streets of Greece.

Partly in the pouring rain, the procession went one and a half hour through downtown Frankfurt making station at various points of interest, including the European Central Bank ECB), the state-driven kfw Bank and the Greek consulate. Trenchant speeches at the particular stops reinforced the criticism against the prevailing political circumstances and conditions.

The demonstration, which has been called to the eve of the newly general strike in Greece, enjoyed a quite eclectic participation. Beside many anarchists, and activists of the antinational 'Krisenbündnis' of Frankfurt, there were also many students, organized communists, and members of attac and various trade unions.

An answer to the class war from above

"Of course it would be better if hundreds of thousands of people in Germany took the social struggles to the streets as well," said a representative of FAU-IAA Frankfurt. There would be thousands of good reasons for a social uprising, and certainly not just in Greece.

Multi-billionaire Warren Buffet said in 2005: "Yes, there is class war, but it is conducted by my class, and we are going to win!"

As long as people in Germany wouldn't understand this, the representative of the anarcho-syndicalist grassroots union said, "we can just wish the best to the striking workers, retirees and the rebellious youth in Greece, because their strikes, the general strike and their struggles are in our best interest just as well!"

Nationalist sentiments stabilizing the system

An orator of Kritisches Kollektiv also harshly criticized the smear campaign against Greece, which was fueled by German media and politics. At the same time he pointed to the fact, how susceptible people in Germany were for nationalist resentments. Greece-bashing had completely superseded criticisms of the the political system in many circles of society.

While a radical criticism of capitalism would indeed open the possibility of a liberated society, at the same time it were just as necessary to combat regressive tendencies in society. "The more exacerbated the crisis gets, the more important is the battle against a recent wave of nationalism."

Being thankful for the "financial aid package"? Against the politics of pauperization in Greece.

An activist of the social revolutionary 'Krisenbündnis' severely criticized the so called "financial aid package", which the people in Greece would not have any reason to be thankful for. The money would flow only in return for "painful, brutal reforms" which were especially painful for the workers, retirees and the poor.

On the other hand, German banks and the German armament industry would massively profit by the financial aid for Greece, because their credits and arm orders were safeguarded. At the same time, Germany had been shirking from paying some 50 billion Euro of reparation payment for German war crimes.

Unhierarchical organisation proved – now does the wave of solidarity go on?

In a quite relaxed mood, the protesters got in touch with many pedestrians. Especially around the main station some even joined the speaking choirs, while most others at least watched the scenery with some interest. Besides "Antinational solidarity", "Anticapitalista" and some Greek slogans, the demonstrators often chanted "Social struggles in Athens – attack the system here as well", even Bert Brecht's song "Arbeitereinheitsfront" came to unusual fame.

At the demonstration which again wasn't announced to the authorities, the concept of an unhierarchical organisation "from the grassroots" has proved to work well. The solidarity circle which had spontaneously emerged from a panel discussion at FAU, invited all interested people to pass on the appointment and to equally contribute to the demonstration.

Police brutality was omitted this time. While the state servants kept intervening in the route, they finally mostly regulated the traffic.

After the solidarity demonstrations in Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin and now in Frankfurt there is hope that people get together in many more cities of Germany, in order to order to accompany the recent general strike with an apparent wave of solidarity.


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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.



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