Sunday, November 7, 2010

French Supermarket Carrefour blockades in Athens in solidarity with the revolt in France


At 1 o’clock this afternoon, Saturday, November 6th, approximately one hundred anarchists blockaded the front entrances of one of the largest french -owned Carrefour supermarkets, for nearly two hours, here in Athens, Greece. With large banners declaring solidarity with those revolting in France, the group prevented shoppers from entering the franchise Carrefour, while distributed flyers and texts outlining the struggle that emerged in France over two weeks, causing major economic disruptions through massive blockades and strikes, as well as rioting and sabotage. The texts were distributed inside the store and to the workers as well.  Shoppers were not allowed to enter the Carrefour and the group maintained a presence outside the doors, chanting “Solidarity is people’s weapon, make war to the war of the bosses”.In front of banners that read “Strike, Blockade, Sabotage- Resistance Everywhere!” and “Solidarity for those who revolt in France, “anarchists had conversations with passerby and potential shoppers, many of whom expressed their agreement with the action. Afterwards, the anarchists together marched through a nearby street market, chanting anti-capitalist slogans and distributing more information. There they were greeted warmly and with smiles. (In France, during the general strike, there were scattered reports about similar blockades of Carrefour supermarkets happening in order to contribute to the economic blockade there, as well as a re-appropriation action where a carrefour was looted and the products were distributed in a workers march.)
Inspired by the revolt that began to emerge in October in France, anarchists in Athens decided to make an event of solidarity while contributing, in any small way, to a disruption of French economy. This comes in the context where Greece’s socialist government is passing austerity measures and one out of three youth are unemployed while prices are soaring.  However, anarchists are not calling for a reformed capitalist economy or a more sensitive government, but a total destruction of the system, from Greece to France, and, always, through solidarity within the struggle.

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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)