Wednesday, December 15, 2010

more fotos from today Athens!A short report from the Athens streets today:

More than 150-200.000 people to the streets with angry moods. People from the organized political scene (anarchists and antiauthoritarians, leftists, a seperate march for PAME-KKE stalinists),base syndicats and workers groups, and also many "mainstream" workers (the strike was called and covered by the main sell-out trade union umbrella GSEE, and others (an initiative of families with more than 3 children: they are somewhat of privilegded traditionally in Greece, a status they lose to the austerity measures now), neighborhood and residents assemblies and anti-garbage-dump initiatives (there is actually a violent clash and police occupation in Keratea's planned dump outside athens these days). Most of the country's economy was blocked, since workers in ports, airports, trains, banks etc went on a strike.

Some speak of as large a participation as in May 5th demo (~300.000. where 3 bank employees died in a fire caught by molotov cocktails, locked inside their bank). Probably this was one of the reasons there was a real restrict of using fire against such buildings in this demo, virtually all of the "cocktails" were offered to the cops (also to a few luxurious cars). One of the few exceptions was the Grande Bretagne hotel opposite to the parliament that got hit by some really strong kind of firecrackers(?). Also, a former right-wing minister (Hadjidakis) got spotted and beaten to bleeding by mainly mid-aged "mainstream" demonstrators. Hours of strong clashes around Syntagma square (parliament) and all the way to the polytechnic.

The police gangs of Dias/Delta motorbike cops had their asses kicked maybe for the first time in such a massive scale, same goes for their riot-cop mates. At least 2 of their bikes were set on fire (also a riot police van) while many of their "kamikazee" attacks against the crowds were repelled with stone pelting and face-to-face fights by all means! To get even, they retaliated against passerbyers and isolated demonstrators. Thousands of plain-clothes & hooded pigs in large masses of 50-100 or more, sometimes even entering the demonstrations seemingly as yet another block! Many demonstrators got followed by such pigs after the demo and some got abused or even prosecuted for a "control check" at the police headquarters (a police tactic to intimidate and scare individuals out of participating in angry demos). Lots of people retreated to the Polytechnic university, around which battles with every kind of cops followed.

The plain-clothes cops took care of the greatest part of the repressive work today, this could be a new police tactic for demos in Greece, since in such a way the police doesn't seem so much (good for the TV and foreign press), but is more invasive and uncontrollable.

The people seemed to be overwhelmed with anger rather than fear of the police state terror, much actions of solidarity were demonstrated leading to a relatively small amount of arrests-kidnaps of demonstrators by the cops.

Some also speak of fascists with battons around the cops, attacking retreating demonstrators, but they could be as well plain clothes officers, as there aren't any differences in our days, except of a salary (the cops are probably the only "employees" in the country -ok maybe also the priests, get the idea- that dont suffer huge >30% wage cuts).

After the demo police took over seemingly every street in central athens, while motorbike patrols moved in Exarchia, to take over the streets, probably to avoid people staying out and moving to any strategic occupations and plans for the next moves.

some photoes:

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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)