Detailed description of the events during the anti-fascistic demonstration in Athens.
Since early in the morning
about 50 fascists had been gathered in Kolokotroni sq, where the
Neo-Nazi organisation “Chrissi Avgi” had planned a demonstration
for 7pm. An anti-fascist demonstration had been scheduled for 2pm,
organised by many organisations; though, since the square had been
occupied since early, 400 demonstrators from the left and
anarchist/anti-authoritarian space, gathered in Propylaea an
When the antifascists
approached Kolokotroni sq, they saw a chain of cops, forming a shield
for the fascists, who were standing behind the cops. At some points
the cops left some space for the fascists to move in between them.
This way, the fascists managed to stub two of our comrades and hit
another two ones with stones. The guy who was stubbed, was moved to
Evangelismos Hospital, where he stayed, after being having a surgery;
his situation is not critical. A young man who had been stabbed on
his leg and another one who was hit with a stone on the head, had to
be treated for just a few hours. A fourth person, hit by stone,
didn't need any treatment.
At about 11am, there was
an attack towards the fascists, stones were thrown and the two
opponent blocks came very close. The cops intervened, pushing the
demonstrators back, spraying tear-gas and beating with batons. An
antifascist fainted, beaten with a baton, while a video of the
corporate media showed fascists, holding greek flags, flare rockets
etc, to be in the lines of the policemen attacking the antifascists.
Confrontations also took place in several places in Athens, as groups
of individual fascists and antifascist, who were moving down-town,
meet each other.
At 1 o'clock, another
march, consisting of 200 people protesting against Bionova and
Genetically Modified Organisms, started, since it had been planned
long time ago. They finally chose to walk on Panepistimiou and join
the others. The antifascists made chains and started moving to
Panepistimiou to let the two marches together.
2pm: Antifascists threw
stones and sticks to the fascists, at the junction of Panepistimiou
and Sina str.. The cops intervened and there was tension, including
tear-gas, sth that happened again later. The left antiracist
organisations, which organised the demonstration, announced they have
decided to leave the place. The riot police attacked with chemicals,
so that they can reclaim Panepistimiou str. About 500 demonstrators,
blocked in Propylaea, occupied the Prytaneum, made a plenary and
called for an antifascist demonstration at 6pm.
A little later than 3pm,
the Public Prosecutor announced their decision to ban the
manifestation of the fascists and disperse their gathering. The
fascists initially refused, but left when they saw more squads
coming. MP of a left party said to radio station that he saw with his
own eyes, riot policemen to be loading a van with sticks, which were
given to the fascists.
7pm: evening demonstration
A little after the march
had started, with more than 600 people, the riot police attacked
without reason, beating mercilessly with batons and throwing a big
mass of chemicals and flare rockets. The batons and the chemicals
resulted in many people to be beaten or stepped over, including
demonstrator, passer-by civilians and TV camera operators. About 120
people were arrested and brought to the police headquarters,
including some injured ones, while the more seriously injured ones
went to the hospital in an ambulance. Small groups of demonstrators
were isolated and blocked in several places, while 300 people managed
to run to Exarchia sq; the formed roadblocks as they were surrounded
by police squads.
The situation got calm at
about 10pm, when all the arrestees were released with no charges.
Those who were in Exarchia dispersed in small groups, after some
time. Among the ones in hospital, 4-5 of them stayed there, including
a female comrade who had been hit by a tear-gas shot directly on her
eye and her forehead.