This is the first briefing in English about the 7/7 anarchist march in Greece. It was published on UK Indymedia (where it became part of the promoted newswire) and on www.indymedia.org.
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Here's the first English briefing:
Recently the Greek state and its neonazi thugs seek to intensify their
attacks on poor immigrants. Anarchists (most of them are of the
anarchist-communist variety, those who read Bakunin and Kropotkin) and
antiauthoritarians (a label that includes anyone fighting against state
oppresion, not necessarily an anarchist) from Greece called for a march
in Athens on 7 July 2009 at 19.00 o'clock, against what they call a
"modern apartheid" (refering to the recent attempts by fascists in the
Saint Pandeleimonas district, where immigrants many stay, to disallow
immigrants from entering into communal spaces such as playing grounds
or parks, but also to the cop operations in central Athens "clearing"
the city of unwanted immigrants en masse with no regard for their human
rights). It worths mentioning that the Greek press and television has
taken extreme xenophobic views recently, fully supporting the
government's attempt to drive people's attention away from the economic
crisis. There are also alarming government plans for all unwanted
immigrants to be arrested and held at concentration camps for years.
call to march was publicised on many places, including the Athens
Indymedia (athens.indymedia.org) website, which operates from occupied
computing equipment in the Athens Polytechnic university (NTUA), and
the government and OTE (the major ex-public Greek telecom company) are
desperately trying to locate and shut down. Anarchists in Greece also
publicise their news and calls with wall posters, graffiti messages,
anonymous blogs, through gatherings at occupied buildings or university
campuses, and pirate radio stations (some of them operating from
university campuses or near them). It is for these reasons that the
Greek state seeks to end the anonymity of blogs and put cops inside
university campuses, which are one of the few places in Greece still
free of cops (the other one being the Exarchia district in Athens
downtown which is traditionally controlled by anarchists and any cops
there are attacked with molotov cocktails, even though it is only a few
hundred metres away from the high-society bourgouoise district of
Kolonaki and the police headquarters in Alexandras Avenue).
The march began at 20.00 o'clock in Omonoia Square, downtown Athens, the capital city of Greece.
of counter-information flyers were distributed and a speech was made.
The march (as shown in the photos) had about 2500 comrades, and this
made the cops to keep themselves at safe distance.
march various texts were distributed, anarchist graffiti was drawn,
security cameras were destroyed, as well as bank ATMs. The march
proceeded towards Saint Pandeleimonas (a neighbourhood in Athens were
lots of immigrants stay, who have recently came under attack by
fascists) and when the head of the march was about to enter the
district the cops immediately fired tear gas and shock grenades, with
the comrades replying with stones and flare bombs.
had good defence and moved towards ASOEE (a public university in Athens
specializing in economics; comrades in Greece take advantage of a
sanctuary's law, called asylum, that disallows the cops to enter
university premises). There was somewhat of a chaos there for a while,
as some comrades where entering the university campus while others were
leaving to go fight the cops in the nearby Patision street. The whole
Patision street was in fire.
Barricades built with trashbins
set on fire were keeping the cops away and after the usual (for Greece)
violent fighting between anarchist comrades and the cops (and the huge
amount of chemicals released by them) the cops came under a
well-organized attack that forced them to take cover in the 3rd
September street, while the whole Patision street was again set on
Many immigrants were participating in the march and they
attacked Delta guards (Deltades) in Victoria Square (Deltades are
stupid thugs the state uses as light-cops until real cops can arrive):
when comrades informed the immigrants that real cops were coming to
Victoria Square (so that those with no passports could leave in time to
avoid arrest and forced repatriation), the immigrants, disregarding
their own individual self-interest, attacked the Deltades thugs, who
took cover at the nearby OTE bulding (OTE is the Greek National
Telecommunications Company, recently privatized and sold to German
After the march, the Saint Pandeleimonas district
was full of immigrants and clear of fascist scum or cops. The fascists
supported the cops in their attempt to drive the march out of Saint
A fascist accidentaly set himself on fire while
trying to use the anarchists' weapons against them, a sport the
fascists aren't good at.
The anarchists carried multilingual
banners in Greek, English, French, Arabic, Albanian, and other
languages known to the immigrants. A banner held by comrades carrying
black and red flags, both men and women, read: "war against bosses -
solidarity to immigrants".
Some of the graffiti created during
the march included: "death to fascists" on a bank's window and signed
with the anarchists' circled-A symbol; "don't touch the Efetio" on the
OTE building (telecom company) walls (the Efetio at the Sokratous
Street is a big occupied courts building in Athens downtown where lots
of immigrants live rent-free and was recently attacked by neonazi thugs
and cops, with the government eyeing to re-take it by force); "cops -
TV - neonazis, all the bastards work together" on a shop's security
walls and signed with the anarchist circled-A symbol; "immigrants, my
siblings, all of us together, black flag we rise to any authority" on a
wall and signed with the circled-A; and a big circled-A symbol painted
on a bank's advertisement immediately under the advert's words: "we are
A block of EEK members (EEK or Workers'
Revolutionary Party is a Greek Trotskyist political party with about
6,000 votes) was also seen marching in the streets near the anarchists
but not really intermingling with them. Anarchists in Greece generally
boycott the elections, but a few antiauthoritarians sometimes do vote
for small leftist parties. But even the bigger political parties on the
left of the political spectrum, such as the Syriza coalition, try to
persuade antiauthoritarians that they support their views, because they
want to capture for their interests the dynamism of the anarchist and
antiauthoritarian scene, which is particularly powerful and influential
in Greece, especially amongst the youth. While antiauthoritarians in
Greece sometimes do support particular parties, anarchists keep true to
Kropotkin and other classical anarchists' call for revolution without
representatives. The fact that leftist parties carry on trying to win
votes from antiauthoritarians and the anarchist-influenced youth
reveals the strong influence of anarchism in contemporary youth culture
in Greece, and also explains why the Greek government is so desperate
to upgrade its repression and surveillance apparatus (it recently asked
the Scotland Yard for help and plans to introduce DNA databases and ban
anonymous mobile phones).
A march also took place in
Thessaloniki in northern Greece (the second biggest city of the
country). Bank ATMs were also set on fire there.
were seen driving out of downtown Athens by 21.30-22.00 o'clock after
their attempts to put down the fires and the revolutionary spirit with
them. But no matter how many fires they put down, they and the whole
state apparatus won't succeed to put down the coming revolution,
because that's what the people want.