Live updates on the General Strike in English

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This is where we can together up-to-date information on the General Strike demonstrations in Athens, Thessaloniki and the other Greek cities.

από Syntagma is the new Tahrir 23/02/2011 11:03 πμ.


από τσαφ 23/02/2011 12:43 μμ.


12:00 (GMT+2): Thousands of people are gathering in central points of Athens, Patras, Thessalonica etc. The marches have not begun yet as more people are coming out to the streets. Thousands of cops (riot police, motorcycle and secret cops) are also moving around the gathering points trying to terrorize people that are going to the demos. According to the authorities, police forces from many places have moved to Athens to join the suppression plan.

 

12:30 (GMT+2), Athens: “Preventive” detains of grassroot union workers. Thousands of people still gathering. Many secret cops around Exarheia and the streets around.

Thessalonica: Secret cops were chased by demonstrators. Some CCTV cameras were destroyed as the march have already began

Patras: Maybe more than 4000 people are marching on the central streets of the city. Migrants have also joined the demo.

από %^ 23/02/2011 1:09 μμ.


12:50 (GMT+2), Athens: The demo is huge. Some reports say that it2019s larger than last year2019s great general strike demos. The corrupt president of GSEE (General Confederation of Greek Workers), Panagopoulos, was provoked by protesters. PAME (the syndicalist union of Greek 201cCommunist201d Party) organized a separate demo as usual, which also has thousands of people. The head of the demo has already reached Syntagma square (outside parliament) while thousands have not started marching yet. Secret cops went on some more detains of people carrying bags.

από h 23/02/2011 1:32 μμ.


13:30 (GMT+2)More people are concentrating in Syntagma Sq. Cops are teargazing people there. According to RADIO REVOLT cops have attacked to various points of the Demo.

23 de febrero: Actualización de la jornada de huelga general en Grecia

Constantes actualizaciones de lo acontecido en las manifestaciones en toda Grecia

12:53 (GMT+2), Atenas: La manifestación es una de las más grandes realizadas en Atenas durante los últimos años. El tiempo es bueno, el ánimo también. La gente se van dirigiendo despacio a la plaza mayor de Síntagma

12:50h (GMT +2), Atenas: La manifestación es enorme. Algunos informes dicen que  más grande que las grandes manifestaciones de las huelgas generales del año pasado. El corrupto presidente de la GSEE (Confederación General de Trabajadores Griegos), Panagópulos, fue provocado por manifestantes. La PAME (la unión sindicalista del partido «comunista» de Grecia) organizó una manifestación por separado, como siempre, la cual también cuenta con miles de personas. La cabeza de la manifestación ya ha llegado a la plaza mayor de Síntagma (a las afueras del parlamento), mientras que miles de manifestantes aún no han comenzado la marcha. Policías secretos procedieron a más detenciones de personas con mochilas o bolsos.

12:00h (GMT +2): Miles de personas se van reuniendo en puntos centrales de Atenas, Patras, Tesalónica, etc.  Las marchas no han comenzado todavía ya que cada vez más personas están saliendo a las calles. Miles de maderos (el grupo antidisturbios, equipos motorizados y policías secretos) también se están moviendo alrededor de los puntos de encuentro, tratando de aterrorizar a la gente que se va a donde las manifestaciones. Según las autoridades, fuerzas policiales de muchas ciudades de provincias se han trasladado a Atenas para participar en el plan de represión.

12:30h (GMT +2), Atenas: detenciones "preventivas "de sindicalistas de base. Miles de personas siguen reuniéndose. Muchos policías secretas en todo el barrio de Exárjia y las calles de sus alrededores.

Tesalónica: policías secretos fueron perseguidos por manifestantes. Algunas cámaras de vigilancia fueron destruidas después de que la marcha hubiera comenzado.

Patrás: Tal vez más de 4.000 personas están marchando en las calles céntricas de la ciudad. Varios inmigrantes también se han unido a la manifestación.

από 88690 23/02/2011 1:49 μμ.


13:40 (GMT+2) Athens: Thousands of people have gathered at Syntagma Square. A lot of teargas has been used in an attempt to disperse the crowd. Molotovs have been thrown at riot police outside parliament. People have attempted to occupy the Ministry of Finance near Syntagma Sq.

από t857 23/02/2011 2:05 μμ.


13:57 (GMT+2) Athens: The demo has been teargassed all over and has been cut into many parts. There are clashes all over Athens and there are reports of police motorbikes on fire. Some random arrests.

από 7780 23/02/2011 2:17 μμ.


14:10 (GMT+2) Athens is like a gas chamber. There are violent clashes all over, and many demonstrators have been injured, including old people and the handicapped. There are a lot of undercover cops in hoods. People are still on the streets and defending themselves.

από 467 23/02/2011 2:32 μμ.


14:28 (GMT+2) Thessaloniki: Police tried to break the demo by attacking with a large amount of teargas and with flash bang grenades. A lot of ATMs have been smashed, and clashes continue in Aristotelous Square and the streets around it.

από 8-=] 23/02/2011 3:09 μμ.


15:05 (GMT+2) Athens: Mixed blocks of people are gathering in front of the parliament and are calling for everyone to join them there. People from Exarchia are trying to form an assembly. Many reports say that the crowd size is similar to that of the May 5th, 2010 demo (around 250,000 people). Thousands of demonstrators are still in the streets around Exarchia and Propylaea and are trying to access Syntagma Square. Numerous riot police block the streets. In many places throughout Athens, protestors are throwing stones and the police are firing teargas and flash bang grenades. There have been an unknown number of arrests. Central metro stations have been closing for short periods. A mixed crowd of people still occupies Syntagma Square.

από 790[6 23/02/2011 3:26 μμ.


15:23 (GMT+2) Demonstrations in many cities around Greece including Thessaloniki, Patras, Ioannina, Kozani, Agrinio, Naxos, Rethymno, Volos, Arta, Heraklion, Larisa, Serres, Kefallonia, Mytilene, etc. In the city of Drama, the city hall was occupied by protesters for a period of time.

από 709= 23/02/2011 3:42 μμ.


15:38 (GMT+2) Athens: Several thousand people are gathered in Syntagma Square, where police cordons protect the Parliament building. The call has gone out for everyone to return to Syntagma. At least 30 people have been arrested in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Rectorate Authorities are holding a meeting to prepare to violate acdemic asylum. People are gathering in Omonoia Square in preparation to march towards Syntagma Square. the central metro stations have been intentionally closed by the police.

από 4678 23/02/2011 4:18 μμ.


16:10 (GMT+2) Athens: The police cleared off at least the larger part of Syntagma Square for a moment by attacking with teargas and motorcycle cops. People have begun to return. By way of a loudspeaker, people have called for an evening assembly in front of the Parliament. The central metro station has been re-opened.

Thessaloniki: random arrests by secret cops. Clashes around aristotelous sq. some minutes ago. Protesters attacked the police station on Ano Polis with molotov coctails.

από 5780 23/02/2011 4:38 μμ.


16:30 (GMT+2) Athens: One protester was seriously burned by a teargas canister and has been transfered to the hospital. His knee is hurt badly. As of now, there are at least 20 confirmed detentions and 4 or 5 confirmed arrests. A police motorcycle tried to hurt a protester near Syntagma Sq. but the two cops were attacked with a molotov and their bike was consumed by flames. People are attempting to organize an evening concert at Syntagma Square. Most people will stay until then.

Thessaloniki: 100-200 protesters are marching to the aristotelous police station in solidarity with the person who was arrested taken there.

από 7097=89 23/02/2011 5:01 μμ.


16:50 (GMT+2) Athens: There is a call for a gathering at Syntagma Square at 19:00. So far there, six protesters have been confirmed as injured. Numerous police motorcycles and riot police are gathered along Alexandras Avenue.

Volos: There were three lively demos for a total of 3,000-4,000 people.

από 789= 23/02/2011 5:53 μμ.


17:37 (GMT+2) Athens: After a respite, there has been at least one more clash at Syntagma Square. The police attempted to disperse the calm crowd, and at least one person was beaten by as many as 10 police and has been detained. The situation has grown tense once more, and Syntagma Metro station is closed again.

από 3936 23/02/2011 6:37 μμ.


18:35 (GMT+2) Athens: A crowd of hundreds ripped up the benches from Syntagma Square to feed a fire they had built in front of the Parliament. The police had tried to disperse the gathering by circling around the protesters menacingly, but people stayed their ground. After a while, the police dispersed the crowd by forming a cordon around them and then chasing them aggressively away, attacking them with teargas and beating them.

από contrainfo 23/02/2011 6:57 μμ.


18:35 (GMT +2) Atenas: Un grupo de cientos de personas arrancó los bancos de la plaza de Síntagma para alimentar una hoguera delante del Parlamento. La policía trató de dispersar a la gente reunida formando un cerco amenazante alrededor de los manifestantes, pero la gente permaneció donde estaba sin dispersarse. Un rato después, la Policía dispersó a la gente, formando un cordón a su alrededor y luego echándola de una manera agresiva lejos de allí, cargando contra los manifestantes con gases lacrimógenos y pegándolos.

από 787890 23/02/2011 8:15 μμ.


20:07 (GMT+2) Athens: Things are calm for the moment and the crowd is dispersed, though some hundreds are gathered in an assembly at Propylaea. There have been 23 confirmed detentions, of which 9 became arrests. A collection of photos and videos will follow in a bit.

από 90u09 23/02/2011 10:50 μμ.


22:00 (GMT+2) Athens: There are 20-25 people trapped in one of the entrances to the Great Britain Hotel in Syntagma Square. They are surrounded by police and are presumed to be detained. An hour ago, 70 people occupied the Foreign Press Association of Greece. That occupation has since ended.

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