Constant resistance to the state, repression and their lackeys - Μετάφραση επίκαιρης ανάλυσης για την αντιεξέγερση

English translation of text from the Open Assembly Against the Police Occupation in Exarcheia. Reply to the lackeys of repression - Augoust '17

Μετάφραση επίκαιρης ανάλυσης της Ανοιχτής ΣΥΝΕΛΕΥΣΗ ΕΝΑΝΤΙΑ στην ΑΣΤΥΝΟΜΙΚΗ ΚΑΤΟΧΗ, για τη διαρκή αντίσταση σε κράτος, καταστολή και παρατρεχάμενους (Αύγουστος '17).
Η αρχική δημοσίευση, στα ελληνικά
Σημερινή τοποθέτηση της Κατάληψης GARE

Constant resistance to the state, repression and their lackeys

During its term, the leftist government of Syriza and their lackeys are attempting to dress the police with a 'democratic' and 'human' facade. The reality, however, disproves this effort relentlessly. Every gathering and demonstration is dealt with by chemical warfare and beatings, cops continue to shoot on the streets (eg. the arrest of fugitives Sakkas and Seisidis in the summer of 2016), while in the police stations and the migrant concentration camps, torture and murder by the police is a daily regime (eg. murder of Pellumb Marnikolaj by throwing him out of the window of a police station).

Every government utilizes and upgrades police violence in order to maintain control over the social body and to impose new measures of exploitation and submission.

Every attempt to breach the conditions of oppression and every practical denial to state domination has to face the raw, armed state violence, whose legitimization is a given, a structural prerequisite and an end in itself for the authoritarian institutions. Wherever superficial 'peace' prevails, state terrorism is already established, imposing consensus en masse, through a history of concentrated violence. The anti-repression struggle is the base, the foundation for projects of resistance and self-organization.

In these circumstances, where every attempt to break the chains of state domination is totally and directly attacked, the social struggle cannot but have aggressive characteristics. Pacifism serves the powerful, paving the way for repression. Struggles in the framework of state legality dry up and are assimilated by reformism. Particularly in relation to repression, a reformist stance, in other words the demand for limitating police misconduct, is a deception that aims to disarm and finally exterminate resistance.

In the neighborhood of Exarchia, reformist ideologies are used so as to suggest the pure submission to repressive conditions. On the pretext of a retreat of some of the special police forces, the pro-regime agents blame all those who resist as responsible for the “return” of police violence and its consequences on the neighborhood, with main reference to the endless chemical bombardment.

Is Exarchia an 'oasis' of freedom from repression? Nothing attests to this, however loud they cry, on the one hand, Toskas (tn.: minister for public order), the regime opposition and the media for more policing, and on the other, the government mouthpieces inside the neighborhood who maintain that the times of brutal police violence is a thing of the past. The siege of Exarchia by every sort of police force is constantly intensified. Since December '16, the operation of establishing a police-state is upgraded by daily patrols, check points and controls and by successive interventions by riot squads and other units. Just as we wrote on the call for 29th of June (tn.: the Assembly against Police Occupation had called for a mobilization to prevent a event on the square planned by the unions of the police forces), the repressive forces do not hesitate to suffocate the neighborhood in chemicals, in order to ware down those who struggle and to stay on our ground, proving that state violence has no social legitimization and it is constant. On a daily basis, no other region of the city or of the greek territory is surrounded and patrolled by as many police forces as Exarchia.

The coexistence with violence, daily surveillance and constant threat of repression, all that the police functions as, is an unacceptable normality. The resistance to the perpetual danger of a totalitarian dystopia is ceaseless. In all this period in Exarchia, attacks are persistently carried out against police forces that are trying to establish themselves permanently in the neighborhood. A steady reference point of the anti-repressive struggle are the frequent attacks against stationary riot squads.

Ritual clashes with the police are a vibrant practice of the insurrectionist struggle which carry particular significance. Essentially, they are a true expression of combative resistance. The ability to confront the police becomes an experience, that shapes the base layer for the realization of the vision of liberation. The moments of this experience are places of convergence and political dialogue. For the oppressed, this open capacity to clash with repression is a creative outlet and a stage of development, even when the organized strategy is absent. At the same time, the capacity to fight comes to the fore and is communicated beyond the time and space where it unfolds. The support, the interaction and the contribution to the evolution of these confrontations, towards a total liberatory prospect, is the responsibility of organized fighters.

A characteristic example of the importance of ritualistic clashes is the equivalent practice in occupied Palestine, which is manifested on a weekly basis and is included in the tactics of all resistance organizations.

Lets note that the opponents of this ritualistic conflict, who usually report an abstract fetishization of violence, are those who hush its political characteristics and its dynamic. And perhaps they are the only ones who see counter-violence in a fragmented manner, apolitically and anti-historically, stripped of every socio-political reference.

Despite the propaganda of this veiled capitulation, the structures of self-organization have taken root into the ground of conflict. Exarchia is a place of self-organization and realization of a world against the world of domination, precisely because it continues to be a hub of revolt. And this is why authority, in all its faces, tries to isolate this neighborhood.

On the other hand, some, today, suggest the 'isolation is this metropolital phenomenon'. What does this 'isolation' mean? To cut off from the body of the neighborhood and of the movement all those who fight repression in deed and to expose them to its violence. The worst consequence of this tactic is the transformation of everyone into a passive receiver of the existing reality, dissolving the bases of resistance. To erase the active subjects and replace them by the professional alternative life-stylers and hobbyists, along side the political agents, within the give n take of control and of the market, of the institutions and the mafia.

The treacherous organizations who say that there is repression, but not in Exarchia and that we should fight against it, but not in Exarchia, condemn the fundamental element of the anti-repressive struggle, which is the clash with the army of repression, wishing in this way the dissolution of the bases of every resistance. This is the reason why they don't join any combative struggle.

The counter-insurgency propaganda is a result of financial and political interests and relations. As such, it must not be understood as yet another opinion within the movement, nor even as social conservatism, since it comes to beautify the anti-social violence of the repressive mechanisms. Rather this propaganda is an organized aid to the state attempts to desertify the public ground and we must deal with it as such.

On Saturday 26/08/17 during clashes around Polytechneio, some teargas that was thrown inside the square, became the occasion for a mass of people, visitors and residents, locals and migrants to rise up. For hours an enraged crowd was moving from point to point where the state murderers stood, confronting them with whatever means they had. This recent event shows the dynamic of ceaseless resistance. The reality of social uproar unveils the false arguments of those collaborationists. Social history remembers those who beautify repression, as a petty obstacle to the rivers of rage.

By combative struggle we defend the public places

Assembly Against the Police Occupation

 

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