Η πορεία που είχε καλεστεί έφτασε στον Λόφο του Στρέφη, αφού περπάτησε με παλμό σε όλη τη γειτονιά.
Καλούμε για την υπεράσπιση του ελεύθερου χώρου του Στρέφη σε μουσική βραδιά όλους και όλες τώρα.
Το κείμενο που μοιραζόταν στην πορεία:
10, 100, 1000άδες καταλήψεις ενάντια σε έναν κόσμο οργανωμένης σήψης.
ΕΞΩ ΟΙ ΜΠΑΤΣΟΙ ΚΑΙ ΤΑ ΑΦΕΝΤΙΚΑ ΑΠΟ ΤΟΝ ΛΟΦΟ ΚΑΙ ΤΗΝ ΓΕΙΤΟΝΙΑ
ΣΤΟΥΡΝΑΡΗ, πύλη ΕΜΠ
ΑΛΛΗΛΕΓΓΥΗ ΣΤΟ ΚΑΤΕΙΛΛΗΜΕΝΟ ΓΥΜΝΑΣΤΗΡΙΟ
NOT IN STREFI, NOT AYWHERE – OUT WITH COPS AND BOSSES
On Tuesday 17th of July the police made an operation to evict and demolish the occupied gym on Strefi hill (Poulcherias & Eir. Athineas 5). This operation, in the time and space where it occurred, is part of the targeted policies by the cops and the state to control and repress every form of resistance and free expression within the urban space, in an attempt to shrink free spaces everywhere. This attempt is getting intensified. For this reason this past month, the repressive mechanisms have declared a ban on all self-organized events, solidarity gigs, theatre shows in Exarchia and in Pedio Areos, making it clear that anything that escapes the framework of bourgeois legality and commercial logic will be crushed. Even in areas outside the centre of Athens, there was an attempt to cancel a concert in Xolargos. Recent cases that are characteristic of this intensified repression, which is aimed at mass terrorism, are the cases of the 8 youth who were imprisoned under pre-trial detention following clashes with the cops in Exarchia sq., the case of the migrant who was arrested on 6th of December ’16 and got convicted to 13 years imprisonment, as well as the recurrent police sweep operations on the square.
Strefi hill has a strategic importance for the onslaught of repressive mechanisms. On the one hand it is a good base for the control of Exarchia, and on the other it’s a good opportunity to draw votes from the frustrated and peace-seeking residents of the area, with the reasoning of developing the hill into a park in the framework of urban gentrification and in line with the business interests of the area. Naturally, the right of use of the hill will be granted by the municipal and other relevant authorities. Exarchia is a centre where ideas are diffused, a pivotal point as regards the political dialogue of subversive and radical action and so it has had a definitive role in the dynamic evolution of the anarchist/antiauthoritarian scene, due to the squats and social centers, the movement of the youth and the grounded struggles that exist in the neighborhood. Exarchia is a thorn in the flesh of the state, since every insurrectionary event that occurs in the area is a constant pestering reminder that there is a condition of perpetual questioning of the status quo.
The foundation of contemporary city planning, which is implemented already in many areas, particularly those that are fertile grounds for resistance, follows a tactic/aesthetics of a European-western type, which includes development, sterilization, gentrification, along with an increasing police (or even military) presence and the expulsion of the impoverished and disobedient social subjects. A basic prerequisite of any sweep operation is the targeting and demonization of these subjects by the media, so as to prepare the ground for their annihilation. The above practices aim to attract capital. The area is marketed as a place of alternative tourist attraction; it becomes an investment opportunity for the growth of airbnb, resulting in a condition where every square meter is counted in money. Human relations are eroded. Day by day commercialization, consumerism, workers’ exploitation and control are taking deeper and deeper roots.
For us the evacuation and demolition of the occupied gym is a clear attack against those who cannot be contained inside the cannibalistic world of authority, who attempt to counter pose another way of life, through self organization and who oppose state and capital.
Squats are structures of resistance, for meeting basic needs and for forming the bases of a polymorphous anarchist/antiauthoritarian movement. And so we declare that we will claim this vital space by all means available.
10, 100, 1000 squats against a world of organized decay
COPS AND BOSSES OUT OF THE HILL AND OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD
DEMONSTRATION SATURDAY 21/7 9pm
STOURNARA (Polytechneio gate)
SOLIDARITY WITH THE OCCUPIED GYM