We are speaking to and representative of international anarchists identifying with classical Greek and worldwide disobedient strains of anarchy. Our participation in the struggles in Athens are preceeded by a simple understanding: despite any issues, Greek anarchism has produced the strongest and most dynamic movement of the past 50 years. Every action we put forth is examined through this lens.
This text is intended to lay out a common position in regards to the coming catastrophe set to besiege Athens and the earth. We have discussed this in prior texts here. Now that we see these events set into motion it is time to reiterate and move forward directly into the flame. One prior message included;
"Exarcheia is the ignition, in some ways the flame just needs to last till the next economic disaster. In other ways action is needed now to stop serious degradation. But never assume the monolith cannot be slayed. The new 2007 around the corner guarantees it can and if we outlast it, the potential for anarchy is infinite. The stakes are high."
We are very much still keeping this position. Europe is beginning to head into recession along with China and soon the USA. This economic crisis will be worse than 2007. There is no need for charts and graphs, trust that it is here and the impact will be soon and violent. In terms of gentrification it was our hope that the continual creep would not seriously degrade the neighborhood prior to the states war and coming economic disaster. This did not happen and will not happen. A recession guarantees that for the time being gentrification and soon to be with it Airbnb will be over. We already see real estate prices moving down while investors run for the door.
The coming months will be difficult, we cannot stress the importance of good decision making. For those who are new to Athens it is imperative that you pay attention to those on the ground for decades. Remember that,the neighborhood we live in is under serious attack, there are many people who cannot leave. Look around yourself, if you find that you tend to move towards others only here for a short amount of time consider your position. Consider that it may not be conducive to the overall situation no matter how "right" it seems.
Over these next months we will find ourselves in increasing hostile conditions. As anarchists we support those who react to these conditions in a wild and uncontrolled manner. There is no substitute for the nature of Exarcheia that has allowed it to persist. As anarchists our place is in the streets, in front of authority and within the margins of legality. When our actions represent the best of these ideals, the state in it's current form has little means of fighting.
And that fight for us has one main objective, the continuing existence of Exarcheia and its anarchist ideal.Our initiative has no other immediate goal as Exarcheia not existing negates almost anything else. We find that those individuals who do not understand this are extremely unlikely to contribute to any outcome that could be deemed positive.
This positive outcome looks as follows;
Recession hits Europe that reverses the trend of real estate speculation, neighborhood investment and resources for the states war. This in turn slows down the attack against Exarcheia to sporadic flare ups as property including buildings with no owners become available in mass. Within this mess New Democracy loses its mandate as Germany demands total repayment, without any political will new elections are called. This results in no clear winner. This is the greatest positive short/mid term outcome, it will look slightly different. What comes after will be moments impossible to predict although that fight will likely be one of offense.
We send a message of solidarity to the fighters who remembered Alexis Grigoropoulos only a few weeks ago and all those who will continue to act up in the face of authority during these times.
Aug 2019 Some International Anarchists.