Thessaloniki: Communiqué by Orfanotrofio squat

This is a first text written by the squatters –urgent diffusion asked
Ownership transition of Orfanotrofio squat, from the Ministry of Health to the Holy Metropolis of Thessaloniki (head of the Greek Orthodox Church in the city)

On January 31st a decision made by the Ministry of Health was posted on the governmental website (diavgeia means ‘clarity’!), by which it was announced that the squatted Orfanotrofio (a former abandoned orphanage) is granted to the Holy Metropolis of Thessaloniki, on the purpose of creating a foundation for the chronically ill.

In a period of crisis, while the bosses attack against even wider parts of society, having the maximization of their profits as main target, in a period when even more people are led to poverty and misery, and the unemployed and homeless rise in bigger numbers every day, the State and the Church start their ‘charity’ engine. While the Church is constantly multiplying its holy profits, through the management of an immense land property, and while many buildings belonging to the Church and the State remain empty, a few ones judge and decide that the only appropriate building for charity is the one that happens to be squatted by people from the anti-authoritarian movement, in order to house and manage their needs.

After the first attack against Scholeio (School) squat, which hosts daily various activities, and the eviction of  Epiviosi (Survival) squat, where some people had found a place to cover their basic needs, comes the turn of Orfanotrofio, in order for the ‘humanitarian’ work of the Church and the State to be completed.

We, the people from Orfanotrofio squat, do not have any intention of surrendering the building to the hands of any authority, state or religious. Since 6 years ago, we have learned to organize our lives collectively, to defend our denials, to struggle and fight. And upon this path we follow, Orfanotrofio consists a basic coordinate. We will defend this space as we defend and support every space where a world without exploitation and dominance is being built.


Orfanotrofio squat