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[Athens] November 1st: Morning gathering in defense of the Squatted Prosfygika

On Monday October 31st 2016, a group of comrades from Themistokleous 58 Squat were also present at the Squatted Prosfygika to assist the neighborhood’s defense in the face of coordinated attacks by cops and Nazis. We took a stand in the ongoing social war with stones, body-to-body skirmishes and our antipatriotic convictions resounding during clashes with the cops.

Factual solidarity with the Squatted Prosfygika.

Strength to everyone who clashed with the uniformed scum of Greek democracy.

Immediate release of all captives.

And tomorrow, November 1st, let’s be prepared for everything.

Themistokleous 58 Squat

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Translators’ note: The Squatted Prosfygika are located on Alexandras Av., within close proximity to the Athens police headquarters and the courthouse on Degleri St., where the mega-trial against the Golden Dawn currently takes place. Early in the morning of October 31st, antiriot police forces stormed the Prosfygika jointly with a large group of Nazis. Later on, comrades managed to repel the cops (in uniform and plainclothes), and strong clashes ensued. Several persons were detained throughout the day (at least two of the arrestees, who face charges, have been badly beaten). Various collectives and individuals in solidarity with the Prosfygika call for a morning gathering on November 1st in defense of the neighborhood.

Athens: Responsibility claim for participation in street clashes on October 19th

During the night of Wednesday October 19th we took part, alongside many other groups and individualities, in the street clashes around the Polytechnic in Exarchia, that lasted for several hours with constant attacks with molotovs, stones and fireworks against antiriot police squads.

Street clashes, in any of their forms (exiting university premises through incendiary means, rioting in demonstrations, etc.), are part of the multiform anarchic attack against Power and the imposed normality. Because of their characteristics, this is one of the most effective ways to demonstrate the conflict between anarchy and the world of Power. This is why we support the diffusion of this and other forms of struggle that aim to destabilize and spread chaos until the collapse of the existent.

But we don’t want to limit ourselves in a routine of anticop hate; along with the attacks against the cops, we promote the practice of attack against the structures and symbols of domination, from the most obvious like banks and ministries, to those urban elements that serve the normal function of the metropolis: road signs, traffic lights, cameras, bus stops… as well the representations, symbols and idols of Power in the form of icons, monuments, statues…

At the same time, barricades and attacks on public transportation (buses, trolleybuses, metro… without passengers inside) are forms of interruption of the normal flow of people and commodities, and sabotage against the state and private companies that manage this flow.

All those symbols and structures represent or serve a function of the authoritarian civilization we want to destroy, so they’ll always be a target for us.

We don’t see anarchic violence as a sacrifice or as a revolutionary obligation; instead, we demystify it, we turn it into a banality, we use it in a ludic way, making it obtainable for everybody, without professionalisms or restrictions.

No act of rebellion is useless!

Riots everywhere!

Strength to the prisoners and the persecuted!

-Some hooded kids

in Greek | Spanish, German, Portuguese

Athens, Greece: Incendiary solidarity with the US prison struggle

In the early hours of Sunday, September 25th, a group of comrades participated in the street clashes erupting at Tositsa St., outside the Polytechnic, in Exarchia, Athens.

We attacked with molotovs and stones against the cops, not only for what they are -puppets of the State- but also to send strength and solidarity to those fighting inside US prisons. We act against those who capture on the streets, as the prison rebels act against those who keep them locked in cages. We stand together with all those who take action and revolt, wherever they might be, by all means necessary.

Lets abolish with violence what was imposed on us with violence.

Solidarity means attack!

The Holmans

in Greek | German

Iquique, Northern Chile: Barricades and clashes outside the UNAP campus on December 21st

Camila Sanhueza out onto the streets!

Against every authority, with the fallen comrades in our memory;
freedom for all comrades kidnapped in the prisons.

For a Black December – Camila de Pompeya out onto the streets!

Note from Contra Info: On April 28th 2015, compañera Camila de Pompeya Sanhueza Olivares (21) was arrested in the city of Iquique together with another compañera (17), both accused of an incendiary attack against the Intendancy building of Tarapacá Region. Camila is currently held in pretrial detention, while the other juvenile comrade is under house arrest.

Spanish | Greek

Montreal, Quebec: The Black Bloc Takes Back the Streets

montrealSee also: Don’t need a strike to revolt against the State: report-back from the December 18th night demo

On the night of Wednesday December 9, a demonstration against austerity took the streets of Montreal, under the banner “Our Struggle Is Not Negotiable“. Québec’s public sector had held a general strike earlier the same day, and some union leaders have been supporting mobilizations on a scale not seen for decades in an effort to increase their bargaining power.

The callout read: We won’t let ourselves be pacified by a sell-out agreement or by a special law. To the front: our struggle is non-negotiable, we won’t back down. The night of December 9th, let’s retake the street. Let’s warm the city with our footsteps and our shouts!

A week earlier, during the night demo of November 30th, a smaller-but-determined bloc had smashed a cop car immediately upon taking the street, entering into a fifteen-minute battle with riot police who were hitting people with batons and plastic bullets at the intersection of Sainte-Catherine street and Bleury street. The successes of the 30th helped provide momentum for the 9th, and the tension and excitement were palpable as participants began to gather at Berri Square.

A few dozen black flags were distributed throughout the burgeoning crowd. Upon taking the street and heading west on Maisonneuve avenue, those who were not masked from the get-go began to cover themselves up. Within minutes, most participants in the 200-person demonstration had concealed their identities, forming potentially the largest black bloc in Montreal since 2012. Our enemies in the mass media didn’t even try to frame the destruction that unfolded as the work of outside agitators as they often do; the bloc was undeniably constitutive of the entire demo.

Early on, half a dozen people swarmed an obnoxious Québécois nationalist who shows up to nearly every demo and snatched away his Québec flag and sign, punching him in the throat when he tried to hold on to his props.

Ten minutes into the demonstration, riot police formed a line to our front and right, at the intersection of Maisonneuve avenue and Saint-Dominique street, trying to funnel us south where they were preparing the same maneuver at Sainte-Dominique street and Sainte-Catherine street. Their strategy was clear: to contain us in the Quartier Latin and away from the prime targets in and around the business district, including the police headquarters. The crowd had the collective intelligence to not let the police determine our route, and reversed upon itself, heading east on Maisonneuve avenue. Masked groups were seen sharing rocks, and the crowd darted south through a parking lot and housing project courtyard to get onto Sainte-Catherine street, where the police had not had time to form new lines to restrict our movement.

What followed was a half hour of riotous cat-and-mouse in which the crowd stayed one step ahead of police control. A group of six bike police on Sainte-Catherine street who were naively approaching to flank the demonstration were attacked with a hail of rocks. Surges of excitement were felt in the crowd as the cops were struck with fear along with projectiles, and rapidly fled east out of view. It was on.

The demonstration made a sprint toward René-Lévesque Boulevard, while those further back chanted calls to stay close together. The demonstration took up all six lanes on René-Lévesque, and looking around, our capacity for destruction appeared significant. The semi-armored units with plastic-bullet guns that typically march along each side of the demo were nowhere to be seen, having been blind-sided with volleys of rocks to the back of the head during the demo the week before. For a breathless twenty-minute stretch, the demo acted as a grand criminal conspiracy. Hammers, flag poles, rocks, and the removable metal garbage canisters on every street corner were used to smash the windows of Citizenship & Immigration Canada, construction conglomerate and defense contractor SNC-Lavelin, several banks, and other buildings. For a festive touch, people also wrecked the Christmas decorations assembled at office building entrances, and overturned SNC-Lavelin’s Christmas tree. A few participants ran ahead and broke the back window of a police van with rocks, while others shot off some very large fireworks at the remaining vans positioned in front of the demo. Cheers erupted with the sound of every shattered window. Unknown accomplices could be seen searching for and sharing projectiles; when the demo passed a construction site, comrades ran ahead to find any materials that could be pillaged, and were successful in breaking up decorative stones along René-Lévesque into throwable chunks.

Police began shooting tear gas while trailing the demo to the east on René-Lévesque, using guns that can fire each canister more than a block. At first, it wasn’t successful in dispersing the demo because the crowd just moved west faster while staying relatively tight. The demonstration began to head north on University, smashing yet another Bank of Montreal window as it passed by. The demo split when faced with a cop car blocking a smaller street, but quickly managed to regroup with itself and responded by howling joyfully. At this point, the police continued to fire tear gas and the crowd had thinned to around 50 people. People began to disperse to the surrounding streets, while groups of police and vans continued to harass small groups of demonstrators walking along the sidewalks back to Berri Square. …

Moving forward

Against one of the largest and most experienced riot policing squads in North America, those who took the streets on Wednesday decidedly swung the balance of forces in our favor, at least briefly.

We felt moved to write a reportback because we see a lot of potential in the determination and preparedness of the crowd, and have some further thoughts for how we might expand the scope of these moments, both quantitatively and qualitatively. For now, we offer a few notes on tactics which could expand the time and space of combative demonstrations. Ultimately, though, we want to escape the pattern of being successfully fought out of the streets after smashing a few windows and break with this routine of containment.

This could look like:

• Bringing rocks, fireworks, and tools along (if it feels safe) so that we have fighting capacity right from the get-go and aren’t completely dependent on scavenging for projectiles on the street.

• Barricades are our friends, and we don’t give them enough love. Participants can fight behind them at standoffs to prevent charging dispersals, and they also function to disrupt the city in our wake and make police maneuvers more difficult to coordinate. Establishing them behind the demo (ideally in a way that doesn’t obstruct the movement of the demo itself) can also effectively block trailing police cars.

• Participants can scavenge materials for projectiles to share with the crowd in the time between confrontations, so that when the police inevitably come in harder, people are ready to respond effectively.

• The police cars trailing the demonstration and in front of it should consistently receive projectiles so they can’t be within throwing distance.

• Bike cops or riot police should be forcefully prevented from flanking the sides of the demonstration. If necessary, participants can hold the sidewalks as well as the streets.

• On the 9th, many people were recording the events on their cell phones undisturbed. Ideally, we’d have a culture of explaining to people how this is harmful, and then proceeding to take action against them or their recording devices if necessary. We should note, however, that several independent media initiatives who regularly film at demos appear to have solid practices of not recording or publishing incriminating video. In a video of Wednesday’s demo, for instance, the camera pans up to avoid filming people destroying property, as the sound of glass shattering can be heard.

• Tear gas eventually functioned to disperse the demos on both the 30th and the 9th, despite some efforts to throw back the canisters and prepare vinegar-soaked cloths. The main problem appeared to be panic spreading in the crowd, not necessarily the physical effects of tear gas. It is possible that more careful efforts to encourage people to stick together and proceed in an intelligent direction can continue diminishing the impacts of police weapons.

• Questions of discourse and propaganda: why, as anarchists, do we smash the city? How are these actions connected to austerity? How do our struggles exceed any reformist, demands-oriented focus? Though moments of conflictual action bring together many individuals with divergent perspectives and intentions, it would be interesting for participants to communicate their analyses in these moments of destruction. Smaller crews could come prepared and wheatpaste the streets with posters, put up graffiti, or throw flyers from within the demo or from higher-vantage points.

These ideas mean little on paper, but we look forward to the possibility of elaborating them together in the streets. Our hearts are warmed by the sparks that constitute our history of collective revolts, and the potential for these sparks to catch, because we desire nothing less than a city in ruins

in French by MTL Counter-info

[Greece / Cyprus] December 6th demonstrations and riots

December 6th demonstrations marking the seventh anniversary of the killing of Alexandros Grigoropoulos were held in various Greek cities, such as Thessaloniki, Komotini, Ioannina, Karditsa, Lamia, Volos, Larissa, Trikala, Agrinio, Patras, Kalamata, Heraklion & Rethymno (Crete Island), Mytilini (Lesvos Island), and central Athens, but also in Limassol, Cyprus.

The main banner in Trikala read: “Onward for an indefinite Black December – Because no December is ever finished (A)CAB”.

One of the slogans chanted in Mytilini was: “Koumis, Kanellopoulou, Michalis Kaltezas, Alexis Grigoropoulos, this is Hellas,” in reference to young people who lost their lives at the hands of Greek police (the university student Iakovos Koumis and the worker Stamatina Kanellopoulou were killed by cops in November 1980; their skulls were crushed by savage beatings).

Late evening rioting occurred in cities such as Komotini, Agrinio, Volos, Kalamata, and Heraklion, while a third night of clashes in Exarchia lasted for several hours.

Footage from Athens / Exarchia:

Footage from Komotini, northern Greece:

Greece: Rage in the streets of central Athens

November 12th rioting:

Riots broke out in the streets of central Athens on November 12th 2015, day of general strike. Before the morning demonstration, hooded protesters chased a team of uniformed cops who were patrolling on foot near the Archeological Museum, in Patission Street, and beat up at least one of the pigs. Just after Omonoia Square, a Bazaar supermarket chain store, which was open despite the general strike, was trashed until its managers lowered the roller shutters. A little further on, near the Old Parliament building, a minivan belonging to OTE telecommunications company was burned. Rioters smashed street furniture (bus stops, traffic lights, etc.) and spray-painted anarchist slogans on the walls along Stadiou Street. At Syntagma Square, anti-riot squads who were guarding the luxury hotel Grande Bretagne on Vasileos Georgiou Street were attacked with firebombs. At the lower side of Syntagma, the ministry of Economy was also attacked with Molotov cocktails. At the upper side, in front of the Parliament, a giant Greek flag was removed; the patriots that tried to retrieve it were beaten (several times), and later their shitty rag was burned. A quick Molotov cocktail attack was also carried out against anti-riot squads next to the Monument of the Unknown Soldier. As the demonstration was nearing its end, the Bank of Greece building on Panepistimiou Street was attacked with fire, and clashes with cops took place near the Propylaea. These are only a few moments that we witnessed ourselves, together with other comrades. No arrests or injured protesters were reported.

Among other incendiary slogans, “Organising informally and insurrectionally, Black December in the whole wide Earth” was chanted (which is devoid of rhyme in its English translation, but shows we are warming up over here).

Some individualities that joined clashes in downtown Athens that day released a text, stating among others: “On November 12th, we also participated in the general strike with the clear objective of clashing; a clash that is not framed in the context of regaining our labour rights, or any sort of humanisation of the system. We clashed with the aim of highlighting the insurrectionary practice, with a view to sharpening and making it long-lasting, in the face of every authoritarian institution or relation. (…) We also call for a Black December, for the coordination and organisation of insurrectionary, polymorphous anarchy. Discourse without praxis is not more orphaned than praxis without discourse. (Signed:) A street group.”

November 17th rioting:

This year’s November 17th marked the 30th anniversary of the murder of 15-year-old Michalis Kaltezas, shot dead by the cop Athanassios Melistas on the sidewalk of Stournari Street. On November 17th 1985, Michalis Kaltezas was killed by a police bullet in the back of his head as he was running towards Exarchia Square along with other anarchists and rioters who had firebombed a police bus of the MAT anti-riot squads.

On November 17th 2015, after the annual commemoration of the 1973 Athens Polytechnic uprising against the regime of the colonels, and once the peaceful demonstration in Athens was finished, several hundred hooded rioters took to the streets of Exarchia and clashed with police forces, from about 8pm until the small hours of November 18th. Rioters used all available materials – stones, sticks, Molotov cocktails, flares, etc. – to attack anti-riot squads and teams of plainclothes cops. Also, a car was set on fire in Stournari Street. That night, amid flaming barricades and clouds of tear gas, rioters stormed a Bazaar supermarket at Soultani Street en masse, completely looting and vandalising the store.

At least six people were arrested downtown, before the commemoration demo and during late-night clashes.

Some of the slogans that were shouted during the street clashes in Exarchia:

“That’s right, that’s right, that’s right, bursts of Kalashnikov to make it stick in your mind”

“One does not kneel before Democracy – Conspiracy of Cells of Fire”

“Scumbags Snitches Journalists”

“Cops Pigs Murderers”

“One – three, Christos Tsoutsouvis” (In memory of acratist urban guerrilla Christos Tsoutsouvis, who executed three cops on May 15th 1985 in Athens, during a shootout in the neighbourhood of Gyzi, before he fell by police bullets.)

footage by “ALFA TV” comrades

Egaleo, Athens: Benefit gig for arrestees of the 17/09 demo that ended in clashes in Exarchia

Spread the word!

Monday, September 21st 2015, inside the occupied Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Athens in Egaleoten minute walk from Aghia Marina metro station

Graffiti Festival + Open Mics (bring your spray paints) at 16:00
Rap Live by ‘to miasma’, ‘ex nihilo’, ‘ola denoun’ at 20:30

Assembly of anarchists/antiauthoritarians at the occupied TEI of Athens

Note of Contra Info:

The TEI of Athens has been occupied by comrades since September 13th, putting forward demands such as the immediate granting of educational furloughs to the anarchist prisoner Nikos Romanos, the immediate release of the hunger striker Evi Statiri, and the lifting of the restrictive measures imposed on Athena Tsakalou, as well as the necessity of crushing fascism in all its manifestations, of factually supporting refugees/migrants, of sabotaging and attacking every institutional and electoral process.

In the context of the occupation’s activities and info-meetings, this is an event of urgently-needed financial support for legal expenses of arrestees of the antifascist-antistatist-anticapitalist demonstration that took place in central Athens on Thursday 17/09. The particular protest was organised by the ‘Assembly of anarchists against the State, Capital and fascists’ on occasion of the second anniversary of the murder of Pavlos Fyssas.

That night, some 150 anarchists gathered at Canningos Square and took to the streets of Exarchia neighbourhood where clashes erupted, after the local police station on Kallidromiou Street was attacked with Molotov cocktails. Footage: 1, 2 (+ photos and reportback in Spanish).

A total of 9 people were arrested, most of whom were heavily beaten up by cops. Five arrestees (2 adults and 3 minors) are still being held at the Athens police headquarters facing felony charges. The 5 captives are expected to appear before investigating judges at the Evelpidon courts (building 9) on Monday 21/09, at 12:00, and Tuesday 22/09, at 10:00.

No comrade left alone in the hands of the enemy! Solidarity is our weapon!

Santiago: Barricades outside the Liceo Darío Salas

On Monday, May 25th, at about 10am, there were barricades and clashes between youths and bastards of the police outside the Liceo Darío Salas, where a banner was placed in memory of anarchist comrade Mauricio Morales, fallen in action on May 22nd 2009 while he intended to attack the prison guards school.

Punky Mauri, the offensive does not forget you!

in Spanish | Greek

Santiago: Intensifying the street struggle for our imprisoned and fallen comrades

On Thursday, May 14th, large demonstrations of students took place in the centre of various Chilean cities. In Santiago, the clashes with the cops were extended for several hours in the streets and universities. We are not interested in these legalist and reformist demands, but we are interested in contributing to the street struggle that takes place at the end of each protest, so as to give another momentum to it. This is why we infiltrated in the campus of USACH to agitate for the comrades Juan, Nataly and Guillermo, who are on hunger strike since the 13th/14th of April, and to remember our fallen compañerxs, especially Punky Mauri ahead of a new anniversary of his death in action.

While the clashes were already underway we went out with more than twenty Molotov bombs to fight the forces of order, and when the material was exhausted we withdrew in a way we believe it has been many years since it was last seen (that is, in universities), by shooting once with a pellet gun against the contingent of special forces; this was a symbolic shot, no big deal, the cops’ life was not put in danger; nevertheless, we have warned the enemy and drawn attention to our comrades. From now on there will not only be stones and Molotovs from the anarchist sectors in public protests.

Antiauthoritarian solidarity with Juan, Nataly, Guillermo and Enrique.

May 22nd, day of Chaos: Let’s seek to make anarchy alive.

Claudia López, Jhonny Cariqueo, Mauricio Morales, Sebastián Oversluij
Live in every action against Power and all authority.

in Spanish | Greek

Athens: Protest march in solidarity with hunger strikers in Greek prisons followed by clashes in Exarchia

No tolerance to type C prisons and any form of incarceration
Fire to states and prisons – That’s right, that’s right; fire to the parliament to make you come to your senses (A)
War on democracy

delayed report:

During the evening of April 7th 2015, more than a thousand people took to the streets in central Athens in solidarity with hunger strikers in Greek prisons.
Outer walls of the Greek parliament were tagged with anti-prison slogans.

The demo ended in front of the occupied building of the rectorate of Athens University in Propylaea, Panepistimiou Street.

Shorty afterwards, clashes erupted in Exarchia, in the vicinity of Athens Polytechnic School and Stournari Street, with Molotov attacks and burning of cars and trash bins. Several people were detained by cops during the night.

more photos

update:

The University of Athens rectorate (Prytaneia EKPA) was occupied by comrades in active solidarity with hunger strikers in Greek prisons since March 30th 2015. The occupation was violently evicted by police on April 17th, when 14 comrades who were still inside the building were arrested and charged with misdemeanors. All are now released, awaiting trial on April 20th.

Athens: Exarchia riots in solidarity with anarchist hunger striker Nikos Romanos

During the night between the 2nd and 3rd of December 2014, shortly after an evening demonstration of thousands of people in central Athens in support of the ongoing struggle of anarchist prisoner Nikos Romanos and the solidarity hunger strike of his captive brothers Yannis Michailidis, Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos and Dimitris Politis, large-scale clashes erupted in the Exarchia area. Many protesters were reportedly injured and arrested by police (at least two arrestees were gravely wounded and needed to be hospitalized).

The footage shows incendiary instances of direct action and moments from the street battle between rioters and cops on Stournari Street, also in defense of the occupied Athens Polytechnic School in Exarchia.

On the same day, solidarity with the anarchist prisoners on hunger strike was manifested in the streets of several other cities in Greece.

Solidarity means attack.

Athens: Second announcement from the occupied Polytechnic School after Exarchia riots, 2/12/2014

On the 2nd of December 2014, a demonstration took place in solidarity with anarchist comrade Nikos Romanos, prisoner on hunger strike since the 10th of November, demanding the granting of educational furloughs. Today’s march saw participation of thousands of people, some of whom later headed for the occupied Polytechnic School.

For us, the occupied ground of the Athens Polytechnic School is not a value in itself. On the contrary, it is yet another piece on the mosaic of dignity and resistance against all those who want to turn society into a graveyard. It is a piece on the mosaic of resistance against the modern-day totalitarianism that spreads its power over our lives; from the anarchists who have gone on a hunger strike, the mobilizations against maximum security prisons, and the hunger strikers from Syria, to all those who are fighting for dignity and freedom across the world.

We call on everyone in struggle to take any necessary initiative towards the vindication of hunger striker Nikos Romanos: from faculty occupations, to production blockades; from breaches of the media omerta, to attacks against the guardians of order.

Let’s rise to the challenge of our time in the face of state repression, contrary to rationales that want us to remain passive spectators and voters. Uncompromising solidarity with Nikos Romanos, who is on hunger strike since 10/11, and hunger strikers in solidarity Yannis Michailidis (since 17/11), Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos (since 1/12) and Dimitris Politis (since 1/12).

IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF ALL ARRESTEES FROM TONIGHT’S CLASHES

THE OCCUPATION STAYS UNTIL VICTORY IN THE STRUGGLE OF NIKOS ROMANOS

Assembly of the occupied Polytechnic School
Athens, 2/12/14

Santiago, Chile: About a car and some cops that were set on fire on May 8th

Clashes on the 8th of May 2014 in Santiago broke out when the delinquencial march [smashy smashy student demo] had reached the Almagro Park, and while social-democrats were still carrying out their act for the day. As soon as individualities covered their faces, erected barricades and began to clash with the special forces of carabineros, we knew the moment had come, so we completely hooded ourselves to become part of the rupture with the prevailing order and normalcy.

Carrying combustible material, we saw a car (temporarily) parked outside the police perimeter, and as we stood next to the mob that was throwing stones at the vehicle we decided to burn it down, boosting the chaos against civilization and its transportation means for modern slaves. Once the car engulfed in flames, the bastard cops came in full force, dispersing the hooded ones momentarily. The anti-riot squads were advancing, held back only with the use of various objects. At that precise moment we launched first 1 and then 2 incendiary bombs directly at the defenders of order. Various lackeys of the police were set ablaze and a captain of theirs was severely injured in this attack.

Not one step back against the enemies or the imposed totality; we don’t want to subvert the order, we want to destroy it and demolish the foundations of civilization. We attack the concept of citizenship into which they intend to convert us, and we don’t long for any future within their disgusting fortified walls. We declare ourselves enemies of the police, the businesspeople, the submission, the city and every civilized being that sustains and/or defends this asphyxiating imposed reality.

For the destruction of the existent

War on Capital (A)

Freedom for Sol, Adriano, Gianluca, Alfredo, Nicola and all the prisoners in war around the world.

Fire to the bars of passivity they like to sell us!

In memory of Angry and all (human or non-human) animals killed by the disgusting society and its supporters.

Pack of Anarchic Nihilist Shock

Germany: Reportback from the streets of Hamburg on December 21st, 2013

Thousands of people came to Hamburg on the 21st of December to participate in the protest against the eviction of the Rote Flora squat, for a right to stay for refugees, and to show solidarity to the evicted residents of the Esso houses. Everybody knew that it would be a chaotic day, with thousands of autonomous activists and thousands of riotcops standing against each other in Hamburg. Still, everything went differently than we first thought it would go.

The pre-gathering in front of the Rote Flora squat was scheduled to begin at 2pm, and the big international demonstration was due for 3pm. Thousands of people gathered there already at noon. The atmosphere was great; people were full of enthusiasm and wanted to take the protest to the street. So, finally shortly after 3pm, the march started. Not only was it one of the biggest demonstrations of the year but also the shortest. The police stopped the march under a bridge after 20 meters. Cops immediately used pepper spray and batons to force the activists to stop. A few seconds later, two water cannons also came to push back the demo to where it started.

Then activists responded with stones, bottles and fireworks against the police. People were being pushed back, because more and more cops stormed against the crowd, hitting almost everyone in their way. In the end it seemed like, even though there were hundreds of protesters fighting the cops, they had no chance because there were hundreds if not thousands of cops in full body armor attacking them again and again. Another problem was that there was very little material to throw at the police. Many people had prepared themselves for street fights with the cops that day, but were initially paralyzed because of how fast the police escalated violence. Activists built barricades out of trashcans, benches and tables from restaurants nearby. After 30 minutes of clashes, the police managed to gain control of most of the place in front of the Rote Flora. By then everybody had accepted the fact that there would not be a large demonstration in Hamburg that day. So people just used a different strategy to take the protest to the streets.

Shortly after the police attacked the demo, some activists already tried to get away; people realized that the demonstration would not go on, so they wanted to leave the location and start their own actions in the city. Even though almost every street was blocked by hundreds of riotcops, many activists managed to leave the scenery. Then they formed spontaneous demonstrations in the entire city. Sometimes demos with only 50 people and sometimes demos with over 1,000 people walking through the streets, attacking cops, banks, shops (big corporations like McDonalds and Vodafone) while building barricades. Long into the night you could hear fireworks and people shouting slogans in all of Hamburg. People didn’t wait for someone to start the action; they started it themselves again and again. The police mostly just tried to chase us away and stop direct actions, because as it seems they didn’t have enough capacities to make a lot more than twenty arrests with charges that day.

It is hard to say whether this was a ‘victory’ or a ‘loss’ for the protest. We did not manage to demonstrate like we first wanted. The police clearly wanted to stop the process of combining three main struggles in Hamburg: Rote Flora squat, refugee struggle and Esso houses. On the other hand, Hamburg has seen the biggest riots in recent years, and after decentralizing the protest the police lost control of the situation.

I personally think it was a good day. Activists showed that an eviction of the Rote Flora squat would not be tolerated and it would end in absolute chaos for the Hamburg’s government, the police and the Capital. It is always nice to experience situations where the cops have to turn around and just run…

Flora bleibt! Rote Flora squat stays!

Germany: Updates from the streets of Berlin, Hamburg and a few other places

previous info here

November 23rd

On Saturday, nearly 6,000 protesters marched in the city centre of Berlin during the annual demo in remembrance of comrade Silvio Meier, who was killed by neo-Nazis in 1992. However, on the same day, approximately 150 thugs from the neo-Nazi scene held a rally in one of their strongholds, Schöneweide, against asylum seekers and a recent attack on a prominent Nazi (Björn Wild, who was beaten up by antifas on the street). The fascists waved Greek and Golden Dawn flags next to other nationalist emblems. The antifascist counter-demo on location was rather small in numbers.

Housing instead of concentration camps…

November 24th

In Berlin, the refugee camp at Oranienplatz has been in imminent danger of eviction already since late November 2013. Refugees and people in solidarity are determined to keep the square as the basis of their struggle against the German asylum policy. However, Kreuzberg mayor Monika Herrmann of the Green Party (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) asked the cops to prepare a raid on the entire camp. She also stated that leftist radicals try to take advantage of the situation… Following these developments, heavy police violence was unleashed at Orienplatz, however activists counterattacked on many occasions.

The refugee camp at Oranienplatz exists for over a year now, and is a point of exchange between residents of Kreuzberg and refugees. There were several political attempts to end this square occupation, with subsequent police attacks. In summer of 2013, there was even a racist knife attack on a participant in the protest camp. The camp began after people in isolation camps, trapped by the restrictive German residency laws, broke out in order to march to Berlin. Refugees have made the camp both a living space and a site of struggle, and have also occupied a nearby school building (that was previously unused), in order to have an inside space during the winter. Both the camp and the occupied school building had been given official “tolerance” by the supposedly pro-refugee Green Party government of the district, in the face of large-scale support. After a disused building in Wedding was offered as winter housing to the refugees by a charity group, the Greens took the opportunity to claim that both the camp and the school should be evicted. The eviction threat comes despite the fact that the building offered only has space for 80 people from the camp, not everyone, and that the residents of the camp made it clear that they have no desire to leave the central and visible location in Oranienplatz to be put away in a house located on the northern edges of the city. However the State is using the rhetoric of democracy and charity to make it seem as if they are helping the protesting refugees, even as they call the police to evict them.

On the night of the eviction attempt the camp at Oranienplatz released the following statement:

“Today 24/11 in the early evening the refugee camp was almost evacuated by the police. The district mayor – Monika Herrmann of the Greens – has ended the official tolerance of the protest camp and has asked the police for help with the eviction. Through a massive mobilization and a large crowd in solidarity at Oranienplatz, an eviction was able to be prevented for the moment. The district government and the police say that the eviction will take place neither tonight, nor tomorrow 25/11 in the early morning. But we cannot rely on that! It is clear that the camp is not protected anymore by the district and that the mayor is ready to destroy it. It is also clear that the camp is a disturbance to the government of Berlin. Even if the district government will not evict it, the mayor of Berlin might do it instead. Mrs. Herrmann was at the camp this afternoon and talked to refugees and supporters. She received the following information: The house that has been offered to some people of the camp as a replacement is only large enough for 80 people. At least 30 refugees returned to the camp because there was no room for them in that shelter. Additionally, some refugees have made clear since the beginning of the negotiations for a ‘replacement object’ that a replacement is not an option for them. Rather, they want to stay and protest at Oranienplatz until their demands (abolish restricted residency requirements, shut down isolation camps, and stop all deportations) are met. Even though the mayor already knew that a larger number of people want to, or have to, continue living at Oranienplatz, she called for a police action. The Green Party, which claims to act for the rights of refugees, has trampled on them in this case. Since the beginning of the negotiations, we have viewed the limited access to a replacement house as an attempt to separate us. Those who are responsible have been informed that it is not an option for some people to leave Oranienplatz. Mrs. Herrmann reacted with the accusation that the struggle of refugees in Berlin has been taken over by left-wing radicals and is being instrumentalized by them. Therefore she has denied the refugees the ability to act politically and in a self-determined manner, even though they have directed their criticism and their demands directly to her. She has also launched a media campaign to de-legitimize the protest. It is an often used procedure: divide and conquer – integrate those who are satisfiable with an emergency shelter for the winter, and deny and suppress those who attempt to change the system; those who fight for equal rights for everyone; those who have demonstrated for more than one year at Oranienplatz. (…) Mrs. Herrmann and all politicians should understand that it is the strength of the protest that refugees and supporters can come together. The protest camp breaks isolation. The demands for open borders and the right to asylum are not those of a small minority. They are unevictable, solidary, and international! (…) Viva la revolución! Viva el Orienplatz! Freedom of Movement for Everybody!”

When the word of the eviction spread, hundreds of supporters spontaneously mobilized to defend the camp and began arriving at Oranienplatz. The police backed down from the eviction, but those who had showed up to defend the camp launched a spontaneous demonstration through Kreuzberg. Between 500 and 600 people marched through the area and broke through police lines several times when the police attempted to stop the demonstration. As during the last several spontaneous demonstrations in Berlin, barricades were constructed as the demo passed through the neighbourhood. Eventually the cops, overwhelmed and facing kicks and punches from the crowd, used pepper spray heavily and at least 5 comrades were arrested and many injured. That night the nearby office of the Green Party was attacked with paint.

The same day, a solidarity demonstration took place in Frankfurt am Main with 80 participants, and in Leipzig a solidarity demo of more than 150 people took place.

November 25th

Another, more pacified, demonstration of several hundred people took place in Berlin after the refugees gave a press conference declaring their intent to stay at Oranienplatz until their demands have been met: closing all isolation camps, stopping all deportations, the right to work in Germoney, and the abolition of restrictive residency laws. (Related announcement, from 29/11, here.)

Further solidarity actions took place in Frankfurt, where a demonstration of 100 marched to the local offices of the Green Party and the SPD (Social Democratic Party).

November 30th

Over 250 people participated in an antiracist demonstration in Bochum. The march went through the inner city, where lots of people who were shopping on the Christmas market received flyers and listened to the speeches. In one speech, a refugee from Africa talked about the current situation in the camp in Heiligenhaus where she has to live. She thanked everybody for their support and invited people to come to the camp, take a look at her situation and to talk about how to organize the struggle in the future.

Red banner reads: “Borderless solidarity instead of narrowed nationalism”; white banner reads: “Our welfare is based on exploitation – Economic refugees welcome” (in response to a racist ‘argument’ claiming that most of the migrants are only seeking state welfare benefits, and naming them ‘economic refugees’). More pictures here.

The weekly demonstration of the group “Lampedusa in Hamburg” became an Advent Demo on Saturdays (before the holiday season, refugees and people in solidarity took to the streets every Wednesday in the city). Continue reading Germany: Updates from the streets of Berlin, Hamburg and a few other places

Mexico City: Demonstration in memory of the Tlatelolco massacre

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wjWewOGZH8

Every October 2nd, Mexico City commemorates the massacre of students in diverse levels of education in the Plaza de las Tres Culturas (“Square of the Three Cultures”) of Tlatelolco neighbourhood, ten days before the 1968 Summer Olympics. This year’s march took place against the backdrop of several recent anarchist interventions in a variety of social protests; this occasion was no exception.

First reports from the streets were as follows:

The march was composed of various different movements, but mainly by blocs of students, workers and academics from the most representative universities in the territory controlled by the Mexican State (such as UNAM, IPN and UAM, among others). It is worth noting that along the whole route as of several years ago are hundreds of surveillance cameras put there “for the citizen’s security,” and as always these situations are proof of the use of CCTV as a means to fulfill their biopolitics of discipline and punish. The demonstration was “going well” from the starting point in the Plaza de las Tres Culturas at Tlatelolco, until it reached the top of the Reforma Avenue and Bucarelli Street, where the police began to divide the immense contingent. This was done at the exact point where the presence of anarchist comrades terminated; the police attack was carried out by anti-riot squadrons backed up by the mounted police (who usually force the horses to rush and attack the crowds). Among others gas-bombs were detonated by the police, and fire-bombs were thrown by protesters. For the most part, anarchists and other rebels went on the offensive, while anti-riot cops also carried long-range weapons. The Reforma Avenue, which is a main arterial street, was totally packed by cops, particularly at the intersection with Bucarelli Street (considering this is a roundabout, in order to realize such a repression operation the police presence must have been for far more than what was officially mentioned by the Mexico City police chief).

Once the march was divided, those who came from behind paused as the police advanced to kettle the anarchist contingent (along with others who were on that side of the activity) at the Monument to the Revolution, in Republic Square. The streets surrounding the square were closed in order to prevent the main part of the march from reaching the area in potential aid of the people there. In the head of this split of the rally (not where the anarchists were) the police also closed the road to the Zócalo, main square of the historic centre, and also put drones with in the air to film and take photos of protesters in that part of the demo, focusing to those who had covered their faces (and some hooded ones who were split from rest of the black bloc, but weren’t captured by the cops). This part of the crowd tried to enter the Republic Square, but the routes were blocked. Meanwhile, as some comrades reported, many detentions and injuries occurred in the clash, and they still continued to be attacked by cops at the Monument.

Then, the section of the demonstration relegated to the Reforma Avenue tried to gain access to the Monument to the Revolution, but the organizers themselves insisted that there were too many cops to allow the march to enter the area (the reformists never thought to counterattack, and comrades who were still spread amongst the diverse crowd were too few to break the police lines on their own), and therefore decided to continue the route along the Reforma Avenue to arrive at the “Angel of Independence”, leaving the anarchist comrades in the hands of repression nearby the Monument to the Revolution. All this happened around 6pm local time and in approximately 45 minutes to one hour.

At 7.15pm, people in solidarity reported that the black bloc weren’t seen on the way to the “Angel of Independence,” and that all the routes of entry to the Monument to the Revolution continued to be blocked; given this, they understood repression continued and the police intended to detain all of the comrades who were trapped in that area. At 8pm, it was estimated that approximately 50 protesters were detained as they were transported in police bus. Comrades from the Anarchist Black Cross were already on their way to a police station in search and aid of detainees. At approximately 10.30pm, solidarians reported that several comrades who were in the University City (UNAM’s main campus) were taken by the police and that their whereabouts were still unknown. So the ABC continued to search for detainees at various police stations, and solidarity actions were immediately planned for the next days, demanding the liberation of all hostages.

Some of the captives of October 2nd have been released on bail, but there are still people behind bars. Constant updates on arrested comrades here by Mexico ABC.

Piraeus, Greece: Antifascist Killah P stabbed to death by Nazis

Pavlos Fyssas

In the early hours of September 18, 2013, 34-years-old antifascist Pavlos Fyssas (aka Killah P) was stabbed to death by Nazis of the “Golden Dawn” party in Piraeus (port of Athens).

Raw reports on indymedia describe that the murder took place just after midnight on Wednesday in Amfiali, in the Keratsini district of Piraeus. It appears that Pavlos Fyssas and his small company of friends were persecuted and ambushed by a larger group of Nazis. This in the presence of cops from the DIAS motorcycle unit. Minutes later, the antifascist was stabbed twice by one of the Nazis who came out of a vehicle and attacked him. The assailant was arrested by cops at the scene. But the exact circumstances of the assassination are yet to be confirmed, and much of this news comes from mainstream media coverage.

Pavlos Fyssas succumbed to his injuries shortly after he was evacuated in the Nikaia hospital. His funeral was arranged for September 19 at the Schisto cemetery.

Over the last period, there have been several attempted murders and assassinations of ‘people of color’ (migrants, etc.) across Greece. This time, a Greek-born white leftist was assassinated by fascist scum. It appears, though, that Pavlos Fyssas was not member of any leftist organization, but rather a street fighter with strong antifascist action. Killah P(ast) was his stage name as hip-hopper/rapper:

Meanwhile, there were major ‘repercussions’ in official politics. The establishment parties already tried to manipulate this deadly incident towards electoral gains, while the Golden Dawn parliamentary thugs as always refuted any involvement of their devoted followers in any murder, again for electoral gains. However, the 45-year-old stabber Giorgos Roupakias, resident of Nikaia, has confessed his deed to the police, as well as his close association with the Golden Dawn (which is well documented, e.g. here Golden Dawn MP Kostas Barbarousis, and the assassin Giorgos Roupakias on the right). The murderer is in custody, and three other Nazis—including his wife—were also detained (for withholding evidence of Roupakias’ association to the Nazi party).

Anarchist banner in the central square of Thebes: “Not an inch of land to the fascists – Long live international anarchist insurgency.”
Anarchist banner in Igoumenitsa: “Pavlos, your heart bleeds seeking revenge.”

On September 18, antifascist protests were called in response to the assassination in more than twenty cities/towns across Greece. Also, in few cities (e.g. in Chania, on Crete) Golden Dawn offices were trashed, and police troops were attacked. Various different direct actions happened at numerous spontaneous protests throughout the day.

During a large evening demonstration near the murder scene in Keratsini, heavy clashes broke out against the police; dozens of protesters were detained amid street battles (many faced charges). Previously, the leader of the far-right party “Independent Greeks” alongside his patriot henchmen were effectively attacked by antifascists. At least one demonstrator suffered severe eye injury from a direct shot of police tear gas, and underwent surgery at a local hospital. Doctors from the Tzaneio hospital stated that 31 protesters who were treated after the antifascist march in Keratsini were all wounded on the head by DIAS and DELTA cops. In addition, anti-riot squadrons and plainclothes thugs attacked antifascists jointly during that demo in Piraeus (video).

Clashes occurred in Thessaloniki and Patras, too, where mass detentions were reported.

Solidarity banner at the corner of Rigaer and Liebig streets in Berlin (near the squats rigaer94 & liebig34): “Nothing and no one is forgotten! Organize antifascist self-defense!”
Message from Sweden: “Only united we can fight fascism; until the last opponent we will fight; in solidarity with our friends in Athens; in memory of Pavlos Fyssas —Malmö, Svavlet.”

Immediately after the killing of Pavlos Fyssas, various solidarity actions took place not only in Greece but also across Europe (in Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, France, Belgium, Sweden, Poland, Cyprus, and the UK). More protests to come…

İstanbul: Reportback from Beşiktaş and Taksim

The TV channel CNNtürk broadcasted a documentary about penguins at the same time that thousands of people were clashing out on the streets, so somebody made this video to mock them:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRZJhszz-6Q

In the morning of June 3rd, after two days of heavy clashes in the district of Beşiktaş, police presence there was huge. Cops were deployed in Abbasağa Park and Dolmabahçe in huge numbers, and around the Beşiktaş Square in smaller groups.

In the afternoon, high school students were gathered in the entrance of Çarşı, all dressed in black in order to show their solidarity with Gezi Park resisters. They were chanting slogans, while police kept away from them. At about 9pm, people in all of the surrounding neighbourhoods appeared on windows of the houses and made noise with their metal pots and spoons, or whatever they were able to find to join the noise protest. This went on for maybe half an hour.

Thousands of people assembled in Taksim again, in the 6th day of the occupation of Taksim Gezi Park. Police forces were located on Dolmabahçe Gazhane Road, east of İnönü Stadium. Resisters on İnönü Road (Gümüşsuyu) built new barricades all the way down to the stadium. There were 7 to 8 barricades along that road. Clashes on this avenue continued for hours, starting in the evening and lasting till late at night. Repression squads were using tear gas of course, but this time it was heavier and denser, because even people far away from the area where the tear gas bombs fell were badly affected. Continue reading İstanbul: Reportback from Beşiktaş and Taksim

Turkey: Raw news from the Taksim Gezi Park struggle and ongoing riots

Banner on Lesvos Island (opposite Turkish shores): ‘Solidarity with the rebels in Turkey’

On June 1st we were in Taksim at about 3pm. After clashes that started in the morning, police was forced to leave the area. The cops disappeared for some hours. For two hours there was no police presence in any area in downtown İstanbul (European side). People occupied the Taksim Square and Gezi Park. The number of people was huge. All of the park, square and roads that lead to this area were full of people. All the construction barriers that were closing the west side of the park were destroyed by protesters. Some of the police barriers were removed and were thrown down to the road that goes to the newly constructed underground tunnel. Others were used in the barricades built by protesters. The police hut in the south of the park looking down the square was set on fire and the anti-riot vehicle left there by police was destroyed, too. One police car in the same place was turned over and destroyed as well. People were filled with joy and they were taking souvenir photos in front of the destroyed vehicles and building. North of the Park is Hyatt Regency hotel and at the entrance garden of the hotel there was a police car thrown into the pool. Four public buses were left at the crossroad that is near and were also damaged.

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At around 6pm we learned from our comrades that clashes started to take place in Beşiktaş, where the office/house of Tayyip Erdogan is located. People were attacking from four directions: from the Beşiktaş Square (east), Dolmabahçe road (west), Akaretler (northwest) and Ortabahçe road (north). Police was stuck there with four anti-riot vehicles with water cannons and around 150 police officers at the entrance of Hayrettin İskelesi street. At all directions barricades were erected. After some hours police was able to push people, and repression forces expanded. New barricades were set on Mumcu Bakka street and Süleyman Seba road to prevent the police force from entering the Çarşı, which is the bazaar area of Beşiktaş where people hang out. Police used plastic bullets when the people’s attack intensified. Clashes continued till around 1.30am (2/6). Finally police used excessive amount of gas bombs to disperse the crowd, and people left the barricades and took shelter in the shops and bars around, or regrouped in inner streets of Beşiktaş.

Meanwhile resisters in Taksim built huge barricades on the roads and streets around the square and Gezi Park all night. Also, people torched construction vehicles. Buses, cars, construction materials, police barriers, thrash containers, etc. were used as barricades. Continue reading Turkey: Raw news from the Taksim Gezi Park struggle and ongoing riots

Turkey: Few slogans chanted in the streets of İstanbul – Ongoing street protests and police repression on June 1st

solidarity banner at Liontaria square in Heraklion, Crete (Greece)

faşizme karşı omuz omuza / stand shoulder-to-shoulder against fascism

hükümet istifa / government, resign

katil Erdoğan / murderer Erdoğan

Taksim bizim, İstanbul bizim / Taksim is ours, Istanbul is ours

direne direne kazanacağız / we will win by resisting

her yer Taksim, her yer direniş / everywhere is Taksim, resistance is everywhere

sık bakalım, sık bakalım, biber gazı sık bakalım, copunu bırak, kaskını çıkar, delikanlı kim bakalım / shoot it, shoot it, fire the tear gas, drop your baton, take your helmet off, then we see who’s the tough guy

hepiniz orospu çocuğusunuz / you’re all son of bitches [to the police]

orospu çocuğu Tayyip Erdoğan / son of a bitch Tayyip Erdoğan

solidarity banner in Thessaloniki (Greece): ‘Solidarity with the rebels in Turkey. Rebellion now and forever’

There is no official confirmation of the deaths as of yet.

In Istanbul, on 1/6, the cops left the Taksim Gezi Park for a while. Then people gathered to occupy the park again. Soon thereafter, the police stormed the area to remove the protesters.

Recent updates in Turkish : 1, 2, 3

Comrades’ message from the streets of Istanbul at 17:15 (local time): “We did it. Taksim square and Gezi Park occupied. Police pulls back; they’re leaving. People celebrate inside Gezi Park. One police car, with ‘sikik (fucked)’ written on it, was overturned and set on fire…”

İstanbul, Turkey: Raw updates from the occupation at Taksim Gezi Park

Crowd of protesters at Istiklal street, Istanbul

Please contribute info from the streets.

The occupation of Taksim Gezi Park in İstanbul began on May 28th, 2013. Following the police raid in the park area on May 30th, hackers from the RedHack sabotaged the website of the Beyoglu police headquarters in response to the morning attack.

The occupation continued, and thousands of people gathered to resist the government’s plans (to build a shopping centre and destroy the green area). It soon became one of the largest mobilizations for years, with various different participants (from radical activists to NGOs, etc.), resembling the worldwide Occupy movement.

On May 31st, street clashes started from 5am in İstanbul. The resistance grew wider, while the police fired an incredible amount of tear gas bombs. Before yet another crackdown, supporters from three major football teams (Besiktas, Galatasaray, Fenerbahce) took to the streets united. Clashes continued late in the evening. The number of people in the streets was enormous. In every way, thousands were trying to reach Taksim square. After 16 hours of street fighting, the struggle went on. Continue reading İstanbul, Turkey: Raw updates from the occupation at Taksim Gezi Park

Bern, Switzerland: Clashes after a street resistance party on May 25th

Occupy instead of possessing

The third annual celebration of the street resistance party Tanz Dich Frei (‘dance yourself free’) in the Swiss city of Bern ended with large-scale clashes among hooded street fighters and police forces.

Thousands of people marched dancing toward the local parliament, where the clashes broke out. Rebel youths attacked more than 70 commercial shops and were involved in street fighting, throwing stones, bottles, flares and various objects against the cops.

The pigs say they have arrested more than 60 persons, but there are no updates as of yet regarding the state of arrestees or charges they may face. If you have info from the streets, please contribute.

The apparent social peace in the helvetic metropolis was beautifully shattered. Solidarity with all those who do not bow their head, and fight back even in the belly of the beast!

French reports and more fotos: 1, 2

Patras, Greece: Clashes with cops on May 17th – Antifascist demonstration on May 19th

On the evening of Friday, May 17th in Patras, large-scale clashes took place between anarchists and wild youth, on one side, and law enforcement on the other. It kicked off when cops surrounded the Olgas square, in the centre of the city, in order to break up a group of people who had gathered there, set up a sound system and were playing music.

For several decades, Olgas square has been a meeting point for the subversive youths of the city, and it has functioned as a space for both the free exchange of ideas and undertaking organized actions against the system. For this reason, the State has forced the drug trade into the square, and made sure that undercover cops are always present in the nearby bars, with the consent of their owners. Recently, anarchist groups have attempted to re-appropriate the square, and force out both the drug dealing and the snitches. To this end, an open-air self-organized party has been taking place each week. The intention of this is to promote solidarity and non-commercial relationships, in place of the consumerist leisure that the system, mafia, exploiters and businesspeople offer.

On Friday night, 17/5, using the excuse that, “the music was too loud”, the lapdogs of Power attacked the people who had gathered, as well as a traditional café in the square which is frequented by comrades. During this attack both the waiter and the owner were first hit and then arrested (on yet unknown charges). The police attack was answered by riots in multiple downtown streets, which were lit up by fire for nearly four hours. The clear goal of the police was to not allow the square to be retaken. However, once the cops were distracted by the street fighting, the comrades were able to reoccupy the square.

This incident occurred two days before the planned rally of the Nazi party of Golden Dawn outside their local office on Germanou street, in the Ano Poli neighbourhood. As this was intended to be the first public Golden Dawn rally in the city of Patras, the local anarchist space as well as several left-wing groups had called for an antifascist demonstration that same afternoon, May 19th.

From 17.00 on, people began to gather in Georgiou square and at about 19.30, more than 500 antifascists took Korinthou street, and began marching towards the local office of the Nazis. The police presence was tremendous, and local cops were joined by riot squads sent from other cities in order to protect the fascists. The forces of order both nearly divided the city in two and made a cordon along the sides of the antifascist demo.

More people joined the demonstration and by 20.15 there were more than 800 participants, approximately 400 from the anti-authoritarian/anarchist space (the anarchist block lead the demo) and the rest from various leftist and antiracist groups. The groups defending the demo were both well organized and equipped, and the mood of the march was combative, with continuous chants against the police, the State and the fascists.

The antifascist march ended at the point from which it had begun, Georgiou square, where hundreds of people hung around for hours, until the miserable Nazi party was over. It should be noted that the Goldendawnists were less than 100 (about 30 thugs, and some 50 elderly lovers of the dictatorship).

At the end of the fascist rally the police reopened the streets where they had been diverting traffic, and groups of comrades swept through the city to prevent any undesirable appearances. At about 23.00, in the neighbourhood of Agia Sofia, one of these groups on motorcycles was attacked by a DIAS motorcycle unit. Four comrades were arrested, on yet unknown charges. On May 20th, at noon, they were brought to the prosecutor and were all released, but the hearing was postponed to Wednesday, May 22nd; therefore a gathering in solidarity is called that day, at 12.30 in Patras courts.

Additionally, at around 3am of May 20th, more detentions of comrades (nearly 45) were reported. The first crackdown took place at Olgas square and unfolded just opposite from the Parartima squat (which was closed at the time), where people were trapped after a police chase. Many of the detainees were beaten, but all were released after a while.