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Text of Revolutionary Struggle member Nikos Maziotis regarding Greece’s default and exit from the EMU

The SYRIZA-led government is collapsing. The Greek default and exit from the Eurozone, as choice of the lenders, is a process that started in 2010 and currently marks the beginning of the end of the SYRIZA government. The implementation of the memoranda from 2010 was one phase in the process of orderly default that the supranational economic elite had chosen, in order to ensure the sustainability of the Euro and to cut off one member that due to the debt crisis is considered gangrened and has to be expelled. Essentially, Greece’s default has always been regarded by the supranational economic elite as a prerequisite for its salvation, without even breaking the country’s obligations to the lenders, something that was ensured by the inclusion of the country into the power of the IMF, the ECB and the European Commission. Since 2009, Greece was already a bankrupt country and this was something known by both the then government of Georgios Papandreou and the European Union. The supranational economic elite, from 2010 onwards, followed an orderly default tactic so as to safeguard the lenders, the then holders of Greek bonds, the French, German, British and American banks.

The first aim of the memorandum was that it prohibited unilateral suspension of debt payments on the part of the debtor. On that basis, all of the Greek state-owned assets were frozen to ensure the repayment of the debt.

Additionally the debt passed from Greek to Anglo-Saxon law, prohibiting its conversion from Euro into any undervalued national currency. The Greek state gave up national sovereignty over its assets, all of which were transferred to the jurisdiction of the lenders. By granting the prior loan of 110 billion euros and replacing the old debt with a new one, the second objective of the memorandum was the repayment of the then holders of Greek bonds and the transfer of debt to the international organizations, the IMF, the ECB, and the European Union member states. With this process of extension of Greece’s default, the holders of Greek bonds, who investment-wise had junk bonds on their hands, were able to get rid of them with the least possible losses.

This process continued with the PSI in the debt restructuring that took place in March 2012, where the big winners were the foreign banks, and the big losers were Greek banks, Greek social security funds and small bondholders.

Parallel to this, the supranational economic and political elite turned the country into ruins, and using the dilemma “austerity or bankruptcy and disaster” for five years launched a policy of societal genocide and euthanasia for sections of the population, leading to thousands of deaths and poverty, hunger and immiseration.

The ultimate objective of the lenders is to create a two-track European Union, with powerful and big-surplus countries on the one side, and weak, indebted countries on the other.

As we mentioned as imprisoned members of Revolutionary Struggle, in December 2010, in our text Let’s Make In Greece the Beginning for a Global Social Revolution: “Our exit from the EMU [Economic and Monetary Union] is now considered a given to ensure the viability of the Euro. However, as the debt crisis is deepening, and one European country after another will collapse financially in the near future, it is difficult not only for the EMU to survive but for the European Union as well. The most optimistic scenario for the future of the Union is to create a formation where powerful and big-surplus countries will lead and bankrupt countries of the European periphery will be transformed into protectorates, as they will cede entirely their economic and political sovereignty to the political and economic directorates of Europe. This condition is being promoted in the European Union by establishing an orderly default mechanism.”

Almost five years later, this process takes shape with Greece’s default within the European Union and its exit from the EMU. Through the process of orderly default, Greece was slated to become the first country to inaugurate the two-speed European Union. All Greek governments, from 2010 until today, faithfully served these aspirations of the supranational elite.

The SYRIZA government is collapsing in a much shorter time than its predecessors, the Samaras and Papandreou governments. Despite the fact that within 5 months they renounced the plan for which they were elected, that they accepted the repayment of debt, and signed the extension of the existing memorandum No. 2, despite stepping over many of their red lines in the negotiations with the aim of signing a new memorandum agreement with the creditors – an agreement they admitted themselves was much harsher than the measures proposed by [ex-finance minister] Hardouvelis – the lenders decided on Greek default and exit from the EMU, with the debt obligations of course to remain intact. In five months in power, SYRIZA proved how impracticable was their program, how inapplicable were their Keynesian reforms pursued in a globalized neoliberal environment within the framework of the European Union, how contradictory it was to accept the debt repayment while seeking to increase the basic salary, to agree to privatizations and want the state to be represented in the privatized enterprises, to request financing from the lenders while not wanting to apply the terms of the loan agreement that they themselves agreed to extend on February 20, 2015, to engage in hard negotiations while stepping over red lines by agreeing to memorandum measures and indirectly, with the new taxes and VAT increase, to a further reduction of people’s income, layoffs and unemployment increase; to think they blackmail the lenders by threatening not to pay the loan installments while on February 20 they’ve agreed to sign that there cannot be a unilateral breach of debt payments and that the Greek state-owned assets are frozen and can be sold off unless they pay.

It is certain that all the while the lenders thought the SYRIZA-led government to be an unreliable partner and administrator of the Greek crisis. The July 5 referendum decided upon by the government, to accept or reject the proposals of the lenders, is nothing else but the communications management of its political shipwreck, accompanied by conspiracy theories and suspicions of a political coup and “new Iouliana” [in reference to July 1965 events] aiming at its overthrow.

But, in reality, the SYRIZA government collapses under the weight of its own contradictions and its own deadlock. The referendum has no material basis because 5 days before the vote, on June 30, the austerity program expires and the country is already in default status, so there’s no such thing as a new negotiation or a proposal for an agreement with the lenders. Furthermore, the outcome of the referendum whatever it is will have no influence on the country’s bankruptcy and exit from the EMU, both of which are unavoidable, nor will it avert the eventual collapse of the government.

In the case of “Yes” in the referendum on the proposal of the lenders, the collapse of the government will be much more immediate, given that they formally drafted it in favor of the “No”.

If indeed the majority who participate choose “No”, it is possible for the government to gain a bit of time, but it is completely incapable and unprepared to deal with the consequences of bankruptcy and exit from the EMU, so sooner or later its fall is given.

Regardless of the outcome though, the referendum is misleading because what really is at stake, namely the Euro or Drachma dilemma, does not provide any solution to the problems of the people.

As we have said as Revolutionary Struggle, Greece’s exit from the EMU and the adoption of the Drachma in the European Union framework leaves the problem of debt untouched, and does not invalidate the memorandum-related commitments. Since a term of the memorandum prohibits the conversion of the debt from Euro into any undervalued national currency, not only the adoption of the Drachma would not reduce the debt, but it would increase it.

Also, the adoption of the undervalued Drachma would lead to further devaluation in the purchasing power of workers, and thus deterioration of living standards, which will further increase poverty and immiseration. Therefore, the question of currency alone does not solve the problem. Those who think that the exit from the EMU inside the European Union is a radical solution are grievously mistaken. Currently Greece’s exit from the Eurozone is being sought by the lenders themselves to downgrade a country to a protectorate within the framework of the European Union so it can be sold more easily to repay its debts.

Only action from below, only the action of a Revolutionary Movement that will overthrow the capital and the state, will erase the debt, will pull the country out of the European Union itself, NATO and the market economy, would give a radical solution while proposing the reorganization of society on the basis of Libertarian Communism, based on a confederation of communities, workers’ councils and popular assemblies. Right now, the political bankruptcy of SYRIZA, the country’s bankruptcy and exit from the EMU – the consequences of which are unknown even to the lenders themselves – open up a range of opportunities for revolutionary forces, so that we advance the prospect of overturn.

Abstention from the referendum.

No to the Euro or Drachma dilemma.

The only solution is social revolution and the people in arms.

Nikos Maziotis
Koridallos prison

[June 28, 2015]

Germany: Solidarity with Nikos Romanos from Nuremberg

(originally released on )

We hung this banner in the West of Nuremberg to publicly show our solidarity with Nikos Romanos in the short run. We wish the comrade much strength in the struggle against the Greek classist justice.

Organize class autonomy. Against the domination of patriarchy, Capital and the State.

The crisis is permanent. December 6th will never pass away.

Greece: Revolutionary Struggle claims responsibility for car bomb explosion in Athens city centre

In the early morning hours of Thursday, April 10th, 2014 —after two warning phone calls to the media— a car bomb with 75kg of explosives was detonated outside one of Bank of Greece’s offices, located at Amerikis Street in Athens, causing extensive material damages in the surrounding area (but no injuries).

Fifteen days later, the urban guerrilla group Revolutionary Struggle (Epanastatikos Agonas) claimed responsibility for the bombing. Below are just a few excerpts from their lengthy articulate communiqué (a complete translation is always welcome!).

As many of you may recall, three anarchists revealed their membership in the group four years ago, in April 2010: Nikos Maziotis and Pola Roupa, who have gone underground since the summer of 2012 (recently, the government placed a huge bounty on their heads), and Kostas Gournas, who is currently held captive in Koridallos prison.

Responsibility claim by the organization Revolutionary Struggle [25.4.2014]

On the 10th of April 2014, Revolutionary Struggle carried out a bombing attack against the Supervision Directorate of the Bank of Greece at Amerikis Street [Athens], a building which also houses the IMF’s resident representative in Greece, Wes McGrew. Although the blow targeted the Bank of Greece, the head office of Piraeus Bank which is located exactly on the opposite side of the street also suffered damage, what makes the hit even more successful, because the Piraeus Bank has evolved in one of the largest systemic Greek banking institutions after the acquisition of ATEbank, it has benefited from the predatory memorandum-policy applied against the Greek people in recent years, and is one of the financial factors that are jointly responsible for people’s woes.

The attack was carried out with a car bomb containing 75kg of ANFO explosive. Exactly four years after the crackdown against the organization, and while the State alongside many enemies of armed struggle were cheering for the “success of dismantling” the Revolutionary Struggle, this action came to prove them wrong. The bombing against the Bank of Greece is dedicated to anarchist comrade Lambros Foundas, a member of the Revolutionary Struggle who was killed in an armed clash with police officers in Dafni on March 10th, 2010, during a preparatory action of the organization. The comrade lost his life during an attempt to expropriate a car which would be used in an action of the Revolutionary Struggle, in the context of the organization’s strategy of that period —a period which marked the beginning of the economic crisis. This strategy was intended to strike and sabotage structures, institutions and persons that hold a central role in the largest, historically, antipopular assault that was to take place with the signing of the first memorandum in May 2010. Lambros Foundas fought and gave his life so that the contemporary junta of economic and political elites would not pass —the junta of the IMF/ECB/EU troika. He fought and gave his life so that the contemporary junta of the Capital and the State would not pass. So that the new totalitarianism imposed all over the planet, on the pretext of the global financial crisis, would not pass. Lambros Foundas gave his life fighting to turn the crisis into an opportunity for social Revolution. The Bank of Greece bombing is to some extent a continuation of that strategy which included the attacks against Citibank, Eurobank and the Athens stock exchange.

Thus, in honor of our comrade, the action against the Bank of Greece bears the signature Commando Lambros Foundas. Besides, the best homage to a comrade who gave his life in struggle is to continue the struggle itself, for which he fell in combat. And this struggle has never had, or will ever have, any other direction but the overthrow of capitalism and the State —social Revolution.

A blow in response to Greece’s return to the markets

As everyone figured out —from the government, the parties, to the Greek and international media— we chose the 10th of April for our attack because this date marks the exit of the Greek State to international financial markets in search of the first long-term loan after four years; the next day, April 11th, the leader of the most powerful European State, protagonist in the enforcement of extreme neoliberal policies and austerity across Europe, and one of the most ideal exponents of the interests of European economic elites, the archi-terrorist German chancellor, Angela Merkel, was scheduled to arrive in Greece for the political and economic capitalization of this “Greek success”. (…)

The “salvation of the country” concerns the big capital, the transnational ruling class and the powerful lenders of the country. It concerns the structures and institutions of globalized capitalism. It is linked to the States, the political staff in Greece and Europe; to all sorts of political lackeys of the establishment, who support this regime at any price. It concerns a disgraceful minority of the Greek society.

Those whom this “salvation” does not concern —and instead they have paid and still pay with their own blood to save the system from the crisis— are the vast majority of people. The 5 million people who are living in conditions of poverty. The 2.5 million people who are living in absolute destitution. The 700,000 poor children who do not even have the basics, who are undernourished, who feel cold, suffer from fainting spells, and end up in institutions for a plate of food. Those who get sick, those who go mad. The ones who lose their home over debts to the banks and the State, those who live without electricity, those who lack the basic survival necessities. The 4,000 people who committed suicide because they were financially ruined. The thousands of homeless people, the ones who are depended on soup kitchens, who are digging through garbage to feed themselves, those who are slowly dying on the sidelines. All of these wretched that went financially and socially bankrupt, and pay the “salvation of the country” with their lives and the lives of their children. All these people have come to understand what it means to see your life go bankrupt, what it means to see your life not worth anything anymore. They have come to understand that the “avoidance of Greece’s bankruptcy” means war against society, social euthanasia. (…)

Social revolution cannot be postponed to an indefinite future, nor be limited to an indistinct projectuality. It requires constant revolutionary action in the present time, and involves the organization and formation of a ground-breaking revolutionary movement that will elaborate and define its strategic steps, and clash with the establishment’s centralized policies. It involves the political process and willingness to put specific revolutionary proposals into practice.

In the present circumstances, a revolutionary platform could be summarized as follows:

-Unilateral termination of payment of the Greek debt.
-Exit from the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and the European Union (EU).
-Expropriation of assets of the Capital, large companies, multinational corporations, of all movable and immovable property of the capitalists.
-Abolition of the banking system, erasure of all debts to banks, handover of small possessions that were seized by banks, and socialization of bank assets.
-Expropriation of state property and utilities companies; expropriation of church property.
-Socialization of the means of production, industry, ports, means of transfer and communication, transportation, utilities, hospitals and educational institutions; the workers will engage in their managing.
-Abolition of the State and the bourgeois parliament of professional politicians, to be replaced by a confederal system of popular assemblies and workers’ councils, whose coordination, communication and decision-implementation will be achieved through delegates elected and immediately recallable. At national level, in place of the old representative bourgeois parliament there will be a supreme Confederal People’s Assembly, whose members will be authorized members-delegates elected and immediately recallable by the local popular assemblies and workers’ councils.
-Abolition of the police and the army, to be replaced by an armed popular militia, not a mercenary one.

A discussion and agreement upon a revolutionary platform is a prerequisite for the creation of a revolutionary anticapitalist movement, and as Revolutionary Struggle we wish to see a well-intentioned dialogue opening on this issue. It is necessary that a Revolution overcomes national borders. It is unrealistic to believe that a Revolution will be viable if confined within the national borders of a small country like Greece. However let us make a beginning here, in Greece, for the demolition of the eurozone and the European Union, for the abolition of capitalism and the State. Let us put the armed proletarian counterattack into practice. Let us make a beginning here, in Greece, for an international social Revolution.

LONG LIVE SOCIAL REVOLUTION
FOR LIBERTARIAN COMMUNISM – FOR ANARCHY
FREEDOM TO POLITICAL PRISONERS

Commando Lambros Foundas
REVOLUTIONARY STRUGGLE

Greece: Reportback from protest in downtown Athens against the “White Night” on December 28th, 2013

Liberalization of shop opening hours, work on Sundays; they’ve stretched our whole life to the limit… Workers’ interests come first!

They speak of gains and losses — We speak of human lives
Luxury display windows — Unpaid workers

On Saturday evening, December 28, 2013 the Attica base union of workers in the book–paper sector together with colleagues from the commerce sector and other labour sectors, alongside members of trade unions, workers’ and unemployed people’s collectives, and neighbourhood assemblies, carried out a series of interventions in the city centre of Athens against the “White Night” and the extension of shopping hours until 11pm(!), conditions imposed on workers in retail stores by the mayor of Athens, Giorgos Kaminis, and the bosses.

At 7pm, more than 300 protesters gathered outside the ‘Public’ department store in Syntagma Square carrying banners, shouting slogans and distributing texts. Later, participants held a large and lively demonstration along Ermou Street, the major commercial road downtown. Then they moved through Aiolou Street, passed from the old city hall at Kotzia Square, and marched to Stadiou Street and then on to Panepistimiou Street, where they concentrated at the entrance of major bookstores (‘Ianos Bazaar’, ‘Ianos’, ‘Eleftheroudakis’ and ‘Papasotiriou’) which remained open in the context of Athens “White Night”. During all these interventions, demonstrators from the Attica base union of workers in the book–paper sector threw fliers and pasted posters reading “Shops as in White Prison Cells? No Thank You!”

Some of the many slogans chanted along the entire route were:

“You don’t lack the hours to shop; you lack the money and hours to live”

“Never work on a night or a Sunday; we’re better off without becoming competitive”

“The ministers, the mayor and the bosses can work Sundays and nights, for all we care”

“Flexible working hours, Sunday jobs; they’ve made our whole life fully stretched”

“Flexible working hours, unpaid work; terrorism, in one word”

“If we do not resist in every store, we will all become slaves for a bit of bread”

“Worker, there’s only one way to win; organization and resistance in workplaces”

“Luxury display windows; unpaid workers…”

Everything continues…

source/more photos: bookworker

Hamburg, Germany: Demonstration in solidarity with struggles in Greece and everywhere

Demonstration on 27.4.2013, starting at 15.00 from Achidi-John-Platz, Rote Flora, in Hamburg

For the social uprising! Solidarity with self-organized struggles in Greece and worldwide! For the destruction of Power!

March against the economic crisis of the system, the rise of neo-fascism, the increased state repression, the eviction of squats and the crackdowns on migrants… but also in solidarity with self-organized struggles and attacks against the State, in solidarity with comrades who continue to fight by all means to destroy the civilization of Power.

We support self-organized projects, squats, imprisoned comrades, and the struggles against the State, Capital and every authority. When we look at Greece, what we share is the ideas against any form of domination as well as the passion for freedom. We want to break the monotony and oppressive normalcy that prevail in these parts, and fight together toward liberation from Power. Our purpose is not the sterile expression of solidarity with struggles taking place 2,000 km away from here. The enemy is common. Our aim is to attack structures that nourish this violent and decayed system; our aim is a social uprising that will overthrow the system.

More info in German: i, ii

Barcelona: Explosive device placed at a bank branch at 146 Sarriá Avenue

until we destroy the last of their properties

We placed an explosive device at the branch of Caixabank located at 146 Sarriá Avenue, at 12.45am on Wednesday, April 10th.

Because we understand that the supposed crisis currently taking place is nothing more than a rearrangement of the system of domination, in which Power uses its classic strategies and tools to keep itself up.

Because we understand that this rearrangement is achieved through repressive and preventive militarization of territory.

Because we understand that the State has fused with Capital, extending its oppressive capacity, disguised as an ideology of citizenship.

Because the bankers and all those who hold unjust power are our enemies.

Because we understand that the only solution to our current situation is generalized disorder and the total destruction of all that stands in the way of our freedom.

For these reasons we carried out this action in one of the neighbourhoods that shelters the Catalan bourgeoisie, accustomed to the peace of their broad green spaces, accustomed to luxury and ostentation, to exploitation and humiliation. That is where the ones responsible for this supposed crisis meet, and where its benefits are felt. The Les Tres Torres neighbourhood of the Sarriá-Sant Gervasi district is where Princess Cristina and her close family live their daily lives, hiding the link between the Spanish crown and Isidre Fainé behind her supposed work activities. Fainé is part of Opus Dei, and president of the banking organ that was the object of this attack, as well as vice president of Telefónica, Repsol YPF and AGBAR, one of the most expensive water providers in Europe.

Domination is supported by individuals and, as is evident, Fainé is one of these. He represents the personification of the State’s connection to Capital.

For all the above mentioned reasons, we believe that this attack is completely justified, as part of the diversity of autonomous initiatives that intend to permanently do away with all forms of authority.

Just to leave no room for doubt: the explosive device was composed of a three kilogram butane gas canister filled with two kilos of powder, along with two disposable camping gas canisters.

Affinity Group for Anarchy

Darmstadt, Germany: Solidarity demo for anarchists and squatters in Greece

For many people in Greece the living conditions are dramatic, with high unemployment rate, massive austerity measures, cuts in pensions, forced evictions, along with the privatization of important infrastructure. The social and healthcare system has collapsed, while many people can no longer afford to buy food, let alone essential medicines.

Social centres – houses that had been vacant for a long time – have been squatted, often for over twenty years, and have stood as an important point of reference for many people amid the crisis, who were able to help each other with gratuitous bazaars, collective kitchens for all, while several among these spaces were also sleeping shelters. Actions for a free and solidarian world came out of these occupied houses again and again. Not least, these left anti-authoritarian structures have offered a refuge to all those persecuted by the fascist and openly neo-Nazi party Chrissi Avgi (Golden Dawn), which got almost 7% of the vote during the last election, and its followers attack and murder antifascists, political adversaries and (presumed) migrants.

At the same time that the State ignores this problem – or, as often happens with the police, not only allows this haunting but even supports the fascists – it takes action against the anarchist and antifascist movement with the utmost repression.

In December 2012, during the police raid in the University of Economics and Business (ASOEE), the equipment of Athens free radio 98FM was confiscated. The university asylum, which was introduced in the aftermath of the military dictatorship, was abolished already in 2011 as a result of the declared war on social protests. We are even angrier about the eviction of social centres such as Villa Amalias (squatted for 22 years) and Lelas Karagianni 37 (which has been reoccupied)!

So, on Saturday the 9th of February 2013, in the wake of the ‘black February’ about twenty people got together for a spontaneous demonstration in the city of Darmstadt. We reserve the right for ourselves to hold demonstrations wherever and however we want. We do not accept to request for permission in order to express our opinion from this State, which is grossly responsible for the austerity dictates in Greece.

With this demo, we express our solidarity with our comrades in Greece! For a free world without any State, nation, Capital, fascists, and filled with autonomous centres!

More info: fightnow.noblogs.org

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Paris: Solidarity action with the squats attacked by the Greek State

On Monday, January 28th, 2013 around 50 people went to the Hellenic Foundation (Jourdain Boulevard, in the 14th arrondissement of Paris) to give a talk at the beginning of an evening dedicated to ‘the destiny of modern Greece.’ They unfurled a banner before the public which read: ‘In Greece like elsewhere, solidarity with squats, down with private property!’ and distributed the text below to everyone.

IN GREECE LIKE ELSEWHERE:
ACTIVE SOLIDARITY WITH SQUATS AND SELF-ORGANIZED SPACES!

Committed to wielding power, money and property, using ever more high-profile and violent means to protect it through the police, army and other control and surveillance apparatuses, the various States play their own unique role all over the world, targeting subversive and revolutionary struggles and resistance where they’re most on the offensive.

It’s not surprising that the Greek anarchist movement is attacked by the State. But the fact that it’s not surprising does not mean that we must sit with our arms crossed to wait for it to pass, or just to give in. Continue reading Paris: Solidarity action with the squats attacked by the Greek State

Amsterdam: Solidarity actions with anarchist spaces

The lower banner reads a message against the redevelopment plans in a community of squatted buildings: ‘Tabakspanden stays in our hands!’

In January several actions took place in solidarity with the evicted and threatened spaces in Greece:

• On five houses and social centres banners were placed with solidarity messages for Villa Amalias and later also the other squats.

• On the 17th of January a banner drop took place in the city centre; the banner read: ‘Against state and fascist plans, Villa Amalias will stay a squat!’

• Anarchist poster-newspaper ‘Zwart behang’ appeared on the 18th of January with a text on the recent developments in Greece, calling out for solidarity.

• On the 24th of January comrades made a solidarity demo at night. Note that it has been very difficult for anarchists in the Netherlands to openly announce a demo and then actually make the demo without being beaten up/arrested by the police. This one was mobilised silently:

On the 24th of January at around 19.30, shopping night, we held a demo in the Kalverstraat, a shopping street in the city centre of Amsterdam. We were 20 people with banners and flags, we screamed slogans and handed out leaflets, and in the end we set off some fireworks. For 20 minutes we disturbed the normality of the consumption-society. Read the distributed leaflet below:

Solidarity with anarchist spaces!

In the past months the Greek State raided several squats, because they cannot any longer bare the resistance that is being organised from these buildings. From the squats, actions happen against the rising of neo-Nazis, crisis-capitalism, and the huge repression by the State. In this squats, actions and structures are being built for a free, solidarious world.

The European crisis hits exactly the people with less money, and as soon as they resist the State strikes back. In this case the people don’t let it happen without hitting back, they take to the streets, and resquat the buildings.

That is why we are here on the street now, to let our solidarity be heard, our solidarity with the threatened anarchist spaces and everybody who is rising up against the fascists, the capitalism and the authorities, worldwide.

Even in their wildest dreams they cannot take these buildings from us; they are and will stay ours!

‘Rebellion is dignity. Repression is terrorism…
Freedom knows no borders.’

Athens: Intervention at public transportation stations, and agitation of ‘Never Work on Sunday’ strike

intervention

On Saturday, December 29th, people’s assemblies and other groups intervened into metro and tram stations by unfolding banners and sharing informative material for the right to free movement, in public transport and beyond. The participants started from different points of the city until they reached the Syntagma metro station, where they tried to approach passengers and spread the need to skip paying the fare, as a form of protest. Continue reading Athens: Intervention at public transportation stations, and agitation of ‘Never Work on Sunday’ strike

Madrid: Gathering in front of Navalcarnero prison in solidarity with prisoners in struggle

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Monday, December 31st: Anti-prison New Year’s Eve
Solidarity gathering to imprisoned persons
Gathering by 12.00 in the parking lot at Navalcarnero prison
(Madrid-IV penitentiary centre, Ctra. N-V, km. 27.7)

Yet another year of deception, fraud, economic and political downpour; of crisis; another year when we have been expressing our hatred and indifference towards this system, which manipulates and oppresses us in all fields of our lives. One more year with tension in the streets, mobilizations, protests and solidarity among the exploited people who are sick of so much fraud.

Whilst the powerful ones act according to their will with full impunity, prisons (subtle tool of governments in order to keep us subjugated under their imposed profitable laws) are filled up with more and more hostages by the same political system that oppresses us on the streets, at work, schools, medical centres… People who had to scramble to make a living within a savage, violent and sick society in the face of an abusive hardening of the penal code, people who dared to raise their voices during the numerous protest mobilizations and now serve as a scapegoat for the rest of thousands of comrades, who will keep on rebelling and stepping outside their economic and political interests.

As in previous years, we have been getting together at this concentration in order to give our unconditional support to those abducted and deprived of freedom in the prisons of any State, exposed to all kinds of abuse, torture, negligence and violation of rights. Solidarity must reach to the last cog of this system, which stands for social injustice and manipulates us nowadays, so that comrades know that they are not alone and that we will keep on shouting as loud as possible and with all our strength, in order to penetrate any walls, gates and barriers that stand in our way.

No more tortures and murders in prisons
Solidarity with prisoners in struggle

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Trikala: A letter from prison

Good evening, comrades, from the D2 wing of the Trikala closed prison.

Autumn 2012 saw a lot of action in this particular wing. In September, we stopped working in our section but also in almost all the prison wards. It was a massive protest, in which all prisoners participated, that resulted in a halt on all operations (kitchens, canteens, nurses, cleaners).

In October, the head of the prison’s prosecution service decided not to grant temporary leave to a prisoner held in the D1 wing, who wished to attend his parent’s funeral, a decision which sparked further tension. In the D1 and D2 wings, a rebellion broke out immediately. The bulletproof-glass windows of the staff’s security booth were smashed, what caused the prison guard on duty to get scared and run away, and then the computers were also trashed. Anti-riot squadrons along with other police forces were deployed outside, but the chief warden intervened and prevented their entry.

Soon afterwards, they put all the blame on the prosecutor because she had issued a negative decision, but eventually a prisoner serving a life sentence claimed full responsibility for the incidents. So, a disciplinary action was taken against him, and he was even referred to trial, but I don’t know the exact charges against him. The prosecutor was fairly beaten by another old lifer, whom she had repeatedly denied temporary leave from prison, and after that incident she permanently left the specific prison. As for us, we paid the price with being confined for two weeks in our cells, until new bulletproof glasses were delivered from Athens and the damages were restored, amounting to over 20,000 euros.

Other than that, the food is terrible, there’s no heating oil, so no central heating either (and they don’t even give us extra blankets), plus we are boiling water in cooking pots in order to bathe. As far as the social service is concerned, there is no worker in this field, so a psychologist is doing the job instead. I hope something will change on New Year’s Day.

That’s all for now from the hellholes of democracy.

FREEDOM FOR ALL IMPRISONED!

Vaggelis K.
D2 Wing, Trikala prison

Athens: Responsibility claim for sabotage against 14 bank ATMs on the 6th of December

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December 21st, 2012

“When praxis meets theory…”

Four years later, murders, tortures, imprisonments and prosecutions of fighters are continued at the hands of the State.

State repression unfolds itself in all its glory, from the daily 8pm news bulletins to the streets where cops prevail.

Fascism is alive and being fed by the daggers of neo-Nazis but also behind the closed doors of house apartments-cages, where the greatness of the sacred ‘family’ institution reaches manhood.

The society doesn’t want to know, doesn’t want to remember.

Four years after the December insurgency, the fire still burns.

On Thursday the 6th of December 2012, in the early morning hours, we sabotaged 14 bank ATMs in the Athens districts of Gyzi, Alexandras Avenue, Patission and Evelpidon streets, plugging them up with polyurethane foam and pasting stickers on their screen that read ‘Closed due to the 6th of December.’

We choose to take action by creating direct action cells, because we’re among those who are not satisfied with simply lighting candles over headstones.

We break the inertia of an enervated society which is accommodated in its slump. Its rotten carcass shudders hedonically at the idea of getting back the ‘privileges’ of the miserable life it had before the ‘crisis,’ not minding whether the fascists or the Left will give them back.

As for you passive asshole, who got used to the role of spectator, we fuck your normality. There’s neither money nor shopping for you today (after two weeks, some ATMs are still broken down).

Finally, we believe that such actions can be carried out by anyone, as long as there’s determination. The more the state and parastatal violence is increasing, the more counter-violence should be increased.

PS.1: Our entire operation was completed under the cops’ nose; you stupid coppers (baskines) passed three times in front of us and luckily for you, you didn’t stop us.

PS.2: Greetings and love to our four-legged comrade. We thank him very much for his valuable help.

PS.3: Stalinist scumbags of Perissos (headquarters of the Greek ‘communist’ party), you made reference to the events of the December revolt only to use them to your advantage, despite the fact that you had not only been absent but also polemicist to the riots; you shit must know that we don’t buy your lies. We lived in December ’08. We were born and shaped by the insurgency.

Comradely regards and all our solidarity to:

– the Militant Minority

– the Informal Anarchist Federation/International Revolutionary Front (FAI/IRF)

– the Earth Liberation Front (ELF)

– the International Arsonist Union

– the Autonomous Cells/CCF-Russia

– the imprisoned members of the CCF in Greece and anarchist Theofilos Mavropoulos

– all street rascals (alania) that clash with the State and its minions in Chile, Mexico, Greece and all over the world

– all anarchist hostages

– finally, to all those who contribute to translate these texts and spread the word across the globe.

‘Night Jackals’ Action Cell

Greece: “Do not say that we are few; just say that we are determined” –by the R.O. CCF and Theofilos Mavropoulos

Contribution of the nine imprisoned members of the R.O. CCF and anarchist prisoner Theofilos Mavropoulos to an international anarchist meeting convened under the insurrectional perspective (Zurich, 10–13 November 2012)

“Do not say that we are few.. Just say that we are determined..”

The question is not whether we are more or less poor, but whether we live in a way that does not contain us. We do not want to repeat things that have already been said.

We have banished from our minds the idea of central governance, and we do not believe in legends about the phantom of the proletariat. We are thus neither faced with an isolated State, which allegedly gives commands from the palaces of its Power, nor with a society that is waiting to be awakened in order to revolt. Today’s society is a pervasive social factory that produces attitudes, values, ethics and habits.

Today’s society works like a social death machine, which devours time, space, emotions and consciousnesses. The centre of the State and the heart of the system are dispersed in millions of small and large representations of Power in our everyday lives. They lie at the language we speak, the images of advertisements, the architecture of the cities, the virtual reality of technology, the people-centered civilization, the firearms of cops, the national symbols of fascists, the locks of private property, the standards we fall in love with, the walls of prisons.

There are no innocents. We all make part of the social machine of Power. The question is whether we are oil or sand in its gears. Therefore, we reject the notion of the apparent innocence of society. Silence is never innocent. We hate both the hand that holds the whip and the back which passively endures it.

Nowadays the social machine is being transformed. The economic crisis that’s spreading over the privileged Western societies creates the need for a transformation of the management of Power. A new military-police state, along with the dictatorship of technology, is now shielding every authority. New police security forces, concentration camps for immigrants, reappearance of the army on the streets, further development of surveillance systems, DNA banks and genetic screening experiments lay more and more mines over domains of our lives.

At the same time the social mass has passed from the era of consumerism frenzy to the period where financial promises are broken and agony is being prolonged.

Nowadays this agony takes to the streets and protests, appears indignant, shouts or complains. It is a heterogeneous crowd that reciprocates within its contradictions. A mosaic of people comprised of yellers, democrats, reformists, leftists, non-aligned persons, indignant citizens, university/school students, trade unionists, hooligans, nationalists, anarchists, and so forth.

Therefore, those who see in these new moves against the economic crisis some perspective of liberation and anarchist awareness will soon be disappointed.

A large part of this ‘movement’ is merely nostalgic for the past era of consumerist abundance and does not want a rebellion against any authority. Quite a few indignant persons slept with their purses filled, and have woken up with bankrupt illusions. That’s why they hit the streets claiming their consumerist fantasies back into their lives. Almost no one truly criticizes the former way of life, desiring its diversion towards liberation.

On the contrary, they wish to maintain the previous order of things. Particularly in Greece, some people in fear of economic distress resort to the cowardice of racism and fascist propaganda.

On the other hand, professionals of the ‘revolutionary’ rhetoric, reformists of the Left and their sold-out unionists, are exhausting the widespread social anger into processions-litanies, thus parading the corpse of compromise.

As for a large part of societist anarchists in Greece, they fantasize about picturesque scenarios that speak of a social awakening and a magical time when the objective conditions will have come. But anyone who sleeps with hopes wakes up with nightmares.

To us, who identify ourselves as anarchists of praxis, insurrectionists, nihilists and anti-societists, the insurgency is outside and far from economic demands and objective conditions. We abolish the economy as a social relation between us and define our subjective conditions as a starting point of insurgency. To tell the truth, we are not interested in economic terms and theories, nor share the agony of figures, statistics and financial deficit with the society. We just know how much we are suffocating in the modern world of captivity, either this world is deemed sick from the economic crisis or not.

Nevertheless, we rejoice at the economic crisis. This crisis is to our benefit, as it causes gaps over the territory of sovereignty and helps us promote our own offensive. We abandon the language of domination, as well as the rhetoric of a revolutionary antidote to the economic crisis. We attack because we want to deepen the economic crisis and cause chaos in Western metropolises. Continue reading Greece: “Do not say that we are few; just say that we are determined” –by the R.O. CCF and Theofilos Mavropoulos

Gran Canaria, Spain: Campaign against financial Power

On the island of Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, several bank branches (Bankia, Banco Santander, La Caja de Canarias, and others) appeared covered in denouncing slogans and painted stencils in the morning of October 29th. The messages accused the banks (responsible for thousands of house evictions and also for the latest suicides in Spain) of being “MURDERERS”, and recommended to passersby: “IT IS BETTER TO ROB A BANK THAN USE A BANK FOR ROBBING”.

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Igoumenitsa, Greece: Direct attack on gold-buying store

During the 1941–44 Nazi occupation in Greece, mavragorites or black marketeers—fascists’ minions, snitches and kowtowers—were taking advantage of the people amid an artificial crisis of food shortage, and they sold cooking oil, rice, etc. in small quantities to whomever was wretched from hunger, taking away everything that the latter had, a home or land, even their children to use as slaves. As soon as the Occupation and the Civil War ended, black marketeers became immensely rich eminent citizens, while those who found themselves in their need either died of hunger or lived in misery and poverty.

Similarly, today, mavragorites once again make their appearance with pawn shops called ‘I Buy Gold’, and their big boss is none other than Bobolas, well-known among the pigs of Power; these thugs can smell that many people are in want of a cash advance, due to the alleged economic crisis, and thus buy their need and dignity.

Four black-marketeering stores have cropped up in Igoumenitsa, controlled by lackeys, contemporary profiteers, ruffians from Igoumenitsa and Corfu.

On October 3rd, 2012, at 3am, we attacked one of these shops, located on Kyprou street opposite Igoumenitsa’s central square, and smashed its front windows.

Any owners, who threaten that their henchmen will take the situation in hand, should know they do not intimidate us.

We neither give a damn about the employees in such stores—who whine that they just do their job for 600 euros—because they chose to be into the adversary camp. Besides, work is a disgrace.

We wink the eye at comrades who first winked at us.

Freedom for the comrades fighters, members of the R.O. Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, and all those prosecuted by the State

THE STATE IS THE ONLY TERRORIST
SOLIDARITY WITH ARMED GUERRILLAS

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Tenerife, Spanish State: “Your ears have walls and your walls have ears”

We shall burn the university down, solidarity with the students in Canada.
CeCe freedom. Death to transphobia and racism.

They’re killing us and calling it a crisis.

In an effort to keep up actions in solidarity with the Contra Info callout, new slogans have appeared in the Canary Islands. Moreover, a small banner was found in one of the main accesses to the town which reads: “Neither Gold in Halkidiki or Oil in Lanzarote. Down with Multinationals!”, as both the Spanish and Greek States have recently given carte blanche to multinationals so they can exploit the natural resources of these areas.

We send our solidarity to CeCe MacDonald, prisoner in USA because of defending her own life in a transphobic and racist attack, to the rebel students in Quebec, who resist the Canadian State’s retaliations and hoping that their struggle spreads to the students of the State of Spain where there has been little resistance to the increasing privatisation of education. And to Pussy Riot in the state of Russia, prosecuted because of insulting one of the most oppressive institutions of the last two millennia, i.e. the Church.

To those who work slavishly to erase the slogans off these walls, as if by doing so they wipe clean the abuses of this submissive society, we would like to inform you that you will now have to work a few extra hours. And let it be clear than no amount of yellow paint will ever discourage us, but serves to enrage us even more and give us another clean wall on which to express our rage.

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Athens: Responsibility claim for arson on the headquarters of Trastor real estate investment company

FAI/IRF AGAINST EVERY NATION

We are witnessing the most extreme contradictions that are born and die in this shit-world. While the calculators of sorcerer’s apprentices of economic statistics are counting 23,000 dead in Syria, billions of people are watching besotted the London Olympic Games; the distance between the Olympic and the ‘practical’ shooting in the field of operations is just a simple push of the button on a remote control. If only it could happen… all these rivers of blood to become an impetuous torrent which will drown athletes and spectators. If only it could happen… We can refer all the same to the thousands of homeless people ‘messing up’ the image of the dire city, while the rich enjoy their luxurious comforts in the gardens of Ekali and Kifissia (two of the richest suburbs of Athens).

Societies that, despite their contradictions, manage to reproduce the stench they’re emitting, partitioning everyone and everything, manufacturing hundreds of microcosms.

Power is not a compact structure but a diffused edifice, located on the systemic structures—economic, institutional, etc.—and human relations. Starting from society’s chopping into antagonistic-with-each-other subsets, the constant fragmentation continues in the individual’s daily life within the capitalist world; in every aspect of the individual’s life, in every field of expression.

At this point the system completes its ‘omnipotence’, at the point where it raises the walls of isolation even in the most trivial of everyday processes. At the point where the paravans of resignation and indifference fall, hence rises the sepsis of the sleaziest kind of selfishness, of the most petty ego, an exalted sense of passive midenism.

For my part, my part, my part. For me, me, me.

The practical recording of the above assessment can be found either in the material possession of illusions in the era of capitalist prosperity—home, car, rapid rise of ‘small property’— or in the emigration for work abroad amidst conditions of economic crisis. It’s the same ideologue of modern lifestyle with modified variables. From illusions of the ownership’s onslaught, to stampede.

“When, at the end of their lives, most people look back they’ll find that they have lived their lifelong ad interim. They’ll be surprised to realize that the very thing they allowed to slip by unappreciated and unenjoyed was just their life. And so a man, having been duped by hope, dances into the arms of death.” (Arthur Schopenhauer)

A result of the intensity observed in the social machine is the fascists’ growing momentum; a fact that in no way goes unnoticed. We’re talking about a general shift of society and the State towards racist/ fascist/ nationalist guidelines. This can either be about the bodies of HIV-positive women that got humiliated through the collaboration of the cops with the KEELPNO (‘Hellenic Centre for Disease Control & Prevention’) and the mass media, or about the ongoing pogroms against migrants and the dozens of murderous attacks against them. ‘Legitimate’ and ‘illegal’ operations become one, under the ironically allegorical name Xenios Zeus. The democratic operation’s culmination was the assassination of an Iraqi migrant (on Anaxagora Street, in Omonia) by rippers identical to the goldendawners.

So, the conclusion is that the state mechanism’s moves against migrants reflect a SOCIAL DEMAND; the racist hatred of every shit-souled macho Hellene is added to the demand for security. The knife of the insulted pseudo-egoism of the Greek-souled wanker is to be found next to the police buses and paddy wagons and the concentration camps for migrants, and the ribs of some random migrant will be stabbed at the first opportunity with that knife, applying the logic of collective responsibility.

Under no circumstances do we highlight these incidents from a victimized perspective, nor will we ever proclaim ourselves self-appointed patrons of nobody; far off from a rhetoric that sanctifies all migrants and turns them into a unified whole, we believe in humans, stances and choices, and based on these we assess others and let ourselves be assessed.

We are at war with the system, and fascists are nothing but one part of it, always apparent in specific historical periods with very specific targeting and distinct roles. That is why the attack on fascists should not be perceived as a strike against the ‘undemocratic’ aberration—using expressions such as gang or making appeals to declare Chrissi Avgi/Golden Dawn illegal—but an attack against democracy in its whole entity and, obviously, against the leftist bullshit-talkers of all kinds and tendencies, too, who consent like foolish virgins and then meet with the Palestinians’ butcher Peres.

Thus, our projectuality could not be other than the all-out conflict with the fascists as much as with every front of the authoritarian complex. With our own knives embroidering their bodies, our firearms targeting their heads, our gas canisters and explosives placed in their offices and homes.

Traveling mentally to the prison brothels where our brothers and sisters are held captives: During the last period, a very important struggle has been launched by anarchist hostages inside Greek prisons; a struggle which is geared towards the refusal of body cavity search —i.e. the attempt to offend an inmate’s dignity. Anarchist prisoners who refuse to undergo this offensive process are dragged to the physical and mental torture of isolation that reached its highest point with the scuffle in Domokos prisons between the humanguards and the comrades and R.O. CCF members Panagiotis Argirou and Gerasimos ‘Makis’ Tsakalos, and more recently with the case of anarchist Rami Syrianos—who managed to exit solitary confinement after a victory in his hunger strike—as well as the case of anarchist and R.O. CCF member Olga Ekonomidou. Both of them paid the price for their choice to break with this ‘penitentiary’ measure by staying tens of days in isolation. Last was the case of anarchist comrade Sokratis Tzifkas: After his return from a hospital (in Thessaloniki), where he had been admitted for health reasons, he denied the prison strip search and was tortured by the pigs in Diavata prisons that kept him in isolation for 10 days in appalling conditions. It’s important to mention that our comrade Olga Ekonomidou was also tortured with solitary confinement for 54 days in the same prisons.

As a minimum token of solidarity with anarchist Sokratis Tzifkas, as well as all anarchist prison hostages who have recently been tortured in solitary confinement, in the evening of Monday, August 13th, we placed an incendiary device against Trastor REIC—formerly Piraeus REIC, a subsidiary of Piraeus Bank—on the 5th floor of the building on 1 Davaki Street and 116 Kifissias Avenue (in Athens), a real estate investment company that also participates in further economic bargains such as purchases, investments, etc.; in sum, a company that consists a target just like any other.

Solidarity with revolutionary hostages at prisons
Strength to wanted comrades across the world

A raised fist for Luciano ‘Tortuga’; your latest letter touched our heart.

With rage, we go about the new battles that are yet to come against the enemy and the weak aspects of ourselves.

War against civilization!
Long live Anarchy!

Informal Anarchist Federation
International Revolutionary Front
Unit: ‘Fire to sweatshops’

PS. And perhaps one of the few pleasant events this summer was the sight of the dead idiot (civilian who attempted to stop bank robbers on their escape and died instantly after being shot) on Paros Island. His stupidity reached such levels that he sacrificed his own life for a few grand which had just got robbed from a BANK! This is the future that awaits snitches-citizens who wear the cop’s uniform in a hurry and pretend to be heroes.

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Agrinio, Greece: Apertus squat attacked by fascists

On July 10th, just one day after a direct action was carried out successfully by antifascists in the town of Agrinio, a very dangerous arson attack on Apertus squat took place. Here follows the squatters’ communiqué:

In the night of Tuesday, July 10th, shortly before midnight, the free social space of Apertus squat was attacked with an explosive-incendiary device, thus suffering damage. Furthermore, fire erupted in the squat’s yard. The space at that time was empty, so nobody got injured. The explosion was heard throughout the area of Aghios Dimitrios. Neighbours rushed to the building, extinguished the fire and immediately alerted people from the squat’s assembly.

For two years already, Apertus squat has been a space of political meeting and collectivization, aiming not simply to operate but to build structures of social solidarity, and to communicate struggles across the town. Therefore, apart from political events, discussions, book presentations, film screenings, collective festivals, etc. inside the squat’s space, we have also organized gratuitous bazaars, theatrical plays, etc. in other parts of the town. Our main concern and aim remains our interaction with the local community and its social struggles.

We don’t need to have knowledge of espionage to understand that this gang attack could only have come from circles of the neo-Nazi organization Chrissi Avgi/Golden Dawn. An organization that’s crawling like a snake in the social realm of the town, pouring racist venom in its wake, and with its nationalistic fixations is trying to sow weeds among the oppressed, while it stands as an informal repressive reserve of the State… An organization that’s pretending to be ‘anti-systemic’, ‘charitable’, ‘anti-memorandum’ in an attempt to cover up its real role, which is none other than the management of capitalism in crisis. So, wherever the goldendawners set foot, they promise to those who will be willing to follow them that they shall help them solve their problems; help them find (slavery) work, be able to go shopping without fear, as they say… In the wider region of Agrinio, they are handing out promises to solve once and for all the ‘Romani criminality’s problem’, envisioning in reality a pogrom that refers directly to Hitler’s fascism. While they’re beating the drum for their performance of social work and legitimate political activity, behind the scenes they’re stabbing immigrants and they’re placing incendiary devices in self-managed spaces. Thus, in Agrinio, this fact has been confirmed both by the attack on Apertus squat and the scene of attack against Roma that the neo-Nazis staged in Panaitolio (very close to the town of Agrinio). In this way they revive a modern apartheid, responsibilities for which bear also several local mainstream media that have long been creating the appropriate climate for all this to occur.

However, the problems within societies are resulting from the capitalist system’s nature and the social relationships that this establishes. Nobody is going to get overall help just by making a ‘phone call to the Golden Dawn’. These trashcans of Golden Dawn, who today offer generously their help, tomorrow will ask for rewards as pimps and patrons do. After all, their idea for establishment of patrolling corps at neighbourhoods sounds like a very good business plan. We urge the local community not to buy the lies of hilarious personalities that form the local core of this fascist organization, not to allow the fascist snout of goldendawners appear in people’s everyday lives. We urge you to turn your back on each aspiring patron of social interests.

The historicity of crisis indicates how it leads to an intensification of exploitation, to impoverishment and social fascistization. The exit from the crisis will not come from either the State, or the para-State, or criminal gangs. Our defense against crisis is the relations of mutual aid and mutual support, self-organization, social structures, comradeship and solidarity. Only then can we stand on our feet and preserve our dignity.

The ‘troubling incidents’ (as mentioned derogatory by the local bourgeois Press), which began with the attempts of the Golden Dawn to set foot in Agrinio, are not a ‘vendetta’ between some extremes. They arise from the very history of Agrinio… The society of a town with a profound fighting background, with bloodshed memories of labour struggles, of mass executions and public hangings, cannot let the descendants of informers, collaborates and German-Tsoliades go about pretending to be rescuers in its streets, alleys and farm fields.

Our answer is political and derives straight from the movement!
Not one step back!

Neither in Agrinio, nor anywhere
Crush the fascists in towns and villages

July 11th, 2012
Apertus squat
70, Kalivion Street, Agrinio


Comrades in Agrinio respond to the growing fascist repression with a call-out for an antifascist demonstration on Tuesday, July 17th, at the central square of the town, by 19.00 (GMT+2).

Athens: “Ink stains”, communiqué by SMED, base union of workers in the field of translation, editing, proofreading and subtitling in Greece

Note: Contra Info translation network is neither a collective of “certified specialists”, nor affiliated to the SMED itself, therefore only disseminates the following communiqué to make a very typical case of employer’s immunity in Greece wider known.
Truism No.1
Melani (“Ink”) Editions delegated the translation of a book to a colleague, after having approved sample of her work, agreed on her payment and signed a lawful agreement. However, following the translation’s delivery, “mistakes” and “deficiencies” were discovered (how extremely rare, odd and outrageous in our work…), so the translator was asked to correct the translation herself, in other words to do unpaid work for the publisher’s sake, which ought to be delegated to a practicing editor in the first place. The employer was killing two birds with one stone. We are, of course, well aware of the fact that the publishers (who otherwise show excessive interest in the quality of their books) would like to find (or rather construct?) the ideal type of worker, the person who will do all required jobs for the price of one: translator, editor, proofreader, even typesetter/layout designer and typographer/printer; perhaps also vendor, carrier and warehouse worker —an inexpensive and useful multi-tool, and above all dumb, as all tools ought to be.

Truism No.2
For a year and a half, although the lady publisher had the translation in her hands, not only refrained from publishing the book, but did not care to even start paying the predetermined fee to the translator for her work (i.e. the immense amount of 120 euros per 16 pages of a highly densely written original text, for only the translation of course; the editing was considered the worker’s nonprofit offering to the enlightened boss), despite the fact that the colleague could all the while constantly be reached. When finally the “Association of Translators, Editors and Proofreaders”/SMED intervened in favour of the colleague, demanding her immediate payment in full, the publisher stated that it is only reasonable that she cannot pay the agreed, citing, among several innovationisms (see below), some standard lines: the market conditions, the economic difficulties of her own, the drop in sales, even… the plight of the country. Moreover, it is known that, as far as book publishers are concerned, translators and editors—oddly enough when it’s the time to be paid—are portrayed as “collaborators” who “have” to bear the damages of businesses, if not of the very country itself, namely to share the losses, while they never share the profits.

Next to all these trivialities, however, also some brilliant originalities appear:

Innovationism No.1
Even before SMED’s intervention in the case, the publisher had already announced on the editions’ website that the book is due to be published, translated by… the publisher herself(!), although the agreement with the colleague remains in force and the translation is ready since a year and a half. The colleague protested, and the publisher hastened to hide the post in question from her business website. A promising start for the even more imaginative sequel:

Innovationism No.2
After successive meetings, discussions and controversies, the publisher refused to settle the colleague’s payment, this time in a definitive manner, arguing that the translation is “bad” and in need of “lots of revisions,” for which “there is no money.” She was merely implying a fez (Turkish work used for unpaid debt) under the guise of quality. So, when you earn a living as a translator, not only should you become an editor of your work, too, but also if the publisher doesn’t want to, he/she might not pay for your work. Whether an employee will be paid for work already done, in these gloomy times of violent circumvention of any kind of rights, depends entirely on the employer’s moods and appetites. Nevertheless, everyone can realize the obvious: if a translation is no longer good or satisfactory, and becomes “bad” and “unacceptable”, depends solely on whether the publisher wants to pay or not. “Errors” can be “discovered” in any translation, and are nothing but pretexts for publishers so as to speculate at our expense.

Innovationism No.3 (a venomous one)
The publisher, in an unprecedented move, had the nerve to send to the colleague an extrajudicial document, asking for compensation for escaped profits due to the non-publication of the book and the loss of the rights issue that had been granted from the foreign publisher. This is an unheard demand. A publishing company is asking for compensation from an eternally indebted translator for not publishing a book for which the sole responsibility lies with the company itself. No reference whatsoever was made to the “escaped” (for a year and a half) fee of the colleague, neither to all of the tricks to which the publisher has resorted in order not to do the obvious: pay in full the colleague’s fee for the translation.

The messages are clear by now: Firstly, owners of publishing companies can refuse to pay translators and editors at their own discretion, on the pretext of the “poor quality” of their work. Secondly, colleagues who claim their fees are likely to be found in courts. Thirdly, workers that do any job not only won’t know if they’ll get paid for it, but they better wish that they won’t have to pay their employers out of their own pocket.

Faced with this “civilization” of unpaid labour, of every fez and extrajudicial order, the civilization of our impoverishment, we respond with the civilization of solidarity, collectiveness and dignity. SMED will continue to struggle until the full payment of our colleague for her work, helping her by all unionist and legal means. No intimidation will go unanswered; no publisher will continue to represent the “culture bearer” at the expense of practitioners and workers who toil to ensure the production and quality of books and prints.

None colleague should be left alone
Now and ever, united against the undervaluation of our work

smed.gr / syl.smed[at]gmail[dot]com

Barcelona: Arson attack on a vehicle of the Condis supermarket chain

We’ve arrived and we’ll never leave!

Last Saturday, 2nd to 3rd of June, we set fire to a vehicle of the Condis supermarket chain in the district of Sant Martí de Porvençals in Barcelona.

We have had it up to here with the economic crisis that’s generated by the bosses of this world only to make the bosses of this world richer.

We know that a vehicle is nothing, not even arsons on all supermarkets would do something; we know that all actions are only part of a symbol, and to go beyond the symbol is to speak of another social panorama. One in which we are not.

But we cannot sit idly by while these parasites are fattened at our expense, we cannot sit idly by when they’re the first to call the cops when the poor steal something that this society does not give access to, but rather rubs it in their face.

The owners of such companies are the owners of this society, owners of laws, justice, their justice, institutions in the end, owners of the prisons and this prison society.

If we had more strength our blows would be harder, don’t doubt it. But we will not wait to become more… or to gain strength; we’ll get stronger on the way…

This is an open call to everybody, to make us more…!

Active solidarity with those imprisoned for the 29M strike!

Solidarity with the resistance in Asturias!

Active solidarity with anarchist comrades detained in Oaxaca, Bolivia, Turkey and Belarus!

One world, one struggle, endless resistance, endless attacks!

Insurrectionist Nihilists
Lobos Negros | Black Wolves

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Greece: Struggle for survival and dignity in Corinth prisons

Lately (during the last three months) there has been an intense problem with food supply in Corinth prisons, where 84 inmates are obliged to live under circumstances incompatible with any notion of human dignity. Specifically (and according to information confirmed even by the prison administration), the inmates are literally malnourished ever since the nearby military camp stopped supplying food to the prisons. The problem, which grows worse each day, has been dealt with through “charity” so far, mostly by the prison staff but also through solidarity groups that have been made aware of the problem.

This constitutes a systematic, massive, moral, psychological and even physical devastation of people held in prison, where in the name of “justice” every concept of righteous claims and further basic respect of human dignity, even life itself is discredited and despised. It is therefore necessary to demonstrate factually our solidarity with prisoners’ struggle for survival and dignity.

Faced with the absurdity, arbitrariness and vindictiveness of state mechanisms that devastate human dignity inside the modern warehouses of social “waste” called Greek prisons, we deploy our solidarity as a minimum contribution to prisoners’ everyday struggle and their right to remain HUMANS.

Libertarian community “erea”, Corinth