On Monday June 27th 2016, the Chamber of Commerce in Lleida woke up with the facade paint-bombed and the front door windows smashed, this being a minimum gesture of solidarity with the comrades in Girona* and the continuity of a daily struggle that doesn’t stop in the face of repression or prosecution.
AGAINST REPRESSION, SOLIDARITY AND STRUGGLE.
*based on the title of the original post in Catalan, this was an act of solidarity with the ‘14N strikers’, eight persons who stood trial the same day (27/06) for attempting to read out a statement at Girona Chamber of Commerce during the general strike of November 14th 2012
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. …
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
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.”
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.)
Since the Socialist Party came to power, we no longer count the protesters killed, mutilated and imprisoned. The most draconian anti-terrorism laws have been adopted, the undocumented hunted, social rights under attack like never before. In the almost universal indifference of “the left”.
On Thursday 9th April, the large unions finally decided to call a strike against yet another neo-liberal attack orchestrated by the government. This day of action only confirms – unfortunately – the difficulty these days in unions mobilising, in the context of repeated retreats and ‘security considerations’. Under a nice spring sunshine, some 5,000 people lined the streets of Nantes, behind a yellow banner which only the small union bosses hold the secret to making.
Nevertheless, a more energetic procession of about 200 people, together with libertarian and anti-capitalist collectives and individuals – joined by college and university students – insert themselves into the Nantes parade. Colourful and dynamic, they break off from the rest of the rather gray and apathetic demonstration. Banks and buildings of power – the town hall, prefecture and PS [Socialist Party] office – are redecorated in passing, under the ulcerated eyes of FO [Force Ouvrière] unionists. When a fast food place is hit, they even threaten to denounce the protesters and try desperately to protect banks coming up.
Tags and a massive pasting of stickers lined the route with chants of:
“From Nantes to Athens, Resistance, Resistance!”
“Strike, blockades and sabotage”
“I hate the state, its cops and its Macron [Economy Minister]” and other slogans against the socialist government.
To note, a police car with an open window on the edge of the parade was repainted from the inside by a beautifully aimed egg paint-bomb shot.
At the time of the dislocation, the BAC [Anti-Criminality Brigade police] are completely fuming, but the troublemakers had already evaporated.
While it’s evident that a few hours walk never worries the government, this day of mobilisation was a small achievement in the context of widespread fatalism.
They want us to stay resigned, diffuse the revolt!
The trial of Thodoris Sipsas will begin on December 9, 2013 at the building of Court of Appeals which is located on Degleri Street, in Athens. The comrade has been framed for the tragic incident in the Marfin bank branch on May 5, 2010, indicted on charges that were blatantly fabricated. We call groups, collectives, comrades to organize initiatives and actions, both for counter-information and solidarity with Thodoris Sipsas, as well as fund-raising events to help us cover his legal costs that may exceed 15,000 euros.
Assembly in solidarity with comrade Thodoris Sipsas
Contact: allilegii.th.sipsas [at] mail.com
April 29, 2011: the story begins with unexpected arrests; mine and those of two other comrades. Unexpected because they were not based on evidence or eyewitness testimonies, but rather on an ‘anonymous note’ that was ever so ‘conveniently’ delivered into the hands of the Greek police, naming me and two comrades, citing our phone numbers and home addresses.
Thus we were arrested in the midst of a climate of terror created by the State Security forces and mass media. House searches for alleged ‘evidence’ followed soon thereafter, as well as my own solitary confinement, handcuffed for many hours inside the Athens police headquarters. Meanwhile, for two days, we were dragged through the dirt by the corporate media, the mouthpieces of State Security, which falsely spoke of the ‘arrest of the Marfin bank arsonists.’ Then the authorities arranged for me to go on ‘guided tour’ through the floors of the police headquarters, until they brought me into a room designated for identification of suspects, where various ‘witnesses’ passed one after another, presumably in order to identify me. After that evening, we were called—incidentally for May 5, 2011!—to testify at the offices of the State Security service—without giving oath, fingerprints, etc.—concerning the tragic incident at Marfin bank branch and the attack on Ianos bookstore [both on Stadiou street, in downtown Athens] that had took place one year ago, during the strike mobilization on May 5, 2010. Continue reading Athens: Text of a comrade indicted for the incidents on May 5, 2010→
Finally the Brazilian metropolises are living the moments that they haven’t seen since long ago. Since the beginning of June 2013, hundreds of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of dozens of cities in the context of a struggle against a fare hike for public transit, as well as the devastating consequences of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.
The protests did not just emerge spontaneously, but are the fruit of a struggle that is nearly ten years old, from the massive demonstrations by the student movement against the fare hike in the bus system in the city of Salvador (in Bahia) in August and September of 2003 (also known as the Buzu Revolt) and the June 2004 protests, with the same goals, in the city of Florianópolis (known as the Tourniquet Revolt).
These 21st century revolts also have historical antecedents, assembled in the end of the 19th century with the popular revolt in Rio de Janeiro between 1879 and 1880 (the Vintém Revolt), when mules still powered the streetcars, or the Boats Revolt that took place on May 22nd, 1959, when the populace burned down buildings attached to the locks that allowed boats passage in the city of Niterói in Rio de Janeiro state, or the student strike of Fall 1979 in the city of São Luís (Maranhão state), which won a 50% reduction in tuition for the students.
On Thursday the 27th of June 2013, during a protest march in the city centre of Lisbon in the context of the general strike launched by trade unions in Portugal, we held an interevention of solidarity with anarchist Kostas Sakkas, prisoner in Greece (since December 2010). The comrade has started a hunger strike since the 4th of June, demanding his immediate release from prison. June 4th was also the day when the period of his pretrial detention ended —according to the Greek law, 30 months are the maximum time that a prisoner accused in two cases may spend on remand.
During the demonstration, 400 anarchist posters were pasted and hundreds of fliers were thrown or stuck up on walls, as a minimum gesture of solidarity to our comrade in his ongoing fight for freedom and life.
The perils of freedom are worth much more than the safety of servility.
From Brazil to Turkey, we organize the attack against apathy.
From wildcat strike to revolutionary unemployment.
We do not ask anything, because what we want is the end of a world where we cannot have everything.
Solidarity, self-organization, attack.
Immediate release of anarchist Kostas Sakkas, on hunger strike from June 4th in Greece.
Rage, stones, barricades; for a life without masters or slaves. (A)
In the context of the Black February solidarity campaign, and ahead of the general strike across Greece tomorrow (February 20th), we printed 800 fliers with four different slogans so as to promote an everyday struggle without borders and towards total liberation. Some of them were thrown in the centre of Athens, and there’s more to come…
Slogans read: ‘Homeless men and women, let’s walk the struggle’s path / Set fire to this wintertime’ – ‘Squat the houses, tear down the prisons / Get rid of the galley-society’ – ‘Arson on the machines, fire to the factories / For an indomitable life, for freedom’ – ‘International and insurrectionary fight / Against States and capitalism’
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Ester Quintana, 42 years old, lost an eye to the impact of a projectile fired by the Mossos d’Esquadra (the Catalan anti-riot police) during the 14N general strike in the city of Barcelona. Her version frontally contradicts the statements of the Catalan minister for Home Affairs, Felip Puig.
Your contribution is very important to Ester: If you were in the area of Passeig de Gràcia between the Gran Via and Plaça Catalunya (calle Casp) on November 14th from around 20.30 to 21.00pm (local time), or you saw anything relevant to the case from a window or balcony of a flat, you are kindly asked to contact Ester’s relatives and friends immediately at: email@example.com
During the night of the 13th of November, we attacked the Deutsche Bank with paint and stones in the district of Heepen, in Bielefeld, to support the general strike in the southern countries of Europe.
A total of four ATM cash points were attacked with blunt objects in the city of Pontevedra, Galicia, in the night of Tuesday 13th to Wednesday 14th of November. The action was in tune with the general strike, and the following pamphlet was left by the destroyed cash points. We are those who walk through the shadows of your cities, between ATMs, buildings and parks that you’ve transformed into parking lots, swallowing our fury because we are being watched.
We are the ones who cannot see a way out in this world, the exploited, the unemployed, the enraged and those who cannot find a point in continuing to study, because we know that everything is part of a process that intends to convert our lives into a fuel for your mechanized and maddened society.
We are your children, the youth, those who got fed up with waiting and who just want to light the fuse, out of seer curiosity to see what will happen, out of a basic need to escape from this cannibalistic monotony that surrounds us.
It is us, the anonymous ones, who tonight destroyed your machines which are dispensing bits of death. We will strike again. We are on strike 365 days a year…
For the wildcat indefinite strike and anarchy; we are at war.
As a small preheating before the international day of action on November 14th, we burned down the Jobmobil of the ‘German Catholic Youth’ on the night to Wednesday, October 31st, in Kreuzberg, Berlin. The German Catholic Youth were traveling daily with this Jobmobil vehicle in order, by their own account, to ‘impart a chance in the labour market to disadvantaged young people.’ Young people who have to take responsibility for themselves by linking family planning not to the possibilities of families but to antiquated societal concepts! A chance to become cheap labour force in the care or cleaning sector sounds tempting; also, the unpaid internships are a wonderful opportunity.
The Catholic Church has proved its skills in the welfare of disadvantaged youths already in the 30s and 40s: children and young people were directly transferred to the euthanasia centres, taken from the shelters that were under its administration. With the same personnel, the Catholic Church operated closed boarding schools (‘upbringing centres’) from the postwar period until the 80s. Some facts about the abuses there as well as regarding the exploitation of the labour force of inmates have recently come to light. In addition, reports on sexual assaults by parish priests, bishops and other church staff against children and youths entrusted to them are being disclosed almost weekly.
Young people in Berlin do not need this form of ‘social work’; that’s why we spared them further stalking from this sect. We hope that youngsters will preferably join together in gangs, rather than let themselves be recruited for an unhealthy existence in the disenfranchised labour market.
Our action is associated to the international day of action on November 14th, when there will be a strike in some countries and, at the European level, other deeds will be directed against labour and the policies of the Troika or the European Union.
Our special contempt goes out to the supreme chief of the ‘German Catholic Youth’, member of the Hitler Youth and Flak-assistant of Hitler’s war of extermination, the German Pope Ratzinger.
Against any religious imbecility!
For the indefinite general strike!
For another society!
During Friday’s court proceeding, the seven arrested demonstrators (still held in custody) were taken to Evelpidon courts ‘escorted’ by cops of the police headquarters.
While they waited in the prosecutor’s office next to their relatives and lawyers, the mother of one of the arrestees wished to hug her son. However, a female cop from the prosecutor’s office immediately pushed the mother away, saying that any physical contact is forbidden.
When the son protested, one of the male guards of the police headquarters rebuked him. The arrestee protested again, more angrily, and the same cop pulled out his gun waving it threateningly at him! All attendees froze at the sight of the weapon. Nevertheless, the arrestees themselves started yelling enraged, together with one of the defense lawyers who strongly rebuked the guard, before entering the prosecutor’s office to formally complain about the cop’s conduct. The prosecutor was, not amazingly, annoyed by the lawyer’s remarks and completely disregarded the incident.
Another solidarity gathering in Evelpidon courts (building 9) is called for Monday morning, October 22nd, by 11am, when the seven arrestees will stand before an examining magistrate (aka interrogator). It must be emphasized that at least five of them are threatened with felony charges.
All seven arrestees were taken back to the Athens police headquarters, where they will be locked up until Monday. It is of great importance that people who participated in the 18/10 strike demo send to firstname.lastname@example.org any photos, videos or audio material which may prove useful for their legal defense.
22.30 A total of 103 demonstrators were detained by police in Athens, during the general strike.
Seven detentions were later turned into arrests. Among the arrestees, one protester had his nose broken because he was assaulted by murderers in uniform earlier in the demo, so he was in urgent need of medical care. They were held in temporary custody at the police headquarters (five of them on felony charges, two on misdemeanors).
A gathering was called for Friday, October 19th, at 12.30 (GMT+2) in Evelpidon courts (building 16), in factual solidarity with the seven arrestees who will appear before public prosecutor tomorrow.
18.50 Nearly 30 comrades called for more supporters to join them at a solidarity gathering in front of the Athens police headquarters, on Alexandras avenue, in order to demand the immediate liberation of all detainees.
18.00 In Exarchia, along Zoodochou Pigis street, barricades are set on fire again.
17.50 More than 100 detentions were made in Athens (the number of detained demonstrators who might also be faced with charges is yet unknown).
17.20 Much earlier, in downtown Athens, at least two plainclothes cops were spotted by demonstrators and received ‘special treatment’.
17.00 Trikala: After the strike demo, public school teachers and supporters went to the prefectural department, specifically to protest against the local chief of secondary education, who intends to agree upon school mergers in the area and further cuts in the education sector.
Preveza: A lively demo of at least 300 strikers was ended at around midday. A new group, the Libertarian Circles of Preveza, had some 30 comrades in its bloc. The march was constantly followed by police motorcycle units, patrol cars and plainclothes cops.
Patras: More than 10,000 people from base unions, etc. hit the streets. After a call-out by the assembly of anarchists against wage slavery (‘O ergaleioforos’), the anarchist bloc was attended by 400 comrades, whose central banner read ‘Zero tolerance to State, bosses, fascists – Social and class counterattack’. The Stalinists of PAME were nearly 13,000 in their respective parade.
Serres: Nearly 3,000 strikers marched in the town.
Xanthi: More than 5,000 people took to the streets, and almost all commercial stores were shut for the day.
16.10 More detentions at Syntagma. Small number of strikers tried to approach the square upon hearing the news on the 65-years-old demonstrator who died earlier.
15.50 Strong clashes between resisters and cops on the streets in the vicinity of Exarchia square.
15.40 According to confirmed reports, an old demonstrator (65-years-old docker, said to be affiliated to PAME and long-term unemployed) died of heart failure after being admitted into Evangelismos hospital at 14.00.
Following the summer campaign against immigrants, sarcastically named ‘Xenios Zeus’ that continues nationwide to date, with tens of thousands of detentions and arrests, the enemy within was targeted for repression and compliance, just as expected.
So, after the first ‘warm-up’ with the Hollywoodian invasion of special anti-riot and anti-terrorist police forces (MAT and EKAM) in Delta squat, in Thessaloniki, now is the time of strikers and antifascist demonstrators. On September 26th, day of general strike,[i] the pre-gatherings of popular assemblies received repressive blows in the areas of Zografou and Aghios Dimitrios, fighters were beaten and arrested, and their photos were publicly released. The thousands of strikers had to put up with the same and worse shit during the demonstration, in a climate of relentless police violence.
On September 30th an antifascist motorcycle patrol was attacked by the contemporaries of Bourandas,[ii] the rampageous DELTA police teams that rushed to defend their ideological friends, who had prior received a justified treatment by the antifascists. The operation resulted to serious injury of comrades and arrest of 15 people among them. The next day, while the arrestees in the police headquarters (GADA) had been beaten again and tortured, with the renown sadism that permeates the praetors of the Greek police, the solidarity gathering in the—‘sterilized’ and suitable for the circumstances—courts on Evelpidon street was attacked without provocation, and there were more lesions and four additional arrests as a result.
The country’s transformation into a Latin American type of regime reminding us of other eras—of being put ‘in plaster’, if one didn’t understand right away[iii]—was also demonstrated by the prohibition of processions and assemblages in large parts of Attica on October 9th, ordered by the Athens police chief, as well as the orgy of preemptive detentions made on the streets, in front of fighters’ houses and at public transport stations before, during and after the protests against the visit of Kaiser Merkel in Athens; and this development will not be tolerated.
That’s why on the 8th and 9th of October we did our part to torch private cars and motorcycles of cops in the following districts: ∙ 2 motorcycles on Eressou street in Exarchia ∙ 1 vehicle on Leosthenous street in Peristeri ∙ 2 motorcycles on Lyttis street in Egaleo ∙ 1 vehicle on Sporadon street in Kypseli
On this occasion, let us remind the police that this action is only the beginning; and they’re being targeted regardless of their ‘feats’. We will attack them in every way and by any means deemed necessary each time.
i Next general strike was announced for October 18th, 2012. ii Nikos Bourandas was the head of a motorists’ department of the Greek police during the Axis occupation of Greece, a notorious Nazi collaborator in Athens–Piraeus. iii During the military dictatorship (1967–74), colonels were describing the country as a ‘patient put in plaster’ to cure the disease of anarchy and communism.
On Saturday, September 29th, at midnight, we attacked the MAT squadron on Harilaou Trikoupi street with molotov cocktails. This action stands as a reflexive response against the pillorying of comrades and fighters through the official release of their photographs, soon after their arrest on the day of strike mobilization. If they think that the violent repression methods and the wave of terrorism-lust will intimidate us, then they’re woefully deceived.
Resistance by any means and at every moment with rage and consciousness SOLIDARITY TO ALL DIGNIFIED HOSTAGES OF DOMINATION NOTHING IS OVER. EVERYTHING CONTINUES…
The cops released photographs and details of nine among a total of 23 arrested demonstrators from September 26th in Athens, urging once again other lawful citizens to become snitches. After arrestees underwent proceedings (both adults and minors, many seriously injured), they were reported as released —some of them under restrictive terms, several awaiting future trial.
22.15 A gathering was called for tomorrow, September 27th, at 11.30 in Evelpidon courts in Athens, in factual solidarity with approximately 25 arrestees who face charges and remain in custody. Among them 12 were caught at Gardenias square in Zografou in the morning, when the strike rally was banned and attacked by the police.
Total number of detainees of the day reaches 140.
20.55 Chios saw the largest strike rally that has ever taken place on the island in recent years. It was the first time that almost all commercial stores and cafeterias were closed. An estimated 2,500 took to the streets in the morning, including several anarchist comrades and many youngsters.
20.35 Residents and strikers in Petralona neighbourhood hold a PA’s counter-information gathering at Petralona metro station, demanding the immediate release of all arrestees from today’s rallies.
20.30 Despite police harassment, more than 500 people marched from Gardenias square into the main streets of Zografou neighbourhood, while police units followed in very close distance.
19.30 Motorcycle police units encircled Gardenias square, in Zografou, preventing access to more protesters and threatening to detain people who have gathered in solidarity with the day’s arrestees. It is the second time today that Gardenias square is invaded by all sorts of cops. People resist and call for immediate support.
Some photos of the strike demo in central Athens: i, ii, iii, iv and v
18.10 The total number of detained demonstrators is 129, according to lawyers, while the arrestees facing charges are 25 so far.
The solidarity rally remains in front of the police headquarters.
17.25 Strikers and other resisters call for a new evening gathering at 19.00 in Gardenias square, in the district of Zografou, to protest the repressive events and mass detentions and arrests of the day.
17.00 Cops unleashed a fierce attack in Exarchia, intervening from Arachovis street and dispersing people out of the square. People were chased away and ran to Harilaou Trikoupi and Valtetsiou streets. At least one more detention was reported.
16.40 In Kavala, northern Greece, several shops were closed. More than 1,000 protesters from leftist, anti-authoritarian, workers blocs participated in the demo. Nearly 100 people marched in the anarchist bloc behind a banner that read: ‘With 400 euros you don’t make a living; you make revolt’.
16.38 Currently, Exarchia square is crowded with people again, despite the massive presence of repressive forces in the vicinity. Also, on Alexandras avenue, the solidarity concentration remains outside the police headquarters.
16.20 In Agrinio nearly 70 comrades joined the bloc of Apertus squat, libertarian school students and other anarchists. A total of 1,800 strikers participated in the two separate marches that took place in the town.
16.05 At least 13 out of 20 detentions from the morning operation in Zografou have now been turned into arrests. One among these protesters was severely injured and is currently hospitalized. Furthermore, arrestees have not yet been able to consult lawyers, nor is it known when they will appear before a prosecutor in Athens courts.
There were a total of 104 detentions, according to police announcements so far.
15.45 Clashes are escalating in Valtetsiou and E.Benaki streets, in Exarchia.
15.40 More than 250 people have gathered so far outside the police headquarters of Athens, in solidarity with all arrestees of the protest.
15.35 There are ongoing clashes in the corner of Aiolou and Stadiou streets, close to Omonia, as well as battles between resisters and cops in Ermou and Mitropoleos streets, near Syntagma. Petrol bombs are thrown at cops. More detentions are reported.
Heavy police forces at Exarchia are chasing protesters away from the square, pushing them to Strefi hill.
15.15 Clashes and barricades on Solonos street. Armored firefighting vehicle (resembling water cannon) appeared in the streets of Exarchia, crossing E.Benaki street.
15.10 There were reportedly numerous detentions in Stadiou and Panepistimiou streets, but also in the area of Omonia. Injured protesters received first aid.
14.52 People who were detained earlier in Kalogiron square near Dafni metro station are released.
14.50 On Corfu, the strike demonstration started at 11.00, including nearly 50 comrades from the collectives of Draka and Elaia squats marching in two blocs. Slogans were painted on walls, leaflets were passed out to people and eggs were thrown on bank branches. Comrades from Draka squat erected a banner at the pre-gathering point, in solidarity with squats and self-managed spaces that were violently attacked in recent months. Their banner reads: ‘Apertus (Agrinio), Draka (Corfu) and Delta (Thessaloniki) squats; municipal market of Kypseli (Athens); self-managed hangout in the University of Rethymnon (Crete). Down your hands from the squats’.
14.45 Urgent call by popular assemblies for an immediate solidarity gathering outside the police headquarters of Athens, on Alexandras avenue, in support of the many arrestees from the day.
14.30 Mass and dynamic presence of base unions and popular assemblies, as well as anarchist/anti-authoritarian blocs along with other demonstrators at the lower side of Syntagma square. Soon thereafter, cops fired tear gases and stun grenades against protesters on Karageorgi Servias street, while protesters counterattacked with Molotov cocktails and stone-throwing. Scattered clashes broke out following numerous arrests. Heavy police forces are deployed across Syntagma. Anti-riot squadrons cut off Othonos street. Hundreds of people were forced to leave the square, and headed to the upper side, opposite the parliament. Clashes at the lower side, where firefighting vehicles soon arrived (there were initial reports about three visible water cannons, but the type of vehicles is unconfirmed). Fumes of police chemicals mingled with smokes of fires across the area. At the same time the strikers remain on other main streets. Trees inside the National Garden caught fire. Panepistimiou street overwhelmed with tear gases, too.
13.55 There is an estimated 100,000 strikers in downtown Athens, marching toward Syntagma square.
13.30 Free radio 1431am reports that an estimated total of 15,000 strikers attended the proetst march in Thessaloniki, which has now ended. Base unions called for an open assembly of strikers at Aristotelous square.
13.20 At least 10 detainees from Zografou, after the police attack on the local gathering of strikers. (No arrests were made in Pangrati.)
13.00 In central Athens, after the Stalinists of PAME and KKE carried out their separate parade and dispersed earlier at Syntagma, the strikers set off from the Archaeological Museum. Thousands of people walk Patission street and chant antifascist slogans out loud.
12.50 Nearly 200 demonstrators participated in the strike mobilization in the city of Preveza (western Greece). An anarchist/libertarian bloc marched in the city’s streets for the first time, consisting of about 20 comrades and few dozens more people affiliated to them. Antifascist slogans were chanted during the protest march.
12.40 At least 50 protesters are detained in the police headquarters of Athens (GADA), without any access to lawyers. These people were caught in various districts.
12.36 About 500 people took to the streets of Mytilini, and the demo ended outside the premises of the General Secretariat of Aegean and Island Policy.
12.30 At least 10,000 protesters in the city of Patras. Equally large demonstration in Heraklion, Crete.
12.19 Free Radio Parasita from the city of Volos (central Greece) reports that around 1,000 demonstrators started marching towards Iasonos street. Earlier in the morning, an antinationalist intervention took place in the popular market on Gianni Dimou street. From 11.00 the various blocs of strikers started gathering at Eleftherias square. Police forces are suprisingly not visible in huge numbers in the city centre.
12.12 The cops have opened access on Ymittou avenue and no longer retain the bloc of the Open Popular Assembly of Pangrati. There are no updates regarding preemptive detentions from that area so far, despite initial estimations.
12.00 Police forces are blocking groups of demonstrators at the height of Pangratiou square, in the district of Pangrati. Comrades that are on the spot estimate that the cops may transfer the detainees to a police station (remained to be seen).
11.50 Free radio 98FM reports that, in Zografou district, anti-riot cops used truncheons against the demonstrators that were cut off at Gardenias square. The pigs detained at least one young woman, who was transfered to the local police department. The police attacked once again solidaritarians who attempted to gather outside the police station, and reportedly detained more people in the area.
11.30 Free radio 105FM, on Lesvos Island, reports that around 400 protesters – mainly from trade unions and leftist organizations – gathered at the meeting point in the city of Mytilini. At 11.50 the strike march began.
11.28 Thugs of DIAS motorcycle police units cut off demonstrators on Papagou street, in Zografou neighbourhood, trying to hinder their access to the city centre and the main strike demo. People in Zografou are chanting slogans and refuse to disperse.
11.14 Nearly 30 preemptive detentions in the pre-gathering of the Open Popular Assembly of Brahami, outside Dafni metro station, in Kalogiron square. All the arrestees were transferred at the police headquarters, on Alexandras avenue.
11.00 In the southern municipality of Egaleo, bosses are holding several employees locked inside commercial shops, waiting for the crowd that heads to the strike to pass by, before opening the doors to the consumers.
10.00 The Association of Employees in Book-Paper Sector of Attica is holding a gathering outside the Papasotiriou bookstore, on Panepistimiou street, in order to make sure that there will be no attempt of bosses or scabs to break the strike. A police bus and various types of cops are also on the spot. Strikers are also blocking a branch store of Agrotiki bank, a little bit higher on the same street.
In downtown Athens, strike gatherings are called for 10.30 (GMT+2) close to the National Archaeological Museum on Patission street. This post will be constantly updated with raw translations of reports by people on the streets, Indymedia Athens and free radio stations.
Greece’s private sector union GSEE called for a 24hour general strike against the upcoming devastating interventions [sic] of the government and the EU/ECB/IMF Troika in labour and social security issues. The public sector union ADEDY will also participate in the strike on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012.
Day by day the people’s psychological and physical misery grows, labour conditions and unemployment get even worse, and all this time the sold-out, bureaucratic syndicalism loyally serves the employers’ interests. It now seems that GSEE and ADEDY try to keep up appearances.
Let’s make the first post-election general strike and the demonstration in central Athens a beginning for the self-organization of people through grassroots unions and self-managed struggles. The yellow, collaborationist unionists and politicians will receive our response in the streets.
Mining, transport, education… these are just the tip of the iceberg of a latent situation in all labour sectors of Asturias – and Spain. The metal industry, commerce, hotel and catering industry, public services, etc. have all been fragrantly abused by the bosses and the State, who want us as submissive and silent slaves.
However, it is not only the diverse work sectors that suffer such aggressions; the entire civil society is witnessing attacks against the gradually fewer rights that we possess, and which are mocked both through laws and by criminalizing resistance – as is the case with the miners – but up until this moment there has been no proportional response to such an infamy.
The path to follow is marked: Strike! But one which is general, extended with solidarity and made indefinite until victory, in order to make and unmake things according to our criterion – the criterion of majority – by disregarding and rejecting all those who only are attempting to take advantage of our struggles, sufferings, injustices and victories.
Since 2009, a series of barbarities have been succeeding one another in the form of labour reforms, pensions, retirement age, wage cuts, unjustified EREs [which end, shorten or suspend workers from their contracts], the close-down of profit-making enterprises, more than 300,000 million euros to the banking system… and, ultimately, a bailout which they tell us is not actually a bailout, and above all an intervention – nationalization of the puff [debt whose payment was evaded by fraudulent means] – in Bankia, as well as a corruption within the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ), where no one is held responsible, nothing is being investigated and the culprits – of the crisis and our current situation – come out covered in roses.
They get away with it, they lie to us, they laugh in our faces; they spit on us and say it is raining!
Now, however, it looks like we can start to articulate a response on the basis of the conflicts that these weeks shake the land we live in. The miners showed us the way of struggle, the transport workers the way to victory (having totally and utterly won their claims, something which has been silenced in the media), the education workers the way of fighting back the injustice… while the political parties showed us how to act differently depending on the scope and their own particular interests (from the ‘People’s Party’ to the ‘United Left’, passing through the ‘Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party’, and with special mention of the extra-parliamentary radicals who neither act, nor do we expect them to do so).
It is for this reason that now all the workers and the whole of the civil society should all together in the same direction be supporting every labour sector and worker in the struggle for dignified conditions of living and a future which is not a misery. In particular, we should support the miners whose actions, strike and sabotages have been incriminated, as they have been accused of being vandals and terrorists (on several occasions by the very CCOO and UGT mainstream unions), without ever hearing the same terrorism accusations against those who are trying to destroy the coalfields – and with them the whole of Asturias – or those who are throwing thousands of families into the street by evictions.
We must stand in solidarity with the sectors in struggle, and go even further, creating links with all employment sectors that get belligerent against the policies and strategies of Capital.
But, above all, the path to follow is marked by the need to globalize the fight, making it general as is occurring in the mining regions, with all the work and social sectors going as one, not only for our own particular claims but for also for our comrades’ claims (making them our own) and, consequently, for general vindications that affect us all.
The path to follow is marked: Strike! But one which is general, extended with solidarity and made indefinite until victory, in order to make and unmake things according to our criterion – the criterion of majority – by disregarding and rejecting all those who only are attempting to take advantage of our struggles, sufferings, injustices and victories.
Towards the undefined general Strike!Towards solidarity between workers!
Three posters for an anti-capitalist/anarchist demo on May 1st, 2012, one calling for a general social strike on May Day, another by anonymous anarchists, and a third by the Convergence of Anti-Capitalist Struggles (CLAC-Montréal).
On Sunday, April 22nd, a protest demo took place in solidarity with three imprisoned fighters who were arrested during the general strike mobilization on March 29th. In Catalonia Square, a group of demonstrators placed solidarity banners for Stella Antoniou and all political prisoners. More than 2,000 protesters took to the streets of Barcelona, claiming the immediate release of the three 29M strikers.
As for the recent wave of arrests, in Barcelona and Tarragona, the six arrestees were reportedly released (two of them were freed on bail of 6,000 euros each).
The passion for freedom is stronger than all prisons
Immediate release of Stella Antoniou
Solidarity with comrades in Greece who fight against the fascist regime and its minions
According to latest reports, a new wave of arrests and police raids were carried out in Barcelona and wider Catalonia, but also in Valencia and the Basque Country. Here follow two calls/posters for the upcoming demo in solidarity with the arrestees of March 29th.
RELEASE IMPRISONED STRIKERS – ACQUIT DETAINEES Since March 29th three strikers, Javi, Isma and Dani, are held in pretrial incarceration due to the events that unfolded in Barcelona on that same day. Some of the detained comrades were released on bail and many others are still prosecuted. Despite its predictable cause, this repression rise can be traced in the constant fear of the system for days like 29M, as well as in its oppressive and authoritarian nature. Neither social cuts, precariousness, misery have stopped us, nor will threats of new repressive laws or our comrades’ isolation do so. We will not accept it. As response, solidarity groups called for a demonstration in Barcelona on April 22nd, demanding the release and acquittal of prosecuted strikers.
Demonstration for the strikers’ liberation Sunday, April 22nd, 18.00, Plaça de Catalunya (Catalonia Square)
NO CURTAILMENT OF OUR FREEDOM On March 29th, 79 people were arrested across Catalonia, 56 of them in Barcelona. The authorities ordered the pretrial incarceration of three arrestees, Javi, Isma and Dani. Far from legal, reasons for this have been the criminalization in the media and the social alarm raised by the regional minister of the Interior, Felip Puig.
After a general strike that managed to get hundreds of thousands out in the streets, they want to criminalize the protests and misguide the debate so that we forget why we demonstrate.
They have imprisoned three persons, while a hundred are awaiting trial; they have caused injuries to more than a hundred people only in Barcelona, and on the top of all this, the Generalitat of Catalonia and the Spanish State are threatening us with new repressive measures.
In the weeks to come, the provincial court will rule upon the the appeal lodged by the lawyers of Javi, Isma and Dani. We want them to know that they are not alone. This is why the support groups for imprisoned and arrestees of 29M general strike invite you to join us on the streets, to feel strong altogether and scream out loud that we want them free, demanding the withdrawal of charges for all the prosecuted of the general strike.
people who have no fear of the sea are not afraid to fight
We are your children, your brothers and sisters, your neighbours. People who serve you coffee at the table, wait the bus with you, and confess to be tired after eight hours of work beside you.
We’re just people… with blood in our veins. We’re not terrorists, we don’t destroy the world or profit from death. On the contrary, we revolt against those who impose terror on the poor and the workers. We attack those who manipulate our lives and exploit and destroy our planet, yet still have the nerve to present themselves in the mass media as good and reliable people. That’ why they consider us a threat and use the means they control to make you believe the same…
Because of our radical love for freedom, it’s not enough for us to protest peacefully while the bankers rob us of our money, the cops laugh in our face when they beat us and the State calls us maggots, protected in its comfortable palace of gold and hypocrisy.
We’re just people… but with spine! We don’t want you to vote for us or anyone else, we don’t wish to make money from politics or to enforce our ideals. We don’t want to be anyone’s masters or anyone’s slaves. We stand shoulder to shoulder with those who want to fight for a dignified, free and solidarian life.
After all, we’re just people, but those that are willing to risk, those that are willing to build, those that are willing to take to the streets and cover their face so we can all put ourselves on the line.