Greece

Mon
22
May

Anarchists Fill Services Void Left by Faltering Greek Governance

By NIKI KITSANTONIS
New York Times
MAY 22, 2017

ATHENS — It may seem paradoxical, but Greece’s anarchists are organizing like never before.

Seven years of austerity policies and a more recent refugee crisis have left the government with fewer and fewer resources, offering citizens less and less. Many have lost faith. Some who never had faith in the first place are taking matters into their own hands, to the chagrin of the authorities.

Sat
07
Jan

Building Alternative Institutions in Greece: an Interview with Christos Giovanopoulos

Since the beginning of the Greek financial crisis, both the Right and the Left have advanced a narrow set of narratives, policy possibilities, and even political actors. One movement that has largely remained outside of the discourse has been the solidarity economy movement. A key organization within the solidarity economy movement is Solidarity for All. Solidarity for All is an organization that offers technical support, capacity building, and network-scaling for the various grassroots initiatives around Greece.

Mon
10
Oct

Communique from Anarchists from D Wing, Korydallos Prison, Athens, for the struggle in Syria (Greece)

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A minimum response on the call-out for the day of Rage against the massacre at Aleppo.

Even if there are only ruins left at Aleppo, the bombings haven’t stopped. Even now, after 5 years of bombs and sieges, people still live in this city. Some because they didn’t manage to leave, some because they didn’t see a better future at Mediterranean’s seabed, some because they refused to abandon the revolution against the dictatorship of Assad, that started with the Arab Spring. At Aleppo’s ruins a guerilla warfare is taking place, that until now, Assad with Hezbollah, Iran and Russian military machine haven’t achieved to defeat.

Mon
08
Aug

Founding Declaration of the Anarchist Political Organisation

FOUNDING DECLARATION

1.      Global Capitalist Crisis as a Total Attack on the Oppressed

What we call complete crisis of the system is the violent redeployment of power that targets to alter the terms of social and class antagonism for the worse for the exploited. The acute contradiction between real social needs and social and class relations that impose the amputation of these needs and make it hard for them to be met leads to the economic, political, ethical and environmental dimensions of the crisis.

Fri
03
Jun

Waiting for the Barbarians

Who are the real barbarians? The refugees or those who caused them to flee?

Jesús Sepúlveda

Fifth Estate #396, Summer 2016, Vol. 51, No. 1, page 25

http://www.fifthestate.org/

In August 2015, as refugees broke through a line of Macedonian police at the border between Greece and Macedonia going toward Western Europe, a phrase from the Greek poet Constantine Cavafy (1863-1933) came forcibly to mind: "the barbarians are coming today." But as in Cavafy's poem, it wasn't clear who the barbarians really were in 2015.

Fri
08
Apr

Destination Anarchy! Every Step Is an Obstacle

By Tasos Sagris of VOID NETWORK, this text is part of a series exploring the anarchist analysis of democracy.

CrimethInc

I find myself in the courtyard of the School of Fine Arts in Athens, Greece. It’s May 25, 2011, a hot summer day. A five-day anarchist and anti-authoritarian festival starts in six hours and I am scrambling to prepare all the small details I have in mind. I’m working alone.

Wed
27
Jan

Korydallos Prison, Greece: Update on new repressions against CCF & Nikos Romanos

From Insurrection News

Yesterday on the 20th of January another sudden search was once again conducted inside the cells housing imprisoned members of the anarchist organization Conspiracy of Cells of Fire (CCF) as well as anarchist prisoner Nikos Romanos at Section A of Korydallos Prison.

Sat
09
Jan

What It's Like to Spend New Year's as a Refugee in a Greek Anarchist Shelter

Ioana Moldovan
January 9, 2016
Huffington Post

ATHENS, Greece -- The clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve, and the room on the ground floor of this former tax administration building is filled with people chatting and laughing. Persian dance music on YouTube blasts from the speakers of the laptop sitting on a table, surrounded by cookies and glasses.

Mehdi's* eyes are stuck on his mobile phone. He stands out in the crowd, hardly a smile on his face. He waits for news from his family. He hasn't spoken to them in four days.

As Balkan border crossings closed for refugees not coming from Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan, many others found themselves stuck in Greece. They are the unwanted who got to spend the new year in Athens, and some found refuge in this building.

Mehdi is from Tehran. Back home he faces an eight-month jail time sentence for installing satellite dishes.

Fri
04
Dec

Inside Greece's resurgent anarchist movement

Tommy Trenchard
Al Jazeera
03 Dec 2015

On a warm evening in August this year, in the quiet residential neighbourhood of Kesariani, in the Greek capital, Athens, several hundred young people gathered in front of a stage as a band fine-tuned their instruments. At first glance, there was little unusual about the scene, but this was not an ordinary concert.

Above the drinks stand, where 20-somethings wearing black waited for their beers, the flag of the anarchist movement swung between two pine trees. Behind the stage, a banner urged the audience, in bold letters, to take up arms against the state.

"When confronted by tyranny," it read, "people choose between chains and guns."

The atmosphere hovered somewhere between festive and threatening.

"Don't take photographs of anyone's faces," warned one bystander. "They do not like the press."

Thu
03
Dec

Greece: Antifa motorcade patrol by anarchists in the streets of Athens

Special to Infoshop News
December 3, 2015

On Saturday 14 November 2015, anarchists and communists from Antifascist – Anti-authoritarian Social Center “Distomo” and “Red Line” Collective, organized a motorbike patrol in Athens City Center, as part of direct actions taking place for the 1st year since the opening of Antifa Social Center “Distomo” inside an area of Athens, that until recently predominantly supported the neonazi “Golden Dawn” party in Greece.

The antifa social center in Agios Panteleimonas, Athens is called “Distomo” after the massacre of 10 June 1944 in the greek village where the Waffen-SS, for over two hours, went door to door and massacred Greek civilians, as part of a ‘retaliation measure’ for a partisan attack upon the unit. A total of 214 men, women and children were massacred in Distomo.

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