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#30, 04:31: 800 schools and 200 university departments occupied; national theatre premiere stopped; international solidarity day is here

The premiere of the national theatre in Athens was interrupted by around one hundred people tonight – they took the stage and held out a banner reading “everyone to the streets”. The text distributed to the audience and actors read, among others: “now that you’ve deactivated your mobile phones, it’s about time you activated your consciousness”. Once hitting the streets, the crowd quickly formed an impromptu demonstration through central Athens – by the time we had reached Omonoia Square, our number had doubled and seemed enough to scare off the ten or so Zeta force policemen (motorcyclists) who drove off at our sight. The cast and director refused to continue the play, in solidarity with our struggle. Yesterday, a similar action took place at the Athens concert hall.

Mainstream media report that around 800 high schools and 200 university departments around the country are occupied by their students.

On the dawn of December 20th, a full fortnight from the day of Alexandros’ assassination: today is the international day of action against state murders. Once again, we will be on the streets – yet today we won’t be alone… Thousands and thousands across the world are joining us.

14 Comments

  1. Rafeeq Hussein wrote:

    Video of the Montreal protestation, 16th december 2008.

    http://blip.tv/file/1586718

    Saturday, December 20, 2008 at 7:12 am | Permalink
  2. FRENCH VERSION
    #30, 04:31: 800 écoles et 200 départements universitaires occupés; une première du théâtre national interrompue; la journée de solidarité internationale est arrivée
    Samedi 20 Décembre 2008

    La première du théâtre national à Athènes a été interrompue par environ une centaine de personnes cette nuit – ils sont montés sur scène avec une bannière “tout le monde dans les rues”. Le texte distribué au public et aux acteurs déclarait, entre autres : maintenant que vous avez désactivé vos téléphones portables, c’est le moment de réactiver votre conscience”. Une fois dans les rues, la foule forma rapidemment une manifestation improvisée dans le coeur d’Athènes – le temps d’atteindre le square Omonoia, notre nombre avait doublé et semblait suffisant pour apeurer la dizaine de flics motards qui détalèrent en pétaradant, à notre vue. Les acteurs et le directeur du théâtre refusèrent de continuer à jouer, en solidarité avec notre soulèvement; une action similaire a eu lieu à l’auditorium d’Athènes.

    Les médias grands publics rapportent qu’environ 800 écoles et 200 départements universitaires à travers le pays sont occupés par leurs étudiants.

    À l’aube du 20 décembre, quinze jours depuis l’assassinat d’Alexandros : c’est aujourd’hui la journée internationale d’action contre les meurtres d’état. Une fois de plus, nous serons dans les rues – mais aujourd’hui, nous ne seront pas seuls … Des milliers et des milliers de personnes dans le monde entier se joignent à nous.

    Saturday, December 20, 2008 at 10:39 am | Permalink
  3. Spartakus wrote:

    We will be on the streets!

    Saturday, December 20, 2008 at 10:47 am | Permalink
  4. anonim wrote:

    CALL FOR THE 20th OF DECEMBER DEMONSTRATION IN ISTANBUL: WE DON’T FORGET, WE DON’T FORGIVE!
    ΟΛΑ ΤΑ ΚΡΑΤΗ ΕΙΝΑΙ ΔΟΛΟΦΟΝΟΙ. ΔΕΝ ΞΕΧΝΑΜΕ ΔΕΝ ΣΥΓΧΩΡΟΥΜΕ!
    Trough the cracks of authority’s walls blood is leaking: it is bright red… Whose blood is shed? Is it the blood of the revolutionary who was beaten to death at the prison he was held in custody? Is it the transsexual’s blood who was beaten till her bones were broken and nobody cared in Eryaman? Is it the young man’s blood who was shot by police just because he did not obey the stop warning? Is it the child’s blood who was chased to death just for selling handkerchiefs? Or is it the blood of the young men to whom guns are given while being forced to kill? Is it the one’s who were condemned to civil death because of their refusal to kill and die? Is it the homosexual’s blood who were killed under crossfire? Is it the blood of all those people lost while being under custody? Or is it the prisoners’ blood who were smashed to bits by bulldozers and bullets in order to give an end to their hunger strike? Is it the blood of the woman raped to death? Is it the young boy’s blood whose body was shuttered by rifle bullets while he was trying to hide behind his dad’s legs with fear? Or is it the youngster’s who were shouting their anger in their mother tongue? Is it the blood of the one’s who were forced to abandon their homes, towns or villages, and found murdered just because of the ethnic origin? Or is it the blood of my brother, Alexis, whose heart stopped beating inside his body but gave pulse to the whole world?
    Walls cannot hide or hold down the cruelty that is being disguised. The anger rises and it runs all over: deep black… Our brothers and sisters in Greece showed us the way of how we can light the dark streets of our hostage lives with bright fires while this anger takes over ourselves… We were feeding this anger inside ourselves before and we still do.
    Following the global action call against state violence by the occupiers of Athens Polytechnic, we will raise our voices under only one slogan “ALL STATES ARE MURDERERS: WE DON’T FORGIVE, WE DON’T FORGET” on the 20th of December at 14:30 at Taksim square. And for 15 minutes we will silently listen to our inside burning anger. We will stare at the state, so that it can see in our eyes the rebellion that is rising to overflow the streets. We will let them know that we don’t forget, we don’t forgive.
    We invite all those sharing the same anger against state violence and towards the cruelty of all kinds of authority to the 20th of December demonstration.
    Anarchists and Anti-authoritarians

    Saturday, December 20, 2008 at 11:00 am | Permalink
  5. jasper wrote:

    48+ protests worldwide today

    Check the map at: http://greeksolidaritymap.blogspot.com

    Sure there is more going, but i have to go now… See you in the streets. Make sure you have some interesting reports and some plans for the future. Send them to your favourite local independent media. And, if you’re disappointed that there is nothing going on in your area today: just make something happen tomorrow – make every day a global day of action and solidarity…

    Note: there is no guarantee that this info is correct – ask your friends and check your local independent media. The link to the simple list in chronological order, including the links to the sources cab be found at greeksolidaritymap.blogspot.com

    Atlanta – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 10:00 – 14:00
    * Location: Tower Place, Suite 1670 3340, Peachtree Rd., N.E., Atlanta, GA 30326, United States
    * Info: protest at the Greek consulate

    Napoli – 20 December 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 10:30
    * Location: Piazza del Gesù, Napoli, Italia

    London – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 11:00 am
    * Location: Embassy of Greece, 1A Holland Park W11 3TP, London, UK

    Boston – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 12:00
    * Location: Fanueil Hall, Boston, MA

    Santa Barbara – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 12:00 (noon)
    * Location: Meet in front of Java Jones on Lower State, Santa Barbara, California, USA
    * Info: Solidarity/Awareness Rally to Support Greece and Spread the Word

    Katovice – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 12:00
    * Location: not sure, Katowice, Poland
    * Info: Początek demonstracji na ul. Stawowej (przy fontannie z żabą).

    Cardiff – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 12:00 (noon)
    * Location: Nye Bevan statue, Queen Street, Cardiff, Wales
    * Source: [1]

    Nuuk – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 12:00 – 14:00
    * Location: Nuuk, Greenland

    Leiden – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 12:00 – 17:00
    * Location: (ergens op de)
    Haarlemmerstraat, Leiden, the Netherands
    * Info: Open lucht expositie + 20.00 openbaar debat en vergadering, Linkse
    Kerk, Vrijplaats Koppenhinksteeg

    New York – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 12:30
    * Location: Starbucks at 1117 Lexington Ave & 78th, New York City, NY, USA
    * Info: march to the Greek embassy

    Ankara – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 12:30
    * Location: exact location see link, Greek Embassy, Ankara

    Dublin – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 13:00
    * Location: Meet top of Grafton Street, Dublin, Ireland
    * Info: Demo against Repression and State Murder, Solidarity with Greek Uprising!

    Pamplona – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 13:00
    * Location: Plaza de Mercaderes, Pamplona, Spain

    Warszawa – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 13:00
    * Location: Krakowskie Przedmieście 47/51, przed biurem Radcy Handlowego Grecji Warszawa, Poland

    Frankfurt – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 13:00
    * Location: Bockenheimer Warte, Frankfurt, Germany
    * Info: Demonstration

    Paris – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 13:00
    * Location: la Fontaine des Innocents (Les Halles) Paris, France

    Paris – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 13:00
    * Location: Place St Michel (devant la Fontaine), Paris, France

    São Paulo – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 14:00
    * Location: Consulado Grego no Rio, Praia do Flamengo 344, São Paulo, Brazil

    Cyprus – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 14:00
    * Location: Parliament, Nicosia, Cyprus

    Hamburg – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 14:00
    * Location: Uni Hamburg, Allende-Platz, Hamburg, Germany

    Toulouse – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 14:00
    * Location: Metro Jean Jaurès, Toulouse, France

    Montauban – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 14:00
    * Location: devant la préfecture, Montauban, France

    Eugene – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 14:00
    * Location: Fairgrounds, Eugene OR, US
    * Info: Bring music, banners, and anything else you can think of.

    Roma – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 14:00
    * Location: Colosseo, Roma, Italia

    London – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 14:00
    * Location: Wood Green Library, N22, London, UK
    * Info: Demonstration against Police Brutality and State Terrorism

    Istanbul – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 14:30
    * Location: Taksim Square, Istanbul Turkey

    Lyon – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 14:30
    * Location: Place de la Comédie (devant l’opéra – hotel de ville), Lyon, France

    Lisbon – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 15:00
    * Location: Praça da Figueira, Lisboa, Portugal

    Washington DC – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 15:00
    * Location: Greek embassy, 2228 Massachusetts Ave., NW (Metro-Dupont Circle), Washington DC, US

    Porto – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 15:00
    * Location: Casa Viva, Praça do Marquês, 167, Porto, Portugal
    * Info: cultural actions, popular dinner

    Brest – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 15:00
    * Location: Place de la Liberté, Brest, France

    Ankara – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 15:00
    * Location: Yüksel Ankara, Turkey
    * Info: demo and press statement

    San Fransisco – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 16:00
    * Location: 24th and Mission, San Francisco, United States
    * Info: March and General Assembly

    Brussels – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 16:00
    * Location: Solbosh (ULB), Brussels, Belgium
    * Info: Demonstration

    Rochester MN – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 16:00
    * Location: Apache Mall, Rochester, MN, US
    * Info: anti-capitalist drum circle

    Toronto – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 16:00 – 18:00
    * Location: 365 Bloor Street, Toronto, Canada
    * Info: protest at Greek Consulate

    Flensburg – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 16:30
    * Location: Südermarkt, Flensburg, Germany
    * Info: demonstration for squats showing solidarity with the greek anarchists.

    Smyrna – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 Dec 2008
    * Time: 16.30
    * Location: Konak, Smyrna (Izmir), Turkey
    * Info: The march starts from Old Sumerbank building

    Portland – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 17:00
    * Location: North Park Blocks, Portland, United States

    Rochester NY – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 17:00
    * Location: Washington Square Park (181 S. Clinton Avenue), Rochester, NY, US

    Hamburg – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 17:00
    * Location: Neue ABC-Strasse, Hamburg, Germany
    * Info: troubles with authorities about time and place, see source link

    Syracuse – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 17:00
    * Location: Hanover Square 133 E Water St, Syracuse, NY 13202, US

    Milwaukee – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 18:00
    * Location: CCC, Milwaukee, US
    * Info: Infonight

    Barcelona – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 18:00
    * Location: Portal de l’Àngel, Barcelona, Spain

    Strasbourg – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 18:00
    * Location: Place Broglie (à coté du “christkindelmarik”), Strasbourg, France

    Copenhagen – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 18:00
    * Location: Hammerensgade, Copenhagen, Denmark
    * Info: Rally at the Greek embassy

    Edinburgh – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 18:00
    * Location: W.Parliament Square Edinburgh, Scotland

    Valladolid – 20 Dec 2008

    * Date: Saturday 20 December
    * Time: 19:30
    * Location: Fuente Dorada, Valladolid, Spain

    Saturday, December 20, 2008 at 11:09 am | Permalink
  6. blizzard wrote:

    Solidarity Rally
    December 20 at 10AM
    Monroe Park
    Richmond, VA

    Saturday, December 20, 2008 at 12:01 pm | Permalink
  7. Chirag.Suvarna wrote:

    I am an Indian and following the Greek situation carefully.
    The condition in my nation are worst.Capitalist state have ruined our lives.But very few people here are actually fighting against the state.Our youth is totally depoliticized and trade unions are getting corrupt day by day.

    The situation in Greece is really an inspiration to all the youth and the workers of the world.It’s a direct challenge to capitalist state in a fairly advanced nation.Today the workers and youth of Greece are showing us how can we bring a brutal capitalist state to halt and how vital is the role of working class and youth in running the society.

    I have a request to all the Greek people who are fighting in street for there rights.Please don’t end up only
    protesting in the street.Organize effectively, democratically (worker’s council,students council,coordination committees between different council…etc)and capture the state power.We need to capture the in order to change its socio-economic structure.Socialism in Greece will rejuvenate the spirit and confidence of the international revolutionary working class and they will follow your example.

    Revolutionary Greetings,
    Chirag.Suvarna

    Saturday, December 20, 2008 at 12:20 pm | Permalink
  8. baffled wrote:

    are you sure there would be a protest outside the embassy in London??i went there and there were only 5 people,some cops and quite a few muslim women protesting against western terrorism (quite inspiring i have to admit)

    Saturday, December 20, 2008 at 4:19 pm | Permalink
  9. Ell wrote:

    I was one of the 4 outside the embassy (the 5th was a freelance journo), we hung around from 11 till 12:30 then said goodbye to the cops and headed over to Wood Green for 2. The Wood Green demo was quite impressive, Turkish Communists standing in solidarity with Greek Anarchists as well as a few others (less cops than the embassy too)

    Saturday, December 20, 2008 at 8:16 pm | Permalink
  10. baffled wrote:

    oh,i had read about the wood green one,but i thought it was cancelled because in the map it was changed with the one in the embassy.
    is there a more reliable way to get informed about the actions taking part in London??
    Thanks.

    Saturday, December 20, 2008 at 8:51 pm | Permalink
  11. Ell wrote:

    Indymedia (http://london.indymedia.org.uk/) seems to be the best bet or the Solidarity Map (http://greeksolidaritymap.blogspot.com/) but there’s no guarantee events listed will go as planned, I have no idea who posted the embassy demo but it wasn’t any of the people who actually turned up :s

    Saturday, December 20, 2008 at 9:02 pm | Permalink
  12. VeilLifter wrote:

    The Revolution begins NOW.

    Saturday, December 20, 2008 at 9:36 pm | Permalink
  13. Leah wrote:

    While I was helping to organize the Toronto rally, I was not able to personally be there… however, I think it was cancelled (not by me) due to bad weather/ low numbers… we may plan for a different day to make more of an impact.

    Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 1:15 am | Permalink
  14. DÓFallúin wrote:

    Delighted with the demo in Dublin today.
    One BIG banner, reading RESIST POLICE- MURDERERS IN UNIFORM, and two others ( OUR LIVES DO NOT BELONG TO THE STATE and REMEMBER THE DEAD, FIGHT LIKE HELL FOR THE LIVING) were taken out right on front of the cities busiest shopping street as leaflets detailing why we were protesting were handed to passers by.

    Then, the crowd moved to the Greek embassy. Marching down the middle of a busyroad, chanting “in anger! in grief! in solidarity!”

    The embassy had recieved a beautiful paintjob sometime just before the demo and boasted plenty of red splashes, along with two broken windows.

    We’re thinking about you over here, best wishes.

    Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 3:15 am | Permalink

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