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#31, 19:12: Neighbourhood demonstrations across Athens; more anarcho-transportation actions and radio station occupations; demo at point of assassination set to start

UPDATE, 15:51: Last night, the offices of “Teiresias” were also torched. “Teiresias” is the corporation collecting and handling information on the financial status of corporations and individuals, run credit checks… A bad record with them means people cannot apply for loans etc.

UPDATE, 03:38: Siege of the Athens Polytechnic grounds by the riot police is finally over. For hours, the pigs would throw their chemicals into the campus, to the people who had retreated there after gathering at the point of the assassination of Alexandros. There was heavy street fighting throughout the night. There were clashes all around the area of Eksarhia, Athens.

The plan for today was for many small demonstrations to take place around the entire city of Athens, so that this decentralised action could bring the city to a standstill. There were demonstrations in the neighbourhoods of Gyzi, Peristeri (were the second student was shot), Chaidari, Petralona, Nea Smyrni, Victoria, Vyronas, Illion (that’s tomorrow) and in the cities of Thessaloniki, Heraclion and Larisa.

Fresh “anarcho-transportation” actions took place at the metro stations of Brahami and Ayios Antonios. In the last few days, many stations around the city have been visited by small anarchist groups that sabotage the vending machines, handing out leaflets (“the self-organisation of the passengers will bring the end of the ticket inspectors”…)

At least four more radio stations were occupied today (“Best,” “En Lefko”, “Athina 9.84″ and “Republic 100.3″; texts against state violence and in solidarity with the arrestees of the riots were read.

Responding to a callout by the Athens Polytechnic occupation, we will be gathering at the point of Alexis’ assassination in the next couple of hours. We’ve been reading the reports from the solidarity actions across the world. Keep them coming. The states murder the people but tonight, a night against state murders, is a night of the people. This is our night.

18 Comments

  1. G2000 wrote:

    After a day of constant provocations (in Syntagma square around the notorious tree, and in Athens during the demo for immigrants’ rights), violence breaks out near the area of assasination and around Athens Polytechnic. Coverage from established media has not started. Massive use of tear gas, and widespread violence from riot squad and plain uniform police. Your solidarity is needed…

    Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 12:24 am | Permalink
  2. XaViER wrote:

    In Wroclaw, Poland, there was soli demo today with Greece. Over 100 people from local anarchist movement were present. Police, with help of some fascists from far right ONR organisation, tried to stop people from gathering on the main square and break the demo. But at the end we managed to start it. A woman from the Union of Sindicalists read the statement of greek workers that occupy GSEE building. There was some chanting like: “Today Greece, tomorrow Poland”, “Cobbles at the government”, “Bureaucrats, bourgeoisie your end will come soon” etc. One man was detained, but he is free now. Some people will have court case because of “illegal gathering”.

    Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 12:59 am | Permalink
  3. Bara Cade wrote:

    We’ll be hitting the streets with a message of solidarity in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 4 hours time!

    Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 1:20 am | Permalink
  4. G2000 wrote:

    Online sources (websites, radio, twitter) report that the use of chemicals (some odd type of tear-gas) is so heavy around the Athens Polytechnic, that people feel uncomfortable inside their flats…

    Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 2:22 am | Permalink
  5. Texas Dave wrote:

    Report from New York City solidarity demonstration.

    I attended the solidarity rally outside the Greek consulate in Manhattan. The consulate was closed. It was at most 30-40 people. We chanted slogans of solidarity for about one hour.

    It was so pathetic and disorganized that we resolved to hold another solidarity rally, which we plan to be much larger and more on par with our true feelings of hope and concern for the Greek struggle.

    Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 4:35 am | Permalink
  6. Texas Dave wrote:

    The time and place for the next New York City Greek solidarity demonstration is set for Monday, December 29th, 1PM, in front of the Greek Tourism office,
    645 5th Ave # 903
    New York, NY 10022.

    Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 4:46 am | Permalink
  7. Erik wrote:

    In Swedens third largest city we have rioted against police for four days now! Barricades in the streets and many policevans has been broken becuase of large bombs! The police station in Rosengård(suburb of Malmö) also got attacked.

    Police attacked with fireworks;
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IasJKOZqkZM

    Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 6:24 am | Permalink
  8. Erik wrote:

    Swedens third largest city is Malmö, forget to tell you that…

    Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 6:29 am | Permalink
  9. dim wrote:

    Full report on Saturday actions (in greece) can be found here: http://dc.indymedia.org/newswire/display/145027

    Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 8:03 am | Permalink
  10. Leah wrote:

    Texas Dave, I know what you mean. Toronto had even less people, and not great weather, we had to cancel ours. To be fair, a friend of mine had the thought to finally do something because no one else was stepping forward… he just thought of it Thursday, and we are young and without many connections… hopefully we can pull together and make things more organized.

    Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 8:07 am | Permalink
  11. Ssan Francisco wrote:

    San Francisco had a lively march throughout the Mission as well as Market (the downtown shopping area). Some really cool stuff happened including banner drops as well as storming a shopping mall where a total of 5 people got arrested (1 has since been released). One window was smashed inside. The group then proceeded to Union Square (the major shopping area). Throughout the whole march the sound system was blastin some awesome music.

    Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 8:45 am | Permalink
  12. FAUista wrote:

    12/20 in Germany

    Following the call from the occupied polytechnical university in Athens, there have been demonstrations in Bochum, Delmenhorst, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Mannheim, Offenburg, Trier, Wuppertal. The biggest one was at Hamburg where more than 1.000 took to the streets and had some minor clashes with 1.300 police that tried to attack the demonstrations. The rest of the demonstrations whrere rather small, most of them less than 100 people. May be this was due to heavy rain and the fact, that people where already out on the streets in some 30 German cities within the past two weeks.

    FAU-IWA locals published a leaflet with the text of the workers assembly from the liberated GSEE offices. For those interested, the downloas links is:
    http://www.fau.org/artikel/gsee_besetzung.pdf

    Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 9:24 am | Permalink
  13. cph wrote:

    In Copenhagen we had a smaller action. About 80 people went to the Greek embassy chanting slogans. The police had blocked the way so we were out of paintbomb reach;-)

    Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 9:32 am | Permalink
  14. mara wrote:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bk-4Vdp9_x0

    Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 4:45 pm | Permalink
  15. Jay wrote:

    40 people protest in Dublin, Ireland.

    “On arrival at the Greek embassy we observed that the frontage had been splattered with red paint and at least three windows had been broken sometime previously”

    http://www.indymedia.ie/article/90269

    - pictures

    Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 6:00 pm | Permalink
  16. Erik wrote:

    Uppsala, Sweden;
    http://uppsala.suf.cc/?p=207

    Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 6:11 pm | Permalink
  17. Mick wrote:

    Leah, if you’re interested talking about Toronto activity in solidarity with the movement in Greece please get in touch with us in Common Cause’s Toronto branch and we’d be happy to talk to you. You can contact us at: http://linchpin.ca/contact

    Some of our members from Hamilton heard about the Toronto rally and drove up, but didn’t find anyone there while the TOronto branch never knew about it.

    Monday, December 22, 2008 at 9:00 am | Permalink
  18. Serbo-croatian translation: http://inicijativa.org/grcka/node/42

    Monday, December 22, 2008 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

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