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#33, 09:19: Last night calm at the Polytechnic, solidarity gig tonight

UPDATE, 23.59 All is quiet at the polytechnic – as quiet as they can be here. No cops in sight. Speakers are blasting ‘guns of brixton’.

UPDATE, 17:36 Amidst wild speculation about the possible moves of the police (most rumours, if not all, clearly spread to create fear), people in solidarity have started gathering at the occupied grounds of the Athens Polytechnic. The prisoner solidarity gig at 6pm will be followed by an open assembly: This, and this only, will decide whether (and when) we shall leave the university.

Heading to the university right now – information from the polytechnic will be limited. Will definitely send out an update if the polytechnic is being raided though.

Last night was calm at the Polytechnic. As mainstream media report, the academic asylum at the campus has already been suspended – which means it is now entirely up to the police to decide if they will raid. Until recently, it used to be that the law, preventing the police and army from entering university grounds, could only be suspended after an explicit decision of the university senate. However, according to a voted amendment, an attorney general can also order its suspension should there be fellonies commited in the university grounds and within 48 hours since this happens. Given that the most recent clashes with the police took place on Saturday night (molotovs thrown against them: a fellony) they have until tonight to attempt to raid the university, if they so decide.

The decision taken by the occupation’s assembly is politically spot-on: the crucial point here is for the people occupying the building, not the police, to decide when to leave.

Meanwhile, the occupied GSEE (trade union) building was handed back to the GSEE yesterday, following a decision by the occupation’s assembly.


  1. A! wrote:

    Hang in there! don’t let them take it!
    resist! WE ARE WITH YOU1

    Admin: in this link we realize Spanish translations of the news , letters and statements of the events in Greece. some of this stuff isn’t translated to Spanish anywhere else.
    it wold be nice if you could add the page to the links section.


    Monday, December 22, 2008 at 11:19 am | Permalink
  2. B.Ö. wrote:

    Turkish translation on:

    Monday, December 22, 2008 at 11:25 am | Permalink
  3. Pierre wrote:

    Dès aujourd’hui, distribuons des tracts (par exemple des textes issus de et collons des affiches.
    Dès aujourd’hui, taggons PARTOUT : “SOUTIEN AUX EMEUTIERS GRECS”.
    Montrons que NOUS, nous n’oublions pas nos frères grecs.

    Monday, December 22, 2008 at 12:40 pm | Permalink
  4. Pierre wrote:

    On , we put a link on the spanish version : Maybe you could do the samed thing ?

    Monday, December 22, 2008 at 1:47 pm | Permalink
  5. anarhija wrote:

    Statement from slovenian anarchist initiative about the situation… Was distributed on the solidarity action…


    In the post you have links to photos from the action!


    Monday, December 22, 2008 at 3:32 pm | Permalink
  6. Dylan wrote:

    Why did the occupiers of the GSEE building decide to leave? And was this the headquarters of the GSEE or the other GSEE building occupied?

    Monday, December 22, 2008 at 6:14 pm | Permalink
  7. gsee'er wrote:

    it was the headquarters – the decision, from the begining, was for a short occupation (a few days)…

    Monday, December 22, 2008 at 6:31 pm | Permalink
  8. A! wrote:


    Monday, December 22, 2008 at 8:01 pm | Permalink
  9. eric(A) wrote:

    please don’t give in to the cops, comrades.

    this place, this time, this power is yours. don’t let them take it away.

    i wish i were there to help fight.

    solidarity, love.

    Monday, December 22, 2008 at 9:00 pm | Permalink
  10. alxndr wrote:

    they can take nothing from you!

    Monday, December 22, 2008 at 9:32 pm | Permalink
  11. K-S wrote:

    Greetings from Turkey comrades, I have a few questions about the GSEE’s occupation.

    What were the comrades who occupied the buildings’ aims for occupying the building? How much of them were achieved according the them? Did the General Assembly of Insurgent Workers disband itself? We heard here that there were talks of a new, indefiniate strike, is this going to happen?

    In general, what are the comrades’ lessons of the experience and plans for future actions?

    Forgive so many questions, but we have been following events in Greece with the greatest interest and the example of students and workers there, especially mass assemblies – and the occupation of the GSEE was a great inspiration, and I would really like to get more information on future prospects, lessons and so forth.

    Monday, December 22, 2008 at 11:06 pm | Permalink
  12. Johnny B4 the Road wrote:

    How convenient they just changed the law. Specifically the law that was instated as a tribute to the students of the 73 revolution that more or less after enough caused the reinstallment of democracy.
    I guess when you are the law you make the law to accommodate you as you please.
    One concise additional question from my part though; was that clause compromising the asylum actually passed pro or post 6 Dec?

    Monday, December 22, 2008 at 11:27 pm | Permalink
  13. Kariansky wrote:

    Comrades dont let the flame die, make the death of Alexandros a social war. Never, ever give up. Remember the spirit of 36. The social revolution heading to the great goal has to start somewhere and somehow, Greece has all the potentialities to be the spark that will ignite the gunpowder barrel that now is the entire world!

    “Until the flame burns, we will resist”

    Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 12:12 am | Permalink
  14. Jesse James wrote:

    Stop the violence. take the time to re-arm/do whatever u got to do. the cops are comin and thats a fact might as well face em in your own turf right?
    light em with the fuckin economic books!!!
    Whatever the choice, it’s yours and we’re all damn proud of you.

    Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 1:22 am | Permalink

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    Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 2:03 am | Permalink
  16. tsi wrote:

    don’t give up comrades!

    Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 2:31 am | Permalink
  17. fuck the police wrote:

    It is now 7am so presumably the police did not act and the deadline has passed, the crisis is over for now? Or does the crisis not pass until Monday night?

    From a strategic point of view it is important that the rescinding of asylum be repealed – presumably this is part of the education bill the current regime forced through, this must not be forgotten especially when this government is gone, perhaps the campaign against the bill could be pressed hard on the next government if this one falls. I’d also suggest raising a demand to disarm the police – a logical response to police shootings.

    Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 9:58 am | Permalink
  18. A! wrote:

    the greek media is also preparing the escene for the raid, the following text is from the greek newspaper ekathimerini:

    “”Is this the asylum we want?

    The historic building of Athens Polytechnic on Patission Avenue looks like it has been bombarded, as do the buildings of the Athens Law School, the University of Economics and Business, and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, all of which have been vandalized and pillaged.

    Surely the struggle against the dictatorship was not about ensuring the right to asylum in this manner, about educational institutions giving shelter to people making petrol bombs?

    Greece’s modern democracy has matured enough and it has paid for the senseless violence instigated by groups of extreme elements many times over. It is time to put an end to this sick practice of so blatantly protecting these pockets of illegal activity. The prime minister must take the initiative, just like opposition party PASOK did on two separate occasions when it was in power in the past. Opposition leaders and university rectors, or at least those who have some sense of responsibility, also have a duty to give their support to such an initiative.

    If this democracy does not react with maturity and determination, even now at this late hour, then we will deserve whatever we get.”"”


    Give`m Hell !

    Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 11:19 am | Permalink
  19. antiocharrow wrote:

    greetings from california.

    comrades, i wish you much luck and all the love i can. fight with passion, you have inspired me and the world.

    for alexandros

    Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 12:06 pm | Permalink
  20. fuck the police wrote:

    The media drive me mad with this kind of shit… its like, asylum for dissidents as long as they aren’t REALLY dissidents… A truly perverse mindset, they really believe no space should be outside some kind of totalitarian control.

    If I’m not wrong however, the deadline is passed for the raid however? They would have to start anew to try again?

    Wondering if they dare not – they know it would cause huge damage to the university and there would be injuries on both sides if not worse, and they could ignite more intense unrest than they have received since the early days, plus the site could be defended for a long time at great cost – perhaps the police would be defeated, which they do not wish to risk. Perhaps this is all scare tactics to demoralise?

    Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 12:19 pm | Permalink
  21. fuck the police wrote:

    Ekathimieri now has:

    “Gov’t refuses to get involved as deans opt to ride out storm without law enforcement

    The government yesterday refused to take a stance on the thorny issue of university asylum, saying it was an issue for the judiciary and academic community to tackle”

    Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

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