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#34, 13:32: Polytechnic raid scenario weakens; police resort to dictatorship-style surveillance; shots against riot police van; student demo set to start

UPDATE, 19:41 Mainstream media now report that the riot police van in Goudi received 7 shots, not 2. A group calling itself “Popular Action” (Λαϊκή Δράση) has claimed responsibility for the attack. The student demonstration in central Athens ended an hour ago. There was a very good turnover and the demo was relatively peaceful; one police car was flipped over.

After a quiet night at the Athens Polytechnic last night, mainstream media (which, more often than not, prepare the ground for police operations) are now reporting that a police raid of the polytechnic is unlikely. The people occupying the building have succesfully defended their right to decide themselves when to leave – this will happen at today’s open assembly (6pm).

Reports are coming in, both on indymedia and the occupations’ open assemblies, that the police have been approaching taxi drivers asking them to pass on information about their passengers (just like they would do during the 1967-1974 dictatorship). In one instance a woman who hailed a cab outside the occupied Economics University and asked to be taken to a northern suburb of Athens was driven straight to the police headquarters. Luckily she realised what was going on a block away from the police building and managed to jump out of the taxi’s window and escape, chased both by the taxi driver and the police.

Meanwhile, mainstream media also report a riot police van was shot at twice at 05:50 am in the Goudi suburb of Athens, next to the university campus in Zografou; one bullet hit the van’s tyre and the other hit the engine.

The last student demonstration for this year is set to start in a few minutes. There has already been a call for a fresh student demo on January 9th and it is expected that demonstrations will continue apace in the new year.

It is also expected that the anarchist occupations of the three universities (Economics, Polytechnic and Law school) will all end later this week, as fatigue is seriously kicking in at these unprecedented 17-days long occupations. Actions will, of course, continue – the biggest bet right now is to expand the revolt and unrest in time and people are focusing their plans on this. We should have a better idea of where things will go after this week’s assemblies.

19 Comments

  1. CAN I INTERVIEW SOMEONE THERE!

    For North America’s largest independent video news network, http://www.therealnews.com.

    Please email me a phone number that I can call.

    jesse@therealnews.com

    Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 3:56 pm | Permalink
  2. We THEir Enemy wrote:

    All the support goes out to all the warriors in Greece, that’s just how it should be.

    Let us all unite and take action against the state starting now, forever and everywhere.

    There’s a hiphop artist from portugal called S-1, that in the last Saturday, put in myspace a song dedicated to all the fighters in Greece.
    The link is as follows: http://www.myspace.com/pathofperfectionrecords

    I urge everyone to do likewise and express solidarity in every form and way possible. Everyone needs to know, everyone needs to be mobilized.

    One Struggle.

    Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 4:44 pm | Permalink
  3. Erik wrote:

    Organise the workers!

    Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 5:27 pm | Permalink
  4. Dpac Jones wrote:

    Here’s a good website in english that has compiled updates, news, actions, video, etc, from a tonne of other sites… including this site, indymedia, etc.
    http://greeceriots.blogspot.com
    In solidarity.

    Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 6:53 pm | Permalink
  5. libertyforall wrote:

    In my honest opinion, the occupations should continue and a request should be put out for reinforcements and supplies, if needed. But whatever the decision, never give up the fight for liberty. I would gladly help, but I live near Seattle, Washington (although I suppose I can always help through solidarity).

    Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at 12:17 am | Permalink
  6. nope wrote:

    i told you before that you were inspiring.

    here, there is a small (but very difficult to make, for our country’s circumstances) action took place in a passenger boat, in Smyrna/Turkey. the banner says “we dont forget our brothers/sisters..we dont forgive their murderers”. there are anarchists, written some names on them. names belong to the people, murdered by the cops. protesters are introducing themselves, as these dead people and tell their story to the other passengers, when and how they were shot, and they lie to the ground when they finish the story, as dead. and there are some men, try to protect the action, and at last, some applauses from the other passengers.

    http://www.dailymotion.com/alakasizlar/video/13089142

    Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at 1:15 am | Permalink
  7. nope wrote:

    “there are some men, try to protect the aciton” : not protect the action: to stop the action, sorry.

    Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at 1:16 am | Permalink
  8. ANA_R_K wrote:

    The shooting of that 15 years old anarchist boy was meant for us all.As long as there is still authority,as long as the government is armed,there is still the very risk of such action to happen again,or worst of such kind.Even if everyone in Athens stop the rioting everyone shall keep up the fight,more than ever.This situation showed us all how we can manage to take action using internet. If there is anyone up to direct aktion of any kind,if you got an idea of how to keep this all up…anything,just tell me and I’ll manage to support it.
    Many respect to anyone struggling at the polytechnic as long as others universities.Death to the pigs

    Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at 1:35 am | Permalink
  9. Johnny B4 the Road wrote:

    Of course it’s not up to us the uninvolved to decide, but to you guys who have already delivered a tremendous commitment to the cause of freedom,
    My deepest respect goes out to all of you.
    Still for the record from a tactical perspective I think I have to second the latter.
    It seems like the revenge of normality is gaining the upperhand. Before you know it the politicians will decisively deal with asylum and a major trump card, that could had maximally profited under a raid, is out of your hands.
    Then again, it’s your call, in any case, whatever you decide, I salute you for all you done so far.

    As for flaunting a crazy idea, “Have you considered in support for the detainees to coordinate en mass confessions of people all kind & age, declaring themselves guilty, to same sorted offences, as a popular show of defiant sympathy and as a means to further deregulate & overload the jurisdictional (or even penitentiary) system?”

    Just an idea blowing it out of my ass never mind

    Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at 1:54 am | Permalink
  10. Rafeeq Hussein wrote:

    What ? You are surrending already ?

    Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at 2:00 am | Permalink
  11. Xakousti wrote:

    WITHOUT RESISTANCE THERE IS NO EXISTENCE!!!

    Solidarity with my brothers and sisters in Greece.

    Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at 2:10 am | Permalink
  12. prop wrote:

    before we call this a ‘surrender’ and a ‘return to normalcy’, remember that it is the holiday season and greeks have strong family ties; i imagine that many will be staying home, wherever that is, during the academic break.

    i suspect that we’ll see a lull until new year’s eve, when there’ll probably be more rioting. of course, this is just speculation…

    solidarity from the US!

    Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at 6:07 am | Permalink
  13. LET'S HOPE wrote:

    I am not in Greece and not involved, but I have to say that if the protests stop and everybody goes home, it will be like letting air out of the world’s tires.

    Many more youths will become cynical and not bother to protest or strike back. They’ll think: for what? We always lose anyway, so let’s not bother.

    Look at these kids in New York at that university, the New School. They occupied a building for 36 hours, got tired, and settled for the univ. admin. agreeing to a third of their demands, the weakest ones. They got a whole bunch of people interested around the world, and then just walked out.

    Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at 10:23 am | Permalink
  14. K wrote:

    i was a bit disappointed in the NYC occupation too.

    solidarity from california. i wish you all strength there in greece. you are an inspiration to us all.

    Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at 12:37 pm | Permalink
  15. Ratm wrote:

    Siberian leftist solidarity with Greece

    Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at 1:44 pm | Permalink
  16. from athens wrote:

    leaving the universities is anything but a surrender. Please remember that the universities were occupied spontaneously on the night of the assassination – there was no serious plan to keep them occupied long term. There was no plan! So far, they have worked perfectly as points of co-ordination of plans, yet (my personal understanding is that) people now feel the occupations have become more of a burden, as keeping the buildings occupied is a struggle in itself – rather than staying in there, we need to get out to the society and spread the revolt there. This is far from being over!

    Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at 2:07 pm | Permalink
  17. yes wrote:

    What is the occupation of University, Schools more than an symbolic thing? What really has to be done is occuping production facilities.. But its not bad to hve some Space, to invite People (not just anarchists and leftist but neigbours) for discussion.

    Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at 4:30 pm | Permalink
  18. Pieter wrote:

    I think even the symbolic value of the University occupations is decaying. In fact, occupuying a university does sound very cool, but with the asylum law, it is in fact very easy to do. Maybe hence why they are occupuying other, non-protected places to prove that there’s more to it than that.

    Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at 5:08 pm | Permalink
  19. Chirag.Suvarna wrote:

    We should not stop here.Infact we have to start from here.We have to make occupations stronger and stronger everyday.Democratic local workers,students.. councils must be formed in order to replace bureaucratic capitalist state.We must not give up so easily what we have won and what we have fought for.

    Universities must be run by the democratic councils of students and teachers.We should demand it now.It is our best chance to do so.Also we should demand for political and economic democracy.The situation in Greece is very radical.People are in the streets and very dissatisfied with the entire capitalist system.We should use this protests to change the entire socio-economic order.It is my request to the people who are involved in occupations , not to leave their positions.

    Solidarity forever,
    Chirag.Suvarna

    Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

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