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Announcement by the Athens Polytechnic Occupation (24.12.2008)

The Occupation of the Polytechnic ended at midnight of the 24th of December – The struggle continues…


Immediately after the murder of Alexandros Grigoropoulos by the special police guard Ep. Korkoneas and the first clashes in the streets of Exarchia, the Polytechnic university was occupied and turned into a focus for the expression of social rage. Being a space historically and symbolically connected in the living memory ofthe rebels and of a big part of society with the struggle against Authority -from the period of dictatorship until today’s modern totalitarian democracy-, the Polytechnic became the place where hundreds of people gathered spontaneously: comrades, youth and workers, jobless, pupils, immigrants, students…

The fights with the forces of repression and the flaming barricades in the surrounding streets became the spark of a revolt that spread with spontaneous demonstrations in the city, the occupation of the Economics University and the Law School, with attacks against state and capitalist targets in the centre and neighborhoods of Athens and in most cities across the country. The following days, with demonstrations of thousands of people ending up in riots and attacks against banks, ministries and big department stores, with occupations of schools and public buildings, with young children besieging and assaulting policestations, the riot police guarding Koridallos prison and the Parliament, the revolt became generalized; this revolt that was triggered by the murder of A. Grigoropoulos and exploded by the immediate reaction of hundreds of comrades to that event of the widespread state violence, inspiring actions of rage and solidarity beyond the borders, all over the world. This revolt that was simmering in the conditions of a generalized attack by the state and the bosses against society, growing in the reality of the everyday death of freedom and dignity that is reserved for the oppressed people by the increasing exclusion, poverty, exploitation, repression and control. This revolt that was persistently being “prepared”, even in the darkest times of state and fascist terrorism, through every small or big gesture of resistance against submission and surrender, keeping open the way for many more people to meet in the streets, just like it happened during these days. In this explosive social reality, the occupied Polytechnic became a point of reference for a direct confrontation with the state, in all forms and with allpossible means, through consecutive insurrectionary events that burned down the order and security of the bosses, smashing the fake image of social consent to their murderous intentions. It became a place where rebellious social and political subjects met and influenced one another, through the general assemblies and their daily presence in the occupation. It functioned as a base for counter-information, through communiqués and posters, its blog and radio station, and with the PA system sending the messages and the news of the ongoing revolt. And it also gave life to political initiatives of resistance, like the call made by the Polytechnic occupation assembly for a global day of action on the 20th of December –which resulted in coordinated mobilizations in more than 50 cities in different countries, and in which the Polytechnic occupiers participated by calling for a gathering in the place where A. Grigoropoulos was murdered-, like the concert held on the 22nd of December for solidarity and financial support to the hostages of the revolt, and the call for participation in the prisoner solidarity demonstration that was organized by comrades who took part in the open assembly of the occupied GSEE (General Workers’ Confederation).

As a stable, for 18 days, point of the revolt that expanded, the occupied Polytechnic was a continuous call of insubordination to the people resisting all over the world, and a permanent sign of solidarity to the hostages taken by the state from within this struggle. It became the territory we used in order to diffuse the message of solidarity between the oppressed, of self-organisation and of a social and class counter-attack against the world of Authority, its mechanisms and its symbols. These elements and values of the struggle created the ground for the oppressed to meet in rebellion, armed our consciences and, for the first time maybe, became so widely impropriated by so many people of different age and different nationalities; people with whom anarchists and anti-authoritarians shared the same slogans against the police, the same words, the same practices of struggle, the same rage against those who are looting our lives, and, many times, the same vision for a world of freedom, equality and solidarity.

For this reason, repression was not only expressed in the form of police brutality, arrests and imprisonment of demonstrators, but also with an intense ideological attack launched by all sides of the political system which saw its foundations trembling when repression, in which it is based, not only was unable to restrain the waves of revolt, but, contrary, it was the one that caused them in the first place. This ideological attack selectively targeted anarchists, as a political and unmediated part of the revolted, exactly because of the impact their words and actions had, and because of the danger that is presented for the state when they communicate and coordinate with the thousands of the oppressed. In this context, there was an hysterical effort to divide the revolted in “good pupils” on one hand, “evil hooded anarchists – ‘koukouloforoi’” or“immigrant looters” on the other, as well as the good old myth about provocateurs, in order to manipulate the anger for the assassination, to exhaust the social explosion, to criminalize, isolate and crush the steady points of reference of this revolt [This is, by the way, the same rhetoric of repression that led to the murder of A. Grigoropoulos, as it is responsible for recognizing specific political-social milieus, spaces and people as the “enemy within” on which state violence should be“legitimately” enforced]. In this effort made by the state, the continuous targeting of the Polytechnic was included on a daily basis, with statements made by politicians and a slandering campaign by the mass media. After the hours of clashes in Exarchia and around the Polytechnic during the night of December 20, the state, in the face of the public prosecutor, threatened to proceed to a police raid, after suspending the academic asylum in the campus, despite the disagreement of the university authorities, in order to suppress the revolt by attacking one of the first places where it hadstarted. Their intentions were defeated because of the refusal of the occupiers to obey to any ultimatum, their decisiveness to defend this political and social territory as apart of the revolt, their open call to people to come and support the occupation with their presence and by proceeding to the planned prisoner solidarity gig on the 22nd of December which gathered hundreds of people at the Polytechnic. The threats for an immediate eviction returned stronger the following day, December23, when, while the assembly was discussing the end of the occupation, we were informed by political and academic figures that the ministry of Interior and the police are demanding our immediate exit from the campus otherwise the cops would invade. The reply of the occupiers was that the Polytechnic does not belong neither to the ministry not to police for us to surrender to them; it belongs to the people of the struggle who decide on what to do based exclusively on criteria of the movement and do not accept blackmails and ultimatums by the assassins. This way the Polytechnic occupation was prolonged for one more day, and called to the demo which was realized in the center of Athens for solidarity with the arrested. No repressive project and no ideological attack managed or will manage to blackmail the return to normality and to impose social and class pacification. Nothing is the same any more! The surpassing of fear, of isolation and of the dominant social divisions, led thousands of young people, together with women and men of every age, refugees and migrants, workers and jobless to stand together in the streets and behind barricades fighting the tyrants of our life, our dignity and freedom. And this is a reality lighting with its flames the future of revolt, both its intensification and deepening, until the absolute subversion of the world of the bosses. Because we shouted in all ways that those days belong to Alexis, to Michalis Kaltezas, to Carlo Giuliani, to Christoforos Marinos, to Michalis Prekas, to Maria Koulouri and to all comrades murdered by the uniformed assassins of the state; they aren’t though days that belong to death, but to LIFE! To life that blossoms in the struggles, in the barricades, in the revolt that continues.

Ending the Polytechnic occupation after 18 days, we send our warmest solidarity to all people who became part of this revolt in their many ways, not only in Greece but also in numerous countries of Europe, of South and North America, Asia and Australia-N.Zealand. To all those with whom we met and we will stay together, fighting for the liberation of the prisoners of this revolt, but also for its continuing until global social liberation. For a world without masters and slaves,without police and armies, without borders and prisons.




We call to the open assembly that will take place in the Polytechnic, on Saturday, December 27 at 16.00, concerning the organization of solidarity to the arrested, which was called by comrades in the assembly of the occupied GSEE.

The Polytechnic Occupation 12/24/08


  1. a wrote:

    thank you for what you’ve done and will continue to do.

    Thursday, December 25, 2008 at 7:35 pm | Permalink
  2. ANA_R.K wrote:

    This situation showed us all how authority need us and not the showd us all how keeping ourselves together based on freedom,ideology,rage and direct action is bullet proof and much more stronger than any border,religion,force of intervention or capitalist connections between anarchists were made,old ones are stronger now.2009 will be different,becouse change happened,the system is weaker,and i wish,as my spiritual gift for this xmas for every politician,every state,every capitalist company and anyone who tried to fight this fire of rage with gas and cheap words to remember we’re just warming up,as they’ll be cleaning this ‘small’ mess.i wish every cop to think of their kids,becouse thats what Alexandros was.i wish every government in the world to be ashamed of going on tv from now on.i wish every politician and business guy to feel sorry for himself everytime they wake up.i would.i wish ratzinger to be ashamed of visiting israel this xmas as if he was still active in SS,becouse he was.i wish g.w. bush to be tortured as the prisioners were in guantanamo.i wish my first minister to see his house and money burn as many homeless have seen becouse of their flag.i wish every fucking ‘teacher’ to learn that what they do at the institutions they call ‘schools’ is nothing but desinformation,that real life and so the truth is out there,in the streets,where the riots happened.i wish every neo nazi to suffer what every jew suffered when hitler was alive.and i wish the president of iran to remember of the people he tortured and killed in the name of his “almighty” the next time he’ll be speaking of love and jesus.this are my wishes for this xmas.

    And in trade,i wanna promise all goverments,now hinting for another world war,that if they get there I,NOR ANY OF US will be sent to another frontwar,we WON’T die for your STUPID AND WORTHLESS flag.We won’t bleed for masons.We won’t loose our future in YOUR NUCLEAR WEAPONS.So,if any of you will actually get us in such situation as another global conflict,YES THERE WILL BE A WAR,but this time you’ll be sent,not us,and as in the past,there is no coming back home.


    Thursday, December 25, 2008 at 9:01 pm | Permalink
  3. MdeG wrote:

    Italian translation

    Annuncio del Politecnico occupato di Atene

    L’occupazione del Politecnico è terminata a mezzanotte del 24 Dicembre – La lotta continua


    Subito dopo l’assassinio di Alexandros Grigoropoulos da parte della guardia speciale di polizia Ep. Kokoneas e i primi scontri per le strade di Exarchia, il Politecnico è stato occupato e trasformato nel punto focale per l’espressione della rabbia sociale. Spazio storicamente e simbolicamente legato alla viva memoria dei ribelli e di una grossa parte della società alla lotta contro l’Autorità –dal periodo della dittatura fino alla democrazia totalitaria contemporanea-, il Politecnico è diventato un luogo dove centinaia di persone spontaneamente si riuniscono: compagni, giovani e lavoratori, disoccupati, adolescenti, immigrati e studenti…

    Le lotte contro le forze di repressione con le ardenti barricate nelle strade adiacenti sono diventate la scintilla di una rivolta che si è propagata in tutta la città con manifestazioni spontanee, l’occupazione dell’Università di Economia e della Scuola di Legge, con attacchi contro bersagli statali e capitalistici nel centro e nella periferia di Atene e in molte città del Paese. I giorni seguenti, con le manifestazioni di migliaia di persone confluite in sommosse e attacchi contro le banche, ministeri e grandi magazzini, ragazzini che assediano e assaltano le stazioni di polizia, la sommossa alla prigione di Koridallos e al Parlamento, la rivolta è diventata generale; questa rivolta innescata dall’assassinio di A. Grigoropoulos e esplosa nella reazione immediata di centinaia di compagni all’estesa violenza di Stato, ispirando azioni di rabbia e solidarietà oltre i confini, in tutto il mondo. Questa rivolta che fremeva sotto le condizioni di un attacco generalizzato dello Stato e dei padroni contro la società, sempre più forte nella realtà di una quotidiana morte della libertà e della dignità, riserva per le persone oppresse al crescere dell’esclusione, della povertà, dello sfruttamento, della repressione e del controllo. Questa rivolta che assiduamente si “preparava”, anche nei tempi oscuri del terrorismo fascista e di Stato, in ogni piccolo o grande gesto di resistenza contro la sottomissione o la resa, lasciando aperta la strada affinché le persone si potessero incontrare per strada, così, com’è accaduto in questi giorni.
    In questa realtà sociale esplosiva, il Politecnico occupato è diventato un punto di riferimento per il confronto diretto con lo Stato, in tutte le forme e con tutti i mezzi possibili, attraverso eventi insurrezionali continuati che hanno dato alle fiamme l’ordine e la sicurezza dei padroni, facendo a pezzi la falsa immagine di un consenso sociale alle loro intenzioni omicide.
    E’ diventato un luogo dove soggetti ribelli sociali e politici si sono incontrati e influenzati vicendevolmente, attraverso le assemblee generali e la loro presenza quotidiana all’occupazione.
    Ha funzionato come base per una contro-informazione, attraverso comunicati e manifesti, il blog e la stazione radio, e con il sistema PA per spedire messaggi e notizie sulle novità della rivolta in atto. Ed ha anche dato vita ad iniziative politiche di resistenza, come l’appello dall’assemblea del Politecnico occupato per una giornata globale di azioni il 20 Dicembre –sfociata in una mobilitazione coordinata in più di 50 città in Paesi differenti, e alla quale gli occupanti del Politecnico hanno partecipato organizzando una dimostrazione nella piazza dove A. Grigoropoulos è stato assassinato-, come il concerto tenutosi il 22 Dicembre in solidarietà e supporto finanziario agli ostaggi della rivolta, e l’appello per la partecipazione alla manifestazione in solidarietà degli arrestati che è stata organizzata dai compagni, parte dell’assemblea del GSEE (Confederazione Generale dei Lavoratori) occupato.

    Come punto fermo, per 18 giorni, dell’estasa rivolta, il Politecnico occupato ha costituito un appello continuo all’insubordinazione delle persone che resistono in tutto il mondo, ed un segno permanente di solidarietà con gli ostaggi presi dallo Stato durante la rivolta. E’ diventato il territorio che abbiamo usato per diffondere il messaggio di solidarietà fra oppressi, di auto-organizzazione e di contrattacco sociale e di classe contro l’Autorità mondiale, i suoi meccanismi e i suoi simboli. Questi elementi e valori della lotta hanno creato il terreno per far sì che gli oppressi si incontrassero nella ribellione, armassero le loro coscienze e, forse per la prima volta, diventasse così impropriamente estesa attraverso così tante persone di diversa età e nazionalità; Persone con le quali anarchici e anti-auoritari hanno condiviso la lotta, la stessa rabbia contro chi saccheggia le nostre vite e, molto spesso, la stessa visione per un mondo di libertà, uguaglianza e solidarietà.

    Per questa ragione, la repressione non si è solamente espressa nella forma della brutalità poliziesca, negli arresti e nell’imprigionamento dei manifestanti, ma anche con un attacco ideologico intenso lanciato da tutti i fronti del sistema politico che ha visto tremare le sue fondamenta quando la repressione, sulla quale si radica, non solo non era capace di contenere i moti della rivolta, ma, al contrario, ne è stata la sua causa prima. Questo attacco ideologico ha mirato in maniera selettiva agli anarchici, come parte politica e non negoziabile della rivolta, precisamente a causa dell’impatto che le loro parole e azioni avevano, e per il pericolo che si realizza per lo Stato quando essi comunicano e si coordinano con migliaia di oppressi. In questo contesto, c’è stato uno sforzo isterico nel dividere i rivoltosi in “bravi ragazzi” da una parte, “cattivi incappucciati anarchici – ‘koukouloforoi’” o “immigrati saccheggiatori” dall’altra, così come il buon vecchio mito dei provocatori, al fine di manipolare la rabbia per l’assassinio, di esaurire l’esplosione sociale, criminalizzare, isolare e frantumare i punti fermi di riferimento della rivolta [Questa comunque è la stessa retorica di repressione che ha condotto all’omicidio di A. Grigoropoulos, poiché responsabile nel designare uno specifico ambiente politico e sociale, spazi e persone come “nemici all’interno” sui quali la violenza statale “legittimamente” deve essere imposta]. In questo sforzo realizzato dallo Stato, il bersaglio continuo puntato sul Politecnico era applicato su base quotidiana, con dichiarazioni da parte dei politicanti e campagne diffamanti perpetuate dai mass media. Dopo le ore di scontri a Exarchia e nei dintorni del Politecnico durante la notte del 20 Dicembre, lo Stato, sotto le spoglie del pubblico querelante, ha minacciato di procedere con un’incursione di polizia, dopo aver sospeso l’accademico asilo politico nell’università, nonostante i disaccordi delle autorità universitarie, ai fini di sopprimere la rivolta, attaccando così uno dei primi posti dai quali ha preso avvio.
    Le loro intenzioni sono state sconfitte dal rifiuto degli occupanti di obbedire a qualsiasi ultimatum, dalla determinazione nel difendere questo territorio politico e sociale come parte della rivolta, e dall’appello aperto a partecipare e supportare l’occupazione con la presenza e procedere all’incontro organizzato in solidarietà con i prigionieri il 22 dicembre, che ha raccolto centinaia di persone al Politecnico.
    La minaccia dello sfratto immediato è ritornata più forte il giorno successivo, il 23 Dicembre, quando, durante l’assemblea si discuteva sul termine dell’occupazione, eravamo informati da personaggi politici e accademici che il Ministro dell’Interno e la polizia domandavano la nostra uscita immediata dal campus, altrimenti i poliziotti avrebbero invaso. La risposta dagli occupanti è stata che il Politecnico non apparteneva né al Ministero né alla polizia e nessuno dei due poteva farci arrendere; appartiene alle persone della rivolta che decidono cosa fare seguendo solo i criteri del movimento e non accettano ricatti o ultimatum da assassini. In questo modo l’occupazione del Politecnico si è prolungata di un giorno e ha chiamato alla manifestazione in solidarietà con gli arrestati che ha avuto luogo nel centro di Atene. Nessun progetto repressivo o attacco ideologico riesce o riuscirà a riscattare un ritorno alla normalità e ad imporre una pacificazione sociale e di classe. Niente è più come prima! La vittoria sulla paura, sull’isolamento e le divisioni sociali dominanti, ha permesso a migliaia di ragazzi, insieme con donne e uomini di qualsiasi età, rifugiati e immigrati, lavoratori e disoccupati di stare insieme per le strade e combattendo i tiranni della nostra vita, dignità e libertà, dietro alle barricate. E questa è una realtà che illumina con le sue fiamme il futuro della rivolta, entrambe l’intensità e la profondità, fino all’assoluta sovversione dei padroni del mondo. Perché abbiamo gridato in ogni modo che questi giorni appartengono ad Alexis, a Michalis Kaltezas, a Carlo Giuliani, a Christoforos Marinos, a Michalis Prekas, a Maria Koulouri e a tutti i compagni uccisi dagli assassini uniformati di Stato; non sono però giorni che appartengono alla morte, ma alla VITA! Alla vita che fiorisce nella rivolta, nelle barricate, nella rivolta che continua.

    Terminando l’occupazione del Politecnico dopo 18 giorni, mandiamo la nostra più calda solidarietà a tutte le persone che sono state parte della rivolta in diversi modi, non solo in Grecia ma anche in molti paesi d’Europa, del Sud e Nord America, Asia e Australia- Nuova Zelanda. A tutti coloro che abbiamo incontrato e con i quali continueremo a stare insieme, lottando per la liberazione dei prigionieri di questa rivolta, ma anche perché continui fino alla liberazione sociale globale. Per un mondo senza padroni e schivi, senza polizia e armi, senza confini e prigioni.



    Facciamo appello per un’assemblea aperta che avrà luogo al Politecnico Sabato 27 Dicembre alle 16.00, per l’organizzazione della solidarietà agli arrestati, che è stata chiamata dai compagni dell’assemblea del GSEE occupato.

    Il Politecnico Occupato 12.24.2008

    Thursday, December 25, 2008 at 11:29 pm | Permalink
  4. saffo wrote:

    with all the talk of solidarity, and the oppressed rising up, there has been nothing but silence on the issue of gender and sexuality. the struggles that queer people face have received no attention, from what i can tell. queer people are constantly left out of the picture when it comes to straight-dominated mobilizations.

    if anyone has any word of anything that’s been said or written about queerness in greece right now, please let me know.

    solidarity and sodomy,

    Friday, December 26, 2008 at 1:22 am | Permalink
  5. A wrote:

    SAFFO, I don’t know where you’re getting the assumption from that the Greeks are dominated by homophobia and sexism, but I think it’s an understandable assumption given how much of it there is in many other countries we may be more familiar with.

    I have no read anything specifically regarding these issues, other than communiques coming out of Greece denouncing these oppressions, but a few friends of mine just got back from Greece and I asked them about this, and they said that anti-sexism and anti-heterosexism is being taken really seriously there and while they didn’t take a census, there are a lot of non-males involved in the struggle and a lot of non-hetero people as well. That’s all the info I currently have, just thought I’d share.

    Sunday, December 28, 2008 at 6:41 am | Permalink
  6. Ruwan Manawadu wrote:

    Written by: Eugène Pottier – Paris, June 1871
    Music by: Pierre Degeyter – 1888

    The International

    Arise ye workers from your slumbers
    Arise ye prisoners of want
    For reason in revolt now thunders
    And at last ends the age of cant.
    Away with all your superstitions
    Servile masses arise, arise
    We’ll change henceforth the old tradition
    And spurn the dust to win the prize.

    So comrades, come rally
    And the last fight let us face
    The Internationale unites the human race.

    No more deluded by reaction
    On tyrants only we’ll make war
    The soldiers too will take strike action
    They’ll break ranks and fight no more
    And if those cannibals keep trying
    To sacrifice us to their pride
    They soon shall hear the bullets flying
    We’ll shoot the generals on our own side.

    No saviour from on high delivers
    No faith have we in prince or peer
    Our own right hand the chains must shiver
    Chains of hatred, greed and fear
    E’er the thieves will out with their booty
    And give to all a happier lot.
    Each at the forge must do their duty
    And we’ll strike while the iron is hot.

    Monday, December 29, 2008 at 7:13 am | Permalink
  7. Serbo-croatian translation –

    Friday, January 9, 2009 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

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