Update, 01.10 photos (from Athens IMC) from today’s solidarity demo with Konstantina in her neighbourhood (Petralona, in Athens)
“Konstantina is not alone, ISAP-OIKOMET, murderers”
The ticket validation machines of the local metro station, smashed during the demo
(outside a bank) “Burn me! I’m drinking your blood”
On the 23d of December Konstantina Kuneva, a migrant cleaner and militant union organiser at the Athens Piraeus Electric Railway (ISAP), had sulphuric acid thrown at her face as she was returning home from work. She is still in critical condition. Even if there is no hard evidence for this, people here know the attack against Konstantina was ordered by her employing company, Oikomet SA, a subcontracting company working with ISAP. Since the attack people in solidarity have occupied and hold the headquarters of ISAP in Athens (here is the occupation’s blog). In Thessaloniki, the local Labour Centre (i.e. the mainstream trade union headquarters) has been occupied (their blog). Both occupations have organised a series of demonstrations, solidarity concerts and counter-information actions (occupying, for example, the speaker system of metro stations to read out communiques on the attack). A solidarity demonstration is taking place now (2pm) in Petralona, Konstantina’s neighbourhood.
A few minutes into 2009 prisoner solidarity demonstrations were held across the country. In Athens up to 1,000 people gathered outside the Korydalos prison, firing fireworks and chanting solidarity slogans with the prisoners inside. People say it was one of the most moving demonstrations in a long, long time.
The next big meeting seems to be the January 9th education demo. This is called for by high school and university students and teachers, yet it is considered as an important first gathering in the year that might determine how things will go from now on. The date of the demonstration is anything but coincidental as it marks the 18th aniversary of the assassination of Nikos Temponeras: Nikos, a high school teacher, was assassinated by right-wing thugs (members of what is now the governmental party) outside his high school in Patras, which was at the time occupied by its students. There are demos called for in Athens and Patras and we’ll carry live reports from both on the day.