On 8th of July another general strike is called by GSEE and ADEDY.
Something different needs to happen, don’t ask me what (I’m here and you’re there..), but something else. It is all too ritualistic, the lead taken by the unions with the Autonomists following on…Street action in its current form, looks, at least from a distance, as symbolic and as token as the usual ‘A to Z’ march and rally. A situation needs to occur. Outside the ordinary. Outside of the traditional and the banal.It seems to me the PAME Stalinists are more ‘autonomous’ than the Autonomists in their actions…(‘Popular Front’ be damned!) Don’t get me wrong, what you do has an effect -internationally capitalist investors fear for their lucre and piss their pants, the Markets quivver. But…
Imagination is greatest weapon you/we possess. Don’t let it go blunt!
Perhaps to advance the movement there needs something to happen here. A realistic solidarity action must be built up to bind us together. Perhaps before the strike to give them strength and that they give us strength.
Actually you are right, incubus. But next Thursday is the day that the parliament plans to vote for a law that will dismantle social security, as we know it in this country the last decades. The strike is not an action, but an opportunity for the workers to meet, organize and act.
Then perhaps Syntagma Square should become one big POPULAR ASSEMBLY? Either that, or someone with a printing press should put it to good use, in order to undercut the sterility of the Unions with practical examples and suggestions of praxis, the Restaurant in Thessaloniki, or the breach of the bureacratic straightjacket in Madrid…The formation of ‘Anti-IMF assemblies’ in neighbourhoods and workplaces. The less ideology the better-το λαό against τους λίγους…
What needs to happen is a revolutionary strike with no defined date for its end.
let’s hope for that. Everyone to Athens on July 8th. For humanity, for dignity, for anarchy.
Yes, Anon. I agree. I don’t trust any unions as they are now.
Taking the risk of not practicing what I preach, living in Portugal and not yet having felt the immediate need to, I would advise everyone to stay at home. No protests, but not working for two weeks. Empty the supermarkets from non perishable food to stock your house, and stay home. 2 weeks, 1 month. The economy will totally collapse, you won’t have violent confrontations with the police, and the government won’t even know what to do.
just my two cents.
I feel for all you guys, and know your problems will soon be mine so, take a stand, lead by example, not by force, and we will all do the same if it works.
I feel for all of you for having to be that example, but it happened to start there
Anti-IMF assemblies in neighborhoods are already taking place in many places of the country. The reason that no reports apear here or on the greek autonomous networks is perhaps that they are constructed mainly by people who don’t use to write in alternative media, so the information about them for people that are outside those neighborhoods is unreachable many times. But we hear that they are taking place in many areas of the countryside and some areas of the cities too.
@André Alçada Padez -Doing nothing is hardly an option, and even if your idea, which certainly appeals to my love of idleness was carried out, and actually lead to “economic collapse”, people would still need to come together in order to survive (in popular assemblies as they are beginning to now in Greece and elsewhere)…Staying home would not abolish the State either, and I assume that your idea of the masses of individuals becoming ungovernable through a form of ‘Radical Apathy’ excludes the possibility of the Security Forces using coercion?
As Jean-Paul Marat (1743–1793) said “Don’t imagine you can beat them without using force…Because if you believe them, they will be completely in charge in their marble homes and granite banks from which they rob the people of the world under the pretext of bringing them culture”
@incubus -This is great news, but this fact needs to be publicised as much as possible in Greece, and abroad. Autonomous social structures will not only subvert the state and trade unions, but will,counter the power of the KKE, PAME and SYRIZA as the locus of ‘radical’ proletarian resistance, their very democratic nature will expose the true reactionary, authoritarian heart of these so-called ‘Communists’.
POPULAR ASSEMBLIES = TRUE DEMOCRACY.
We must act with the power that we will not have until we have won.
Everybody watch Oakland and L.A., USA, this weekend…
Wouldn’t it be terrible if those unruly elements on demonstrations in Greece used quick drying spray-paint on the MAT’s visors and shields instead of ordinary paint?…and if those with gasmasks decided to focus their attention, in teams, on Officers with pepper spray canisters, especially on those vulnerable levers they have on them, a blow from a hammer could damage them…? Wouldn’t it be awful, if those troublemakers used thick rubber bands as sligshots,or even use those old-fashioned slingshots they use in Gaza, or if they put polystyrene in their molotov coctails..? Wouldn’t it be difficult if those autonomous people stopped wearing black, so that they wouldn’t be so easily identified for arrest? It’s a good job they don’t use lasso’s (λάσο) to pull poor police officers out of line and onto the ground! And I do hope nobody spills oil in front of those heroic motorcycle policemen, as they could skid all over the place… Yes, it’s a good thing none of these things are happening…
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