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Anarchists set ballot box in Exarcheia on fire; possibility that incident will delay election result; tension in the area mounts

At approximately 19.20 GMT+2 group of approximately ten people entered a polling station in Exarcheia, attacked the two police officers present and set the ballot box on fire. It is still undecided/unknown how this will affect the election result announcement. There are currently (20.45 GMT+2) people gathered at Exarcheia square, chanting anti-election slogans.

21 Comments

  1. Maju wrote:

    Idiots!

    Sunday, June 17, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Permalink
  2. idiots? wrote:

    As opposed to those geniouses who think elections can change anything at all?

    Sunday, June 17, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Permalink
  3. A wrote:

    Well I think the cops have severely beaten up and arrested people in Exarhia yesterday , again, so it’s a nice answer to those brutes. Apart from the obvious and justified protest against the bourgeois democracy. The elections will not make a slightest difference now in Greece, so stop dreaming, the anarchists or whoever could have burned all of the ballot boxes as well and i don’t think that would make much of a difference in any real sense.

    Sunday, June 17, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Permalink
  4. ann arky wrote:

    Police beat up people every day, is self defence illegal? Is violence to be the monopoly of the state? You sometimes burn garbage, so why not ballot boxes, it might not change the world but it did get rid of some of that garbage.

    Sunday, June 17, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Permalink
  5. Gnor wrote:

    Now you have a real desaster in Greece. The capitalists have the total majority in the parliament. They will sellout the country and most of the Greeks doesnt know what this means. But they will see an feel it in the next years. So sad!

    Sunday, June 17, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Permalink
  6. @Itiods wrote:

    Of course there will be changings after elections. You will see and feel it during the next years in its worst way. I promise you: after that common periode there will be no anarchists in Greece and also no KKE. They will clean up the society like the floor of venizelos airport.

    Sunday, June 17, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Permalink
  7. Your Future wrote:

    Why did your people vote for more PAIN???

    More blood to be stolen by the capitalist pig banker globalists.

    After all the riots, after all the marches, protests, police brutality, has your so-called civilization decided to gut itself again?

    Monday, June 18, 2012 at 2:45 am | Permalink
  8. anarchist wrote:

    The cilivisation didn´t vote and left politicians are the same liars!

    Monday, June 18, 2012 at 6:12 am | Permalink
  9. Ιουλία wrote:

    Fuck voting. Who cares who is in power? All politicians will initially behave the same. The state is a tyrannical master regardless of the people pulling the strings.

    Monday, June 18, 2012 at 6:17 am | Permalink
  10. ik wrote:

    who told you it was anarchists??? Anarchists for the first time voted and they voted for Syriza.. you dont know what they are so dont make assumptions.

    Monday, June 18, 2012 at 6:28 am | Permalink
  11. Ιουλία wrote:

    How do you know anarchists voted at all?

    Monday, June 18, 2012 at 6:45 am | Permalink
  12. INCUBUS wrote:

    Should any elements of the Greek political class actually form a government, their avowed aim will be to continue the project of the Germano-European bourgeoisie to destroy the social contract in Greece by eliminating collective bargaining and the welfare state using the necessary force to ensure working class submission. SYRIZA was, and is, happily prepared to use the military to do this, as evidenced by Tsipras’ meeting with the high command of the armed forces. Their main goal, as with all of the bourgeois forces, is to crush popular, autonomous, opposition to capital and to stave off revolt- Hence the ‘rejection’ of austerity their ‘staring contest’ with the EU and their false promises of nationalisation and job security.

    Burning the ballot box was a great symbolic act- it’s the ballot box in people’s heads that needs to be destroyed, -the false choices of economic and social salvation. They are still coming for your livelihoods, your homes, your health, your children and your sanity.

    Syntagma Square is calling you once again…

    Monday, June 18, 2012 at 9:57 am | Permalink
  13. Project wrote:

    i definitely sympathise with this attack. However in and of itself it will ofcourse accomplish nothing.

    We need to move away from hopping from action to action. What we need is to have a mid- to longterm project. To have what the insurrectionalists with a fancy word call ‘projectuality’. But then not only to stage the (relatively isolated) acts of revolt, but also to build what is to take place instead of this rotting society.

    Cuz else every isolated act of revolt will be followed by the jackboot of the fascists, ‘restoring order’ to a disorganised, panicking population.

    Monday, June 18, 2012 at 10:12 am | Permalink
  14. Murray wrote:

    Whenever anyone does anything, immediately the chorus sings:

    “It will accomplish nothing!”

    Seems to me, exactly what they wanted accomplished was accomplished. Will their action have some grand domino effect on society? Likely not. But is that the intention of every human action? I would say no.

    Monday, June 18, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Permalink
  15. Project wrote:

    I said the action IN ITSELF does not accomplish anything. Not that it will definitely not accomplish anything.

    On the contrary! What im saying is things like this should be part of an overarching PLAN. Only then can our actions be as effective as possible and we dont wind up expending our energy on disjointed actions, running from the one to tbe other.

    Monday, June 18, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Permalink
  16. INCUBUS wrote:

    Since the old twin crony parties of corruption have been re-’elected’, and that fundamentally Greece is back to ‘square one’ in terms of parliamentary politics, I should think that ballot-box burning will be very much in fashion…the next time around. Full marks for trend-setting! Let a thousand flowers bloom!

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 9:19 am | Permalink
  17. Maria wrote:

    At this point, I think it would be useful to make a first attempt for a qualitative analysis of the elections:

    According to statistical figures, New Democracy was voted mostly by the elderly; Above 55-year-olds and especially above 65. Secondly, by the housewives, probably because of their over-exposure to mainstream media narratives, which cultivated fear, terror and pseudo-dilemmas. Last but not least, ND was voted by economically well-off citizens. For example, in one of the richest areas of Attica, Ekali, 70% of the people voted for New Democracy. Given the demographic problem of Greece, we can understand why the results were the ones we all saw on Sunday.

    It is my firm belief that elections change things, in this case for worse. Taxation of the poor is getting higher, three people committed suicide the day after the elections, there will be no minimum guaranteed income, there will be more cuts in wages, etc. If SYRIZA won the elections, it’s not that we would suddenly see the materialisation of our anti-authoritarian vision, but it would stem the austerity policies against the working people.
    Furthermore, it would be a way to intercept the rise if the Golden Dawn, which reproduces its power through the tyranny of the implementation of austerity policies. What is going to happen in Greece now, is that we have the worse Right ever, with its parastate in the parliament, doing the dirty deeds for them; Attacking immigrants, leftists and anarchists.

    The answer will be as fierce as the challenge.

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 11:59 am | Permalink
  18. Ravachol wrote:

    How can we get the needed weapons to Greece for the antifascist war on the one hand and the social war on the other hand?
    Or ist there a chance on a violence-reduced social Defense, are there enough people to defend and build up open spaces, so one can practice solidarity, work together with the willing migrants and all other people looking for a anti-capitalist, social revolution?

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Permalink
  19. JackCommon wrote:

    Max Jacob, the anarchist burglar of which the fictionalised Arsene Lupin stories (and films) was a recuperation, also burnt a ballot box at the beginning of the 20th century, by putting in the folded ballot paper a very small explosive device that set fire to the box.

    As for MARIA’s comment:
    “If SYRIZA won the elections, it’s not that we would suddenly see the materialisation of our anti-authoritarian vision, but it would stem the austerity policies against the working people.
    Furthermore, it would be a way to intercept the rise if the Golden Dawn, which reproduces its power through the tyranny of the implementation of austerity policies.”

    Firstly, if SYRIZA had come to power, there’s no guarantee that the world capitalists would have avoided punishing Greece by destroying all its financial credit globally; or they may have forced SYRIZA to rescind on its anti-austerity policies. You talk as if Greece operates in a vacuum, that looking towards a partial illusion of hope through a change in the personnel of the national State, and inevitably an (even if temporary) evasion of an international social movement, could somehow ameliorate the condition of the Greek working class. It follows, therefore, that austerity, in one way or another, would have continued and so would the basis for the increasing power of Golden Dawn. ONLY an intensifcation of class struggle, the progress of a community of contestation, could undermine the ability of Golden Dawn to challenge the discontent with austerity into racist and other forms of brutality. And even then, I’d guess there will always be significant sections of the ruling class prepared to use direct violent terror to undermine class struggle.

    The only reason it might have been better to have had Syriza win a majority would have been to disabuse people of their illusions in such an external hope. But those who persist in hoping to be saved would almost certainly transfer such a “religious” attitude to some other hierarchy.

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Permalink
  20. AKRABZ wrote:

    Most of the “anarchists” who burn election boxes etc. have rich parents to pay their stupid live. They dont have the problem that the state pays pnly 350 euros for one year of unemployment and afterwards nothing, they dont have to wait 3 months for a medical operation, they dont know how it is to have no electricity at home… They live their lives in a theoretical dream far behind reality. And also this theory isnt very logic because also as an anarchist you could vote for a left party as a strategical step.

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Permalink
  21. Amok wrote:

    US RAND group on Greece:
    http://m.rand.org/multimedia/video/2012/06/15/charles-ries-discusses-greek-elections.html

    Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

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