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Documenting the crisis: Athens General Strike, Sept 26, 2012 (video by Ross Domoney)

Greece general strike. 26/09/12 from Ross Domoney on Vimeo.

The first mass strike to hit the streets of Athens since before the summer, protesting against the next harsh rain of cuts.. An estimated 100,000 people showed their presence on the streets. Clashes took place around Syntagma square and after in Exarchia.


  1. Bored of Riot Films wrote:

    The video doesn’t really show you anything from today’s strike other than people throwing molotovs at the police. This is hardly news or analysis.Why rush out a one-minute video just because? Would be better for those trying to understand the situation in Greece to get a sense of what the other 999,500 people were saying about the crisis, police violence, unions and one day strikes etc.

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Permalink
  2. Ravachol wrote:

    Right! We are bored of this ritual. Because it is just a sign of weakness. Militancy is not the problem- we need more of it because the rich, the elites already lead this war against ordinary people and global environment.
    Capitalism is war and destruction! We have to answer this in a diverse way:
    Building up selforganization, community structures, urban farms, permaculture and learning to answer the war of the elites. We need to strike back more professionel (e.g. Black Panthers, social defense, Sun Tzi’s Art of War, using balearic slings for snipers to defend areas like Exarchia, attack gated communities..bring the war 5to the rich..)
    This war is already going on. It is a war against oppressed humans and non-humans. We need to start Operation Mononoke!

    Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 10:01 am | Permalink
  3. Ravachol wrote:

    Part two:
    If there is a general strike- Alright, go there and demonstrate. But why attack Police, which is prepared for this? This has ever been nonsense (again, read Sun Tzi). Why don’t you and your comrades visit a community, where only very rich people live? Right on this day. Do the unexpactable!
    Throwing stones and cocktails is ritual and is boring for the police.
    Give them a little joy and surprise them the next time…..

    Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 10:09 am | Permalink
  4. HA wrote:

    SUN TZI.

    Please keep up the good reporting, and thank you for all of your blogging.

    Friday, September 28, 2012 at 10:23 am | Permalink
  5. INCUBUS wrote:

    Ravachol is right- all power to the imagination- Sun Tzu is a classic guide to strategy, why not use it, hit them at their weakest, not in their strength.

    Friday, September 28, 2012 at 11:18 am | Permalink
  6. Ravachol wrote:

    Since 15 years i have been interested in revolutions, riots and insurrection. I’ve been interested in different concepts from german RAF to IRA, Eta, different city guerillas in south america, Zapatistas and ordinary street fights…. Don’t get me wrong but one can even learn from the so called taliban. And of course non-violent social defense, which is probably at the moment the best tactic within a strategy of disobedience, mass mobilization and denial.
    But Greece shows us, that we need self defense, which includes the ability for militant reactions or -better- actions. One can even learn from ancient warfare. In the eighties i got to know the use of slings (not a slingshot!). They have been a dramatic efficient weapon to defend sqatted houses. Palestinian Kids still use it.

    What i wanna say: So many people talk about insurrection and revolution these days but if you take it serious you have to get up your ass and start to use your brain.
    This is the opposite from throwing stones and cocktails on fireproofed armoured riot police, which is daily trained for this situation–at least in Germany the BFE. Sorry for my english…

    Friday, September 28, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Permalink
  7. Ravachol wrote:


    Friday, September 28, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Permalink
  8. HA wrote:


    Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 1:44 am | Permalink
  9. Emmas Goldmann wrote:

    Than go HA and attract the mass of people. Sounds very realistic. Go for Gold!

    Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Permalink
  10. INCUBUS wrote:

    To ‘build an altenative and attract a mass of people’, perhaps you would do well to not only confront the state on big protests, but also take back the initiative from the Golden Dawn fascists who are using popular social programmes to attact people- a form of activism stolen from revolutionary practice- correct me if I’m wrong, but are there not some social-antagonists doing this already? There should be more…Distributing food is not nearly as ‘exciting’ as rioting, but it is probably more effective…

    Monday, October 1, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Permalink
  11. HA wrote:

    Important work for sure, but i propose that the priority is to smash the infrastructure of the fascist parties so that they cannot perform similar type of social work. Because we do not compete with them on an even scale.

    The problem with competing with the fascists over the provision of social aid is that if this becomes the plane by which we compete it will not be difficult for groups of activists (parties, federations or whatever) which rely on subs, donation and or trade union support simply being outflanked by the funding of big business interests which will predictably go to the fascists as soon as this tactic is seen as the key site of struggle.

    I suggest the Greek anti-fascists should be very careful about militarising themselves (with slings, or, apparently trebuchets[?!], when the state with all of its armaments and manpower is presently likely to slaughter them beneath bullets.

    THe answer, I believe is within the strikes, the collapse of KKE and the redistribution of the cadre of PAME towards a real solution- against the fascists and against capital. I suggest this is where the activists of all stripes should lay their plans for winning.

    Monday, October 1, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Permalink
  12. Ravachol wrote:

    Ah Ha, now you become clear…
    I have not been that bad, suggesting you are more of the trotzkist type of socialists. At least you see the problems of the asymmetric and paternalistic Food for the World programs. Why not a big Aid-Show with Bono, Hollande, Ban Ki Moon, Tsirpas and some KKE and Pame-Freaks? (Oh, you don’t like KKE…)
    We are the world, we are the chillldreeen……
    This kind of strategic alliance under the leadership of Pame won’t work because of to big differences within the left. General strike is a strong weapon but only if (a unified)left alliance would be able to keep it up for weeks and month. If someone is able to organize this, then the social conflict would turn into a real class struggle. No question, this would be the best but i have stayed three times this year in Thessaloniki and it seems to me that reality is far away from an endless general strike.

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 8:26 am | Permalink
  13. Ravachol wrote:

    Besides: Trebuchet is only for rich bourgeois and nobel people. It is the weapon of the class enemy:

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 8:41 am | Permalink

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