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Villa Amalias statement: we are, and we shall remain here.

Greek original at the Villa Amalias site

Today, on December 20th, 2012, the police raided Villa Amalias. Under the pretext of a complaint for drug dealing, they searched the building in the presence of a district attorney. Their findings are ludicrous. Nevertheless, according to Dendias [translators' note: the minister of public order] these prove that Villa was an “epicentre for lawlessness” for 22 years and that the law, thanks to the “brave political will of [PM] Samaras” was finally restored.

What logical leap may brand empty beer bottles as “materials for the construction of molotovs?” Is it strange to have a large number of empty beer bottles in a place that hosts a concert [gig] space and a café? What comprises a “flammable material”? May they be referring to the cleaning liquids for the printing press that operates in the squat? Should we talk about the gas masks that should be carried by every demonstrator that respects their health? Should we talk about the elementary means of self-defense (the mock flash bangs, slingshots etc) in a space that has repeatedly been attacked by para-statist gangs (arsons, stabbings, beatings) with the apogee reached in 2008, when the then minister of public order Markogiannakis visited the “residents” of Agios Panteleimonas and a few minutes after he left, we were attacked…

Under the pretext of the search, then, they materialise a long-standing wet dream of theirs: their raid into a space that is one of the spatial symbols of all those who stand in hostility against anything that represents sovereignty, imposition, sterilization, indifference, surrender, subjection. In this they are right. That’s who we are. Us and the thousands of demonstrators, the people in struggle, squatters, strikers, people fighting in the streets. We are the homeless, the punks and the rebels, the vegetarians and the feminists, the nocturnal ones and the workers, poor and the aggrieved, the victims of racism and the avengers of injustice. The minister called us an epicentre of lawlessness…

And now we should talk seriously. Villa Amalias is an organising proposition which had to be dealt with at the time of the cannibalism of the memoranda. The onslaught of capital against the world of labour presupposes the destruction of all of its structures: the depreciation of everything that trade unions had gained, whatever structures of solidarity and dissent, the self-organised incentives: everything is targeted. The far-right agenda that has prevailed since the outbreak of the crisis commenced with the statement concerning a [supposed] hygiene bomb by Loverdos [trans. note - Loverdos was minister of health at the time and claimed that the 300 migrant hunger strikers comprised a “hygiene bomb” in the centre of Athens] against the hunger strikers of Ypatia. It continued with the targeting of migrants (at the Evros border wall, concentration camps and the Xenios Zeus [anti-migrant] operation), the pillorying of addicted seropositive women, aided by the far-right violence against migrants, homosexuals and street traders. The torturing of anti-fascists at the police HQ after the anti-fascist motorcycle demo, the attacks against squats and the harsh repression against any labour or social demand, leave little doubt for the fact that the enemy has put together a solid block; a block against which we must now resist.

For the past 22 years we have been in a building that was abandoned for decades. We maintain it and breathe life into it. We are a squat that always has its doors open to groups, individuals and incentives that promote the anti-commercial culture, human dignity, social, anti-fascist and class struggles. Villa Amalias is giving a fierce fight –– not in order to protect a dozen pillars, but in order to protect our desires, our dreams and our hopes for a more free life for everyone.

We call everyone who identifies part of themselves in the years-long operation of the squat to partake in this crucial struggle with us.

This is the windmill that the executors-don quixote’s have attacked, even though it is ideas that they are after. These are what are lawless and illegal for them. Their witch-hunt will bring them nightmares in response. 

IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF THE VILLA AMALIAS SQUATTERS

 

7 Comments

  1. Rigaer 94 wrote:

    Hearing the news about the eviction of Villa Amalias left us in shock and grief.
    Some of us know the house and most people have heard about the project.
    In Berlin, there is generally a huge interest in following news about the struggle against the greek state and it’s development towards fascism.
    This is why the grief was soon replaced by rage!
    Rage about the pigs attacking the Villa, rage about the bold lies of state and press and rage about the increased attacks by the more and more repressive system against those who fight against power and capital!
    Your struggle must go on! With this action the state helped it’s allies of Golden Dawn to gain a strategic victory. But their feeling of superiority won’t last, as we know you will not leave it with that!
    You will take what back what they have stolen!
    In this, you will have our support where possible and you can count on our absolute solidarity!

    Solidarity have no borders!

    For a live without repressive power and authority!

    Towards anarchy!

    Yours, Rigaer94

    Friday, December 21, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Permalink
  2. takis wrote:

    spread it all over!!!
    make it banner in your site!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HqXAlL7Q-Q

    Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Permalink
  3. takis wrote:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HqXAlL7Q-Q

    spread it all over, make it banner in your pages!!!

    Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Permalink
  4. fr wrote:

    Annonce de Villa Amalias, le 20-12-2012

    Aujourd’hui, le 20-12-2012, la police a envahi Villa Amalias. Avec le prétexte d’une plainte de traffic de drogues, une perquisition a été effectuée, avec la présence d’un procureur. Les résultats ont été ridicules… Néanmoins, le ministre d’Ordre Public déclare qu’il s’agit de preuves que Villa a été l’«antre d’illégalité» pendant 22 ans et que l’ordre a enfin a été restituée avec l’ «audace et la volonté» du premier ministre Samaras.

    Avec quelle logique des bouteilles de bière vides pourraient être désignées comme «du matériel de construction de cocktail molotov» ? Dans un lieu qui fonctionne comme salle de concerts ou café, pourquoi est-il étonnant d’y retrouver un grand nombre des bouteilles de bière vides ? Qu’est-ce que ça veut dire «produit inflammable» ? Est-ce qu’ils parlent du produit pour nettoyer la machine d’impression du squat ? Est-ce qu’on est obligés de justifier les masques à gaz que tout manifestant qui pense à sa santé doit posséder ? Est-ce qu’on doit expliquer les moyens primaires (pétards, lance-pierres) d’autodéfense dans un lieu qui a reçu à plusieurs reprises des attaques des groupes para-étatiques (incendies volontaires, coups de poignard, battages) surtout au cours de l’événement phare de 2008 quand le ministre de l’Ordre Public Markogiannakis a rendu visite à ses amis les fachos présentés comme des «citoyens indignés» et que le squat a été attaqué quelques minutes après…

    Avec ce prétexte ils tentent la réalisation de leur fantasme éternel : l’invasion d’ un lieu qui pour eux, est un des symboles spatiaux de ceux qui sont hostiles contre tout ce qui représente la souveraineté, l’imposition, la stérilisation, l’indifférence, la rémission, la soumission. Ils ont raison là-dessus, nous sommes ceux-ci. Nous et les milliers des manifestants, militants, squatteurs, grévistes, émeutiers. Nous sommes les sans-abri et les clochards, les punks et les vagabonds, les végétariens et les féministes, les noctambules et les ouvriers, les pauvres et les laissés pour compte, les victimes du racisme et les vengeurs de l’injuste. Le ministre nous a caractérisés comme l’ «antre d’illégalité».

    Parlons sérieusement maintenant. Villa Amalias est une proposition d’organisation qui devait être confrontée a cette ère du cannibalisme de mémorandum. L’agression du capital dans le monde du travail présuppose la destruction de toutes ses structures. La calomnie des acquis de travail et des syndicats, les structures de solidarité et de désobéissance, les projets auto-organisés sont ciblés. L’agenda d’extrême-droite qui a prédominé dès le début de la crise a commencé avec des déclarations du ministre de Santé Loverdos, sur la «bombe sanitaire» en ce qui concerne les 300 immigrés qui faisaient la grève de faim dans le bâtiment public Ypatia. Elle a continué avec le ciblage des immigrés (mur-frontier d’Evros, camps de concentration, affaire d’expulsion des immigrés appelé «Xenios Zeus») le pilori des prostituées séropositives assisté de la violence d’extrême-droite contre les immigrés, les homosexuels, les vendeurs a la sauvette. La torture des antifascistes, inculpés lors de la manif en motos, au Service des renseignements généraux, les agressions aux squats et la répression violente de n’importe quelle revendication sociale ou syndicale ne laissent aucun doute que l’ennemi a établi un arsenal assez massif contre lequel on doit résister.

    Nous sommes là depuis 22 ans, dans un bâtiment abandonné pendant des décennies. On l’entretient et on lui donne de la vie. Nous sommes un squat qui a toujours ses portes ouvertes aux groupes, aux individus et aux projets qui promeuvent la culture anti-commerciale, la dignité humaine, les luttes sociales, antifascistes et de classe. Villa Amalias donne une lutte importante non pas pour protéger ses façades, mais ses désirs, ses rêves et ses espoirs pour une vie plus libre pour tous.

    On invite tous ceux qui retrouvent une partie d’eux-même dans toutes ces années de fonctionnement du squat de mener cette lutte critique avec nous.

    Les bourreaux- Don Quichottes attaquent ce moulin-là mais en réalité, ils chassent les idéologies. Pour eux, ce sont celles-ci l’illégalité. Ils chassent des chimères, ils vont recevoir des cauchemars…

    LIBERATION IMMEDIATE DES SQUATTEURS DE VILLA AMALIAS

    Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Permalink
  5. D wrote:

    This is a matter of utter importance. Police has never had a more ridiculous pretext to raid Villa. It’s all about eliminating the last few voices that rage against the power, keeping the anarchists at bay and their sickening dominance resistance-free, spreading a false sense of righteousness and control in a critical moment in Greek history.

    Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Permalink
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