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neo-Nazis march in Athens protected by the police that attacked brutally anti-Nazi demo

A few hunderd neo-Nαzis of Golden Dawn gathered in front of the club of army officers, next to the parliament. Thousands gathered to the anti-Nazi demonstration in Syntagma Square, suddenly riot police attacked to the anti-Nazis injuring seriously a Kurdish anti-Nazist, who lives as political refugee in Greece.People were chased until Monastriaki Square where the police entered the underground rail station, throwing cheimcal gases to demonstartors who had been trapped in there. Demonstrators managed to defend themselves effectivelly against the attack of the police, but there are moe than 40 detains from the streets around the demonstration. Meanwhile the neo-Nazis gathered and marched peacefully under heavy polie protection.

 

3-4,000 anti-fascists demonstrate in Keratsini, in memory of Paulos Fyssas and against nazi provocations in the area

Last week (on January 24) 80-100 Golden Dawn nazis provocatively marched in Keratsini, to the spot where they had murdered Paulos Fyssas, where they attacked the impromptu memorial that had been set up in his memory, before they headed to the local anarchist space, Resalto, which they tried to attack, but were pushed back from people defending the building.

In response, 3-4,000 anarchists, leftists and other anti-fascists marched through the neighbourhood on January 31st, closely followed by police – while of course the GD were nowhere to be seen.

At least 26 anarchists’ houses raided in Athens (plus more in Thessaloniki) as the antiterrorist unit’s witch-hunt against the anarchist scene in Grece continues

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From Tuesday, January 21st, until the evening of Thursday 30th of January, 2014, 26 raids in houses of anarchist comrades have been recorded in the wider Athens area.

Out of these 26 comrades, 8 have so far been arrested and charged with misdemeanours. Of these, 5 have been sentenced to convictions varying between 5 and 16 months, while two have also been handed an additional fine of 600 euros, under the charge of “weapon possession” and “disobedience”. The 6th comrade is on trial on the 5th of February (the case was suspended in order for the police’s criminological research unit to pose an expert opinion on a confiscated item), the 7th comrade was given a court date and the 8th one is on trial today, January 31st.

Skouries- a story of political emancipation

How a mining conflict led to the political emancipation of a community in Northern Greece.

By Evi Papada

Mining conflicts are increasingly surfacing globally due to complains over mines and pollution of water, soil and land occupied as well as over transport and waste disposal. The Skouries forest in Halkidiki has been at the center of a hot dispute between the mining company, Hellas Gold, a subsidiary of the Canadian mining giant Eldorado Gold and local communities. The company claims that an ambitious plan for mining of gold and copper in the area- including deforestation and open pit mining with excavation and everyday use of explosives- will benefit the region through the creation of some 5,000 direct and indirect jobs, while local residents argue that the planned investment will cause considerable damage to the environment  and livelihoods, resulting to many more jobs losses in the existing sectors of the local economy (farming, pasture land, fisheries, beekeeping, food processing and tourism).  The residents’ claims are supported by research conducted by various independent scientific institutions including the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Technical Chamber of Macedonia. In addition to legitimacy questions underpinning the transfer of mining rights from the Greek state to the aforementioned company[1],  the Environmental Impact Assessment produced by El Dorado has been found to contain gross methodological discrepancies and whilst the public consultation process could be at best described as cosmetic[2].

Local communities have been mobilizing against the expansion of mining activities  long before El Dorado was given the green light to begin works on site. Small scale mining had been taking place almost uninterrupted since the end of Second World War and residents have had first experience of its impact on their livelihoods and the  environment. During the 90′s the Greek government had made several attempts at reviving mining activity in the region but following an appeal by the people the State Council decided that the potential risks of the proposed investment were higher than the potential benefits for the community and the environment and operations came to a halt in 2002 . The case of mining in Halkdiki took a definite political dimension owing to the following events. In December 2003 the mines were transferred to the Greek state through a law ratified by the Greek Parliament for 11 million euros and were sold the same day and for the same price to Mr George Bololas, owner of Hellas Gold S.A for the same  price and  without an open procurement process.  The concessions relieve the company in advance from any tax transfers and from any financial obligation concerning environmental damage resulting from previous operation of the mines. It also stipulates that the mining company has possession of all minerals in the concession granted and there are no royalties for the state.

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Scores of anarchists’ houses raided in Athens and Thessaloniki – assembly call, Athens Polytechnic, 8pm tonight

Over the past few days, and under the pretext of the non-return to prison of Christodoulos Xiros, a convicted November 17th member, police have launched a witch-hunt against well-known anarchists in Athens and in Thessaloniki, raiding their houses and conducting arrests.

In response, an assembly has been called to inform about the recent incidents and to discuss a collective response: Tuesday, January 28th, 8pm at the Gini auditorium, Athens Polytechnic.

A clarification on the letter I published on 3/1/2014: Giannis Naxakis

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A clarification on the letter I published on 3/1/2014
Describing in my letter the image I formed for the 1st wing of Koridallos I mention a “intense movement” of some prisoners in the sergeants office. First of all I wan to clarify that I did not mean that some of these prisoners are a snitch. What I said I said to stress my annoyance with the continuous coordination between some prisoners and the service.
It is important as well to say that its mandatory for all prisoners, among them me too, to go through the sergeants office for various reasons of daily life. As well, my intense disappointment as imprinted in my letter after the incident with Milonas was a result of the zero support we got from many groups of prisoners in the conflict which followed with the service, a support I consider necessary for the prisoners when such ruptures erupt. I clarify that my reference to specific racial groups exclusively concerns some in the 1st wing and it is unthinkable for someone to believe that I collectively accuse nationalities for the choices of the few.
P.S. A text will follow in the near future concerning the recent incidents.
Giannis Naxakis
4th wing of Koridallos
25/1/2014

Acropolis police station in Athens shuts down as police claim “vulnerability to attacks by the anarchists”

The police station of Acropolis in central Athens had been one of the most notorious in the city centre, with repeated cases of abuse and torture by the police there reported over the years:

  • On May 11th, 2008 the then 24-year old Nikos Sakellion was beaten by four policemen on Anaxagora street and fell in a coma. The cops abandoned him, but a video shot by a passer-by proved their guilt. The witness who shot the video was accused with lying in court, while Nikos’ father continued his legal struggle to vindicate his son. The cops claimed the death was caused by self-inflicted choking, and not by any beating. Five years later, the trial took place, finding the police innocent. The second degree trial is currently under way, with the next date set for January 30.
  • On December 23, 2010, the Senegalese street vendor Jo Usman reported he was beaten by cops serving at the Acropolis police station, who punched him in the stomach, resulting in his hospitalisation.
  • Six days later, another compatriot of his, Jili Daou, was arrested by cops on Ermou street (note: the main commercial street of Athens), who beat him up and transfered him to the Acropolis police station, where they continued to torture him, to beat and swear at him, while degrading him and his genitals.
  • Only two days later, cops of the same police station continued their work, arresting and torturing the 30-year old Chillean Pedro Navaro, sending him to the hospital, injured.

The Acropolis police station had been repeatedly targeted and attacked by anarchists – see, for example:

According to the police themselves, the Acropolis police department is closing down with immediate effect (and its 150 police staff are transferred to nearby police stations, in Syntagma, Exarcheia and Omonoia) because the building was “unsuitable”, as it was vulnerable to  repeated attacks by anarchists.

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