Greece – Fortress Europe – Anarchist Solidarity

The documentary below, titled „The Battle for Attica Square“ is not only saddening and enfuriating in its clear depiction of the murderous reality of „Fortress Europe,“ but it also shows to what extent nationalists and xenophobes will go to „protect“ their „area“ from „unwanted elements.“ Harassing defenseless families, victimizing the already desperate and marginalized, and even causing what is probably a life long trauma to a small child. Revolting stuff in every sense of the word, you should *definitely* watch it by clicking here.

Fortunately, the fascist harassment and attacks on migrants in this area of Athens have led to an increase in anarchist solidarity activity with the persecuted migrants. This solidarity reached its, at least current, climax on Friday October 8th, when well over 1,000 anarchists and migrants demonstrated together through the streets of Athens, against the immigration policies of the government and in a clear sign of resistance to the fascist gangs.

The poster above is the call to the demonstration, and the text reads as follows:

* The fascists’ knives

Recently, fascist and nationalist violence has been on the rise once again in the wider area of Ayios Panteleimonas. From September 11th to September 14th, fascist gangs used the cover of some locals and the police to attack, beat and stab migrants and to smash up their shops. Yet the migrants don’t retreat. They defend their lives, they crouch together and defend against far-right attacks and pogroms. Ahead of the [local municipality] elections the far-right is intensifying its shouting against migrants who “steal our jobs” and “are responsible for the crisis”. At the same time [the far-right parliamentary party] LAOS is voting in favour of the IMF agreement while organised gangs support the “average greek tradesman” – that is, the same person who has for years now exploited their employees, whether local or not.

* are supplied by the state

The “citizen protectors” arrest, beat up, torture and arrest injured migrants. The local police station enforces the policy of the state and its bosses against the migrants. A policy which names endless policing as “citizen protection” and equates “organised crime” with “petty thieves”. A policy creating migrant detention centres, spills blood on the borders of the EU and names “illegal” all those forced away from their places.

* they’re sharpened by mass media and the national body

Mass media, regularly hiding away reality, present the groups of neo-nazis, macho greeks, racists and descendants of nazi collaborators as “groups of enraged locals”. They hide away racist pogroms, the stabbing of migrants and police violence and they instead project “a suffocating situation” and “increased crime rates”.

In the midst of the crisis they continue to target migrants as a “national threat to health, national order and security”. They are moulding a national body on behalf of those who sit on our necks, perpetuating national divides, racism and xenophobia.

Common Struggles by locals and migrants
Us locals and migrants must find common ground to breach national unity, to create embankments, to fight together against all sorts of fascists, the attack launched by the state and bosses, the contempt for our lives.
Solidarity gathering: Attikis Square, Friday October 8th, 6 pm


People in Solidarity

Once the main demonstration had ended, police attacked a group of migrants who had chosen to continue marching:

(via: occupied london)

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  1. 1 Buenos Aires, Athens, Paris…Ratis, Batsi, Flics, Cops, Pigs, Bacon, Bullen, Schweine….Pure Hate! « Fire and Flames Pingback am 15. Oktober 2010 um 11:09 Uhr
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