Anarchist murdered by the police in Athens
35 year-old comrade Lambros Foundas was murdered by cops on Wednesday morning in the suburb of Dafni (south Athens).
The police claims that he was a “terrorist” and that he was shot while trying to steal a car, and that was carrying firearms. Fountas was one of the over 500 anarchists arrested at the Polytechnic riots of 1995, in Athens.
The flier above reads: “HONOR TO THE ANARCHIST LAMBROS FOUNDAS”
* Early in the mourning pigs opened fire for one more time inside the populated district of Dafne in Athens. As the pigs report, the two men who were spoted by the pigs responded to the gun fires. One of the persons who was killed on the spot was “known to the authorities since the anarchists’ clashes at the Polytechnical University of Athens in 1995”. According to the pig reports, a granade and a Magnum were found next to him and 4 buds of guns were also transfered to the laboratories of the (anti)terrorist authorities. The second person escaped from the pigs. On the spot was (by luck?) present a well-known mouthpiece of the pigs journalist, Mr. Balaskas, stated on ET3 government TV-station: “I saw the dead person, he had a style reminding of the East Block wearing boots and tight trousers, for sure he was a criminal”.
* Information action with loud-speaker in the district of Ampelokipi, Athens, for the mobilization of residents to participate in the General Strike of 11th March.
* For one more day, the Exarcheia district in Athens got occupied by special pigs’ forces (MAT, units of order recovering). Around 11:30 several teams of pigs marched through the district. The residents ran away from them, hiding inside cafes and their homes. Today is also organized the weekly assembly of Exarcheia inhabitants on the square of the district. As it seems, the actions of the people’s assembly who try to get rid off the heroin dealers (cops’ best friends) have bothered the pig authorities who want to keep selling heroin.
* General Strike mobilization action in the Town Hall of Irakleio on Crete island. Thousands of information leaflets were spreaded to the people around calling them to rise up against the government’s and EU’s economical measures.
It is obvious that the bosses are not bankrupt. And, in the middle of the crisis, there is no question to raise the taxation on business or prohibit the export of capital. Along with the looting of the “lower” classes, it is also promoted the proletarianization against parts of the middle class.
It is obvious that the Greek state may herald (de: proklamieren) a possible bankruptcy but at the same time 15,000 more police officers get in assistance. The government is requesting also assistance with police from other European countries who want to shield the capitalist aggression.
It is obvious that the left mediation indicates (de: erklärt) its willingness to use up any momentum (de: Leistungsfähigkeit). The Communist Party, in daily time through PAME, down on the streets is trying to realize (de: verwiklichen) its through-out years high expectations of exit from the EU under the motto: only if Greece will leave the EU can the unpopular measures be blocked. Invests now in a unique opportunity to broaden its base. SYRIZA is putting aside the dead-ends of its ragged references and indicates its presence in the downtown of Athens and in the neighborhoods around, trying cowardly to draw (de: schöpfen) political surplus value(de: Mehrwert) with the substitution (de: Ersetzung) from the social-democratic deficit (de: Defizit) of PASOK.
It is obvious that the syndicalistic mediation is missing (de: gedacht), which is charged to the political crisis of legitimacy of the system.
It is obvious that the mass media support the sovereign choices as an intensiv part of them. By using a blank (de: ungeladen) polemic to government announcements, distortion of social reactions, hidding of events, refraction of resistances.
It is obvious that the upcoming revolt is already here. The political and social mediations are “convincing” (de: überzeugen) only itself, are trying to screw on the sofa the endangered (de: bedenklich) petty bourgeoisism (de: Kleinbürgertum) or fence (de: umzäunen) behind banal (de: Gemeinplatz) plakats the members and the edges of the organizations. The overwhelming resisting majority evades (de: entgeht) from these obvious elements straightly out on the streets. The people declare an aggressive and uncompromising disobedience.
What is not obvious – burried under tones of burgeois propaganda – is an antiauthoritarian project (de: Entwurf) on the streets, neighborhoods, workplaces, at any spot affected by the state capitalist attack. It is needed an intensification (de: Requirierung) of political and social presence, not as a supplement (de: Ergänzung) to the left mediation – that on one hand steps out on the streets with tense practice, but on the other hand steps with hostile (de: feindlich) inhalts for the social liberation – but as a selfworth (de: Selbstwert) with benchmarks (de: bezüglich Punkte) to the self-organization, the inmediative struggle and solidarity. December 2008 has already evinved the potentials of an antiauthoritarian subversive (de: umstürzlerisch) word. Spring of 2010 requires the broadening of subversive inhalts, the unlimited intensity and extent of the liberatory project, the expansion of liberalized spaces and times and their social safeguarding (de: Sicherung).
During these days the biggest enemy of the oppressed people is their own inertia (de: Untätigkeit).
* Conflicts at Pireaus TEI (Technical University) between anarchists and members of the youth of KKE (communistic parliament party). The youth of KKE started preaching, under their usual feeling of conspiracy tales, in the student assembly of University sectors about the real-political ID of the anarchists who were participating. The parliamentary “revolutioners” of KKE reached the point to characterize as “fans of PASOK” the people who do not participate in the block of PAME (syndicalistic organization of KKE). Many people responded with throwing coffee and plastic water bottles against them. Just to remind about the youth of KKE, their participation in December 2008 was on the level of zero with demonstrations away from the events and away from the open assemblies of the revolting people; also some members of KKE in the parliament have stated that “December was a riot made by provocateurs and during the real revolution not even a single glass will be broken”. During the past years, there were many times that KNE (youth of KKE) has acted on the side of repression against social movements. We shall not forget also, that the first people who occupied the Polytechnical University in Athens on 17th November 1973 were also characterized as “provocateurs” from the leadership of KKE.
* Workers of United Textiles occupied the Prefecture building of Veroia town asking for their money that have already worked for. Such an action happened also on Thursday beside other mobilization actions in the town of Komotini by members of the same union. (watch older update)
* Expropriation of basic needs’ products by the Poors’ Robin Hoods around 12:00 in Kaisariani district of Athens at Sklavenitis Super Market. The food was given for free to people who were close to the spot in an open air market. Many information leaflets were also thrown around. The cops arrived later, so none person was arrested.
* Clashes between neo-nazis and people from the anarchist/leftist link at the town of Chania on Crete island. The nao-nazi members of EOX (Nationalistic Organization Chania) were promoting xenophobic leaflets against immigrants when they met with a team of the link who were promoting the General Strike on the 11th of March. Small clashes and chase started between the two teams until the neo-nazis got blocked at a cafe. There, some stones flew on them and one of the nazis took a knife out of his pocket and tried to move against the leftists. People from the neighbourhood also gathered in solidarity against the shitheads and kept them trapped at the cafe condemning the continues racistic attacks in the town.
* Clashes in Kavala town on Sunday between protestors and special pigs’ forces. A fighting answer against NATO’s and goverment’s plans to turn the port of Kavala into a base of the imperialist murders of NATO. The US war frigate “FFG32 John L. Hall” sailed into the port for two days in a try of the US government to check the folk’s reactions. The authoritans of the town used to say to the citizens that the 200 sailors of the frigate will bring money for the society, element that was answered negative by the people because, as they state, the troops’ money has human blood on them. We shall not forget also the mobilizations in Greece against wars since the past years, when some hundred of thousands were demonstrating on the streets against the wars in Gaza, Iraq, Yugoslavia. We shall not also forget the facts that heroin packages were found on NATO war-ships.
It is early in the morning of Tuesday, March 9th. Bemused audiences tuned in to an Athens news station to listen to an evidently uncomfortable police spokesperson. How could he not be? He must explain a rather embarrassing incident: days earlier, on March 5th, the police had tear-gassed Manolis Glezos in the face for trying to prevent a youth’s brutal arrest. Glezos is 88 years old today; it was almost 70 years ago, on May 30 1941, in Nazi-occupied Athens that he and Apostolos Santas climbed up the Acropolis and tore down the Swastika – an action for which he was arrested and tortured the following year.
Trying to justify the police’s action and to show that things must stay under control at any cost, the spokesperson made quite a revealing statement: “if the local police fail at their task”, he claimed, “the EU and the Greek government are ready to dispatch a 7,000-strong European police force to repress what might seem like an upcoming revolt”. “Imagine it!”, he added, “how would it feel if a foreign policeman was beating you up in the streets of Athens?” A funny question, that one. You would imagine police baton blows feel similar regardless of the passports of those holding them. Whether or not his statement was a slip-of-tongue, it definitely seems to hold some validity: a supra-national police force, the “European Gendarmerie Force” (EGF) does exists already and is prepared to take operations in countries where local governments invite it [http://www.statewatch.org/news/2007/oct/eu-gendarmerie-treaty-sept-2007.pdf]. The Greek government have so far declined to answer questions on the issue in parliament. I don’t think Manolis Glezos was expecting to see German public forces on the streets of Athens again in his lifetime. But then again, if they tear-gas the way the Greek cops do, there won’t be that much for anyone to see…
General strikes are more common in Greece than in most European countries – but still, they tend to come in the rate of one or two per year – not per calendar month. Thursday’s general strike is the country’s third (two full-day and one half-day) in the few weeks alone. Panepistimiou Avenue, part of the main protesting route – and one of Athens’ major thoroughfares – has been closed off for a week by strikers of Olympic Air; on March 10th, an attorney general ordered the police to disperse the crowd of about 2,000 who have gathered there.
The country’s official printing-house (where state laws are printed in order to come into effect) is currently occupied by employees in protest against the newly-introduced austerity plan. The general accounting office (this, ironically, in charge of monitoring the effects of the implementation of the austerity plan) is also under occupation by its employees. In the small northern city of Komotini employees at a local troubled company went straight to the source and occupied two of the city’s main bank branches.
December’s revolt had been a strong warning sign. The “700 euro generation” (in a country where everyday living expenses closely compete to the UK’s) had every reason to revolt. The death of a 15-year old boy? Cities smash and burn for days. An “austerity plan” pushing labour rights back by a few decades overnight; severe wage cuts, VAT increases, pension-freezes…
It is Wednesday, March 10th – the eve of the third recent strike in Greece. “I don’t really earn enough to get a cab to tomorrow’s demonstration”, writes a commentator on Athens IMC. “And there’s no public transport, as everyone is participating in the strike. Good for them. We are driving down there tonight, staying with a friend. And we’ll be using the car’s engine oil to wash the streets, our little gift to the thugs of the police’s motor-cycle Delta force.” There is anger building up in Athens’ streets and many expect to see it outpouring in the event that multi-national force descends in the city, if not before… Whether national or international, next time Manolis Glezos takes on the security forces he most certainly will not be alone.