Disillusioned Discordian


Greek Anarchist fight back for Freedom
December 8, 2008, 12:01 pm
Filed under: Current Affairs, Political

Rioting has broken out in several Greek cities and there is an unconfirmed report that the Greek Embassy in London has just been occupied. This follows on from the murder of a 16 year old kid by Greek by Police, which is the latest in a string of violent police aggressions. To give due credit to the Greek authorities at least this bastard has been arrested and charged with murder, unlike the met who can murder people with only a minimal fuss. Anarchists have been taking the fight to the police, as this You Tube showing an attack on a Riot Police HQ shows:

A previous planned general strike is to take place on Wednesday, so the Greek state is starting to look in a somewhat precious situation. It’s heartning to know the torch of freedom still burns in the birth place of democracy.

PS It’s a shame that people only associate anarchism with violence, in truth violence is not what anarchism is about, but what people force it to be about.

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All around Greece, there are thousand cases of people having been subjected to harassment and brutality by the Greek police (in police stations and on the streets, while going out or returning home, during non-violent demonstrations and concerts, war of words, war of eggs or war of stones), and at least hundreds have witnessed the police’s preference for attacking peaceful or underage protesters, passer-bys, and people with cameras. [1]

At this stage (December 25th), around 246 people face trial and 66 have been detained. At least 50 immigrants are to be deported and more than 50 are school students of which 17 “arrested under the terrorist act” (Larisa city) [2].

Myrto’s case is a common and plain example of abuse, which shows clearly that what’s going on is not only a tit for tat game between political groups [3]. Since the above is a remarkably convenient explanation, and has been extensively used in order to distort facts (or by accident) [4], it is important to be cautious of how we name things and stick to the facts.
I can understand the enthusiasm of antiauthoritarian minds, the vindication and pride that people who have been fighting for freedom and human rights feel while keeping up with the Greek resistance, but we should not be carried away by our identification with the arrested people (and all those who have been abused but not face trial) and naming them according to what they represent to us. Even though, for instance, the new Greek generation may inflame our hopes for a word-wide awaking and boost faith in our power against the brain-washing, fear-promoting establishments, it is misleading to politically define a revolt that has not been self-defined yet. Subjective views like “anarchists lead the way to a new era” or even “hundreds of schools occupied by groups of political-minded youngsters” (coming mainly by supporters in other countries) may give more grounds to those (like the representatives of the neo-Nazis in the Greek parliament or plenty of misinformed TV viewers across Europe) who insist that the mass uprising has been instigated by a minority with specific political views.

Myrto’s case (among hundreds) is an attack on fundamental freedom.
It is important not to deform this.

“Free the prisoners! Freedom to us all!…” [5]
Get independent doctors to monitor the policemen’s mental health!
Fuck the police! (They desperately need it.)

[1]
A disgraceful case of police brutality, witnessed by dozens of people: Young man (during his Xmas leave from serving in the army) goes out with his girlfriend , gets smashed by a group of armed riot police in the middle of the street (where there was not even a protest going on), brought to the hospital and then to the police headquarters to be charged for throwing fire-bombs:
http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=950800
Police VS citizens (subtitles):
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=KcQxdJzW3nU
Attack on random pedestrian, video taken from a flat:
http://www.tvxs.gr/v1509
Outrage of people while and after witnessing arrest of teenager by police: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=-HwHx2bJsYQ&NR=1
Another arbitrary arrest. People shout: He did not do anything! Leave the kid alone!
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=ywMn_KJmHYk
A moderate use of chemicals:
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=gOF9BGZjSSo
BBC news:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7782907.stm
The “flower stand” case, named after the defence by the police who argued that the student hit himself. The trial of the terrorists (if you have got a more precise definition of the policemen in this case, please let me know) took place on December 16th 2008. They have not been detained, have not lost their jobs, they paid money and went home:
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=39HEQUhhIXI
People trying to stop unreasonable arrests before a demonstration:
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=F61q2i4NPqE

[2] Petition online: http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?pantelis&51

[3] “Think of the bright side. We took you for 10 years younger; this is why we brought you here in the first place!” http://policeviolence.blogspot.com/2008/12/woman-arrested-and-attacked-by-greek.html
(by the way, it is irrelevant, don’t take me wrong, but does anyone have an idea about what the new detention centres in USA are for?)

[4] E.g. Media rarely presented the riots and the murder in chronological order, the killed boy was defined as “young activist” (implying a political and potentially violent confrontation between him and his killer), there was a preference in showing specific colours, flags and symbols among demonstrators, and the continuous (>18 days) upheaval made equal to the damages and looting that took place within the first 3 days, or to just the riots around the occupied polytechnic school of Athens (ongoing). Meanwhile, both the far-right and the Stalinist parties have explicitly blamed intellectuals and the left-greens for promoting violence.

[5] “… Stop watching! get out there!”: written on the banners raised by young protesters while being live broadcasted on December 16th after taking over the controls. This is what people watched on their TVs (nation-wide free reception): http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=EtReIz5xWms

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