In recent times, we have seen the campus of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki turned into a release field for the murderous mania of the cops. Similar incidents of violence will become a daily occurrence in whichever campuses the university police are installed, which in order to get a foothold in the sanctuary will come accompanied by all the forces of the Greek police. This wave of repressive violence is intended to crush any possible resistance to the educational restructuring that has already been passed, namely the exclusion of the social base from higher education, disciplinary measures and the expulsion of students, cameras and controlled entry to schools, the alignment of curricula and research with the interests of capital.
In the wake of this restructuring we see more and more collaborations between Greek universities and military and police services, for whose needs research projects are carried out in the laboratories of the schools. These research projects, which concern border surveillance and the monitoring and suppression of militants, are funded by the EU and NATO to the tune of millions of euros.
In conclusion, within the framework of the European Defense Industrial Development Program, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the University of Patras in cooperation with the Hellenic Air Force and the Ministry of National Defense conducted the research project <<Project Lottus>> for the design of a drone for the protection of land and sea borders. As a continuation of this project, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Democritus University of Thrace and the University of Thessalias in cooperation with the Hellenic Aircraft Industry will carry out the industrial production of such a drone, which will be made available to Frontex and the coast guard, among others, the agencies responsible for thousands of murders and expulsions of migrants in the middle of the Aegean Sea. Similar research projects have been undertaken by the NTUA, under the EU-funded Horizon 2020 programme. From Jason and Poseidon to Andromeda and Ingenius, the NTUA has been involved time and again with the logistical upgrade of the border guard and the army. Another project that the NTUA has undertaken is Prevision, which promises to be a state-of-the-art tool in the hands of state security. The aim of the programme is to monitor and map individuals with deviant/radical attitudes and views. The coordinator of all these programmes, on behalf of the NTUA, is the EPISY, i.e. the research arm of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering.
We, for our part, will not remain apathetic to the participation of the universities in the industry of war and death, we will continue to sabotage and resist the plans of the state and capital for our faculties, against the subjugation and fear of repression. The recent example at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki has shown that no matter how much the repression and violence intensifies, the student struggles will not stop. For us, passive resistance against the police forces is not a one-way street. On the contrary, the use of anti-violence, both sabotage actions and generalized clashes with the cops on the street are an indispensable tool in the hands of the oppressed. This is because we know that the enemy will not take a single step back until our struggles become dangerous.
For all these reasons we chose to attack the offices of EPISY, inside Polytechnic City, at dawn on Saturday 25/6. Breaking through the security shutters, we used paint and fire extinguishers to cause material damage inside the building, where there are computers. This minimal reaction was only the beginning of a wave of sabotage actions against those university institutions involved in investigations of cops and the army.
TO CONFRONT, IN ALL FIELDS, BY ALL MEANS, THE CORPORATE UNIVERSITY AND THE INDUSTRY OF REPRESSION AND WAR
Anarchist students against the investigations of cops and the army
PS: We express our full solidarity with the struggle of the anarchist hunger striker (since 23/5) G. Michailidis, who is demanding his immediate release, having already served his sentence. Freedom for political prisoners.