Taking responsibility for the arson attack at the Real Group – Nature takes revenge
“…winter has passed, spring has passed, summer has come, autumn will come and winter will come again, the seasons will pass, but we will remain here”
-quote by Kurdish rebels
People’s lives in the big cities have become so empty. People have ended up dragging their carcasses through a daily suffering and a constant despair just to take a picture of a utility bill at the end of the day and post it on social media with digital cries of futility about a world that leads nowhere and a reality that is unbearable for them in the capitalist machine. People’s eyes have been trained to remain glued to the screens with their brain functions losing touch with their emotions, anger, hatred for the degradation of this rotten world, pain for their neighbor, history, memory, nature. People have been trained to watch the world in a digital reality that runs at ever greater speeds and end up being inert beings in this digital consumption without shaping events. And we, among others, somewhere in the margins of Existence of today, humbly trying to keep the flame alive from the eyes of the people we have lost by our side.
“Then the dead die when they are forgotten.”
“Even if we never win, we will always fight”
In this way we have honored our dead: We carried the incendiary device for our attack on Real as if we were carrying the remains of the dead of the social war. Two years exactly after the death-state murder of Vassilis Maggos we did this action and the spirit of Vassilis was inside us smiling at us.
At dawn on 13/07 we left an incendiary device of small power on the ground floor of the building outside the door of the Real News – Real Fm snitches. After the external destruction of the door, a fire broke out in the upper part of the building through the duct resulting in the total destruction of the premises of Real News and Real Fm, as well as a shipping company located in the same building. Our action was planned in such a way that no human (or non-human) life such as a passerby, resident, animal or worker/employee would be endangered, as it was, even though Mitsotakis and his mouthpieces would wish for the opposite. We therefore recommend that people keep calm and not eat the lies of the state narrative of events raw because as we will explain below, we live in a reality of lies. For any inconvenience to the working sound engineer of the building due to the murderous negligence of her bosses in not making adequate provision for easy egress of the building, we will seek a public apology from her exclusively, saying in retrospect publicly and humbly that our purpose was to make a symbolic attack. After all we knew the specifications of our action and that it would not put an innocent person at risk in a concrete building in front of Kifissias Avenue in Maroussi. And we reiterate that this is a fact already. It is not a theoretical scenario or an intuition in the realm of probability. It is funny the dimensions and magnitude of the lie given around this issue in the mainstream media, indicative that Greece is one of the countries that are hitting rock bottom in terms of freedom of the press since everything is directed as updates from the government’s mouthpiece. Anyway, we are one of those parts of the working class that is fighting its own struggles alongside many other workers and in no way would we want to harm a sound engineer, but only cause material damage to the building at material cost to their bosses. The crocodile tears of the New Democracy fascists for the worker have provoked our above anger with their crude hypocrisy. I wonder if they ever felt any pain for the many employer murders that have occurred recently such as the electrician Christos Zorbas in the HPEIROS industry or the murder of the COSCO dock worker? Hypocrisy, hypocrisy, hypocrisy… that is all that characterises the vulgarity of those in power. And to clarify the landscape, to answer that if we wanted to kill as presented by the “4th power” i.e. the executive organs of the lie of the state, which are the journalists, we would come one morning with a crowd of workers inside the offices and leave the device. But because we simply did not and do not have such a purpose to endanger ignorant people, obviously for all the reasons in the world we did not choose to do so.
You see, with all of you there in the ND we are separated by an abyss of values and priorities. We care about collateral damage so that it is prevented, based on the ethics and code of revolutionary violence, i.e. not endangering people who are not the target of the struggle and of any action we attempt. In contrast to you in this war we act differently, since the number of lives (trees, animals) that you have taken with the hundreds of thousands of acres of land burned when you burned northern Evia for RES investments in 2021 and now that you are burning in the same way a year later Samos, Rethymno, the forest areas of Achaia, Evia, Evros, Ilia and Itea etc., is incalculable, destroying the area of immeasurable ecological value of a primeval olive grove… and now Penteli! Let the whole country know and understand here and now that you are burning everything to desert it, to wipe out every trace of wildlife and in its place you are building wind turbines and other industrial renewable energy sources, to put in irons and machines, commercially and to boost the tourism industry. We stand with all those who are hurting and struggling for wildlife and the natural world!
In a similar way you have condemned all those you have blindly executed leading them to suicide and misery in the social genocide programs you have been implementing since covid19 in the labor sector (Hatzidakis law), as well as with the weapons and military material you have sent to Ukraine to slaughter people. This is why we chose to attack the little shop that goes by the name of Real News and supports the propaganda of your politicians. This is why we also visited you in your little shop in the local offices of Pefkis-Lykovrisi for the reasons we supported in our text below: https://athens.indymedia.org/post/1618836/ (English)
Our action at Real Group is wholeheartedly dedicated to the anarchist hunger striker and comrade Giannis Michailidis who since 23/05 has been demanding the obvious: His release from prison, since he fulfils all the conditions for his release having served 3/5 of his sentence according to the laws of the bourgeois state, which the bastards in the well-polished thrones of Power (Executive-Judicial) do not hesitate to shred at any moment.
At this point, because we believe that this text may be read by a wider audience, we consider it appropriate to include the texts with the speech of Giannis Michailidis himself so that as many people as possible can read them:
Texts from inside the Lamia hospital:
Regarding the hunger strike of Giannis Michailidis
He is an anarchist hunger striker for whom the non-fulfilment of his demand is certainly perceived as an attempt to eliminate and murder him. The comrade is approaching 60 days of hunger strike and is already physically suffering to the point of endangering his own life with every passing minute. The attempt to exterminate him can be seen from the chronology of the strike: on the 29th day of the hunger strike (20/06) the already 2nd request for release of Giannis was rejected and when an appeal was made it was rejected again on 06/07 by the Public Prosecutor’s Office, while the final decision is expected from the committee that will meet on 25/07 and while the striker will be on his 64th (!!!) day of hunger strike. In our language this is an attempted murder, a degradation of our comrade’s dignity, a crude mockery and basically an underestimation of the intelligence of a sub-standard thinking person. At the same time, comrade Giannis Michailidis is experiencing his captivity on hunger strike in the most inhumane way, guarded, deprived of regular visits and denied access to news. This is a direct attack on his psychology to beat his morale. We from the streets make a promise: We will stay by your side until the end of the struggle, our brother. With our hearts pounding in the pulse of hate.
Here to say that if Giannis Michailidis suffers health damage during the continuation of his hunger strike, our flames will envelop places you would not expect. This is a small town and we are studying every spot of asphalt where you drool as you walk. Should Giannis Michailidis be martyred as the first dead hunger striker in Greece and in the last 40 years in Europe, the metropolis will not resemble what it is now.
A few words about Real News and the mole Nikos Hadjinikolaou
“In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni”
(“We circle in the darkness and fire consumes us”)
We are living in the period of complete confusion and de-normalization of all value. A period surrounded by the violence of survival, cop violence, gender violence, violence against nature, and the most dominant violence of all: that of apathy which really killed the past, kills the present and the future. We could say that this is a period of political and cultural decline. Long before our fires, our war is one of consciousness and perception. Digital information and the speed at which it runs, the constant existence and interaction of society through social media, the algorithmic control and guidance of stimuli on screens create a suffocating condition. People are altered, they become nothing in alienation and obscurity, in the socializing through the tubes that the state has so pushed us through the years of pandemic and the tele-life of incarceration, people forget until they consume the next great spectacle.
In a tragic annihilation of any trace of logic, the miasma of the ND, SYRIZA and the entire so-called democratic arc came out to talk about an attack on the freedom of the press, smearing our action on the whole issue. For the information of anyone/everyone who wants to do some basic research, press freedom in the country is one of the worst in the world under both SYRIZA and ND based on evidence of press direction by government parties and their respective business lobbies working together. Take note that journalism in the Greek territory is not objective and anyone who believes this is living under illusions and seeking oases. Based on recent revelations, the Mitsotakis government, (apart from the laundering of its own political figures involved in the Novartis pharmaceutical scandal and the involvement of its own political figures with child rapists), is also involved in citizen-journalist surveillance scandals by controlling movements and information. It is not neededat present to go into this, the data is on the internet, but it could not be left unmentioned.
But who does bourgeois journalism work for?
One thing that also cannot be left unsaid is how methodically the hunger strike of Giannis Michailidis was silenced. We chose to contribute to making it even more visible along with the crowds of people who took to the streets in support of this struggle. In a period of scandalous corruption and disorientation, where the judicial complex is washing out the child rapist Lignadis, the rapist Filippidis, the murderer of Alexandros Grigoropoulos, Korkoneas, the ZackieOh killers Hortaria and Dimopoulos, the Georgia Bika rape ring in Thessaloniki that goes by the surname “Leventis”, we remain cold and do not fall from the clouds. That is their role. Yes, this bourgeois neoliberal democracy and government is on the side of Lignadis, while we the people of struggle, Anarchy and Direct Conflict are on the side of the victims of the child rapists. It’s all clear because that’s what our code says. The Real News, acting as a media branch of the bourgeois state, stands with the government, its scandals, the child rapists, at the same time that the struggle of the hunger striker Giannis Michailidis is thoroughly concealed. Even if they were playing his struggle, however, we are sure that they would throw tons of anti-anarchist mud at the solidarity movement that unfolded and the striker himself. The crimes and cannibalizations of the cops are buried. Nikos Sampanis was murdered in cold blood in Perama and the criminal gang of cops of the DIAS group that executed him were not even remotely revealed. On the contrary, the video of our action was immediately given to the TV cesspool so that our bodies could be pilloried as meat in the bourgeois media machine. This is of course not the first time this has happened, Real News has multiple times given the faces of comrades publicly as “bounty hunters” always taking a line from the cops. Rejoice in your values. We have taught you well. And we are mapping you.
And why is the Real News a media offshoot of the government? But all one has to do is look at the resume of its chief journalist Nikos Hadjinicolaou. From a student he stuck his head in the student ND factions, then in the DAP, ONNED and so on. Flesh of the flesh of the ND mechanism, we know historically his role and who he has served in this country ideologically, politically, journalistically with his pen. This is to clarify who are the collaborators of those who murder nature, life and the very basis of society. We challenge Nikos Hadjinicolaou to make public the data on how much Real owed the Greek public in the past years. While he was owed millions of euros, other people were struggling to make a living.
There are indeed countless examples of cover-ups, arbitrariness and misinformation from the mainstream media. Why should we speak out? About how they peddle redevelopment and gentrification while displacing populations and privatizing public space? About the constant show that is put on about the situation in the Aegean Sea while war is blossoming in Europe? For how proudly they published junta-inspired measures during the covid19 periods when health became a tool of politics and an instrument of militarization and control? For the countless push-backs and murders of persecuted refugees, small children and migrant people in the Aegean Sea by the Greek Coast Guard and their extermination in the camps? For the plundering of nature and mountains everywhere in the countryside where the average person in the cities has not the slightest idea at the very moment when the rights for decisions concerning the selling off of nature are taken away by local bodies? Why should we really talk? They have the WILL to talk about freedom of the press by those who have even criminalized Craft themselves. If they could, they would criminalize and privatize our very breath.
The state artfully exploits and bombards its subjects with a chain of repeated crises. By tapping into the actual failure of the system in the midst of a capitalist crisis, all the crisis shocks for the state emerge: Sanitary, energy, environmental (in order to inspire green investments), warfare, and the list goes on as it seems to keep on going. On the one hand this is a tactic of constant orders and constant psychological violence on the masses and on the other hand it is a method of shock and disorientation to pass in a rapid and easy way in the zoological zone bills such as the one on Labor and Environment (see. Such as the changes in the Criminal Code (which creates candidates for prison for almost all poor people – justice is becoming more and more class-based), such as the Education Bill (which fills the universities with cops and privatises the universities), such as the Health Bill (increasing privatisation of institutions and insurances). At the same time, the state with its role of Saviour that it builds for itself shows how deeply it devalues the average person of the social base with the crumbs – coupons it offers in exchange for the above ‘crises’ in sectors such as tourism, electricity, fuel. When we speak of intellectual and cultural decline, we mean precisely this devaluation of our existence as beings through a set of mock oligarchy mechanisms. The devaluation of our spiritual quality and our bodies by a state hand that throws these crumbs away like the Nazis threw crumbs into the concentration camps of the Jews to let them cannibalize each other…
Explosive Solidarity and Attack
Carrying the memory, the words of the comrade and the rebellious comrades from Chile:
“We must change this peaceful, calm, simple way of life, without anything that is a daily routine. It must be a shock to become a life, a permanent shock. It has to be joy and pain, it has to be anger and hate.”
“When there are many without honor, there will always be others who carry with them the honor of the many.”
“Those who decide to rebel against the misery implanted in them from birth know only two destinies: prison and death, we whisper of a third option, THE REVOLUTION”
We carried out this action with the simplest means that can be found anywhere easily, legally. We say this and we will say it again to emphasize the following: There are no experts in violence. There is no room in the anarchist space for elite knowledge. We have no leaders. It is a horizontal space with horizontal organization and diffusion of expertise and that is its magic and diversity. There are no “serious and unconvincing”, there is no single caste of people who know how to act, operate and move. It is possible for each and every one of us, by studying the enemy, history and acting in the here and now, to do things that go beyond the limits. We believe that this is our historical role as anarchists as in earlier periods as well as now and for as long as the state and those in power exist. Things are serious and require constant vigilance. The state militarizes, controls, prevents and is ready to engage in a war that stays alive. At this point we want to say that the Insurrection is the only way to sabotage the war machine realistically against all nationalism, against all militarism left or right, against all Greek-Ukrainian-Russian states and against all murderous coalition of states like NATO-EU. What is appropriate in the present and in everything is the Insurrection and its propagation by all means to bring down the state. The path and the choice of “we did not know”, “we did not understand” is the path of a social-historical state of consensus similar to that which prevailed in Nazi Germany in its decline.
We do not, nor should we, heroize our action and every violent act. Nor do we fetishize every violent act that stands as a bulwark against the oppressors and power. But we do understand the term revolutionary violence as something defined and positioned by the perpetrators themselves. It is a matter of perception and this perception is only public and not a matter of some elite and “specialized revolutionaries”. Revolutionary violence is an integral part of the radical struggle to strengthen the autonomous code and autonomous culture, a new culture, revolutionary, against the current miserable way of life and hypocrisy. It allows us to become the purpose of all people with an anxiety and consciousness for human life and not survival. It gives us the space to speak of a constant rebellion and overthrow of the status quo. Let us become the essence of the present for a radical armed desire from below, for the civil war of consciousness and perception against the apathy and the thousands of forms of oppression that each and every one of us experiences every day. For these thousands of forms we have a trigger to start from. Because this world of lies, of the trade in propaganda and thought fabrication, of lies and violent journalism, only when it is reduced to rubble will we be able to step on it to plant a truly human communication.
A call for an international campaign of action “NATURE EXISTS” against the destruction of the natural world:
In recent years the natural world has been under an all-out assault by anthropocentric civilization. There are many examples: The Amazon (2019), Australia (2020), Siberia (2021), Greece-Euboea (2021), while this year, in parallel with what is happening in Greece, extreme ecosystem destruction is raging in countries such as Spain, France, Morocco, Portugal, etc. In Greece we count in a few days more than 70 fire fronts by those who want to build their arrogant investments on the corpses of wildlife. The latest sad example is the big fires in the mountainous area of Penteli that have been burning for the last few hours. We believe that this criminal phenomenon must be stopped by the forces of the social grassroots that have real sensitivities, as do our comrades internationally. Thus we call for a campaign under the code name “Nature takes revenge”.
PS: We give a loving hug to all the comrades in every city in Greece who continue to fight. We set up our fiery fronts as a signal of solidarity with the insurgents and insurrectionists all over the planet, from Chile to Sri Lanka. This system is out to kill us, we must flatten it.
IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF ANARCHIST HUNGER STRIKER GIANNIS MICHAILIDIS
ATTACK EVERYWHERE, FIRST AND FOREMOST UNTIL WE OVERTHROW THE STATE
THE STRUGGLE FOR THE FREEDOM OF ONE, THE STRUGGLE FOR THE FREEDOM OF ALL
STRENGTH TO THE COMRADES DIMITRIS HATZIVASSILIADIS, DINOS GIAGTZOGLOU AND HARIS MATZOURIDIS WHO ARE ON HUNGER STRIKE IN SOLIDARITY WITH GIANNIS MICHAILIDIS
PRACTICAL SOLIDARITY WITH THE MEMBERS OF THE ANARCHIST ACTION ORGANISATION
Thousands of Suns of the Night