Back in the distant 2007, at a time of underlying and subtle social processes that would culminate in the December 2008 uprising, the authorities were looking after one of their favourite children. George Voulgarakis, a member of the deepest party-apparatus of New Democracy and Minister of Public Order, is caught up in the maelstrom of phone tapping scandals and ‘disappearances’ of Pakistani migrants and refugees. The state, however, always takes care of its children and Voulgarakis goes on “vacation”, away from the “hot potato” of the Ministry of Public Order, taking over the “loose” Ministry of Culture.
But some people do not forget and do not forgive. At 10:00am on July 3, 2007, a few hours after Voulgarakis and his police escort arrived at the ministry on Bouboulinas Street, they were attacked by a group of twenty comrades, with Molotov cocktails and a bag full of gasoline canisters and camping gas canisters, that fell into Voulgarakis’ own vehicle. The policemen open fire on the comrades, only thus managing to make them retreat.
In the text in which they claimed responsibility, they state:
“The attack on Culture Minister G. Voulgarakis was carried out as a sign of solidarity with the imprisoned militants. The Minister of Culture was chosen because a representative of the government is always a target of militants, let alone when he has served as Minister of Public Order and his term of office has remained unforgettable. He was the political head of the Ministry of Order when he intercepted and monitored the conversations of hundreds of citizens through vodafone. He was the political head of the Ministry of Order and responsible for the abduction and interrogation of dozens of Pakistani migrants. Finally, under the orders of Voulgarakis and on the occasion of the robbery of the National Bank in January 2006, for which Yannis Dimitrakis is on trial on 6 July, the anti-authoritarian movement was subjected to one of the most furious assaults of recent years with pogroms, kidnappings, slander, smears and finally prosecutions of anarchists. Freedom to those imprisoned in the cells. Solidarity to all persecuted comrades. As for their shooting, deliberately at point blank range and not in the air, the cops had better be careful because such moves can be met with the same price.” Continue reading “Greece: ‘To break the codes of repression’, Financial support for court expenses of comrade Kostas K. EN/GR”→
On Wednesday night 14/12 we carried out an incendiary attack on a Hertz van which was parked in the area of Exarcheia.
This company, known for its investments on the one hand and as an important cog in the capitalist world on the other, is a political opponent for us.
The area of Exarcheia, and not only, is not safe for these vehicles and everything connected with this world. Exarcheia was, is and will be an area that gave birth to and still nurtures political consciousnesses that dream of the destruction of this world.
This attack was a reflexive move in response to the events of the last few days; the arrests of the December 6 march, the arrests of the march for Kostas Fragoulis, the blockade of our comrades in law; the days of Alexis and the blood that never ceases to seek revenge, when fourteen Decembers later the State and its armed trash arm, shoot and kill.
The attack is dedicated to the memory of Kostas Fragoulis, killed by a cop’s bullet.
Another state murderous attack, just one day before December 6, when cops murdered 15-year-old student Alexis Grigoropoulos. The 16-year-old Roma, Kostas Fragoulis, was shot in the head by cops over 20 euros of unpaid petrol. Our anger will drown you!
Late in the evening of 6 December we caused material damage to the Piraeus Bank ATM in V.Konstantinou as a minimal expression of anger against the murdering state. It is clear that any targeting of a bank is a legitimate and honest act, since they, committed to capitalism and its perpetuation, suck the blood of people all over the earth. As long as we remain inactive in the war we are currently living through, we will be complicit in the rot.
THE BLOOD FLOWS WITH VENGEANCE – THE FLAME OF DECEMBER HAS NOT YET BEEN EXTINGUISHED
FIGHT TO THE END OF STATE AND CAPITAL
STRENGTH TO THOSE WHO CHOSE THE PATH OF REFUSAL AND REBELLION
Uniformed bastards of the DI.AS. chase a vehicle that does not stop at their signal. They shoot the driver who has left a gas station without paying the price. A bullet is lodged in the head and the driver loses control of the vehicle. The result? Kostas Fragoulis a 16 year old kid in intensive care from a cop’s bullet to the head.
Scum Snitch Journalists
Before the truth about the event has even come to light, police reporters have begun to weave the dominant narrative. The journalistic vagrancy is talking about a maniacal driver who rammed a police vehicle to get away from the chase. It is the compounded lie that as another truth will give extenuating circumstances to the thug of the DI.AS. In the same way that the uniformed scum in Perama were exonerated. The journalistic sycophants, bloodthirsty in the arena of spectacle, constitute the state narrative that adorns the prestige of the criminal nature of tyranny.
When the state murdered the 15-year-old anarchist comrade Alexandros Grigoropoulos, the media saw vandalism and riots. When the battalions of Chrysochoidis executed comrade Lambros Fountas, the terror panels of Lambropoulos and Souliotis spoke of an Albanian thug. In Perama 38 bullets in the body of Nikos Sampanis shielded the self-defence of the motorized assault battalions of the DI.AS. And when the lie does not overshadow the truth, they bury it by overemphasizing it in the next main news story, just as they buried the murder of 16-year-old Michalis in Ditika, when he was swept away by a police service vehicle. Today the authoritarian subjectivity of the armed journalistic pen is pitted against the same bloody truth over and over again. A 16-year-old kid in intensive care from a cop’s bullet to the head. Continue reading “Greece: ’14 years later the only thing that has changed is the bullet in the chamber’ – Thanos Chatziangelou”→
Extensive attacks on the riot cops in the center of Thessaloniki after the march for Alexandros Grigoropoulos who was killed by cops in 2008, turned into a riot on 6th Decemeber. Beginning 5th December, there have been extensive riots in Athens and Thessaloniki, protests in many towns around the country, after the shooting in the head of 16 year old Roma kid Kostas Fragoulis. At the same time, the Roma communities in the suburbs of Thessaloniki, Athens and other towns are rising up, fighting with the cops out side the hospital Kostas is being treated in, even outside the court where the cop murderer appeared. Barricades built of burning tyres and vehicles have been erected in their neighborhoods. In Ioannina a cop station was attacked during a protest, in Volos the ruling party New Democracy had its local HQ destroyed, in a Athens metro station a cop was cornered and had to be rescued by the scum of the OPKE special unit, that are also being used to attempt to put down the riots in the Roma areas. Spontaneous attacks are increasing, while the Roma are calling for an insurrection and further protests are planned outside the court and hospital.
During today’s march, a political intervention took place, specifically breaking into the offices of the New Democracy Party. We broke the glass entrance, then went up to the 2nd floor, broke the door and threw white paint.
The above action took place on the occasion of the attempted state murder of 16-year-old K. Fragoulis on the eve of December 6, the boiler room explosion that led to the death of a student in a primary school in Serres and the provocative attitude of the Prime Minister who praised the cops with 600 euros.
AGAINST THE STATE AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE DAY
WE ORGANIZE HORIZONTALLY AGAINST THE HIERARCHY AND RESPOND IN THE STREETS
At dawn on Monday 5 December, we attacked supermarkets of large chains in the city of Patras, with sledgehammers, causing damage. We chose the supermarkets:
Sklavenitis on the El. Stratiotou
Sklavenitis in Notaras
Market In on Souda Street
It is known to all that accuracy and the unbearable cost of living are not “sky-high” concepts that “happened” to be created by the war in Ukraine and the revaluations it brings, as the Greek state sells as a narrative. On the contrary, they are the result of an increasingly deepening crisis that capital has been in for at least 15 years. In the midst of this crisis, and the opportunity it presents to the world’s rulers, wealth is being redistributed, geopolitical balances are being redistributed, new energy hubs are being created and overall competition is intensifying. In this context, the effect on everyday life for the vast majority of society is more brutal than ever. More and more impoverishment and misery, the imposition of a working dark ages and modern slavery.
In this crisis, the state and capital are attempting ever harder, more totalitarian changes in their functioning, imposing ever harsher conditions on our lives, creating the necessary conditions and situations for the further plundering and exploitation of our lives and the natural world for the sake of their profitability.
The Greek state is certainly moving in the same direction. Only in the last 10-15 years we can mention the memoranda, the neglect and dismantling of the public health care system for the benefit of private interests, the continuous subsidizing of banks from state funds, costs that fall on the backs of society, financial scandals in every sector, bills for the exploitation of the environment, the dismantling of the remaining public character in education and health, the anti-labour bill – the infernal Hantzidakis bill, the tightening of repression and criminal treatment especially of those who struggle and so much more. Continue reading “Patras, Greece: Responsibility claim for attacks on supermarket chains”→
There are only bloodthirsty protesters in a brutal fury
with the breakneck speed of desperation
the com-mat-asfalites1, the chemical tear gas, the shields.
the helmets, the incubating cages
the snake eggs of the fascist crawling society….
George Tsingos and the Black Circles
Watching the domestic news of the last few months, one will see that despite the social reactions that have developed, the isolation and suppression of the antagonistic movement as well as the imposition of unprecedented social control measures remains a key objective of the Greek state. The gentrification of Exarcheia includes the construction of a metro station in the square, the redevelopment-privatisation of the Strefi Hill and the blocking of access to the Polytechnic and aims to uproot the revolutionary tradition of the area. Similarly, the installation of MAT platoons and all kinds of cops inside the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki aims to sterilize the university premises from any voice of opposition to the bosses. But beyond hitting the movements, the hiring of thousands of new cops, the millions given to equip the police and their constant presence in the public arena on every occasion set the tone of the new social contract. And all this at a time when society is being impoverished anew, with precision pushing those from below to the limits of survival. In a nutshell as Petsas arrogantly informed us adaptation (to capitalist and state dictates) or death.
The effort by the current government to restructure the education system and especially the universities begins the very next day after its election with the abolition of the university asylum. Their pretext was to crack down on lawlessness and instil a sense of security. This was followed by the passing of Law 4777 in the midst of quarantine to avoid major social reactions. The response to those that were manifested was a display of fierceness and brutality. Just a few examples:
the pulling of a gun by a cop at the ΑΣΣΟΕ (Athens School of Economics)
the two evacuations of the occupied rectorate of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in the space of one month in 2021
the evacuation of the steki at the Biologcko
the hundreds of injuries, beatings and arrests in the last two years in student mobilizations
the firing of asphyxiant inside the ΣΘΕ (School of Sciences) in broad daylight with hundreds of students and workers trapped inside the building and suffocating
the hitting and severely injuring of a student with a flashbang grenade fired at point-blank range
the murderous attack on the crowd attending Thanasis Papakostantinou’s concert during the 3rd Libertarian Festival of Occupied Spaces and Collectives, which almost resulted in people being trampled.
RESPONSIBILITY CLAIM FOR THE ATTACK ON THE MAT SQUAD IN CH.TRIKOPI
On Saturday 2/4 we chose to attack the MAT squad in front of the PASOK offices in Charilaou Trikoupis. The attack turned out exactly as we had planned where, with great ease and comfort, we arrived in front of the frightened eyes of the cops who started with quick steps backwards throwing tear gas from a distance, not having the possibility to do more.
The plan had two stages, with the first being to attack the cops at the PASOK offices with 30 Molotov cocktails and the second being to create fires in the surrounding streets simply as a demonstration and reminder of how easily we can be next to you.
While the second part of the plan was being implemented the DELTA/DRASI group made their appearance. Of course from our side there was no concern from their presence as their appearance was part of our planning and those comrades who had the role of attacking them attacked them. The reaction of DELTA/DRASI was to be expected, they stayed pinned to their motorbikes, sent from afar what they could send and did not take a single step to approach us. The mere sight of a few Molotov cocktails and the ready crowd, terrified them and awakened memories of old times. As a consequence of this fear, we were given the comfort of entering the Exarchia neighbourhood with the crowd of people without any problem. We then remained for some time in the surrounding alleys observing their movements for future attacks.
The choice of the Exarcheia neighborhood to carry out the attack was not accidental. The rebellious Exarcheia is a reference point for the antagonistic movement, a neighbourhood of politicisation, fermentation and insurgency. From the anti-dictatorial struggles and clashes of the Polytechnic uprising of ’73, the murder of comrade Michalis Kaltezas* and the Chemistry revolt of ’85**, the murder of the student Alexandros Grigoropoulos and the December 2008 uprising to the defence of our neighbourhood by groups of fascists and parastatals in the ridiculous Macedonia rallies of 18-19, Exarcheia has always been a place of freedom, comradeship and struggle for those who fight to overthrow the rotten reality of the state. Continue reading “Athens, Greece: Responsibility claim for the attack on the MAT (riot squad) at Ch.Trikoupis”→
Revolutionary memory is not an empty letter. It is not a museum affair. It is not a dry ritual that is exhausted in anniversary recurrences. Revolutionary memory is the thread that binds the past to the present and that lays the foundations for a future that will do justice to those who sacrificed for a different world. A world where no one will see the sky through barbed wire, where no one will have their bodies broken in the sweatshops of class exploitation, where no one will be murdered on land and sea borders, in police stations, in the urban ghettos of metropolises. Revolutionary memory brings together those who are missing from our side, making them complicit in our subversive projects and dreams. Revolutionary memory, if we give it the value it deserves, becomes a subversive project, a springboard for struggle, a source of inspiration and disposition in the beautiful cause of freedom. For the words that will form a conceptual framework different from the one spoken today by politicians, economists, military analysts, industrialists, the golden boys of the stock exchange, journalists. Or they will be words armed ready to become an impulsive energy. Or they will be nothing.
The metropolises are the modern steam engines, they are the universal factories of capitalism. The transparent sweatshops where capital’s domination, control and repression of the explosive contradictions it produces are absolutely institutionalized.
The crimes of the state and capitalism within the metropolises become isolated incidents. They are recorded in fragmentary narratives by the bourgeois ideology that imposes its hegemony. Our own memory, which should highlight them and transform them into social consciousness, into a perception of our role and position, is constantly absent. When it is not, it is blurred, colourless, non-existent, empty of content. Fascist censorship here has for the moment been replaced by a new form of active censorship. The production of incessant distorted knowledge, the methodical reversal of facts, their insidious substitution. It is revisionism that attacks consciences, memories, the very history of the struggles. Continue reading “Athens, Greece: 4-11 June Week of Reconstruction of the Alexandros Grigoropoulos Monument”→