Denouncement-declaration by the Libertarian Syndicalist Union (ESE Athens) about the beating of Kostas Paloukis.
The Libertarian Syndicalist Union (ESE Athens) denounces the unprovoked, unnecessary and paramilitary attack of Kostas Paloukis by a team of members of refugee housing squat of Gini building at the National Technical University of Athens – Historical Polytechnic School of the November 17th 1973 uprising.
in the afternoon of June 10th 2016 Kostas Paloukis found himself inside the Gini building trying to locate the area within the campus where an open event under the name “Initiative for an Anticapitalist and Revolutionary ANTARSYA” (Antarsya is a small extra-parliamentary left party) would take place. In his attempt to communicate by cellphone with the organizers of the event, he was surrounded by people who were members of the squat and who demanded his phone to check for photographs. He replied that he is a member of NAR and ANTARSYA and he was heading to the event. After refusing to surrender his phone, these people started to call him an undercover agent and begun hitting him repeatedly on his body and face inflicting injuries.
The historian Kostas Paloukis is well known within the wider anti-capitalist movement. He is known as a fighter of the extra-parliamentary left. The logic which is described by “anyone that we don’t know, is an informer or agent” and the practice of gangster violence (lynch-mob), similar to that of fascist hordes, has no place within the revolutionary and antagonistic movement. It can not have any relation to the anti-authoritarian and libertarian movement. So, as ESE we condemn this practice without a second thought. Such practices are also opposed to the fundamentals and principles of the refugee solidarity movement. If it could ever be possible, in the name of immigrants/refugees to act as lynch-mob warriors! Read the rest of this entry »
We publish here a text sent to us by the Libertarian Syndicalist Union of Athens about their Solidarity Fund.
The Solidarity Fund of the Libertarian Syndicalist Union (ESE Athens) has been in operation for 5 years. The idea for a permanent solidarity fund was born, when on the 31st October 2009 we gathered after a music night, 1060 euros, which we sent to cover the legal expenses of 6 arrested members of ASI (Anarcho-syndicalist Initiative of Serbia). Another music night followed on the 15th of May 2010. In this way we raised 561 euros. This money was the basis for the creation of the Solidarity Fund.
This Solidarity Fund is about supporting exclusively individuals, for example employees, the unemployed , immigrants who are in need due to been sacked or unemployed, have fallen ill, been in an accident or another social reason, also employees who have been on strike or are mobilized in a struggle (we call this a strike aid). The solidarity aid that we usually offer is about 200 euros. From this fund we don’t offer aid to collectives who are in struggle, i.e. an aid with which is to be used for the needs of a mobilization (for example propaganda e.tc). Such actions of solidarity are covered from the regular fund of ESE. Read the rest of this entry »
Neoliberalism has shown its teeth to the people of Greece and all Europeans. On January 25, 2015 the Social Democratic Party Coalition of the Radical Left (Syriza) won the parliamentary elections and the next day formed a coalition government with the right-wing Independent Greeks (Anel). Common denominator of both parties was opposing memoranda over the past five years that had led a big part of the population in poverty and destitution, and had laid the foundation of a totalitarian dominance of neoliberalism, perhaps unprecedented in the history of the Greek state.
A few days later the “negotiations” between the Greek government and representatives of the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and the European Union began, that is the so-called “Troika”, which the government euphemistically renamed “the institutions”, thinking that something will change if you change the name (a speculative explanation was that troika was treated as a single entity while in fact they were three representative entities which did not all serve the exact same interests and therefore during negotiations their contradictory interests can be manipulated by the Greek negotiating team to improve its position). From the outset it was clear that Europeans (and partly the IMF) had no intention of signing a “decent [honest] deal” as they referred to the government as being clumsy, having illusions about the role of these institutions and of corporatist capitalism. It was clear that the European neoliberalism wanted to humiliate and discredit the Social Democratic government, pushing for a more aggressive neoliberal transformation.
Each time the Greek government proposed something, the European blackmailers demanded even more painful measures, more privatization, more poverty for the Greek people. The mass disinformation is dedicated to a real orgy of terrorization, propaganda programs on TV and radio literally 24 hours a day. They did not stop the terrorist propaganda even after the referendum was lost to a majority NO to the proposed deal. (The referendum was for a YES/NO to the European proposal, which the media clearly portrayed as an unconditional YES to measures or “Total destruction of the nation and its economy”). It was clear that something important was at stake for the media owners. Read the rest of this entry »
In this post we publish a brief presentation of the upcoming Anarchist Book fair in Patras, organized by the self-organised social centre “Epi ta proso”.
2nd Anarchist bookfair in Patras
To be held on May 28, 29 & 30 in “Esperos” (atrium by Georgiou Square, the central square of the city)
Organizing the first Anarchist bookfair in Patras, Greece, last May was an idea with which comrades participating in the self-organised social centre “Epi ta proso” had been flirting for quite some time. The success of last year’s event and the positive feedback encouraged us to hold the bookfair this year too, hoping that it will be established as an annual 3-day event featuring book presentations, discussions, exhibitions, cultural events and, first and foremost, the abundance and quality of titles from anarchist and radical publishers and distributors.
The aim of this festival is to bring out the wealth of anarchist, antiauthoritarian and libertarian concepts and diffuse anarchist ideas into society, especially young people across the city. This is particularly important at a time when state propaganda against those who opt for self-organization and grass-roots inititatives as a means to fight prevails, and racism, social cannibalism and turning to fascism are presented as the sole options to overcome the unfolding crisis. Read the rest of this entry »
These two texts have been sent to our email by the Libertarian Syndicalist Union (ESE). The first one is a description of the actions taken place by the Unión regarding the issue of the Syrian refugees who have arrived in Greece during the past months. The second is an analysis of the issue.
On Friday, December 19th, our members visited the Syrian refugees, which have resorted to a hotel located in the center of Athens, waiting for the fulfillment of Greek state’s commitments (granting asylum and travel documents).
We transported and delivered some clothing, food and medicine, contributing to the effort made to meet their needs. We also discussed with them about the civil war, their uprooting, their fight, listened carefully to their problems as well as their concerns and pledged to keep in constant touch and help them in every possible way.
Moreover, we visited some Syrian refugees that live in another hotel, whose accommodation costs are covered by a Solidarity Assembly. Like the previous ones, these refugees were «seeped» by the Greek police in Syntagma Square, with a violent and inhumane way, having lost their personal stuff (documents, mobile phones, money, clothes, shoes). Read the rest of this entry »
A few days ago early parliamentary elections were called due to the failure of the neoliberal government and its allies to elect a president, which took three rounds of voting in parliament. The party that appears to have benefited the most from this political development, and of resulting political games in handling the financial crisis among the capitalist managers, is the leftist Syriza. Syriza appears by polls to be slightly ahead of the New Democracy party which is the leading party within the ruling coalition.
For us, parliamentarism, representation, and delegation, are the main political aspects of the current sociopolitical system that is rotting and failing. This is an inhumane system of hierarchical and class organization of society, of human exploitation, and individualism. We propose the horizontal and communal organization of society, the elimination of social and economic stratification, collectivism, and participatory management of all public affairs.
The reason why we decided to devote some time to assess and describe these recent developments is on one hand to publicize our view about them, and on the other hand to send a message to one of the most disgusting servants of the system; Those who manipulate information, that is those who are in charge of public brainwashing, propaganda, and mass dissemination of domination (so far) rhetoric. As they are persons that have no voice of their own and act as mere puppets in the hands of their political and economic masters, and this may also be a message sent to the latter ones. Read the rest of this entry »
A quadriplegic woman died after Greek Public Power Company (PPC) cut off the electricity supply due to debts and the life supporting oxygen machine stopped working. The bed-ridden woman was alone at home, when the PPC team came to cut the electricity supply. The life supporting machine worked for one more hour after the power outage.
Eytyxia Popodaki, 56, was suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis for 20 years. She was bed-ridden and on life support since 2003. She was certified with invalidity of 100%. The tragedy unfolded on Wednesday 23 July 2014, noon in Nea Chania on the island of Crete and triggered outrage among the Greek society. Her family filed a law suit against PPC. An autopsy is expected to show the exact cause of her death.
The debt to PPC was €237 for electricity consumption and €573 for the “emergency property tax”, media report. But her son declared that an “anonymous donor” had recently paid the largest debt amount and that the debt was down to 110 euro.
According to mass media, the caretaker of the woman was absent for a couple of hours in order to fix some issues, when the team arrived to cut the power supply. The team rang the bell but nobody answered. They cut the power supply and left allegedly leaving behind a notice. But her family told the media that the life supporting machine rings alarm when the power is cut. The life supporting machine worked autonomously for one more hour. When the caretaker returned home the woman was in coma. An ambulance transferred her to a nearby hospital but the woman died on the way. Read the rest of this entry »
“Anarchist books are a weapon against modern totalitarianism”
Organizing the first Anarchist book fair in Patras, Greece has been an idea with which comrades currently participating in the self-organized social center “Epi ta proso”1 have been flirting for quite some time.
The aim of this festival is to bring out the wealth of anarchist, anti-authoritarian and libertarian concepts and diffuse anarchist ideas into society, especially young people across the city. This is particularly important at a time when state propaganda against those who opt for self-organization and grass-roots initiatives as a means to fight prevails, and racism, social cannibalism and turning to fascism are presented as the sole options to overcome the unfolding crisis.
At the same time, even within the resistance movement, political discussion and exchange of ideas to achieve a more in-depth analysis is treated with contempt; we thus believe that promoting self-education, political and theoretical investigation, preserving social and working-class memory against lifestyle anarchism and political hooliganism are of prime importance in the direction of a wider reconstruction of the radical and revolutionary movement. Read the rest of this entry »