The second public announcement of the five students requested by the Italian authorities for their participation at the No Expo demo that took place in the context of the May Day strike in Milan. 

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In May 1st of 2015, a large demo took place in the context of the May Day strike in Milan. It wasn’t just a day of national general strike, but a day of a meeting of movements from all over Italy (grassroots unions, social centers, students’ groups, struggle committees about housing, immigration communities, the No Tav movement etc) against the austerity measures that were voted and applied by the Renzi government. It was also the peak of the NO EXPO movement, against the international exposition EXPO, with the participation of people from many European countries against the glamorous opening of EXPO the very same day. The mass participation and the dynamics of the protest was the peak of a 7-year-old movement which questioned the exposition and its political campaign, setting in crisis the political careers of government officials and local authorities.

Seven years ago, in 2008, the municipality of Milan undertook hosting of the exposition. For its sake, 1,100 acres of land were concreted and local populations were displaced and their houses were expropriated, so they would submit to the development plans and their commercialization. The bosses bet that Milan would be a city attractive to the capital, and were trying to showcase it as a business capital and promote it as the 8th Wonder of the Modern World for the local working class people, to whom they promise development and new jobs. The whole city was stylised with luxurious buildings, new highways and spectacular projects. Behind the showcases of development, the bribes fell like domino one behind the other, the banks lent, managed and laundered money for the rest, the contractors took care to delay the projects so they could overprice them and, of course, among the contractors were involved the mafia with its businesses. Read the rest of this entry »

Communiqué of Housing Squat for Refugees to the Guest Refugees and Migrants.

As comrades in solidarity (Greeks and non-Greeks), we understand the immigration and refugee crisis, empathize with the difficulties and hardships that you have gone through until you arrived here and we seriously value your needs. We criticize and resist against the inhumane and unjust anti-immigration policies – practices of both Greece and the EU. For that matter, we have taken the initiative to occupy this public building on Notara 26 and create an open, self- organized and supportive housing facility with no interest neither to replace state responsibilities nor emerge as “goodwill” philanthropists. Instead, our aim is to show the indifference and hypocrisy of both the Greek and European authorities by standing by your side and actively expressing our solidarity through the operation of this housing squat, even if places are still limited.

This squat serves as a temporary housing space hosting refugees and migrants regardless of race, origin, religion, gender and sexuality. As it is a self-organized housing space, its right operation is based on the participation of its guests: in other words ‘you’. Every one of you, depending on your abilities, could and should participate in the management and maintenance of this space. Read the rest of this entry »

Today, Friday September 25th, 2015, the effort for the accommodation of refugees that began at 44 Arachovis Street, the old student restaurant building, relocated to 26 Notara Street, formerly the Single Fund for the Subsidiary Insurance of Salaried Employees (in Greek ETEAM). There were two reasons for this move: firstly, the new building suits the health and safety criteria for its intended purpose, i.e. to host refugees; secondly, we faced problems regarding the ownership status of the previous building that would end up in a precarious situation for its future occupants.

We are inviting groups and individuals to embrace this effort, both with their presence and any material help. The first and most pressing need is to clean the building, meaning that we need detergents. It is crucial that works finish soon with the involvement of all, to enable the accommodation of refugees as soon as possible.

We are inviting everybody to take part in today’s assembly at 19:00, in the occupied building at 26, Notara Street, to create working groups and to define the continual policy and social aims of this effort. Read the rest of this entry »

Athens, Nea Philadelphia: Centauro Social Center demolishedCentauro Social Center demolished. The repression of the various occupied social centers that was begun a few years ago by the rightist government continues with the leftist government. Yesterday, Wednesday August 5, 2015 the bulldozers of the municipality of Nea Philadelphia demolished the building of the Centauri occupied social, located in the neighborhood park.

The decision to demolish the building was taken in March 2015 . In April 2015 the Centauro Assembly issued a statement entitled “A few words about the occupation of Centaur and the dirty war of the municipal authorities” . The statement was issued by the CSO in the face of the danger of demolition by the municipal authorities. A few months later the mechanisms of state and municipal repression proceeded to demolish the CSO building that had been set up by several people who call themselves anti-authoritarians. Lately Centauro has carried out ​​several solidarity actions with the immigrants who have taken refuge in the Champ de Mars, in the center of Athens. Among them we mention a pickup of food and basic necessities.

In the afternoon of the day of the demolition an assembly was held in the demolished CSO space. Also, an event of information and solidarity took place in the center of Thessaloniki.

The text in Spanish, Portuguese.

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 »

This is a first report as of late July 2015… To be continued – hopefully-.

After a 35 year existence of a political/social movement (current), loosely referred to as an anarchist /antiauthoritarian movement, which in many cases it included organizational branches and individuals of the radical Marxist left, Marxist and anarchist autonomy, pacifist libertarians, and after several attempts to create an anarchist organization to link and unite all those independent collective entities and individuals (who couldn’t find themselves within a political collective) had failed, on December 2012 a more serious call appeared to reattempt to form such an organization. The initial call dated Dec.19 2012 came from 4 influential and long standing collectives after a lengthy discussion between them on how to address the need for further organization. Apparently this created a wide interest by several other collectives from Athens and the rest of Greece which became a complex process on how to develop commonly announced proposals towards organization and of political positions on the most important issues that anarchists frequently have positions on. The detailed content is yet unknown.

Outside the sphere of those collectives that participated in the effort for nearly two years there was silence and anticipation that something serious was baking in the oven. Some could smell and speculate but increasingly there was curiosity on what could possibly take so long. Eventually the silence broke from a dissatisfied collective called ASMPA (Anarchist Collective towards the Militant Proletarian Reconstitution) who apparently left the effort after a fierce disagreement with the rest on whether a collective (Kathodon) should and could be amongst the rest. This was a reminder and evidence that this effort was ongoing and it was widely supported by nearly 20 collectives from all around Greece. 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 »

Patras, May 28-30: Second Anarchist Book Fair 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 »

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