Report from Greece: Friday 12th December 2008: THEIR DEMOCRACY MURDERS…
Report from Greece: Friday 12th December 2008: THEIR DEMOCRACY MURDERS...
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Friday 12th December 2008
THEIR DEMOCRACY MURDERS...
On Saturday December 6, 2008, Alexandros Grigoropoulos, a 15-year old
comrade, was murdered in cold blood, with a bullet in the chest by the cop
Epaminondas Korkoneas of the special guards` police force in the area of
Contrary to the statements of politicians and journalists who are
accomplices to the murder, this was not an "isolated incident", but an
explosion of the state repression which systematically and in an organised
manner targets those who resist, those who revolt, the anarchists and
It is the peak of state terrorism which is expressed with the upgrading of
the role of repressive mechanisms, their continuous armament, the
increasing levels of violence they use, with the doctrine of "zero
tolerance", with the slandering media propaganda that criminalises those
who are fighting against authority.
It is these conditions that prepare the ground for the intensification of
repression, attempting to extract social consent beforehand, and arming
the weapons of state murderers in uniform that are targeting the people
who fight, the youth, the damned who are revolting in the entire country.
Lethal violence against the people in the social and class struggle is
aiming at everybody's submission, serving as exemplary punishment, meant
to spread fear.
It is the escalation of the generalized attack of the state and the bosses
against the whole of society, in order to impose more rigid conditions of
exploitation and oppression, to consolidate control and repression. An
attack that is reflected everyday on poverty, social exclusion, the
blackmail to adjust in the world of social and class divisions, the
ideological war launched by the dominant mechanisms of manipulation (the
mass media). An attack which is raging in every social space, demanding
from the oppressed their division and silence. From the schools' cells and
the universities to the dungeons of waged slavery with the hundreds of
dead workers in the so-called "working accidents" and the poverty
embracing large numbers of the population... From the minefields in the
borders, the pogroms and the murders of immigrants and refugees to the
numerous "suicides" in prisons and police stations... from the "accidental
shootings" in police blockades to violent repression of local resistances,
Democracy is showing its teeth!
In these conditions of fierce exploitation and oppression, and against the
daily looting and pillage that the state and the bosses are launching,
taking as spoils the oppressed people's labour force, their life, their
dignity and freedom, the accumulated social suffocation is accompanying
today the rage erupting in the streets and the barricades for the murder
>From the first moment after the murder of Alexandros, spontaneous
demonstrations and riots appear in the centre of Athens, the Polytechnic,
the Economic and the Law Schools are being occupied and attacks against
state and capitalist targets take place in many different neighbourhoods
and in the city centre. Demonstrations, attacks and clashes erupt in
Thessaloniki, Patras, Volos, Chania and Heraklion in Crete, in Giannena,
Komotini, Xanthi, Serres, Sparti, Alexandroupoli, Mytilini. In Athens, in
Patission street -outside the Polytechnic and the Economic School- clashes
last all night. Outside the Polytechnic the riot police make use of
On Sunday the 7th December, thousands of people demonstrate towards the
police headquarters in Athens, attacking the riot police. Clashes of
unprecedented tension spread in the streets of the city centre, lasting
until late at night. Many demonstrators are injured and a number of them
>From Monday morning until today the revolt spreads and becomes
generalized. The last days are full of uncountable social events: militant
high school students' demonstrations ending up -in many cases- in attacks
against police stations and clashes with the cops in the neighborhoods of
Athens and in the rest of the country, massive demonstrations and
conflicts between protestors and the police in the centre of Athens,
during which there are assaults in banks, big department stores and
ministries, siege of the Parliament in Syntagma square, occupations of
public buildings, demonstrations ending in riots and attacks against state
and capitalist targets in many different cities.
The attacks of the police against youth and generally against people who
are fighting, the dozens of arrests and beatings of demonstrators, and in
some cases the threatening of protestors by cops waving their guns, as
well as their cooperation with the fascist thugs -like in the incidents of
Patras, where cops together with fascists charged against the rebels of
the city-, are the methods in which the state's uniformed dogs are
implementing the doctrine of "zero tolerance" under the commands of the
political bosses in order to suppress the wave of revolt which was
triggered last Saturday night.
The terrorism by the police occupation army is completed by the exemplary
punishment of those who are arrested and now facing severe accusations
leading to their imprisonment:
In the city of Larisa, 8 persons arrested are prosecuted with the
"anti"terrorist law and were imprisoned facing charges for "criminal
organization". 25 immigrants who were arrested during the riots in Athens
face the same charges as well. Also in Athens, 5 of the arrested on Monday
were imprisoned, and 5 more who were arrested Wednesday night are in
custody and will be taken in front of a prosecutor next Monday, facing
At the same time, a deceitful propaganda war is launched against the
people fighting, paving the way for repression, for the returning in the
normality of social injustice and submission.
The explosive events right after the murder caused a wave of international
mobilization in memory of Alexandros and in solidarity with the revolted
who are fighting in the streets, inspiring a counter-attack to the
totalitarianism of democracy. Concentrations, demonstrations, symbolic
attacks in greek embassies and consulates and other solidarity actions
have taken place in cities of Cyprus, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Holland, G.
Britain, France, Italy, Poland, Turkey, USA, in Ireland, Sweden,
Switzerland, Australia, Slovakia, Croatia, Russia, Bulgaria, Rumania,
Belgium, N. Zealand, Argentina, Mexico, Chile and elsewhere.
We continue the occupation of the Polytechnic School which started on
Saturday night, creating a space for all people who are fighting to
gather, and one more permanent focus of resistance in the city.
In the barricades, the occupations, the demonstrations and the assemblies
we keep alive the memory of Alexandros, but also the memory of Michalis
Kaltezas, of Carlo Giuliani, Michalis Prekas, Christoforos Marinos and of
all the comrades who were murdered by the state. We don't forget the
social-class war in which these comrades fell and we keep open the front
of a total refusal to the aged world of Authority. Our actions, our
attempts are the living cells of the insubordinate free world that we
dream, without masters and slaves, without police, armies, prisons and
The bullets of the murderers in uniform, the arrests and beatings of
demonstrators, the chemical gas war launched by the police forces, the
ideological attack of Democracy not only cannot manage to impose fear and
silence, but they become for the people the reason to raise against state
terrorism the cries of the struggle for freedom, to abandon fear and to
meet -more and more every day, youth, high school and university students,
immigrants, jobless, workers- in the streets of revolt. To let the rage
overflow and drown them!
THE STATE, THE BOSSES, THEIR THUGS AND THEIR LACKEYS ARE MOCKING US,
ROBBING US AND KILLING US!
LET'S ORGANISE, COUNTER-ATTACK AND SMASH THEM!
THESE NIGHTS BELONG TO ALEXIS!
CONCENTRATION FOR SOLIDARITY TO THE ARRESTED AT EVELPIDON COURTHOUSE:
MONDAY, 15 DECEMBER 2008, 9am
IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF ALL THE ARRESTED
We are sending our solidarity to everyone occupying universities, schools
and state buildings, demonstrating and clashing with the state murderers
all over the country.
We are sending our solidarity to all comrades abroad who are mobilizing,
transferring our voice everywhere. In the great battle for global social
liberation we stand together!
The Occupation of the Polytechnic University in Athens,
Friday, December 12, 2008
The assembly of the Occupation takes place everyday at 8pm in the
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