Athens: Third antifascist motorcycle demo clashed with neo-Nazis
greece / turkey / cyprus |
Thursday October 04, 2012 20:01 by contra-info
Athens: Third antifascist motorcycle demo clashed with neo-Nazis
Anarchist banner in Kamara, Thessaloniki: “Solidarity with the arrestees of the antifascist motorcycle demo – Athens – Evelpidon courts, 4/10”
The night of September 15th saw the first motorcycle patrol through Athens centre with flypostering and protest chants against neo-Nazi attacks. On September 22nd another antifa motorcycle demo was realized successfully.
In the evening of Sunday, September 30th, a third antifascist intervention–motorcycle patrol passed through downtown locations, but was soon hindered by fascist scum. Consequently, comrades trashed nearly three neo-Nazis close to Phylis street in the sector of Aghios Panteleimonas, downtown Athens. At approximately 9pm, while one of the fascists was still lying wounded on the ground, the demo’s last motorcycles were attacked in retaliation by several thugs of the DELTA motorcycle police unit.
Almost all of the antifascists on motorbikes were chased and attacked, first in the vicinity of Amerikis square (not far from the Tanzanian community centre, which was ransacked by fascists only a few days ago), then on Alexandras avenue, but also as they were heading back to Exarchia.
There, also, a couple of youths were persecuted and detained by cops. Several motorbikes were left behind and eventually confiscated by the police. Soon thereafter, many comrades gathered in the central Athenian squats in defense of the sites. Among an unconfirmed number of comrades injured by cops, one antifascist was seriously wounded. Nearly 23 people who took part in the action were initially reported missing. Among them, 15 were arrested at different locations and held in the police headquarters on Alexandras Avenue, without access to any lawyer.
A gathering was called for Monday noon, October 1st, at Evelpidon courts in solidarity with the arrestees. The proceeding was delayed and finally postponed for Thursday, while the gathering was attended by more than 300 comrades. In the evening, various police units attacked furiously the supporters inside the courtyard and persecuted them in nearby streets, resulting to numerous detentions —4 were later turned into arrests.
The 15 antifascists that were arrested on 30/9 are still held in the police headquarters —due to appear in Evelpidon courts in the morning of Thursday 4/10. The 4 comrades arrested on 1/10 will be held in the police headquarters until Friday 5/10, when they will probably undergo trial in Evelpidon courts.
Antifascists who took part in the action have not yet released their own version of events, but notified there is a need to raise more than 10,000euros for legal expenses and monetary bails. Furthermore, in the late evening of Wednesday 3/10, they called for an open assembly in the Polytechnic School to discuss latest updates on the 15 arrestees of the antifascist intervention-patrol (30/9), the 4 arrestees of the solidarity gathering in Evelpidon courts (1/10) and upcoming actions. The assembly was attended by more than 300 supporters.
On the same night, a video of the intervention on 30/9 was released, containing footage shortly before the repressive strike. In addition, all 19 hostages in the police headquarters sent out a first reportback:
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
A few words from the detention cells on the 7th floor of the Athens police headquarters Although three days have already passed since our arrest during the antifascist motorcycle demo and flypostering (on Sunday 30/9), we think it’s good to clear up a few things even now. After a manifest call-out on Sunday 30/9, an antifascist motorcycle demo and flypostering took place in downtown Athens, which started off from Exarchia. This demonstration came as a response to fascist pogroms and attacks against immigrants that are carried out in several areas of central Athens by fascist gangs, who are disguised as ‘committees of residents or shopkeepers’ and act with the assistance of official state gangs.
Right now, we’re not interested in analyzing or explaining here the given and hackneyed relation of Golden Dawn/Chrissi Avgi with the Greek Police.
Just after the patrol was attacked by Goldendawners(-citizens), there was an onslaught by cops of the DELTA motorcycle police unit, who followed the rear of the demo but also drove parallel alleys. In the end 15 antifascist fighters were caught, both women and men. They were injured to various parts of their bodies, like the head, arms and legs, while cops also used taser guns (electroshock weapons).
We were brought to the 6th floor of the Athens police headquarters, in front of the department of state constitution protection, where the night was accompanied by beatings, threats, hair pulling, and burnings from the DELTA teams who took our picture for their private photo albums while keeping watch to us.
Threats such as ‘Now that we know who you are, we will bury you just like your grandparents in the Civil War’ are indicative of the terrorism that the cretin praetors of the DELTA teams tried to inflict on us. At the same time, we were not allowed to communicate with lawyers or doctors for 19 consecutive hours. The next day, after they made a transfer–show in order to take our suspect profiles, they ultimately brought us to the courts of the former Evelpidon military school.
While we still remained at the courts, anti-riot police forces attacked the gathered solidaritarians, beating up fiercely many of them. A total of 25 people were detained, and ultimately 4 arrestees were indicted. From the moment of their arrest, they were transferred onto the 6th floor of the police headquarters, where cops implemented a similar tactic of intimidation, including humiliating body searches. After an unprecedented vengeful decision, the temporary detention of the 4 arrestees was prolonged for three more days (until Friday), while the temporary detention of the 15 initial arrestees was extended until Thursday.
They brought us to the detention cells on the 7th floor of the police headquarters, in an overcrowded ward (intended for 30 people, while at the moment 80 people ‘live’ there in incredibly squalid conditions), in an attempt to ‘break our nerves’.
However, we encountered a truly exceptional feeling of solidarity from people that have been ‘forgotten’ up to three months in this place. Amidst the ‘economic crisis’ more and more people are driven to poverty and destitution, social cannibalism is being rewarded as virtue, fascism is raising its head in our localities and neighbourhoods, the State’s offensive is being intensified at all levels; amidst this period, options that promote self-organization, solidarity, comradeship and direct action are those that can not only stand in the way of fear, which they try to impose on our lives, but as the prospect of a different social organization. You need to deeply grasp what fascism is really about.
Fascism won’t simply die on its own; you need to trash it. Arrestees of 30/9 and 1/10
(Some among us, proud progenies of anarcho-communist brigands/symmorites.)
Greece / Turkey / Cyprus | Anti-fascism | News Report | en
Wed 24 Aug, 21:38
For Berkin Elvan 20:09 Thu 13 Mar 0 comments
We have lost our Berkin. He was shot by police in Taksim riots while he was going to buy bread from the market. He was in his 15.
Turkish state is still terorizing the life. After the economic scandals of the government were come into open, they are raising the repression.
There has been clashes whole around Anatolia and Mesopotamia.
We won't forget our Berkin and we won't forgive.
This is the statement of Revolutionary Anarchist Action
Greece: A fascist murder 18:14 Wed 18 Sep 0 comments
Antifascist worker and hip hop artist murdered by Golden Dawn nazis in Piraeus
Greece: Neonazi murdered a 34 years old man in Athens 14:51 Wed 18 Sep 0 comments
Photo of the murdered Pavlos Fyssas via Το κουτί της Πανδώρας
Greece: Abusive trial of University Rector and anti-Nazi activist after Golden Dawn complaint! 04:22 Sat 31 Aug 0 comments
Greece: Abusive trial of University Rector and anti-Nazi activist after Golden Dawn complaint!
US neonazis question Golden Dawn MP's 'race' 16:15 Sun 11 Aug 0 comments
MP of the Greek parliament Ilias Kasidiaris was photographed recently sporting a tattoo of a swastika and ancient Greek helmet on his arm.
Greece: Fascists in the City of Patras 23:42 Wed 10 Dec 0 comments
Elements of the Greek para-state emerge in Patras.
Announcement about the arson of Prapopoulou Squat 21:07 Mon 31 Mar 0 comments
Turkey: Protest about Immigration and State Violence 15:57 Mon 24 Sep 1 comments
On the 23rd of September about 100 people from different parties and associations made a common press declaration on the questions of immigration and the increasing state violence in Turkey.
Hrant Dink: This Heart Will Never Go Silent! 14:17 Sat 20 Jan 3 comments
“Those who killed Hrant Dink are” shouted one speaker at Taksim square sit-in yesterday evening “those who don’t want people’s fraternity, …those who killed 1,5 million Armenians, … those who exiled hundreds of thousands of Kurds from their villages, …those who created Sivas, Çorum, Maraş massacres, …those who represent the rotten gang order of this country, …”
Coup is the State, Revolution is Liberty! Jul 20 DAF 0 comments
The coup, which has been an inevitable reality of the state presence in this geography since the military coup of 1980, arose after 36 years, on the night of July 15. Many state buildings were blocked for a few hours during the military mobilisation based in Istanbul and Ankara. The coup started with flypast of fighter jets in Ankara and blocking of bridges in Istanbul by soldiers, and continued with taking hostage of chief of general staff and tank noise and gun shots in the streets. Many state buildings were shot by F16s and helicopters including the parliament building and the headquarters of National Intelligence Organisation; There were clash of arms in many places between soldiers and police. Following the events, national state television broadcast was cut and the coup declaration signed 'Peace at Home Council'' was read. When the ''5 Hour Coup'' ended, more than one hundred soldiers, more than eighty police officers and more than eighty anti-coup protesters died. 2839 soldiers, among them many high ranked ones, were taken into custody.
Kurdish Movement Releases Statement on Turkey Coup Attempt Jul 17 0 comments
The umbrella organisation of the Kurdish movement, the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) Executive Council Co-Presidency, has released a statement about last night's coup attempt in Turkey.
The statement said; “There has been a coup attempt by persons whose identity and purpose is yet not clear. This attempt comes just before the military council meeting, where Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was reportedly going to assign generals close to himself to the army's top tier. Another striking dimension of the coup attempt is that it comes at a time when discussions about the fascist AKP government's foreign policy, were taking place.”
Anti-authoritarian space attacked Nov 26 0 comments
Regarding the ignition of an explosive device at the free social space “Buena Ventura” (Thessaloniki)
Never again fascism - call for the formation of a Popular Antifascist Initiative Jun 16 OADE - Greece 1 comments
Today we take a stance about an unpleasant episode which is promoted to be on in early September 2005 in the region of Meligala (2) and which will brings our memories back in a dark period of the contemporary Greek history.