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At "Empros” is not the first time that such an incident occurs, and according to people who have witnessed them, those responsible for the safety of the squat always "accidentally" covered them. Also, one of the first defense measures of the apologists is to confront every complaint as a lie. That is where the "freedom" of these places arrives.
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Athens, Greece: Rape at squatted theatre “Empros”

In April 19 in Athens, Greece, there is a publicly reported rape that took place on March 9 (according to a denouncement) inside “Empros” (“Forward”, a squatted theatre that used as a centre of mainly cultural collectives and initiatives, both antiauthoritarian and leftist). Then there is a communique by the collective Spiti Ton Gynaikon (Women’s House) of leaving the centre in disgust in which more details about the case are given.

On April 22, one and a half months after the event (!), the assembly of “Empros” decides to take a stance.

Incidents of rape, abuse, and gender discrimination occurring in "places of freedom" are doubly unacceptable (compared to the rest of the society), as these spaces evoke anarchy, freedom, and abolition of any discrimination and coercion.

In Greece a significant number of “comrades” who participate in such places have (mostly) the habit when dealing with incidents of sexual violence and harassment within them, to cover them under the store. And “Empros” is not the first or it does not come to take the lead in this mentality.

The same attempt to cover up such incidents have been seen and experienced in earlier cases of rape (such as Matsaggou Squat in Volos and Antifascist Place Kamenik in Thessaloniki), abusive behavior incidents such as at Villa Zografou, Analipsi Squat (semiologically the attack by a member of Analipsi Squat took place at “Empros”), Anarchist Group Pyranthos (in Thessaloniki), but also in a number of other "anarchist" groupings all over Greece, which supported the attackers and their herds as to be genuine apologists for gendered and sexual violence.

Both in Volos and other cities, the targeting and the threats to those who have denounced the rape at “Empros” and the similar behavior in other places are not new and it is coming through mostly social media outlets.

The laundry efforts by “Empros” side were accompanied by public statements of the type "we will not making press releases of what is happening at the Saturday’s party" and "these complaints make the squats and their members targets in the eyes of the State” etc. The threat of a possible evacuation by the authorities is a good tool and pretext for burying incidents of gender violence and sexual harassment.

At "Empros” is not the first time that such an incident occurs, and according to people who have witnessed them, those responsible for the safety of the squat always "accidentally" covered them. Also, one of the first defense measures of the apologists is to confront every complaint as a lie. That is where the "freedom" of these places arrives.

Every attempt to cover up we will find us opposite.

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Dear Comrades,

The next issue of our monthly anarchist newspaper Meydan is going to be prepared by Anarchist Women only, as for all March issues. In this issue, we are going to focus on the systematic violence against women, on this violence becoming a state policy and we are going to talk about being a woman in war conditions that we are currently in.

The massacres in the North of Kurdistan has been steadily increasing especially since August, and these war conditions bring about many cases in which the women are used as tool for the war. As seen in many wars throughout history, women are forced to migrate from the lands that are looted by war in our geography. Women are faced with rapes, tortures, they are massacred and their slayed bodies exposed on the streets, "completely naked".

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"First, by asserting herself as a personality, and not as a sex commodity. Second, by refusing the right to anyone over her body; by refusing to bear children, unless she wants them; by refusing to be a servant to God, the State, society, the husband, the family, etc., by making her life simpler, but deeper and richer. That is, by trying to learn the meaning and substance of life in all its complexities, by freeing herself from the fear of public opinion and public condemnation. Only that, and not the ballot, will set woman free." [Türkçe]

imageCall for messages from organised women to be published in Anarchist Newspaper Meydan Feb 21 Anarchist Women 0 comments

Dear Comrades,

The next issue of our monthly anarchist newspaper Meydan is going to be prepared by Anarchist Women only, as for all March issues. In this issue, we are going to focus on the systematic violence against women, on this violence becoming a state policy and we are going to talk about being a woman in war conditions that we are currently in.

The massacres in the North of Kurdistan has been steadily increasing especially since August, and these war conditions bring about many cases in which the women are used as tool for the war. As seen in many wars throughout history, women are forced to migrate from the lands that are looted by war in our geography. Women are faced with rapes, tortures, they are massacred and their slayed bodies exposed on the streets, "completely naked".

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