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Greece: We didn't need another martyr

category greece / turkey / cyprus | repression / prisoners | press release author Tuesday December 09, 2008 06:24author by Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici - FdCAauthor email internazionale at fdca dot it Report this post to the editors

Solidarity with the Greek anarchist movement and with the victims of repression, international solidarity with all social struggles, in Greece and in the rest of Europe! [Italiano] [Castellano] [Ελληνικά] [Français] [Nederlands] [العربية]

We didn't need another martyr

While Greece was preparing for its general strike on Wednesday 10 December against the Karamanlis government and against the economic crisis, and with the grassroots mobilisation in schools and universities growing for some time against proposed reforms, Alexandros Grigoropolous, only 16 years old, was the unlucky choice to become victim and scapegoat of the police apparatus and was killed in cold blood by the State's forces of repression.

The economic crisis sparked off by international capitalism against the exploited of the whole world, which is being managed with measures imposing general impoverishment by the States, is damaging the fragile equilibriums and the precarious alliances of power between groups of power and both right-wing and centre-left parties, enabling us to see the true anti-democratic, subversive vocation of the State and its apparatus of (in)security): alienation, criminalisation and the elimination of social opposition.

It happened with Carlo Giuliani in Genoa in 2001, it has happened many times in recent years in place like Palestine and Oaxaca in Mexico. Last Saturday it happened in Greece.

At the moment thousands of school students are demonstrating outside police headquarters in Athens, but also in a great many cities and towns all over Greece.

Spontaneous demonstrations throughout the country are the result of political, popular anger with the Karamanlis government and the criminal actions of the police. The Greek government first armed and unleashed the killer cops, then set up a pathetic ballet of excuses and resignations, but is not punishing anyone. In fact it is trying to shift attention onto the destruction of public and privateproperty, while attempting to repress the demonstrators, attacking people with chemical weapons and torturing arrested demonstrators.

The revolt is only beginning. And the general strike, a union and social, political and class-struggle general strike, can transform the people's rage into organised, grassroots building of the libertarian alternative.

In every country, capitalism's growing crisis is presenting the bill to the working classes and the exploited of society.

We must respond, in every country, by building together the social opposition that is needed to defend ourselves from annihilation in the name of Profit.

Solidarity with the Greek anarchist movement and with the victims of repression, international solidarity with all social struggles, in Greece and in the rest of Europe!

8 December 2008


Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici (Italy)
Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group (Australia)
Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (South Africa)
North-Eastern Federation of Anarchist Communists (USA)
Union Communiste Libertaire (Canada)
Alternative Libertaire (France)
Common Cause (Canada)
Workers Solidarity Alliance (USA)
Capital Terminus Collective (USA)

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author by Michael Schmidt - ZACF (South Africa)publication date Wed Dec 10, 2008 17:23author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Greece, the ancestral home of qualified, crippled, bourgeois "democracy" has for the past four days been experiencing a backlash by the poor, the marginalised, the "illegal" - those deemed unfit for integration into the good things of life by the conservative government and the unelected state/capital interests which it serves. We, the ZACF stand solidly behind the poor, striking workers, immigrants and excluded underclasses of Greece in their struggle against these oligarchic dinosaurs whose time has come, and fully support the statement by our Italian friends of the FdCA. We see that the rumour-mongering Italian press is drumming up visions of the unrest spreading to Italy, which is also due to enter a general strike this Friday:

We congratulate for their paranoia - and trust that the oppressed, excluded and exploited of Italy make these bourgeois fears real. Let's have another "Hot Summer" in Italy, Greece and elsewhere! It's time for a change, but not a change of the guard, an end to the guard.

Michael Schmidt (Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front International Secretary & co-editor)

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author by Common Cause - Common Cause, Ontario, Canadapublication date Thu Dec 18, 2008 13:05author email commoncauseontario at gmail dot comauthor address P.O. Box 347, Station E 772 Dovercourt Rd. Toronto, ON, Canada, M6H 4E3author phone Report this post to the editors

The Out of Ontario Secretary of Common Cause has now also signed this statement and it is on our website at

Also, if anyone has this statement laid out in a leaflet please post a pdf of the leaflet here so we can distribute it in Ontario.

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author by Griffin - Zabalaza Bookspublication date Mon Dec 22, 2008 01:32author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Sorry if this is too late for your purposes but here is a very rushed PDF as requested. If you'd like any changes made, you can email me at griffin (A) riseup (dot) net

Yours in the struggle,
on behalf of ZB

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