From the Department of The Young Need Discipline! and in scenes drawn from Mick Armstrong’s upcoming blockbuster 40 Kiwi Anarchists Must Be Stopped! comes…
- Update : Athens Indymedia is down, but radio98fm is up — which is neat (if you understand Greek).
Violence erupts on Greek riot anniversary, Elena Becatoros (AP): “At Athens University, masked protesters broke into the building and pulled down a Greek flag, replacing it with a black-and-red anarchist banner… Concern was heightened by reports that far-left groups and anarchists from New Zealand have traveled to Greece to join the marches.” LOL. See also: Riots and police brutality on first day of Alexandros Grigoropoulos murder anniversary, libcom.org. The Greek Disease has also spread to Germany, where The Kids have (supposedly) attacked a cop shop in Hamburg. See also : AFP and Reuters video.
Also worth watching is the vid in which Greek police run over some troublemakers:
According to taxipali: “At Syntagma square motorised police forces (Delta team) charged the march from Ermou street. After the charge the Delta-team thugs dismounted and threw rocks at the protesters. As a cause of the police orgy in violence, an elderly member of the Worker’s Revolutionary Party-Trotskyist (EEK) has been reported to be in serious condition due to head injuries: Ms Koutsoumbou, a veteran prisoner of the anti-dictatorship struggle, was hit by a Delta force motorbike during the mounted charge on the crowd. According to Savas Michail, leading member of EEK and major radical philosopher, Ms Koutsoumbou is in intensive care having received far worse hits than during her tortures by the colonels’ junta.” (The EEK is a member of the ‘Coordinating Committee for the Refoundation of the Fourth International’, est.2004.)
Moar vid here — but it’s all Greek to me. After The Greek Riots gots English, and timeline. Curiously, it is noted that “All you internationals in the Greek streets tonight, please take special care, the cops are trying to detain as many internationals as possible to try prove the conspiracy theory that thousands of foreign anarchists invaded the country for tonight.”
This is an utterly ridiculous theory. Everyone knows that 40 Kiwi anarchists are responsible for every violent clash with authorities. What’s more, they’re armed with Potions of Invisibility, making them extremely difficult to capture.
Police raid on anarchist social centre in Athens, libcom.org ~ “The bourgeois media report that this is a first leg of an operation involving storming many anarchist havens around the city.”
Bourgeois media [Boo! Hiss!]:
Hundreds held amid Greek riot fears, UKPA
Arrests on anniversary of Greece riots, The Sydney Morning Herald (AAP)
Arrests mark Greek riot anniversary, Al Jazeera
Greek police detain scores ahead of teen killing demos, AFP
After the Greek Riots [Three cheers and a loud huzzah!]:
“Please don’t expect any “impartial” reports (as if these could ever exist). This is an anarchist take on the situation in the country. A democracy that wages war on migrants and anarchists; a democracy armed with fascist thugs, with molotov cocktails and hand grenades; a democracy producing the silent death of the concentration camp (a silence reproduced and amplified by the media machine) is a democracy worth fighting against. Let’s make some noise.”
“The great majority of the police, seemingly ever-patient and self-controlled, stood for hours as kids baited and yelled, shoved and provoked. A handful of officers used well-placed elbows while batons were raised only in response to the vandalism.” ~ G20 protesters strike at London’s heart, Paola Totaro, The Age, April 2, 2009