From Manly to Mordialloc, Aussie yoof go out, wave flags, wear red white and blue underwear, start to sing — and then remember they forget — the national anthem, shout abuse at strangers, get drunk, go home, and tell Mum and Dad they just don’t understand.
Greek police battle with rioters
January 24, 2009
Hundreds of anarchist protesters in Greece have fought running battles with police through the centre of the capital, Athens. The demonstrators were demanding the release of people arrested during rioting last month after a policeman shot dead a youth aged 15. Rioters smashed shop windows and threw stones and petrol bombs, police say. Officers responded with baton charges, tear gas and pepper spray and eventually dispersed the crowd. Compared to the riots that swept Greece last month, Saturday’s violence was on a relatively small scale but it showed that anger against the state and the police are still simmering, the BBC’s Malcolm Brabant reports from Athens. The street fighters and anarchists are trying hard to keep alive what they regard as December’s insurrection and demonstrations covering a wide range of grievances are taking place on a daily basis, our correspondent says. But the nature of the clashes may soon change, he adds. The futility of firing tear gas at rioters who wear gas masks has dawned on the authorities and it is reported that Greece is taking delivery of water cannon, which should be ready for action within a fortnight, our correspondent reports.
March ends in violence
January 25, 2009
Hundreds of stylish anarchists fought police in central Athens yesterday following a march to demand the release of people arrested during last month’s riots. The clashes occurred outside the main University of Athens building, the rioters using stones, the police pepper spray. Anarchists were at the forefront of riots in Athens and other cities after the shooting last month of a teenager by a police officer.
See also : These nights are for Alexis: a closer look into the December uprising in Greece: “Eleven days after the 15-year old boy Alexandros Grigoropoulos was killed by a police bullet in Athens, I decide to travel to Greece. The following article is no news, nor is it an analysis of the news. It is an attempt to create more understanding of the inner workings of the uprising, the sociopolitical and cultural climate in which it took place and the movement behind it. It does not attempt to give an objective representation of the uprising; instead it is written from a highly subjective perspective and a compilation of interviews I held with people from the anarchist/anti-authoritarian movement in Thessaloniki…”