Athens squat defies police raid
An attempt to crush Greece’s oldest anarchist squat, Lelas Karagianni 37, was defeated on Tuesday January 15 when it was reoccupied later the same day.
At about 12.00pm, cops raided the famous squat, reports Contra Info.
Supporters and neighbours gathered at Amerikis square and then outside the squat, trying to prevent the eviction.
There were several comrades chanting slogans on the rooftop of the building that were caught by the police. Also, two supporters were beaten by cops on the street and detained as well. Heavy repressive forces were deployed downtown, plus a police helicopter.
Last weekend saw a 10000 strong Athens protest in solidarity with squatters, as this video shows.
Protests across Greece in solidarity with Villa Amallias
One of the biggest anarchist/anti-authoritarian demonstration took place today in Greece. Over 10,000 people, mainly collectivities from various occupations, marched in Athens, expressing their solidarity to the 92 people arrested on Wednesday after the re-eviction of Villa Amalias squat, who have been charged with false categories; public disorder and face covering. The demonstrators started from Propylaea of Athens University and marched towards the courthouse of Evelpidon where they remained waiting for the decision of the attorney general. Later on, the authorities announced that the 92 arrested squatters are about to be released.
No to fascism! No to democracy! Death to state – long live Anarchy!Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Permalink
In Thessaloniki around 2.500 marched in the city’s main streets, shouting anti-state slogans and, at the same time, send messages of solidarity with the squatters of Villa Amallias and Skaramaga, which is another occupation being threatened with eviction.
Autonomous Groups wrote:
Take it to a save place and protect your squats, but it seems not possible to repeat the older tactics like in 1990 in Berlin…You can watch it here:
In solidarity…Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 6:05 am | Permalink
eviction of Mainzer Straße squat in the Berlin district of Friedrichshain ….such a proud battle of resistorsWednesday, January 16, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Permalink
- Villa Amalia re-eviction: 10,000 demonstrate! (thefreeonline.wordpress.com)
- Police Attack rallies Anarchists: Villa Amalias, Athens (thefreeonline.wordpress.com)
- Statement by the Villa Amalias squatters held in the police HQ in Athens (indybay.org)
- Solidarity march for Villa Amalias occupation in Thessaloniki …
- Sydney: Solidarity with Villa Amalias | disaccords
- Newswire :: Solidarity with Villa Amalias in London –
Contra Info Cologne: Solidarity with Villa Amalias,
- Self-style anarchists burst into ET3 radio station (ekathimerini.com)
I see this positive… Yet it seems to me that one of their main goals is to destroy material equipment of social spaces (after all they don’t care about buildings, and I think not even about symbolics as much, as they want to destroy the logistics, the abbility to mobilize of the movement). Thus the question arises – isn’t time to think about how to spare at least the most valuable equipment (such as computers, printers etc.) for the time of battle? I believe you are enough strong to defend most of the social spaces across the country, but it is important whether you will make these spaces functioning again in short time, or if you will sit on a pile of ruins…
I really beleive you should store at least some of the equipment in the houses of some comrades for some time now, as they will not dare yet to massively attack people in their homes. Or make plans how to take things to safety in case of attack…
I mean all squats across the country should now prepare their strategy of defense, because obviously this is coordinated. I suppose they do, but do they include this point?
Every destroyed computer, or printing machine is blow for the mowement, much bigger even, when everyone gets poor.
Solidarity from Czech Republic!