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Student protests and clashes in Greece

It’s been sometime since we last heard from the Greek movement. But, thanks to the Greek government and its riot police, today became a day of large student demonstrations, clashes with the cops, injuries and rising tension. First, let’s see what happened. Early in the morning, the Athens Law School students arrived at their University in order to apply their Assembly decision, which included a symbolic occupation of their University until the 17th of November, commemoration day of the 1973 student revolt against the military dictatorship. The problem was that the school was already occupied by the riot police. The Athenian Universities’ rectors had decided to apply a peculiar “lock out” of the students and employees, supposedly for “security reasons”…

Saturday Mothers meet for 500th time to protest disappearances

Since 1995, Saturday Mothers demand justice for their “lost” every week at Galatasaray Square, Istanbul. Each Saturday, the relatives of the disappeared, their friends and comrades and human rights activists have been assembling at Galatasaray at 12:00 holding carnations and pictures of the disappeared. Last Saturday protesters came together for the 500th week of sit-in with the request “find the lost, judge the perpetrators”. During the protest thousands of people gave them support, and shouted that their struggles won’t end until justice is done.

Kurdistan – a people’s quest for freedom and democratic autonomy

This document will summarize what is happening in Syria and Rojava (Western Kurdistan). There are many
ethnic and religious communities living in Syria. One of these is the Kurds. We will give a summary of what the Kurds have gone through in the past three years, from bloody conflict to their approach to war, attacks on their region and their proposals for a solution. What we present here may appear to be a Kurdish proposal for peace; however, we believe that if applied more broadly, it could be a model for a peaceful and democratic Syria as a whole.

Naples activists prepare to protest ECB

Activists were gearing up Wednesday for a march to protest a meeting of the European Central Bank (ECB) in Naples. Activists called on the unemployed, the under-employed, students, and like-minded people to join the rally against the European leaders’ handling of the economic crisis “with the complicity of governments”. They said that they were particularly concerned about the troika, involving the European Union, the ECB, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which has imposed harsh conditions on some countries in economic trouble. The troika’s involvement in Greece, for example, has been controversial.

London, antifascist gathering for Pavlos Fyssas – Λονδίνο, αντιφασιστική συγκέντρωση για τον Παύλο Φύσσα

Yesterday in the historic Cable Street – where a large mural on St. George’s Town Hall (next to Library Place) depicts scenes depicting the victorious effort antifascists, trade unionists on the 4th of October 1936 to prevent the fascist blackshirts of Oswald Mosley and the British Union of Fascists to attack en masse immigrants and minorities (Irish and Eastender Jews) making their way to Westminster – the antifascist gathering took place, in view of the first anniversary of the murder of Pavlos Fyssas….

“Connecting European Struggles”,Lund, Sweden

We are a diverse group of radical left, anarchist and autonomous activists who are organizing the conference “Connecting European Struggles”. We are currently working on a program which will host a number of participants from different European areas. We invite everyone who shares the interest of connecting struggles across – and beyond – Europe to participate. We are interested in having both attendees but also participants with presentations to the conference concerning the following program points.

Neo-nazi Frequencies

Neo-Nazis are more complex than one might at first think. Though they do exist in the shape of political parties, these parties are a part or product of a larger movement. I would suggest that part of the ideological and perhaps practical content of GD consists of an ideology which is connected to this movement. The European neo-Nazi scene has its roots in the 1970s but matured in the 1980s and 90s. For many years it has been possible to read about GD on Swedish neo-Nazi websites as they have had contact and even visited GD for a number of years. GD members have in return visited Sweden, and many other European countries such as Germany, to form links with neo-Nazi groups.

Information about prisoner hunger strike from 18 to 20 July in Germany and Switzerland

Update on prisoner hunger strike in Germany and Switzerland, in solidarity with prisoners in Greece, following this announcement: Even if the Greek parliament passed the bill on maximum security prisons on the 8th of July, the resistance against the new prison system, and in particular the type C prisons, is not over… These prisons have similarity with the F-type prisons in Turkey or with maximum security prisons in Germany. Following

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Briefings from Greece 12-4/22-5

Αthens: 600 demonstrated at Ermou Steet (main commercial road in central Athens) against the abolition of the Sunday holiday. The demonstrators, who were blocking the entrance to many shops, were attacked by riot police and later a march took place down Ermou street. Various workers’ unions took part (such as the Union of Bookseller employees of Attica, local assemblies and others). Τhis is part of an ongoing dispute between unions and the government, the latter trying to pass a legislation that would allow shops to be open on Sundays.

People vs. corporate rule: Some personal notes from my participation in Thessaloniki’s great #vote4water referendum

More than 1500 volunteers set up ballot boxes outside the 192 electoral centres of the 11 municipalities of Thessaloniki’s metropolitan area, at the same time as the municipal elections taking place inside. Numerous groups and citizens’ initiatives worked side by side to carry out the plebiscite, with the infrastructural and moral support of the 11 municipal councils…