Category Europe

Campaign to defend the “Autonomous Center” in Wuppertal, Germany

One of the buildings which will have to be demolished for this project is the building where the autonomous center has been located for more than 14 years now. The autonomous center is a self-organised free space where many cultural and political events are organised by various groups.

Briefings from Greece: 26/3 – 11/4

March 26

Athens: Riot police attacked the cleaners of the Ministry of economics who tried to enter the premises in an attempt to meet with minister Stournaras. The cleaners are on ongoing protests due to their suspension and dismissal as part of the government’s cuts. Four protesters were injured and taken to hospital. Athens: Hadim Husein, father of Sehzad Luqman (the 27-year-old from Pakistan…

Greece: Breaking the protest-ban

Crowds defied the police ban of gatherings in Athens city centre yesterday in view of Eurogroup meeting and took to the streets, participating in the planned demonstrations against the austerity policies implemented by the government and the troika. Tension prevailed when a block of protesters, mainly members of the left-wing ANTARSYA, attempted to break the police cordon in Kolokotronis Square.

Spain: journalists attacked by the police during large demonstration

Thousands took to the streets last Sunday in Madrid as part of a nationwide “March of Dignity”. At the end of the protests, clashes between demonstrators and police squads took place, according to the Spanish media. The authorities confirmed 24 arrests. In the videos above and below we see seven journalists being assaulted, beaten and injured by riot police forces for trying to cover a violent arrest.”

Briefings from Greece: 5/3 – 22/3

Holargos, Athens: Hundreds of people prevented the auction of the house of an unemployed woman due to debts to Piraeus Bank. The gathering was called by the Citizens’ Committee of Holargos “Resistance and Solidarity”, and many collectivities responded such as the Coordination of Collectivities of Attica, the Initiative Αuctions-Stop, Solidarity for All, assemblies from various neighbourhoods of Athens and other citizens. Athens: A Motorcycle demo of solidarity to the redundant employees of courier company ACS of Alimos & Glifada took place, called by the social centre Ypostego.

#M22, standing up to racism and fascism

Trade unionists, immigrant and refugees organizations, Roma support groups, left-wing parties and other activists assembled in front of the Parliament and then marched towards Trafalgar square, where speakers (mainly trade unionists, immigrant activists and representatives of anti-racist institutions) denounced racial police profiling and criticized the policies of David Cameron’s government that has openly targeted the Roma communities in Britain.
Similar protests took place as well in many other cities across the globe.

Solidarity brochure about the persecuted anarchists of the Velvento case

On Friday February 1, 2013, a double robbery took place at the local branch of the Agricultural Bank of Greece and the Hellenic Post office in Velvento, Kozani, Greece. Following a mass police mobilization in the whole area, one person was detained in the surroundings of Ptolemaida, and three more were arrested later on during a police chase operation. From the outset of their arrest the four detainees – G. Mihailidis, D. Politis, N. Romanos and A.D Βourzoukos – declared themselves to be anarchists. The comrades were forced to stop a passing vehicle in their attempt to escape during the police chase. They avoided armed confrontation with their pursuers so as not to jeopardise the driver’s life.

Briefings from Greece: 22/2 – 1/3

Athens: Three Korydallos residents were arrested as they were heading to the demonstration outside Korydallos prison (the main prison of the country) to protest against the conditions under which prisoners are held at the prison hospital. The arrested were released two and a half hours later. Recent news reports have brought attention to the appalling conditions of the hospital where over 200 patients with cancer, heart disease, HIV, TB, hepatitis, scabies and renal insufficiency are housed next to each other in a space made for 60 patients. The following Facebook page has been promoting the issue

Statement on the situation in Ukraine – Autonomous Workers Union

Civil war began in Ukraine yesterday. A less than peaceful demonstration clashed with state defense forces and divisions formed by the adherents of the current government near the Vekhovna Rada (Parliament). On February 18, police, together with the paramilitaries, arranged a bloodbath in the governmental quarters during which numerous demonstrators were killed. Butchers from the special divisions finished off arrestees. Deputies of the ruling Party of Regions and their bourgeois lackeys from the “Communist” Party of Ukraine fled from the Parliament through an underground tunnel. The vote for constitutional amendments, intended to limit presidential power, did not take place after all.

Letter from comrade Kostas Sakkas, 17.02.2014

The current state of -permanent- exception, that constitutes an attempt to pave the way to yet another developmental invasion by the capital, unleashes an onslaught against almost all working people, confirming that class war is not only raging but is also becoming more extreme. States have always been instruments of class rule; the state is a system of social organisation that aims to reconcile the historically irreconcilable contradictions between exploiters and the exploited.