At 9pm with only a 15 minutes warning the police attacked Gezi park which was at that time filled with peaceful protestors, among them kids, elderly and tourists as well. In less than half an hour the park was cleared from protestors after which the police started tearing down the tents, banners, infirmaries and community spaces that were set up by the protestors. A lot of people sought refuge in the hotels surrounding Gezi Park, with the Divan Hotel opening its doors to the wounded and being turned into an emergency hospital.
A ‘no signal ‘ sign appeared on the public Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT, NET and ERT3 channels) after the government’s decision to suspend national broadcaster and radio broadcaster ERT (AFP) for an unspecified period of time, laying off over 2,600 workers. The conservative-led coalition said that the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation, or ERT, will reopen with a newly hired workforce.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013, out of a clothing store, near the Gare Saint-Lazare, Clément Méric, a young trade unionist 18 years of age and anti-fascist activist was beaten to death by members of the extreme radical right. Arriving in Brest for his studies at Political Science, was the victim of extreme right-wing violence that has grown in recent months. He died from his injuries, in the night, at the Hospital Pitié-Salpêtrière.
The occupation of Taksim Gezi park in Istanbul started on the 28th of March 2013. In the beginning, a demolition project was in place in order to build a commercial centre: the privatisation of the city’s fresh air. This square is also the symbol of the Turkish workers where every year on May Day protesters converge and often clash with the police.
Despite ongoing police brutality, the number of protesters increased and many fellow Istanbulites, mostly organized through social media, continued to arrive to occupy Taksim Gezi Park. In the evening, riot police blocked the entrance to the square. They encountered thousands of protesters rallying through Istiklal Street. It is reported that mobile networks were blocked and security cameras were turned off to prevent the streaming of the incidences.
After a series of peaceful demonstrations for preserving a recreational area in Istanbul city center which is planned to demolished for the construction of a shopping mall, Turkish police attacked the protesters violently with tear gas and water cannon, directly targeting their faces and bodies. Dozens of protesters are hospitalized and access to the park is blocked without any legal basis. Turkish media, directly controlled by the government or have business and political ties with it, refuse to cover the incidents. Press agencies also blocked the information flow.
Ten people were injured today in a violent crack-down from the Turkish police after hundreds of protesters camped out for several days at a park in downtown Istanbul opposed the destruction of a public park. People from of all ages, expressed their disagreement with the demolition of buildings and uprooting of some 600 trees that form the lung on that side of town. Ottoman military barracks will be restored also in this place in order to build a large shopping center.
Bloody racist attacks against immigrants took place on Saturday 25 May for the first time in downtown Thessaloniki, highlighting in our city as well the level of barbarism that can result from the rise of racism and fascism. Two immigrants were stabbed, one of them to the neck, in two different parts of the city, and have already reported to the police that their attackers hurled racist threats at them before attacking them.
Immigrants and refugees in Greece have been denied of basic social and civil rights, such like housing, legal papers or community support. In these times where severe austerity measures makes the future of Greek people look dim, they find themselves totally exposed to the anti-immigrant violent racism coming from the growing Nazi party Golden Dawn and the state of exception. But a small group of migrants, nicknamed as the Black Panthers of Greece, believes that this situation is going to end soon. Fed up of being the target of racist gangs, they decided to set up night-time patrols in their neighbourhoods. This self-defence brigade enjoys significant supports from anarchists, leftists and other anti-fascist groups.
After nine month procedures, the higher court decided on Friday that the squatters had to leave the building by Monday. The squatters, on their side, decided not to wait until Monday. “The authorities choose the confrontation. Vloet (owner of the buildings, red.), the judge and the City have chosen this path. If that’s what they want, well they can get it”, according to a statement made by the squatters.