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.
For the greek translation, click here by Amedeo Bertolo If understood to the letter a democracy must be a stateless society… Power belongs to the people insofar as the people exercise it themselves. Giovanni Sartori This article is concerned with democracy from an anarchist point of view and with anarchism from a democratic point of view. The principal question is those aspects of the two political and philosophical categories which
More than 60,000 health workers and citizens marched yesterday in the streets of Madrid, rejecting privatization attempts, dismantling and Public Health cuts. Among the attendees has been the general secretary of the CCOO union Madrid, Rosa Square, who opposed privatization, claiming that the regional government disregards the opinion of its citizens by not taking into account the outcome of consultation that took place last week. The secretary of UGT, Mari
This weekend the Greek government ordered striking teachers back to work. The union of secondary school teachers(OLME) had voted on strike action to take place starting this week. In an attempt to stifle the strike before it could begin the government issued civil mobilisation orders. Under such an order a worker must return to work or face arrest.
A report released by the Council of Europe says that Greece could legally ban the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party, which has been linked to a number of violent, racist attacks. The 32-page report by the France-based council was issued Tuesday by its human rights commissioner, Nils Muiznieks, following a fact-finding mission to Greece earlier this year. The report said Muiznieks was “seriously concerned by the increase in racist and other hate crimes in Greece,” and that “a number of the reported attacks have been linked to members or supporters, including MPs, of the neo-Nazi political party ‘Golden Dawn.’ ”
In times of severe austerity things look bleak for Greek people, but they’re far worse for those who have recently arrived. Without housing, legal papers or support, migrants in Greece are faced with increasing and often violent racism at the hands of the growing Nazi party Golden Dawn and the police in Athens. Many are trapped by EU laws and legislation of other EU countries meaning they’d be returned to Greece if they managed to get to another member state, they are desperate to leave the country.
The crisis in higher education is the result of a privatized culture of management. This is a plea for turning universities back over to the sciences. Over the last 1.5 years, the VU University Amsterdam has been embroiled in a battle against the severe budgetary cuts pursued by the Dutch government. The university board — consisting of three members, one of whom is the former CEO of a port company