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Clashes in Athens Commemorating November 17th Polytechnic uprising
11/18/2010, 10:27 PM
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Excerpt from Occupied London:

“It will take us a little while to comprehend today’s events in Athens – and surely, this is not the best moment to do so, writing these lines after a full twelve hours in the streets. But still, some first thoughts are of order. What happened today was important. First, today’s demonstration had a very peculiar feel to it. The largest Polytechnic uprising commemorative demonstration in more than a decade (30,000 according to the police, around double in real numbers). A very tense feeling in the air. Even before the demo set off, clashes with the youth branch of PASOK – the social-democrat party in power – who had the nerve to try join the demonstration. The police on the sides of the march, with their hands on the trigger of the tear-gas guns the entire time. People waiting for something to happen on both ends: our end, and on that of the police.

And something did happen. The most intense and populous demonstration Athens has seen since May 5th. The police charging ahead whenever they could, whenever they would isolate people off the main block of the demonstration. People fighting back, during the demo and then, late in the night, in Exarcheia. But that peculiar feeling hasn’t faded: we are still waiting something will happen… Tonight was the last day of a long summer. Tomorrow is the first day of a strange winter – hopefully, a beautiful winter.”

http://www.occupiedlondon.org/blog/2010/11/18/420-the-imf-is-not-an-image-on-your-tv-screen-a-brief-report-from-tonights-demonstration-in-athens/



Attacks against police in Athens in defiance to PM’s plea for calm

From Libcom:

“Attacks against the police marked Friday 4/12 despite the Prime Minister’s public plea for calm. The tension in the capital city of Greece is high with more than 400 high-schools and 30 universities occupied across the country.

The greek Prime Minister’s public plea for calm in the light of the first anniversary of Alexandros Grigoropoulo’s murder and the subsequent uprising last year was nullified today as the police were attacked three times in a few hours in the city of Athens.

Minutes after noon two police patrols were attacked simultaneously in Exarcheia, the radical enclave of the greek capital. Radicals attacked the police with sticks and caused serious injuries to the officers, two of which have been hospitalised, one in bad condition. Following the attack strong riot police forces surrounded the area and several people have been detained but are being currently released.

Two hours later high-school students formed a march in the northern suburb of Chalandri to commemorate the assassination of 15 year old Alexandros by cops last year, the first of its kind two days before the actual anniversary. The students marched to the local police station and attacked it with rocks and oranges. During the melee two banks were also attacked. There have been no arrests or detentions.”

The anti-police attacks come to add to the electrified climate in greece where at the moment 400 high-schools and more than 30 universities are under occupation. The government has announced a zero tolerance plan, claiming that although the assassination has “scarred the collective memory” of the people, it will not allow Athens to be destroyed again. Friday’s session in parliament devolved into a brawl between parties concerning the measures taken and last December’s uprising, amidst scaremongering by the extreme-right that “thousands of foreign anarchists” are flooding the country with sinister intentions. On a more calm note, the President of the Republic has declared the state “guilty towards the youth”, urging once again for peace and reconciliation.

http://libcom.org/news/attacks-against-police-athens-defiance-pms-plea-calm-04122009

Also people interested in more up to date information the situation in Greece for the anniversary should check these websites:

-http://www.occupiedlondon.org/blog/

-http://athens.indymedia.org/?lang=en




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