On Saturday 6th December at around 10pm two Greek policemen were on patrol in central Athens. They had an argument with some young people & during the argument one of the policemen pulled his gun & murdered 16 year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos.
The murder sparked angry riots throughout Greece. Hundreds of schools & universities are under occupation. TV & radio stations have been occupied. Banks & shopping malls, symbols of greed & corruption, have been attacked. & the Greek police are running out of tear gas while politicians bleat.
The demonstrations are clearly about something more than the murder of an innocent young man. The protesters are not the ‘mindless thugs’ the media would have us believe, but are organised. They have a large support base & are acting in rage against a repressive, destructive system called capitalism. People everywhere are waking up to the fact that governments do not care about them, but are more than willing to spend billions of pounds to prop up the very financial institutions which have wrought havoc with our lives.
Solidarity with Greek protesters is spreading like wildfire across the world. Demonstrations have taken place in Paris, Berlin, Melbourne, New York, St Petersburg, Madrid & London. Greek embassies have been occupied and, in Cardiff, slogans were daubed on the walls of Canton police station and two police vans covered in paint stripper.
From outside police headquarters in Athens during a protest came the following message:
“These days belong to all the marginalised, the excluded, the people with the difficult names & the unknown stories. They belong to all those who die every day in the Aegean sea & Evros river, to all those murdered at the border or at a central Athens street; they belong to the Roma in Zefyri, to the drug addicts in Eksarhia. These days belong to the kids of Mesollogiou street, to the unintegrated, the uncontrollable students. Thanks to Alexis, these days belong to us all.”
In response to the international call out for a day of action in solidarity, South Wales Anarchists will be meeting on Saturday 20th December, 12 noon at Nye Bevan statue, Queen Street, Cardiff to demonstrate solidarity with those resisting state repression on the streets of Greece and in memory of Alexis Grigoropoulos. We will be distributing a new edition of Gagged! and information about the uprising.
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