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In Greece, Here, Elsewhere, Everywhere

Saturday 26 July 2008

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It’s already a while since Greece exploded. Demonstrations, riots, fires, shops and
banks destroyed, robberies, cops attacked, occupations of town halls, schools,
universities… It propagates in all directions, in every town, a big part of the population
is involved.

Acts of support for the Greek rioters multiply elsewhere in Europe and throughout
the world: in London, Berlin, Istanbul, Bordeaux, Rome, New York, Paris, Moscow, in
New Zealand, Uruguay, Cyprus, Scandinavia… consulates and embassies are occupied,
police stations and banks attacked, cars burnt, graffitis of support flourish all
over the walls. All this in order to express international solidarity with the
Greeks fighting: for the proliferation of the riots, of the strikes, of the
occupations, or of all of them at the same time. Also because we all know that the
living conditions, the exploitation, the inequalities and the state violence are not
only reserved for the Greeks. Here and everywhere else the problems are the same.

But the solidarity must also confront its share of repression: arrests,
identification of protesters, increasing surveillance, mass police occupations using
various excuses - emergency anti-terror plans here, a bomb scare there…

It was the death of a 15-year-old anarchist which put the spark to the gunpowder, as
the media explained, but the gunpowder was there for a long time, in all areas of
life, as is the case in every part of the world. The average salary in Greece is
about 700 euros while the cost of living is as high as in France; tourism
commands… The “crisis” doesn’t sort out anything, just as the corrupt governments
and their racist and violent police force don’t. Greece has also already used the
threat of the general strike… general… for a general exasperation, a craving to
push things, not one single professional sector, not a part or a guild, but rather
to change the whole system…

And here? What’s happening here? More or less the same stuff, the same shit… here,
too, the police kills and capitalism chokes everyone to death. A hail of
catastrophic reforms, the high school students’ revolt, police in the schools and
high schools, 65,000 people in jail, beatings in the police stations, charges of
terrorism, the hunt on immigrants, on immigrants without documents, the police/state
indexing of the population, high-velocity embourgeoisement of urban areas, 500
people sacked every day. The stock exchanges collapse but the bosses go up and the
state bails out banks to the sound of billions of euros… The homeless continue
dying silently in the streets. People regularly demonstrate, strikes flourish
everywhere… the health sector, education… but always in sectors, never
together…

The different powers of this world know how to form an alliance in order to dominate
us.
Many Greeks take to the streets to shout their rebellion.
Of course not everything has changed, but it’s a beginning…

…So what are we waiting for?
War on capital, everywhere, now!

[Leaflet found in France, December 2008, from Non Fides N°3]

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