Sunday, January 04, 2009

The occupations of Greek universities and high schools may have ended, excepting the occupation of the trade union centre in Thessaloniki of course, but protests still continue in Greek cities. As they have for years actually. The following from the Anarkismo website is how some Greek anarchists rang in the New Year, by protesting the prisons as well other things.

Greece: Prisoners support:
And more actions on New Year's eve
New year's eve, most of the people choose to stay in their houses or go to bars, all celebrating the coming of the new year. However there are people who at these times choose to stand close to those who are alone, locked away and forgotten and there are people who believe that the social struggle never ends.

In Athens, around 1000 took part. They first started at the men's prison and then continued to the women's. There was a small demonstration on which some banks' ATM machines and surveillance cameras were destroyed. The 6-7 riot squads did not react.
Photos from Koridalos prison (Athens):
and some more:
Photos from Ag. Stefanos prison (Patras):
At the same time, at the Sintagma square (Athens), a gathering against the bombings of the Israeli army in Gaza and the occupation in Palestine was taking place with many migrants (Palestinians and others), members of peace movements and left wing organizations and parties.
Moreover, arson and other attacks took place in many cities after midnight sending a message for 2009.
In Athens, 7 banks, 3 car dealerships, 7 cars and 15 garbage bins were set on fire.
In Thessaloniki, bank offices, and a women's' clothes store were burned. During a demonstration, 23 garbage bins (used as barricades) were burned and the police fired teargas and flash-bang. In another part of the city, municipal police cars and office were attacked and burned.
In Larissa the city's Christmas tree was half-burned.
In Serres, the nationalist right-wing party offices were attacked, the windows were smashed and paints were thrown.


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