Activists of the anarchist Rouvikonas (in English; Rubicon) collective did an action inside the offices of the Greek national bank today. We publish a video (at the bottom of the page) and a google translation of a statement by the activists.
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At 12:30pm today activists of the anarchist group Rouvikonas entered the officices of the Greek central bank in Athens today. They chanted slogans and scattered leaflets inside the building.
Cops briefly detained a few people after the action, but had to release them again as the cops were unable to link them to the action.
Here is the full statement by the group who carried out the action (Google translation!):
Bank of Greece: Let’s push the heights of power
If state and capital, people and their institutions, what constitutes what we call the regime, are massive whenever they have to deal with the social basis, it is a mistake to think that this is something united. One could wonder how it is possible for political power, the legislative, judicial and executive authorities not to have in their hands the main tool for controlling economic activity, the tool that makes the rules of the game and its arbitration? The Bank of Greece is a joint stock company, with shareholders, like any capitalist enterprise that is the ultimate abot. The state, the “government elected by the people,” democracy has institutionally excluded itself from any control, from every presence, even from any criticism in the BT. In short, the government has voluntarily conceded its central economic power. And in fact, it has been handed over to a private company whose shareholders and operation are not allowed to know anyone. In reality, it is the big economic brother operating in the absolute darkness.
If you think it better, it’s no wonder. Capital, productive or parasitic, as much as it understands the need for a democratic system to ensure social peace, will never risk making its regulatory framework dependent on mechanisms that, even on paper, can challenge even the most Its secondary options. Currency circulation, general monetary policy is a very serious matter for capitalists to leave in mechanisms such as bourgeois parties or parliament. Mechanisms that control them, but retain a degree of dependence on their exploited voters, and are shaken by internal disputes. The same serious case is the need to assess and statistically capture the capitalist machine within national borders. Currency control. Bank deposits of the wider public. Control of banks and insurance companies. In other words, the economic strategy of the regime can not be defined by an elected government, nor is it influenced by the struggle for power in the fields of state competition. The bourgeoisie leaves nothing to chance.
It is logical that the Bank, like any national central bank, plays a key role in the imperialist hierarchies. And if the Greek state is in the EU and adopts a common currency, the Bank of Greece, at least in its monetary policy, is an annex of the European Central Bank and its practical, supervisory tool. In Greece, the Memorandum also created other “independent authorities” that cut a piece of cake from state power especially to financial management. However, the Governing Body remains the guardhouse for the imposition of the new EU liberal agenda. And ambitious German imperialism. The BT is the heir of the memorandums.
Of course, before the EU, the Bank played the same role. In a different imperialist environment, to other economic and ideological constants, but always to the benefit of local and international capital. Central banks, and non-EU countries, play the same role.
What European integration has done is to strengthen their role while also establishing the transmission straps of central economic strategies in the region.
A hypothetical BT controlled by a fantastic “independent Greek state” the more it would have to offer would be just less excuses for unpopular measures, there should be no illusions.
But we can not fail to observe the profound irony that constitutes the common accepted existence of such an abyss for democracy itself, the autonomous allocation of state power to capital. We can not leave to the irreversible powers within or outside the government nor ignore that we are subject to an international network of antagonisms and sovereignty.
Capital has reason to have immediate decisions on monetary policy or the financial sector. What concerns us is who has the means of production and whether we take decisions as a social basis or not.
The Bank of Greece is a barracks of the local and international capitalist class and as such is hostile. One more sheep, next to the abyss of democracy.
The oppressed and exploited society must push these cattle one by one and all together.