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Thousands take the streets against the attack against #Exarcheia by the Greek state

Saturday, 31 August 2019: Two to three thousand people (according to different estimates) marched down the neighbourhood of Exarcheia in central Athens, following a massive police raid against 4 squats (mainly housing refugees) on Monday 26 August and the consequent arrest of 143 migrants and 3 others. Following the police raid, the neighbourhood of Exarchia has been turned into a “militarized” zone with constant riot police attacks against people in the area and social centers.

Originally published by Perseus999

But what the government didn’t expect was that people in the area, instead of “cowering” in fear, they chose to defy the greek riot police and the government’s ideological terrorism, also expressed through its controlled mass media. Thus, thousands of anarchists and other activists sent through the protest a message of resistance to the State’s repressive campaign, as well as, signals of solidarity to the squats and social centers evicted and those under the imminent threat of new attacks by the greek State.

To get an idea of the situation in Exarcheia during the last few days, on Thursday 29 of August 2019, during a live gig organized by bookshops and book publishing companies, scores of riot policemen suddenly attacked more than a thousand attendees with asphyxiating gas, flash bang grenades, and baton attacks, whilst in the chaos that followed, they attacked “Vox” social center (located on Exarchia Square), smashing its window screen and throwing an asphyxiating gas canister inside its closed spaces, an action that could have had resulted to death. Many people inside and outside were also treated with serious head wounds. Then, on Saturday 31 August, following the afternoon demo seen in the video, riot cops attacked again the concert on its 3d day, led by a riot policeman that had drawn his gun aiming at people while charging, according to witnesses of the events. But that was not the last of it. On Sunday 1 September the Vox social center was attacked by the greek riot police for a third time in just four days.

Another big protest against the greek State’s terror at the Exarcheia neighbourhood of Athens has been announced for the 14th of September.

Caught in the act: Riot police throws asphyxiating gas inside Vox Social Center (Exarcheia)

As you may see in the video without any prior provocation, on Sunday 1st of September 2019, a riot policeman, in the company of several riot police brigades, throws an asphyxiating gas canister inside the closed spaces of “Vox”Social Center situated on Exarcheia Square, while dozens of people were inside. Following the attack the riot police brigades just leave the spot.

We have read or heard of this kind of scenes taking places during wars, usually by invading armies in occupied lands. And yet this kind of terrorist acts take place in a central neighborhood of Athens, acts that the ministry of public order deny they are happening, regardless of the evidence presented.

To get an idea of the “state of terror” in Exarcheia during the last few days, on Thursday 29 of August 2019, during a live gig organised by bookshops and book publishing companies, scores of riot policemen suddenly attacked more than a thousand attendees with asphyxiating gas, flash bang grenades, and baton attacks, whilst in the chaos that followed, they attacked “Vox” social center (located on Exarchia Square), smashing its window screen and throwing an asphyxiating gas canister inside its closed spaces, an action that could have had resulted to death. Many people inside and outside were also treated with serious head wounds. Then, on Saturday 31 August, following the afternoon demo seen in the video, riot cops attacked again the concert on its 3d day, led by a riot policeman that had drawn his gun aiming at people while charging, according to witnesses of the events.

It has to be noted that on Saturday 31 August 2019, two to three thousand people (according to different estimates) marched down the neighbourhood of Exarcheia in central Athens to protest the greek State’s attack at Exarcheia. Another big protest against the greek State’s terror at the Exarcheia neighborhood of Athens has been announced for the 14th of September.

Video recorded by Manos Cizek


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