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Freedom for Giorgos Kalaitzidis and Nikos Mataragkas [Greece]

Athens. Greece. Back from the Tribunal, we have just met at the K*Vox with members of the group and the support committee.

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An alert from Greece: two members of Rouvikonas are threatened with life imprisonment!

Two years after the tremendous outpouring of solidarity without borders which enabled two members of Rouvikonas to avoid prison, a new threat of unprecedented magnitude hangs over the group. A Kafkaesque trial awaits Giorgos and Nikos on October 13, based on false accusations. This attempt to criminalise the social movement can cost these two political activists life imprisonment. Their group, however irreproachable and exemplary, has obviously become too awkward. A new international mobilisation is needed.

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Greece: Convergence of struggles against power ★

Greece. March 18. 2021. It continues in Greece : Last night, in the heart of Athens, many people took to the streets. But this time, the problem of health was placed in the center of attention. There is no way that nurses and doctors will be left alone in their struggle. The demonstrators underlined the hypocritical discourse of the government, which, in Greece as in France, is destroying the means of health care and then tries to make us feel guilty and to subject us to arbitrary and even grotesque decisions. The government works like a pyromaniac firefighter, with our health as with everything else.

Image above. Banner reads: “SOLIDARITY WITH THE STRUGGLE OF THE HEALTH WORKERS, ROUVIKONAS” Last night (March 17), in front of parliament in Athens.

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Greece: Numerous demonstrations against an authoritarian society and the police state

Greece. Its difficult to write something on last weekends demonstrations against the authoritarian state and police brutality across the Greek territory. Many different groups and people were involved in the demonstrations, among them some parts of Syriza in some of the demonstrations. In the times Syriza was in power, there was a lot of police brutality as well. The treatment of migrants wasn’t much different. The inhumane EU-Turkey deal was implemented under the Syriza government. Camps like Moria already existed before Nea Demokratia won the last elections. The evictions of migrant squats and the accompanied police brutality in Exarcheia started under the Syriza government. So its quite problematic that Syriza is now presenting themselves as a party against police brutality, because it just doesn’t fit with the reality on the ground when Syriza was governing the Greek territory. What follows is a piece by Yannis Youlountas on last weekends demonstrations across the Greek territory, to give an idea what’s going on, but please remember, Syriza & friends are not part of the solution. They are part of the problem. In some of the demonstrations there was also a strong presence of anarchist comrades.

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Image above: Demonstration in Patras on March 13, 2021.

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Greece: Athens neighborhoods rise up!

Athens. Greece. Friday, March 12, 2021. Dimitris Koufontinas is still alive. Ten years after squaring the circle, Greece is starting to take to the streets again for a different society.

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