[fse-esf] news from greece
stockton.dave at btopenworld.com
Tue Dec 9 11:41:44 CET 2008
> I have had problems sending this to the list/apologies if it gets there
Twice or three times. Will try this DS
To all Greek comrades,
We condemn without a moment's hesitation the brutal murder by police of the
15-year old Alexandros Grigoropoulos and solidarise totally with the
protests that have erupted all over Greece and outside Greek embassies and
consulates across Europe. We hope that the mass demonstrations and strikes
planned for Tuesday and Wednesday are vast and militant and that, as the
statement of the Greek Social Forum says, the Karamanlis government is
driven from office. We hope too that not only the murderers of Alexandros
are brought to justice but all those who give the police free reign to
harass and intimidate young people meet their just deserts.
We see the massive resistance in Greece to this police violence as part too
of the growing uprising by young people across the continent. In Italy,
Germany, Ireland, Spain and Germany we are witnessing massive resistance to
a system that wrecks education, imposes unemployment as a solution to its
own crisis, or condemns the young to dead-end and insecure jobs on poverty
Young people are the vanguard of resistance but they must not be left to
fight alone. It is vital that when they occupy their schools and
universities, when the come out onto the streets against repression,
workers and their trade unions join them in huge numbers. In this way not
only will the violence of the capitalist state, its attacks on our rights
and liberties be checked, but the forces which can really change this
society be seen in all their power.
All our sympathy goes out to the family and friends of Alexandros, our
thoughts are with the comrades of the Greek workers an anticapitalist
movement in the days to come.
League for the Fifth International
> Situation in Greece: The State is killing. We have to stop them!
> Yesterday at 21:01
> A 15-year-old Greek student was killed last night (6/12) by the Greek police,
> at 21:50 Standard Greek Time, in Exarhia Square (Athens city centre). The
> policemen claimed that the 15-year-old was part of a group which surrounded
> their police car and tried to break the windows. The police claim that they
> attempted to disperse the crowd using stun grenades. Failing that, one of the
> policemen fired a bullet from his gun, which allegedly ricocheted off a marque
> and struck the fifteen year old in the abdomen.
> The fifteen year old was pronounced dead 15 minutes later in Evaggelismos
> The police car was registered with the Exarhia Square police department.
> Currently, there's violent battles happening all around the streets
> surrounding the square.
> Today and in the next days many demonstrations and mobilizations will take
> place in several cities in Greece and abroad.
> http://www.hashtags.org/tag/griots <http://www.hashtags.org/tag/griots> for
> live information in english from Greek bloggers (also many groups on FB
> provide life information - http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=48511897215
> <http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=48511897215> )
> below the press statement of Neolaia Synaspismou (the Youth of Synaspismos).
> The State is killing. We have to stop them!
> The assassination of a 15-year-old today in Exarhia square, demonstrates in
> the most extreme way the criminal face of the Greek police and the government
> of Nea Dimokratia. The government is the one that armed the hands of the
> killer policeman and hold all the political responsibility of the murder.
> For years when the Greek police was left unregulated and uncontrolled for
> capturing and torturing students, workers and immigrants, when in any
> demonstration we are faced with the most brutal violence and state
> authoritarianism when incidents such as "jardiniere" remain unpunished, today
> murder can only be seen as a premeditated crime, and the guilty are the Greek
> state governments of N.D and PASOK.
> If some think we will be afraid to walk on the street, with the risk to get
> any bullet they are mistaken. Our response to authoritarianism and repression
> will come through the mass struggles of youth and workers, through our
> collective resistance to the authoritarian government, in defending and
> expanding the rights and freedoms of all of us.
> The press office of Neolaia Synaspismou
> Tasos Koronakis
> tkoronakis at yahoo.gr
> tkoronakis at gmail.com
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