Greek Militarism in the Age of Syriza


We will host the talk of a comrade from the Greek anarchist antimilitarist group of total military objectors Xypolyto Tagma from Ioannina. He will talk about their practice of total military objection as well as about militarism and the increasing militarisation of the Greek society under the left-wing government of Syriza. The event will be hold in English, translations into other languaages can be organised on the spot. Below the short description by Xypolyto Tagma:


On the event

How important is the army for a state, both for internal and external affairs? Does the greek state have geostrategic interests? Has the greek state expansion tensions/strategies? How old and stable are these strategies, do they change whenever the government changes? Examples of greek militarism in the age of Syriza: Greece’s role in the war of Syria. The involvement of the Greek army in detention centers.


About the group

In Greece, military service is obligatory for all healthy men between 18 and 45 years old, despite the fact that all surrounding countries are members (or about to be) of EU or NATO. If one refuses to conscript he gets a fine of 6.000 euros from the tax office and is prosecuted by a military court, even though he has never been a member of the army. This procedure could be repeated as many times as one rejects the calls for conscript. Xypolyto Tagma (Barefoot Battalion) is an antimilitaristic group from Ioannina that fowards the political decision of total objection of army. We refuse both military and civil service, but not on a basis of claiming our civil rights. We fight against army, war, state, capitalism, borders and nationalism. We don’t offer our bodies and our minds to our class enemies.



Monday, 27. April, 6pm - Meuterei (Zollschuppenstr. 1) in Leipzig