Greek Revolt (Update 12th & 13th February 2010)


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Friday 12th February 2010


  • Since last night, Thursday 11th February 2010, is squatted the artistic sector of Fine Arts University in Rethymno, district of Evligia. Because the place is not improved enough by the University authorities it was decided to squat it in purpose to make it an area for artistic actions in any possible form. The squatters make an open call to all political teams and to people who have artistic interests to participate in the daily assembly so they can shape together their ways of action.

   Translation from the squatters' blog:




 Article 1

  The Artistic Stations which belong to the Higher School of Fine Arts are Organic education Annexes of it, which aim is to provide artistic work and to outspread of the University's activities in the educational and cultural sector by organising seminars, exhibitions, lectures, projections and other cultural events.


 Based on the article above and because none of any artistic event takes place in the certain building so it can have a cultural opening to the society of Rethymno and because there are appropriate conditions that wait to be given the opportunity to them so they can be expressed out we decided to take advantage of an essentially unused space and give life to it.


 Article 2

  Ability to stay in the Artistic Stations which belong to the Higher School of Fine Arts have:

b. Students of the Higher School of Fine Arts in Athens so they can exercise or prepare their final diplomat work.

d. Greek Artists of Visual Arts, for art work performance.

e. Students or members of educational staff in respective Arts Schools of Greece, in teams or even individuals, to perform artistic work.

h. Personalities the field of Visual Arts or the site of the Spirit and Arts in general, Greeks or foreigners who will possibly offer teaching.


 If the Article 2 extends the opportunity to stay for students of Fine Arts Schools and other relevant schools also to artists, Greeks or foreigners, by placing artistic work or teach, we believe that we have the right to participate in this space, without waiting for the rector's approval, so inside the space can be expressed the interests of many people who feel the lack of such a place in Rethymno for activities related with music, dance, sculpturing, graphic designs and what else will come up later.


 Article 3

  7. The percentage of persons who are not students, scolarships or members of the Fine Art University, can rise up to 25% of the total pisitions' number, for each Artistic Station, after there not enough students, scilarships or members of the School who use the station.


 This article provides the use of the station also from people who do not have any artistic status and as we see not a lot of people use the station and so there is no reason to excuse that the space keeps empty and we decide that we want to stay inside there to form a community that will create, participate in common decisions and fall in love.

 On this basis above and our conviction that we must interfer strongly to fight for what we believe that accounts for us, like the free speech and the use of public spaces, without getting under political expediencies' umbrellas, we seek for the creation of a libertarian space where we can house our creations and concerns without the commercialization of them which will proposal a different way of life far away from the established social norms that are imposed by others for us.



  • Three vindictive redundancies of syndicalist workers from METKA factory in Volos town during the afternoon. Alexis Pavlidis was candidate in the leftish ballot for the elections of the factory labor association that took place last September. Kostas Vogiatzis & Vassilis Kalatzas were "exposed" because of supporting the leftish ballot. The agents from Volos' Labor Center did not find Mr. Oikonomou, the executive director of the factory, who just disappeared. The factory's labor association decided for a 2hours stoppage of work on Tuesday, so a General Assembly of the workers can take place. Today a press conference about the situation took place in the Workers' Center of the town. Initiative for Workers & Unemployed Solidarity called also for a gathering in front of the factory's entrence at 21:00, so the workers who changed timetables on this time were also informed about the situation, calling for blockading the redundancies with a strike.
  • Αdoui Αboudou Wassiou, from Togo of Africa, is kept in the detention centers of Achaian police headquarters since last Sunday and he is in danger of deportation back to the tyrranic status quo of his country. Adoui, who speaks french, was arrested while walking alone and has a passport but he is accused for keeping a fake visa card. He was brought in a trial with the accusation of possession of fake document and despite that the judge sentenced him innocent, they still keep him imprisoned in purpose to deport him.
     If Adoui will be deported his life will come to a question because of the difficult political situation in Togo. According to last day's information, he will be transfered to Athens before next Thursday and then deported to Togo.
     Meanwhile, more than 150 arrests of political and economical prisoners have took place in Patras (port from where migrants try to pass to Italy) during the last days. Because of lack in detention centers Achaian police headquarters, the majority of the arrested persons have been transfered to Agrinio and Pyrgos local detention centers and most of them come from Sudan and Somalia.
     Yesterday (10th Feb) an agency from Movement of Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy visited the Director (head pig) of Patras' Security, with whom they discussed about the event and took also permition to discuss, under cop presence, with the prisoners so it could be possible to have a picture about their needs and may offer help. Among the prisoners there are lots of citizens from Albania, Afghanistan, Palestine and possibly Algeria.

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Saturday 13th February 2010


  • Attack with gas-flasks early in the mourning against the Hellenic Food Control Authority of Development Ministry and Greek Governmental Radio of Irakleio, Creta. The fire was put down by fire department.
  • Antifascistic gathering and concert at Ampelokipi district in Athens, close to the spot where before two weeks "autonomous nationalists" have beaten up antifascist citizens. The call was from antirascistic & antifascistic local teams, out-parliamentary communists and members of the arabic assembly.
  • The autonomous and antiauthoritarian assemblies of pupils in Athens and Thessaloniki keep on their weekly meetings.


First Announcement of Athens Pupils' Antiauthoritarian Movement, 23rd January 2010.

From the freedom for education to Education of freedom.


 We are pupils from several regions of Attica who face the hard daytime of school life. We experienced December 2008 when our consciences got awaken and revealed the need for creation of a pupils' assembly which will function:


1. With anti-hierarchical stractures.

2. Under direct-democratic and not representative-democratic ways.

3. With libertarian and social character.


and aims:


1. The enlargement of open pupils' assemblies.

2. The abolishment of any coercions (examinations, grades, absences, crime sheet, praying, visits to churches, parades etc)

3. The abolishment of the segregation and the competitiveness which are produced by school (good-bad pupil, christian-different religion beliefs, Greek-foreigner)

4. The creation of a school which will promote the free expression and creativity.

5. The expansion of Asylum-law also in schools beside Universities.

6. The free access to all levels of education, without examination barriers.



  • Intervention in Xanthi town about the last days' events in Venna "welcoming" migrant center in Rodopi region: Action by  "Initiative Against Migrants' Gathering Camps in Rodopi and Evros" team that was created after the migrants' revolt in Rodopi (see older update about the event). During the central carnival event in the town - concert with a famous greek bubble-gum singer in the central square of the town - a huge plakat was hanged from a roof opposite to the square which was writting: "At Venna, Rodopi there are jailhouses where human lives get humiliated - Close down the migrants' gathering camps." Some fireworks were also used, so the masses of people could pay attention to the plakat and during the event also flyers were spreaded which were informing about the events that took place, the conditions in the camps and about a demonstration for next Friday in the town of Komotini.
  • The farmers at Promachonas borders' toll station opened today their blockade for trade trucks and private vehicles. Tomorrow they will again block the entrence and exit at the certain toll station on the greek-bulgarian borders. Most of the rest of the farmers who were blockading highways, roads and railroads during the last weeks have decided for delay of their actions until the government's responce to their wills.