Announcement-information about the recent attempt to target GARE squat
On Wednesday 25th of May, following the call of GARE squat concerning the events that took place the day before in Exarchia and at the squat, we gathered and as one body we made a demonstration and an action at Exarchia square making a stop outside the mafia controlled hotel exarcheion.
It was a first collective response against the provocations of gangs of bouncers and paid thugs against political fighters.
These particular persons who attempted to give an ultimatum to GARE squat and who pulled down a political banner from the square, belong to the Coordination of Refugee Squats and use its name for their actions which are clearly hostile to the movement, without any collective agreement of the Coordination. All the while, the social center Nosotros and the Coordination of Refugee Squats continue to provide political cover to this team.
These persons who take part in designs for political and financial domination in the area, in direct collaboration with mafia networks of paid thugs, attempt to engage football fans of a particular club and turn them against the movement’s spaces and activity. We declare that this attempt is misleading, as the struggle in a neighborhood is not the arena neither of football fan nor of personal conflicts. This specific clique as well as paid thugs in general do not have social recognition in the area and this is why they try to recruit people on the basis of football club participation. Everyone must be fully aware of the responsibility that they bear.
At this point we declare that:
We will defend our struggles by all means necessary, united against economic interests and their supporters.
The anarchist/anti-authoritarian movement can have no relations to mechanisms of exploitation and control.
Political cover to such practices shall not be tolerated. The political structures that have provided cover to such mechanisms much renounce them and conduct public self-criticism about all these events.
Collectives and comrades for the defence of spaces of struggle
(via Athens Indymedia)
Athens, Greece: Call For Vigilance Against The Mafia Branch of Repression (Announcement of GARE Squat)
Yesterday, Wednesday, May 24th, GARE’s occupation was the target of organized thugs. At midday, during clashes with MAT forces around Exarcheia Square, there was a confrontation of protesters with a shopkeeper who tried to prevent a barricade-defence being set up against cops. This particular shopkeeper is known in the neighbourhood of Exarcheia as being connected with circles of protection rackets, prostitution and drugs, and with state security. A group from an adjacent movement space rushed to defend him. The incident with a portion of those present at the barricade, with this group has been the reason for GARE to attribute responsibility for these events as a whole.
This particular group has been denounced in open movement processes in the recent past by a multitude of collectives, for authoritarian attempts and military-style enforcement against self-organized efforts. The group supposedly acts on behalf of movement spaces and forms. But these, although they have been called upon to denounce the actions of this group, are silent instead.
Immediately after the incident, this specific group along with another bunch of thugs gathered menacingly outside the GARE squat. This larger collection included members of gangs who sell protection to the area’s shops, and who have been involved in attacks and injuries against radicals in the past. After they all had gone, later some of the original problematic group came to our assembly and said they would turn against our squat if we do not identify and deliver to them within 24 hours the people who confronted them at the events earlier in the square.
Later that night, people in this group took down GARE’s squat banner from Exarcheia Square, which was calling for an event on Sunday 28/5 and an open meeting on Monday 29/5 to mobilize against police occupation of the neighborhood. This action was a direct attack on social resistance to repression. Such practices serve state planning, correspond to parastate activity and must be dealt with as such. The banner was replaced immediately by comrades of the squat, with a guarded intervention in the square. The barking of these gangs has roused our feelings, and raised our guard. We will stand firmly against every attempt to terrorize resistance in the neighborhood.
We call on all the groups in the movement to take a stand. SILENCE IS COMPLICITY.
We call for a meeting for information, and to defend spaces of struggle.
Thursday 25/5 at 5 pm at GARE squat
Exarcheia has history!
OUT WITH THE THUGS AND THE POLICE!
Kallidromiou 74, Exarcheia
(via Act For Freedom Now)