One of the biggest anarchist/anti-authoritarian demonstration took place today (Jan, 12) in Greece. Over 10,000 people, mainly collectivities from various occupations, marched in Athens, expressing their solidarity to the 92 people arrested on Wednesday after the re-eviction of Villa Amalias squat, who have been charged with false categories; public disorder and face covering. The demonstrators started from Propylaea of Athens University and marched towards the courthouse of Evelpidon where they remained waiting for the decision of the attorney general. Later on, the authorities announced that the 92 arrested squatters are about to be released. Villa Amalias is one of the oldest squats in Athens/Greece, a place where anti-commercial cultural activities take place. It is, also, a reference point for the development of relationships based on equality and social solidarity.
On Thursday, 20/12/2012, riot squads invaded the occupied space arresting 8 people, leaving the squat evacuated for a few days. At the same time, the vast majority of the Greek mass media was knowingly reproducing inaccurate and slanderous information, fully aligned with the government’s right-wing rhetoric, which has proclaimed an organised back-clash against squatting on abandoned buildings, supported, also, by the neo-Nazi party, Golden Dawn. Meanwhile, many of its members who have been found responsible for murderous physical racist attacks and illegal gun ownership, still run free and safe from prosecution.
In Thessaloniki around 2.500 marched in the city’s main streets, shouting anti-state slogans and, at the same time, send messages of solidarity with the squatters of Villa Amallias and Skaramaga, which is another occupation being threatened with eviction.
More demonstrations, also, took place in Chania, Mytilini, Patra, Heracleon and other Greek cities.