|Be assured, this is only the beginning
||[18 Dec 2008|08:57pm]
These were sent to the wooden shoe list serve. I thought them worth re-posting.
For those of you who may not know about what is taking place currently in Greece, a brief history of events through the art of the cut and paste:
On Saturday, December 20th the insurrection in Greece will enter its 14th day. It has moved from demonstrations against the police who murdered 15-year old anarchist Alexandros Grigoropoulos, to a
nation wide revolt against the Greek state, where workers, retirees, and
immigrants have joined with students and young people in the streets to fight
against the injustices that the Greek government has imposed upon them. The
people of Greece have a long tradition of resistance, and for the past two weeks they have said
"No!" to the representative government that has failed them. They have taken
over their universities, town halls, and television and radio stations,
occupying them and broadcasting their ideas, refusing to give in to attacks by
the police. The Greek people in the streets, in occupied universities and in town
halls have asked that people stop referring to what is happening over there as
rioting, and instead to realize that this is an insurrection.
On Tuesday, December 16th a group of 30 demonstrators gathered in front of the
Greek Consulate to stand in support of the Greek people. They stayed for an hour under police watch with lively chants, red and black flags and colorful banners. After an hour, the group dispersed under the calls of "We'll be back!" and the police then retreated. Soon after, the demonstrators returned with a spirited energy, charging across the street to block the entrance of the consulate. In the ensuing excitement, the outer Iron Gate was smashed open, and the government officials inside the consulate quickly fled sight. The group then melded into city, cheering as they went. Later that evening, Boston Detective Andrew Creed, the officer in charge of Anarchist repression, posted his view of events to the public internet forum Boston Lemming Trail of which he is a regular poster under the user name "Keegs". "The only suck [sic] thing" he said, "was, after the demonstrators and us [sic] 'left', a few anarchists came back and smashed the gate to the consulate. That sort of adds a new dimension to [sic] situation for us."
From New York City:
We have just occupied New School University.
We liberate this space for ourselves, and all those who want to join us,for our general autonomous use. We take the university in explicit solidarity with those occupying the universities and streets in Greece, Italy, France and Spain.
This occupation begins as a response to specific conditions at the New School, the corporatization of the university and the impoverishment of education in general. However, it is not just this university but also New York City that is in crisis: in the next several months, thousands of us will be losing our jobs, while housing remains unaffordable and unavailable to many and the cost of living skyrockets.
So we stress that the general nature of these intolerable conditions exists across the spectrum of capitalist existence, in our universities
and our cities, in all of our social relations. For this reason, what begins tonight at the New School cannot, and should not, be contained here.
Thus: with this occupation, we inaugurate a wave of occupations in New York City and the United States, a coming wave of occupations, blockades, and strikes in this time of crisis. Be assured, this is only the beginning,
With solidarity and love from New York to Greece, To Italy, France and Spain, To the coming insurrection.
-The occupied New School
IF YOU CAN MAKE IT TO 65 5TH AVE BETWEEN 13TH AND 14TH WE CAN USE YOUR HELP.