In Athens the state is carrying out a violent campaign of frequent, organised attacks against squats and self-organised spaces. This is an attack that hits the lowest and most easily exploitable classes of Greek society hardest, the migrants and refugees, aiming to bring them under the control of detention centres and camps. At the same time it is an attack on the anarchist/anti-authoritarian movement, which stands in the way of the state’s plans to fully gentrify, commercialise and touristify as many neighbourhoods as it can.
While the state attacking anarchist/anti-authoritarian spaces is by no means new (the “left-wing” Syriza government closed 27 squats), Nea Dimokratia is giving more power to police and making a more passionate effort to control the refugee population, to ‘clean up’ Exarcheia from anarchists and migrants, and bring in more opportunities for tourism.
A comrade from Athens will tell us about the situation in the Greek capital at the moment and the actions that have been taken to respond to the attack. We will then have a discussion about what can be done remotely from London to offer support, as well as about how the attacks in Athens are relevant to the movement here.
After the discussion a small party in MDR’s kitchen will follow, in order to raise funds for legal fees in Greece. There will also be t-shirts on sale so bring cash!