State sponsored terror in Greece

16 07 2009

The last few days has seen many reports come in of violent actions against immigrants in Greece at the hands of ultra-nationalist organisations operating with what appears to be the consent of the Greek government.

As reported by Infoshop:

The rapid nazification of the Greek state took off last weekend with the violent evacuation and torching of the large Afghan immigrant settlement in Patras, shooting of immigrants in Omoinoia square and institutionalised torture of Pakistanis in the island of Simi.

The Greek state’s response to the December Uprising and the politicisation of immigrants across the country has solidified in a programme of nazification that includes open endorsement of neo-nazi vigilante combat groups, a series of the most repressive laws seen since the junta, and open attack against both the social antagonistic movement and immigrants across the country.

On early Saturday 11/7 morning armed nazi scum riding a car drove by the heavily policed Omonoia square in down town Athens and opened fire on bystander immigrants near the offices of the Golden Dawn neo-nazi party. Three wounded immigrants were taken to hospital and are out of danger. Later the same night nazi scum set fire on Palio Efetio, the Old Appeal Court opposite their offices which is being squatted by immigrants and is being vilified by the bourgeois press.

The same day, the Pakistani Community denounced yet another incident of institutionalised stripping and torture committed by the fascist greek police in the island of Simi. For 8 hours Wassim Sanjat, Mazhjar Ali and Mohamet Ali were tortured: cops tortured Wassim by “placing a gun on his head, beating him with a glob and iron stick on the soles of his feet (a torture loved by the junta called phallanga) and on his bottom and stripping him again and again. The other two persons were severely beaten. The Pakistani Community demands the immediate punishment of the torturers-policemen.

In the early hours of Sunday 12/7 strong riot police forces surrounded the big Afghan immigrant settlement in Patras, cordoning off the area. The riot policemen then moved to evacuate the thousands of asylum seekers using maximum force, while bulldozers moved in to demolish their houses.During the evacuation operations, the settlement was ‘mysteriously’ set on fire, and torched to the ground. The settlement is believed to have been housing more than 2,000 Afghans and has been repeatedly targeted by fascists receiving the solidarity of a wide spectrum of progressive social forces in the city of Patras. The Red Cross has condemned the evacuation and torching of the settlement as ‘terrorist’. The Communist Party (KKE) has condemned the attack as barbaric and the Coalition of Radical Left as ‘beastial’ and ‘criminal’. The evacuated immigrants are held in concentration centers of zero hygienic facilities, host to continuing greek police torture and brutality.

The nazification of the Greek state which is endorsing parastate groups to ‘clean and patrol’ areas comes in a climate of acute social antagonistic upheaval. Besides the continuing resistance locals of Grammaticos villages who rose against the construction of an open refuse dump in their area, erecting barricades and clashing with the police, last week saw a series of dynamic antifascist antiracist protest marches against State-nazi attacks against immigrants. At the same time, on the early hours of Saturday the house of the ex-Minister of Public Order (active during the December Uprising and Alexis Grigoropoulos assassination by the police) and ex-chief of the Greek Army, General Hinophotis, was bombed with a strong explosive device after prior warning call to the press. A few hours later earlier yet another armed attack against riot police forces occurred near the HQ of PASOK with no victims On the early morning Sunday, following the surge of State-fascist attacks the HQ camp of the riot police (MAT) in Athens came under attack by protesters which piled the riot policemen with stones leading to a half hour battle.

Additionally, the Greek state is making moves to shut down the Greek independent media:

A period of State widespread repression and brutality followed after the December 2008 Rebellion. Members of fascist parties of the right and the extreme right of the parliament have launched hacking attacks against the IMC of Athens. The former National Hellenic Telecommunications Organization sent a legal document for the National Network of Research and Technology, requesting the interruption of access of the Athens IMC in optic fiber network in five days. We ask you, if you can host the Internet sites of the IMC of Athens and Patras on your server.

A period of State widespread repression and brutality followed after December 2008 Rebellion. During and after the rebellion, the political party of extreme right wing LAOS (Popular Orthodox Party Alert) and the Greek state decided to press the IMC of Athens and Patras, on the grounds that they were used as centers for the coordination of Rebellion (no rebellions may, of course, be conducted via the Internet), deliberately ignoring the contribution of IMC to the counter-information.

Members of fascist parties of the right and the extreme right of the parliament have launched attacks against the IMC of Athens. The fascists tried to foist their propaganda about the government right through their blogs, and they are trying to block access to the site by attacks made by hackers. The statements of politicians at parliament and on television make the IMC as a major enemy of the state.

The most dangerous movement was the appeal sent to the Minister of Education by K. Velopoulos, a member of LAOS. He asked the Minister of Education if the IMC of Athens and Patras were housed in the Athens Polytechnic University (UPA) and demanded immediate action to stop these “dangerous” sites from “supporting terrorism” and so on.

The Secretary of Education, S. Taliadouros, readily agreed to Velopoulos that “these sites claim to be a threat to democracy” and asked the director of the UPA to close it. Ignoring the status of autonomy of Greek universities, all sorts of political and judicial pressures were put into practice on the university authorities to remove our IP address. We are aware that even if the university is up against the decisions of the ministry there are other ways in which they can close it.

A member of the extreme right party, LAOS, launched a new attack against the IMC of Athens. He asked a question in parliament saying that the Polytechnic University of Athens provides access to Independent Media Athens and that has nothing to do with research and education.

The former National Hellenic Telecommunications Organization sent a legal document for the National Network of Research and Technology, requesting the interruption of access of the Athens IMC in optic fiber network in five days. The Organization said it will use all legal means against the National Network of Research and Technology if it does not stop giving access to IMC of Athens.

The status of social freedoms of all Greek universities prohibits the entry and police intervention in the university to prevent the application of State authority and censorship in academic activities and policies as well as in the ideas that flourish in universities. The status was claimed and defended for years by the vast majority of people and the blood of many.

The only law that can be used by the State to break the civil liberties of the university and close the IMC of Athens is the anti-terrorism legislation (passed in 2001). Given the fact that young companions (some of them under age) were accused by the law during the Rebellion of December 2008 in Larissa (the first time it was applied to the demonstrators), shows this as a likely scenario.

For all these reasons we ask you if you can host the Internet sites of the IMC of Athens and Patras on your server. We must preserve them, especially when they are closed or are near to be closed, and to react against censorship and promote freedom of information.

The IMC of Athens and Patras (along with other European and IMC revolutionary Internet sites that are hosted on the same server) face a serious threat of prosecution. It is the responsibility of the whole movement and of all of our partners to get support of the world and protect our voice. We call all the companions of the world to be prepared because the next period is critical to the existence of the IMC in Greece.

With our warmest greetings of companionship!

IMC of Athens and Patras

Other stories worth reading can be found here and here.

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