6/12 marks the 13th anniversary of the murder of the anarchist student Alexandros Grigoropoulos by the cops Korkoneas and Saraliotis. “Normality” died overnight. The straw that broke the camel’s back led thousands of pupils, students, migrants, workers from all over the country to take to the streets, to violent demonstrations, to mass strikes, to attacks against State and capitalist targets.
December 2008 became the vehicle of an uprising that gave hope to those oppressed and excluded by the State and capital. Overnight, after years of social “stability”, the proletarian riots of December reopened the stakes of social resistance and revolution in post-communist Greece. The 2008 uprising, the occupations, the clashes, but above all the realization that we have nothing to lose and the perception that the enemy is not invulnerable, left an important legacy for the resistances in the decade of repression, poverty and exploitation that followed.
Today, 13 years later, in times of crisis, the State is stepping up its attack on those from below. Having abandoned the public health system in the midst of a pandemic, it has chosen the path of repression. It beats up students, abolishes university asylum, targets squats, bans demonstrations, unleashes a wave of persecution against anarchists and militants without evidence with the sole aim of cutting off any prospect of uprisings in the here and now.
As part of this strategy, for the past year the fighter P. GeorgiadIs has been held hostage by the State. The cops, the media and the judicial authorities have, from the very first moment, tried to create a suitable climate in order to keep the comrade locked up and cut off from the social struggles as much as possible. They upgraded the charges, and repeatedly tried to link his case unsuccessfully with the action of the OLA (Popular Fighters Groups). On 6/12 he goes on trial facing aggravated felony charges of possession of explosives.
We take responsibility for the attack on the Eurobank bank in the centre of Thessaloniki on Friday night 3/12, because solidarity means attacking the State and capital. We are making it clear that we will not leave anyone alone in their hands, and we will continue to be on their side in the same terms of struggle and diversified action.