We are in an era where the ruthless and relentless flood of corporate capitalism, aided and abetted by our fascist governments, attempts to put an end to any, all and every, type of public space. The general plan is for all our cities and towns to be corporate entities, all our services to be corporate provided. They envisage a world of corporate shopping malls, corporate leisure centres, corporate theme parks, corporate media, corporate education and corporate health care etc.. For this reason the state views squats, occupations and self organisation as resistance to their grand plan, hence their heavy handed assault and brutal eviction of these places. Some of these squats/occupations have been in existence and serving their community for decades. However, for their plan to work, it is crucial that they crush any saplings of alternative ways of living, destroy any resistance to the corporate dream. For them to succeed they have to break the will of the people, intimidate them into accepting their vision of the super corporate world. This is not a national plan, it is an international plan. The only way they can succeed is if the people stop resisting, lie back and let the corporate juggernaut roll over them. It is our choice.This from Act for Freedom Now:
THE GREEK SQUATTERS AND FREEDOM FIGHTERS ARE OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERSThe Greek squatters movement has been under continuous attack for the last days by the Hellenic terrorist state and capital. On December the 20th, one of the most emblematic Athenian squats, “Villa Amalias” got evicted after more than 27 years of self-organization and resistance.This eviction was followed by a failed attempt to re-squat the house on the 9th of January 2013 and the new eviction of the squatted social center; “Skaramaga”. The day came to an end with more than 100 people arrested. Finally, on 15th of January 2013, Athen’s oldest squat “Lela Karagounis” also came under a eviction attack which was successfully repelled and ended up with the subsequent re-squatting of the building.Last week, especially the Sunday 13th of January a number of demonstrations and rallies took place in most Greek cities. The situation is one of tension and total war against the squatters, mainly waged (as usual) by the state and capitalism with the inestimable help of the patriotic and racist extreme right party “Golden Down” and its gangs of murderous henchmen.Generally speaking the Occupied spaces in Greece do not just function as mere concert halls, bars and leisure centers. About any sort of activity has been organized in them; from workshops, political debates and meetings to kindergartens and primary healthcare surgeries. During entire decades they have always been by the side of the people most exploited and beaten down by state and capitalism alike such as the immigrants, working people and members of the so-called “ethnic minorities”. Their daily activity has come to be much more appreciated within the context of the present so-called “crisis”, which is wreaking havoc among the most vulnerable portions of the population… Many squatters and their supporters can be found in the front-line of all the struggles taking place in Greece at the moment be these violent or peaceful… has the smiling clown of the TV news told you anything about this ladies and gentlemen?…. we already knew the answer/ don’t worry, we know your answer already.So we see how these brave people has the determination to choose the ONLY REAL WAY, the truly realistic solution… that of totally grassroots and therefore revolutionary self-organization, with no hierarchies, bosses, parties, trade unions or parasites of any kind.All this appears to be in stark contrast with the cowardice and simplicity still observed in most struggles and demo slogans within the chunk of land known as “Spain”. To everybody’s dismal, the latter are mainly characterised by a seemingly indisputable dogmatism around the topic of “non-violent” tactics, a very unlikely reformism, continuous attempts of co-optation by right as well as left wing political parties and unions and a naïve nostalgia of “nanny” state and its consumerist, stupefying, environmentally destructive and alienating “welfare”.SO WHAT ABOUT YOU?… ARE YOU GOING TO KEEP DENYING REALITY AND LOOKING AWAY SO THAT YOU DO NOT HAVE TO ACCEPT WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON?NON-VIOLENT INGENUITY AND WELFARE STATE NOSTALGIA ARE NOT GOING TO SAVE YOUSTATE AND CAPITALISM ARE THE ONLY TERRORISTSIF YOU NEED A HOUSE SEIZE ONE AND DEFEND IT!IF WE NEED COMMON SPACES LET US TAKE THEM AND DEFEND THEM BY ALL MEANS.
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