Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Thugs And Politicians, Bed Partners.

      The dirty side of the lovely Greek holiday. Greece is a beautiful place, its people friendly and it has a fascinating history, though at the moment they are suffering from being ten years under the cosh of the EU, (Expert Users) ECB, (Expedient Criminal Bastards) and the IMF, (International Mankind Fuckers) and the level of poverty in that country is a criminal indictment of the system. Like all countries in this economic exploitative system of capitalism, the pleasant scenery and friendly people of Greece, has an underbelly. Apart from the "legal" exploitation of the people, there is the "illegal" abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people. Those who top the "legal" exploitation, CEO, politicians etc. are lauded and gifted privileges, the top thugs of the "illegal" exploitation reach such a position of wealth and power that they are welcomed into the exploitation club where an expensive suit and car are seen as badges of respectability. Both seek favours from the other and deliver, to form a cosy little network of exploitation and corruption, much to their mutual benefit.  

        If the one hand for laundering is the star-celebrity system, then the other one is the state.
       As a mafioso, but also as an employer, A.G. wouldn’t even survive for 30 years without the State’s tolerance, coverage and assistance. From the police “failures” to catch him, to the Financial Crime Investigation Unit / Social Insurance Institute / revenue that find his VAT number alright, all state auditing and repressive institutions bail him out. On his face we see the usual way of the local nocturnal business, with too much cruelty and gall. Still, we acknowledge him for his image of a self-made jeune premier that makes him special in our hearts. He is the first pimp, drug dealer and extortionist we know that not only doesn’t hide, but also seeks prominence and publicity.
Women burnt at the stake
        The captive migrant women of A.G. and his mafia is the tip of the iceberg in a patriarchal society, where women are to be submissive to man, the husband, the father, the boyfriend, the brother, the client, the trafficker, and the sex client. The recent murders of Helen in Rhodes and Aggeliki in Corfu represent this condition. With the same ease that the Greek society points the finger at and condemns the murderers, it winks at the conditions that produce the rapists from next door. Patriarchal violence, due to class, sex, race, sexuality, age, and any type of violence exerted by authoritarians doesn’t cease in punishment, but it goes further: it exemplifies, sending out a message to all women to remain silent, obedient, “normal” and they may not be the next victims.
      This violence is ubiquitous in daily reality. From the looks that strip, the sexist comments and harassment in the street, sexual assaults at work, to the rapes, assaults and murders, patriarchy opens wounds on our bodies and beings, delimits them with ideologies, institutions and mechanisms. Christian morality defines the woman as the inferior of the man, while stigmatizing any woman who deviates from the standard of a good Christian as a two-faced, sly, deceitful, liar, dirty. On the other hand, lifestyle reduces femininity to a refined, glossy image, always on men’s scale. At the same time, Capital binds women to production chains, while family imposes the exclusive role of motherhood, procreation and housework on them.
Immigrants burnt at the stake
      After the economic and social downturn in eastern Europe, “illegal” Capital has established networks of trafficking through employment offices and abductions as well. From Athens to the furthest villages of the Greek provinces, we got full of shabby bars, where women from Eastern Europe are being prostituted slaves to traffickers and punters, experiencing the first-hand exploitation-plunder and the male biopower.
On the other side of the coin, the remaining immigrant women take care of the local middle and petty bourgeoisie, babysitting children, cleaning houses and looking after the elderly. And in addition to the daily patriarchal decay, migrant women are experiencing nationalism, racism and xenophobia, so the Russian is identified as a prostitute, the Albanian as a cleaner, and the Bulgarian as a domestic servant.
Turning the longest night into day
    Giannakopoulos family’s comings and goings had made us stay out late. Thus, late at night of 19th to 20th December, we went to the former hellhole of Heraklion Avenue, we left three simple incendiary devices (candle, gasoline, duct tape) on some of their vehicles, set them ablaze and lit up the night.
For each Natascia, Olga, Maria.
For all.
“Sophia Perovskaya” Cell, January 2019
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