Rafles antianarchistes à Exarchia - Athènes

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Police Occupation of Exarchia, Athens

Late night on Thursday, 8 October, hundreds of police descended on Exarchia, the anarchist and counterculture neighborhood of Athens, Greece, which has long been a semi-autonomous zone, and was ground zero for the insurrection that flared up in December when police killed 15-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos here.

Police searched and questioned over 200 people, searched 16 automobiles, several motorbikes, and 26 cafes (there are many anarchist bars and cafes in the neighborhood), took 81 people to the police station, and arrested 8. Most of the arrests were for crimes of poverty and race (drug possession, hygiene violations i.e. homelessness, not having immigration documents…).

The next day, the raids and police presence continued, marking a clear change in strategy by the newly elected Socialist government. According to many anarchists here, if the Right represses the anarchists, even parts of the Left complain, and people fear a return to the dictatorship and support the anarchists. But the Left can repress the anarchists much more effectively because they can do it more silently.

Today, 9 October, the new Minister of Public Order, who some years ago was responsible for torturing suspects in order to bust and imprison several members of 17 November, says on television that the purpose of the raids is not to go after the anarchists but to arrest the vandals and hooligans and establish police authority in Exarchia. Some are seeing parallels with 1989, when police occupied Exarchia for three years after major riots, specifically harassing young people who looked different to try and end the function of the neighborhood as a gathering point for countercultural, radical, and proletarian elements.

Anarchist News, October 9th, 2009.

On Saturday there was an almost spontaneous protest by about 400 people that marched from Exarchia square and attempted to go to the PASOK office (Socialist Party) but were stopped by riot police, who evidently did not want to provoke a mass incident. That night, a massive nonpermitted music festival took over a park at the top of Exarchia, drawing thousands of people for radical and anarchist music and visuals. At the end, around 7 in the morning, a large police detachment made a show of force but people ignored them and the police left. Sunday, raids and searches continued in Exarchia. (…)

Anarchist News, October 10th.



Athènes veut de l’ordre dans ses rues

La police grecque est déterminée à mettre de lordre dans certains quartiers dAthènes où «il y a des problèmes de respect de la loi», a indiqué aujourdhui le nouveau ministre de lIntérieur, Michalis Chryssohoïdis.

«Nous voulons mettre fin au non respect de la loi, au vandalisme et au hooliganisme», a lancé le ministre lors d
un point de presse, le premier depuis larrivée au pouvoir des socialistes du Pasok, lors des législatives de dimanche.

Dans la nuit de jeudi à vendredi, la police a mené une opération dans le quartier contestataire d
Exarchia à Athènes, où une quinzaine de jeunes casqués et encagoulés sen étaient pris dans laprès-midi aux vitrines de quatre banques et deux librairies. Huit personnes ont été arrêtées dans lopération, dont deux pour violation de la loi anti-drogue et trois pour séjour illégal dans le pays, selon un communiqué de la police publié vendredi.

Leur presse (AFP), 9 octobre.



Atene, operazione anti anarchici

Centinaia di agenti di polizia hanno compiuto nelle prime ore di stamani un’operazione senza precedenti al centro di Atene, rivolta principalmente contro gli anarchici e che ha portato a un’ottantina di fermi.

L’operazione, con l
impiego di oltre 400 uomini, tra i quali distaccamenti dei reparti speciali (Mat e Delta) e di agenti in borghese, ha portato ad un vero e proprio assedio del quartiere di Exarchia, roccaforte degli anarchici nel centro di Atene. Duecento le persone controllate, unottantina i fermati e otto le persone arrestate, secondo quanto indicano fonti della polizia.

La retata, 48 ore dopo l
insediamento del nuovo governo socialista, è avvenuta allindomani di un raid compiuto da alcune decine di anarchici che, a colpi di pietre e di bastoni, avevano infranto vetrine di banche, negozi, automobili e danneggiato una libreria appartenente ad un deputato di estrema destra nel centro della capitale, per protesta contro il recente arresto di alcuni loro compagni che sarebbero ingiustamente accusati di appartenenza al gruppo armato Cospirazione dei Nuclei di Fuoco accusato fra laltro di un attentato contro uffici del Pasok nelle scorse settimane.

L
attacco anarchico di ieri era coinciso daltra parte con alcuni allarmi-bomba poi rivelatisi falsi, che avevano mobilitato gli agenti nel centro di Atene

Leur presse (ats/ansa), 9 ottobre.

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