Transports gratuits contre l'austérité à Athènes - 10 décembre

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Transportation interventions continue across Athens

 

On the morning of Friday 10/12/10, widespread interventions in public transport took place in many neighbourhoods throughout Athens such as Agios Dimitrios, Petralona, Victoria, Exarchia, Piraeus, Ano Ilisia, and Zografou. These actions were coordinated by various local assemblies as a response to the new proposed changes to the public transport service, just one aspect of the intensified attack on people’s lives by the state and capital in the wake of the new economic measures.

 

Inside the stations, buses and metro comrades handed out texts, pasted posters, put up stickers and graffiti, spoke to the passengers and workers, sabotaged the ticket machines, and stencilled the sides of the buses with slogans such as “FREE TRANSPORT FOR EVERYBODY”, “SOLIDARITY WITH THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT WORKERS”, and “SNITCHES-TICKET INSPECTORS”.

 

The reaction of the passengers and workers was overwhelmingly positive.

 

Below is a text handed out by one of the groups from the centre of Athens, the Patision 61 and Skaramagka squat.

 

THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM IS IN A STATE OF DISGRACE
While the tickets are expensive, the passengers suffer from an overcrowded and slow means of transportation. Even though the public transport vehicles are overcrowded, people don’t meet with each other. Friendly gestures are scarce, while hostile and racist attitudes are commonplace. As if things were not bad enough a further increase in ticket prices (30-50%) as well as a decrease (20-40%) in the salaries of the workers of the public transport system (PTS) has already been decided. Furthermore, any PTS lines that don’t earn enough money will be discontinued regardless of how many people they serve. On top of that, a new corps of ticket inspectors (most likely employees of a private security company) will patrol bus stations and PTS vehicles, charging fines to those without tickets or those who may offer their used ticket to a fellow passenger.
WE WILL NOT PAY FOR TICKETS
— Because we owe them nothing while they owe us everything.
— Because moving to and from our daily jobs means time already stolen and poorly spent.
— Because they try to make us pay for everything we do and now they demand even more.
— Because the moment of negation is creative; it opens new spaces and gives us time to talk, support each other and to communicate.
AGAINST THE DEVALUATION OF OUR LIVES, WE DEMAND EVERYTHING
SOLIDARITY BETWEEN THE OPPRESSED
— Because what we lack is solidarity and not a state of blissful consumption.
— Because the current change in the status of the PTS afflicts both the workers and the passengers.
— Because the PTS will lose any social orientation, operating only in terms of economic gain.
— Because in this city where alienation reigns in our social intercourse, a friendly gesture or a conversation seems scarce and precious.
WE SHOW OUR SOLIDARITY AND FRIENDSHIP: BY DEFENDING OUR FELLOW PASSENGERS AGAINST THE TICKET INSPECTORS, AND KINDLY OFFERING OUR USED TICKETS TO OTHER PASSENGERS.
While we stand in solidarity with PTS workers, we cannot ignore a very important point: the ticket inspectors. For it is them who break any social bond striving for personal gain (the bonus which they gain from each penalty given) against any communal benefit. This is something that demands answers from the workers themselves, but also for the part of the passengers who have to resist and delegitimise the paid scum of the PTS.
WIDESPREAD REFUSAL OF PAYMENT (tolls, hospital tickets, bills, credit cards, bank loans etc.) AS A MINIMUM REPARATION OF OUR LIVES
Patision 61 & Skaramagka Squat

 

From the Greek Streets, 11 décembre 2010.

 

 

Grèce : grève dans les transports publics pour protester contre les mesures d'austérité

 

Un mouvement de grève contre les mesures d'austérité destinées à remédier à la crise entraînait mercredi de fortes perturbations dans les transports publics en Grèce.

 

Bus, rames de métro, tramways et trolleybus étaient à l'arrêt à Athènes, tout comme les services ferroviaires nationaux, dans le cadre d'un débrayage visant à protester contre le projet du gouvernement socialiste de restructurer les entreprises de transport publiques et de réduire le montant de subventions.

 

Les liaisons par ferry vers les îles grecques et le trafic aérien n'étaient pas affectés par ce mouvement social.

 

Les syndicats ont appelé à une grève générale pour le 15 décembre, exigeant que le gouvernement allège sa cure d'austérité instaurée en contrepartie d'un sauvetage international de 110 milliards d'euros jusqu'en 2013. Athènes renégocie actuellement le calendrier de remboursement des prêts avec l'Union européenne et le Fonds monétaire international.

 

Leur presse (AP), 8 décembre.

 


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