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The situation in Greece

March 11th, 2010 · post by Fred Goodsell · Make a comment

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Tensions rise once again in the streets of Greece’s major cities. Radicals and Anarchists join workers from around the country in voicing dissent. Airports, hospitals and other public services have shut down for the day as the Greek Government attempt to impose harsh new austerity measures.

Greek authorities have reacted with an iron fist. Another anarchist Lambros Foundas, lies dead after police fired upon a group in the suburb of Dafni, south Athens. Thousands of police tear gas and attack crowds of protesters. Police snatch squads roam the streets making violent arrests.

Maybe in contrast to this an interesting discussion point is the fact some police joined the strike, weakening the states power to some small extent.

But what does this all mean for the long term anti-authoritarian struggle within the country and for the international community? The backdrop of December 2008s riots,sparked by the police shooting of 15 year old Alexandros Grigoropoulos give these fresh events a more revolutionary appearance. What could be framed as simply the acts of reformist trade unions now appears as serious social upheaval. In 2008 radicals, students and immigrants set a new precedent for social rupture in Europe, however there was a clear absence of the less marginal working classes. This time around it is already clear this is not the case. The insurrection has begun to leave the old left behind, taking on a more organic shape all of its own forged by the people taking part in it.

Last Hours attempts to examine the context and actions that shape these new days in the hope that we can all apply new theory and action to our own situations, in our own communities.

This list will grow in the coming days. Please check back for fresh content.

Contents list

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Taking over the streets of Athens – Photos by Filkaler, Thursday 11th March 2010

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Events map of the Athens protest – Thursday 11th March 2010

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Photo report from Olympic airline protests in Athens – Wednesday 10th March 2010

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The Greek uprising is truly going European! – Column by Occupied London, Wednesday 10th March 2010

Older content

Everyone to the Streets – Book review

Revolt Chic (if you can’t beat it, recuperate it!)

The fake jump of the diver: Greece, eleven months on
A comic on Greece and beyond
Scotland Yard aid quelling of dissent in Greece
Greece in flames and a London blockade

External content

After the Greek Riots – http://www.occupiedlondon.org/blog/
How to Organize an Insurrection – http://www.crimethinc.com/blog/2008/12/25/how-to-organize-an-insurrection
Long battles erupt in Athens protest march - http://libcom.org/news/long-battles-erupt-athens-protest-march-05032010
Everyone to the Streets PDF download – http://alphabetthreat.co.uk/tothestreets

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