ANARCHIST MAYDAY IN ATHENS
This year’s official Mayday was on the 11th of May, because of Easter Day
on the 1st of May
Anarchist groups and comrades organized in the Polytechnic school of Athens
a successful Anarchist Mayday festival (5-6 May) with discussions about :
the 1886 revolt in Chicago, a workers and popular revolt in Thessaloniki,
May 1936, and the class conflicts in Greece the first years after the
the blackmail of labour, the murders of workers in the so-called working
accidents and the special exploitation and oppression of immigrants.
(fotos from the festival :
http://thessaloniki.indymedia.org/front.php ?lang=el&article_id=23577 )
On the 10th of May, more than 600 comrades participated in the
anarchist-antiauthoritarian Mayday demonstration.
One of the banners was dedicated to the 15 years-old comrade who lost his
life in the repression of the 1st May demo in Bogota, saying WE DON’T
FORGET - WE DON’T FORGIVE THE MURDER OF NICOLAS ALVARES BY THE POLICE IN
Other banners were NO PEACE WITH THE BOSSES - DOWN WITH THE STATE AND WAGE
SLAVERY, MAY 1886-2005, NOTHING WAS GIFTED - NOTHING IS ENOUGH and
(paraphrasing the old-saying much work devours the boss) MUCH WORK
DEVOURS THE WORKER - MANY WORKERS DEVOUR THE BOSS.
The atmosphere was tensed because of the rage among the comrades for the
recent fascist attacks and the strong police presence around the
demonstration. There was nearly a conflict with the cops, when the demo
stopped for some minutes close to a building where a fascist gang has its
office. There was a firecracker and strong slogans and some cops were very
Some of the slogans in the demo were SOLIDARITY IS THE PEOPLES WEAPON - WAR
AGAINST THE WAR OF THE BOSSES, CLASS MAYDAY WITH HANGED BOSSES, EVERY
WEEK THREE DEAD WORKERS - THE STATE AND THE BOSSES ARE THE ONLY TERRORISTS,
IMMIGRANT WORKERS - OUR BROTHERS, COPS, TV, NEO-NAZI, ALL THE BASTARDS
WORK TOGETHER, « FASCIST BASTARDS GALLOWS COMING FOR YOU etc...
FOTOS FROM THE DEMONSTRATION :
It was the same night after the Anarchist Mayday demonstration that a
policeman -escort of a former minister- shot against anarchists in the
Polytechnic school, injuring one comrade and resulting in the 8-hour
occupation of the university.
ATHENS 10 MAY, POLICE SHOOT ANARCHISTS IN THE POLYTECHNIC SCHOOL
Announcement by a number of anarchist comrades remaining in the Polytechnic
school during the night of May 10 :
Today, May 10, at 9.30 pm, anarchist comrades inside the Polytechnic school
located two armed policemen inside the campus. They were the escorts of two
politicians and former ministers of the Socialist Party, Verelis and
Venizelos, who were participating as speakers in a book-presentation inside
a building of the Polytechnic.
When anarchists tried to force the cops outside the campus, one of them,
whose name is, according to Verelis, CHRISTOFOROS PATSIAS, took his gun out
and started shooting, sometimes in the air and others targeting comrades
inside the campus. One anarchist was hit by a bullet in the leg. Then the
Polytechnic was surrounded by scores of riot police who made use of
This moment there are more police escorts inside the building.
The state officials who brought their cops inside the campus are accomplices
in the murder attempt against our comrade.
DOWN WITH STATE TERRORISM
PS : We remain inside the Polytechnic for our safety and in order to
denounce the police attempt to murder an anarchist.
Pictures of the bullets + the trapped politicians :
Also read : Anarchists trap Greek politicians at university
A CHRONICLE OF THE EVENTS OF MAY 10 FROM THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA :
21.00 : Book presentation in the Polytechnic. Politicians, former ministers
and journalists attending as speakers.
21.10 : Anarchist mayday demonstration has finished and a group of anarchists
return in the Polytechnic.
21.25 : A group of 40-50 anarchists locate two cars with armed police escorts
of ex-ministers of the Socialist Party inside the campus. They attack the
cars with stones to force the cops out of the university.
21.30 : One of the police officers fires with his gun 12-15 times. One of the
bullets hits an anarchist in the leg.
21.35 : The policeman who shot runs to escape from anarchists chasing him,
shouting COPS, PIGS, ASSASSINS. Riot police appears launching tear-gas.
Anarchists fight back with stones in the gate of the Polytechnic. Flaming
barricades in the street to confront the tear-gas. A placard in front of the
main gate says : THE FASCISTS ARE STABBING, THE DEMOCRATS ARE SHOOTING.
These clashes outside the campus lasted for about an hour.
21.40 : Anarchists demand an ambulance to take their comrade to hospital.
21.45 : Anarchists enter the hall where the book presentation takes place,
and announce to the 150 people attending that nobody will leave the place
after what has happened, before an assembly decides what will be done.
22.30 : An ambulance enters the campus. After demand of the people occupying
the university, an old member of the Socialist Party escorts the injured
anarchist to hospital, in order to avoid arrest.
22.45 : The police retreats from the surrounding streets. Before that, a
large number of other anarchists who learned about the events, fought their
way in the campus. Now that the police has left, hundreds of people keep
arriving in the Polytechnic to support the university occupation. An
assembly takes place.
23.00 : The elders are allowed to go.
00.00. Anarchists demand from the former minister of transportations Verelis
and of culture Venizelos to reveal the name of the police officer who shot
their comrade. Verelis says that it was his escort, Christoforos Patsias.
Anarchists give to the press an announcement condemning the shooting and
giving the policeman’s name. They demand that the announcement is made
public. The government’s spokesman declares that no way the name of the
police officer will be announced. In the television and many radio stations
the anarchists’ announcement is read. The event has gathered the attention
of international media, such as the CNN, that speaks about hostage crisis.
The trade union of greek journalists, gives permission to reporters to keep
covering the story, despite the Mayday strike (11 May) that started after
00.30 : The university authorities release statement for the press, strongly
condemning the police presence in the campus and the shooting of an
anarchist, comparing this situation with the 1973 military dictatorship
repressing the uprising in the Polytechnic school. They put the blame to the
politicians. The Rector gives the announcement to the anarchists who then
read it out loud in the room where the politicians and 100 more persons are
01.00. Anarchists announce that everyone is free to go except the state
officials. The politicians are accused by hooded anarchists, full of rage,
for state repression and the fascist attacks, the police tortures and
shootings against immigrants at the borders and in police stations, the
isolation of political prisoners, the shooting against the anarchists few
Assemblies take place all night.
04.30. 300 anarchists leave the Polytechnic in a spontaneous demonstration
to Exarchia square, with slogans such as NO FASCISM, NO DEMOCRACY - DOWN
WITH THE STATE, LONG LIVE ANARCHY.