Fascist attacks on self-organised spaces repulsed

Fascist attacks on self-organised spaces repulsed

Two self-organised spaces were successfully defended when they were attacked by fascist and police forces over the weekend.

Supporters of the fascist Golden Dawn attacked self-organized spaces in the Athens' neighbourhood of Zografou on Saturday night. The attack, which was beaten back, came as supporters of Golden Dawn and nationalists marched nearby.

The attackers broke off from a Golden Dawn and nationalist demonstration in Athens. The march was on the anniversary of the Imia incident, a clash in the 1990's between Greece and Turkey over some deserted rocks in the Aegean which almost led to war. The media reports that around 5,000 fascists and nationalists from all over Greece took part in the march, though the same reports fail to mention the attack in Zografou.

As the protest ended a number of motorcyclists who accompanied the march broke off and headed to Villa Zografou and Berntes, two self-organised spaces in Zografou. The fascists attacked the buildings but in both cases were repulsed by people in the area. Some of the fascists needed hospital treatment and according to some reports one of those injured was taken to hospital 401 which is only for members of the police and armed forces. Following the attack the Villa was surrounded by heavy police forces as hundreds of people rushed to defend the spaces. The police forces eventually withdrew in the early hours.

Not far from the neighbourhood of Zografou the Golden Dawn have recently opened a new office, funnily enough it's in the same area as the police headquarters of the Athens' region. So places such as Villa Zografou are of great importance in resisting the expanding Golden Dawn presence in central Athens. Whilst the fact that the far-right was able to hold a march with thousands of supporters is worrying the night was not a great show of strength. In terms of sheer numbers 5,000 is only half of the approximately 10,000 who came out for a recent demonstration in support of the squats of Athens. What's more the attacks on the social centres show that the far-right is being confronted by organised and determined anti-fascists who continue to grow in strength.

The need for an increasing and ever more determined anti-fascist presence was shown by other recent events. A 37 year-old father of two from Senegal, Cheikh (Babakar) Ndiaye died in Athens after police chased him onto the train tracks at Thissio station on Friday night. Policemen chased Cheikh as part of an operation to remove migrant street sellers in the area. Such harassment of migrants on the streets of Athens' tourist centre has long been an every day occurrence. Friends of Cheikh Ndiaye who gathered at the scene were beaten back by riot police units. This latest death comes two weeks after supporters of the Golden Dawn murdered Shehzad Luqman a 27 year-old man from Pakistan, also in Athens.

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Thrasybulus
Feb 4 2013 22:11

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Webby
Feb 5 2013 10:55

What do you guys think about the grafitti statement at the top of this article?

Redwinged Blackbird
Feb 5 2013 18:08

it's awesome? because fascists suck?

Webby
Feb 5 2013 19:18

How about a reformed fascist? I know a few of those.
How about politicians, cops, capitalists, scabs, homophobes, racists, sexist men.
Where do we draw the line?

Steven.
Feb 5 2013 20:48
Webby wrote:
How about a reformed fascist? I know a few of those.
How about politicians, cops, capitalists, scabs, homophobes, racists, sexist men.
Where do we draw the line?

I think it's a bit tongue in cheek. And of course some fascists can be reformed. Some of the best anti-fascists, for example used to be fascists themselves!

To the original poster, this is a great article and thanks for posting. Photos related to the story itself are preferable to generic ones like this if possible

iexist
Feb 5 2013 21:08

soli

Webby
Feb 5 2013 22:22
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To the original poster, this is a great article and thanks for posting

Agreed.

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I think it's a bit tongue in cheek.

As was my reply - just testing the water really, so sorry to detract from the original post.
I did visit a site where this sentiment was generally supported. This quote is verbatim:

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The only good fascist or toff is a dead one

When challenged the only responses were abuse - literally no engagement at all. Libcom is so different to that site.
It seems such a dull witted and pointless remark and if a joke simply not funny but then again I've never been attacked by fascists so I'll quit the judging now.

Thrasybulus
Feb 5 2013 22:58

I'd take it as tongue in cheek. It's a piece of grafitti that I've seen around a few times(not just in Greece). Then again a common chant at Greek protests translates something like 'fascist bastards, the hangmen are coming' so it's probably a pretty common sentiment as well.

Chilli Sauce
Feb 6 2013 09:01

I don't want to derail from what a really solid article (thanks for posting it, Thras), but...

I think we draw the line at active, ideological racists who have employed /intend to employ violence. Lots of members of my family are passively racists, but I don't think they need to be confronted with violence. But for active facists, yeah, violent confrontation is totally justified.

Also, the addition of "toff", fuck that, that's absurd. But, I do think force is also justified against scabs: passive force against passive scabs (blocking entrances, for example), and active force against active scabs (a management spy during a dispute, for example).

Webby
Feb 6 2013 10:17
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'fascist bastards, the hangmen are coming'

Whilst not quite in agreement with the sentiment I must admit the translation has a far more poetic feel!

Chilli - with you on all that although I am making the assumption that you are not actually advocating killing all fascists?

I obviously find the ideology of fascism totally discusting, in fact, I'm reading Mein Kampf at the moment in an attempt to understand how people can possibly find this attractive - I'm none the wiser so far - but(in my part of the world at least) I would say that those who actively uphold the status quo(western democracy or whatever you want to call it) are the ones that make a revolution far less likely, and so are actually, in a way, more dangerous than fascists. Fuck, I think I might be digging myself into another hole here!