Greek uprising enters second week

Greek protesters Dec. 13 attacked a police station and ministry building as well as shops and banks in Athens with petrol bombs in an eighth day of protests following the killing of 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos by police. Several hundred protesters set up burning barricades and attacked police with rocks and flares. The Exarchia district, where the police station was fire-bombed, and the area around Athens Polytechnic University remained the centers of street-fighting. Hundreds of stores have been smashed and looted, and more than 200 people have been arrested in the unrest so far.

The new street-fighting came after hundreds of school children holding candles gathered peacefully outside the parliament building in Athens and at the site where Grigoropoulos was shot. They left candles spelling out the name “Alex” in front of a line of riot police. Banners in the square outside parliament read: “The state kills” and “Down with the government of murderers.” Some 2,000 also marched peacefully in Greece’s second city, Thessaloniki. (AlJazeera, AFP, Dec. 14)

Athens Polytechnic remains under occupation, and students there issued the following statement Dec. 12 calling for a “day of international action against state murders.” Via the Balkan Decentralized Network:

Today, the assembly of the occupied Athens Polytechnic decided to make a callout for European and global-wide actions of resistance in the memory of all assassinated youth, migrants and all those who were struggling against the lackeys of the state. Carlo Juliani; the French suburb youths; Alexandros Grigoropoulos and the countless others, all around the world. Our lives do not belong to the states and their assassins! The memory of the assassinated brothers and sisters, friends and comrades stays alive through our struggles!

We do not forget our brothers and sisters, we do not forgive their murderers. Please translate and spread around this message for a common day of coordinated actions of resistance in as many places around the world as possible.

See our last post on the Greek uprising.

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