Friday, November 19, 2010

Statement by anarchist station Radio Revolt concerning the attack on its wagon

Nov. 11, 2010

Translation from Athens IMC

On Tuesday November 9th at around 11pm, while there were five comrades in
the wagon of radio revolt, around 20-25 para-statists and fascists
attacked it. Armed with clubs, hammers, sticks and knives they threw three
molotovs inside the wagon and tried to block its door. The response of the
comrades was instant – they grabbed sticks, managed to get out of the
wagon and responded to the attack. The fascists chanted their totally
unimaginative slogans and threw stones, but the comrades nevertheless
managed to push them back, chasing them to their motorcycles. However, the
fire had already gone out of control while the coordinated attempts of all
who arrived resulted in limiting the damage to the wagon, the inside of
which was destroyed.

Six fire brigade cars arrived in the area, which (according to the fire
brigade unit) were blocked from the police, who demanded that they
accompany the cars inside the campus – something we could not by any means
accept [university campuses are protected by academic asylum in Greece
–trans]. At the same time, while the electricity remained connected
therefore posing an additional threat to the gathered people who were
putting off the fire, the water supply was cut off (twice) by the
university administration.

We obviously did not await the intervention of any state mechanism to
“save” us and we believe that the attack was organised by this very
mechanism. More specifically, from the early evening the streets around
the university were full of cops with at least three riot police units
outside the (closed) EXPO building, motorcycle cops hovering around in
groups of fours at a nearby square and the confirmed presence of
helmet-wearing individuals (possibly undercovers) outside the nearby
sports stadium, shortly after the attack.

As it has been repeatedly proven, the fascists do not have the capacity to
conduct such an attack without assistance. Typical examples of this are
the racist pogroms under cop protection in Ayios Panteleimonas in Athens,
the taxi-riot police unit at Larissis Station and the attack against the
haunt in the West, in Athens again, where one riot police unit arrived
only seconds after the fascists had left. Likewise, the fascists’
motorcycles cut through the police cordons with no hassle whatsoever. We
easily see this is another attack in the generalised attack against
radical parts of society. An attack which is only to be expected in the
present socio-economic condition in Greece.

We live through a period in which a government is desperately trying to
keep a country float, where it condemns to impoverishment the largest part
of the population, resulting in new poles of radical action springing up
while the existing ones strengthen. In this period the panicked system
choses to escalate its repression using all means at its disposal. Its aim
is the prevention of any resistance to the new measures, the state or the
system from any individual, collective or group. It tries to defend
against this generalised discontent across society.

All these comprise the full picture of the events of Tuesday. Fascists
make a murderous attack against a self-organised anarchist radio with the
backing of the police, which plays the double role of safeguarding their
escape and blocking an intervention by the fire brigade. The university
authorities “rest their case”, while the systemic Mass Media talk of
“disturbances” at the university and about clashes between gangs, hiding
away and distorting the true events.

The wagon has been burned down but Radio Revolt continues. Twenty minutes
after the disruption of the show, the station returned on both the
internet and FM and of course the flow of the station continues as normal
and aggresively. The wagon will operate again to aid the station project.
All perpetrators of Tuesday’s attack will find us against them, ready to
respond to any attempt of silencing of counter-information, of the support
of subversive action and the dissemination of subversive ideas.
Additionally, each attack of this kind crouches us together as proven by
the material solidarity we immediately received. They don’t deter us, they
enrage us!

Cops, TV, neonazis – all scum work together.

You will find us against you.

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