Monday, February 21, 2011

Anarchist squat PIKPA in Heraklion, Crete is evicted; three people arrested

Feb. 18, 2011 Occupied London

Anarchist squat PIKPA in Heraklion, Crete is evicted; three people
arrested, constant clashes with the police; anarchists occupy two local TV
stations and branch of the Ministry of Health in response

In the early hours of Wednesday, February 16th, riot police stormed the
self-managed occupied building PIKPA in Heraklion, Crete. As soon as the
news spread, three people who rushed to the spot were arrested by the
police. In response to the eviction and the arrests, around 70 people who
quickly gathered there occupied a branch of the Ministry of Health,
demanding that those arrested were freed. A few hours later they were
released; one of them however faces charges.

At the same night, a counter-information event took place at the main
square of Heraklion. People attempted to re-approach the PIKPA squat and
clashes with the police followed; police chase, beat and arrest four
people, all of which were injured during their arrests.

In the morning of Thursday 17/2, the arrested appeared before the
prosecutor general – two of them face felonies. After this procedure had
ended, riot police once again attacked those who had gathered in
solidarity with their batons and tear gas.

In response to all the above events, people in solidarity occupied two TV
stations on Thursday night.

A demonstration against police repression has been called for Friday, 18/2
at 6pm at the Lions Square in Heraklion.

"Solidarity is Our Weapon - No Persecution Against the 4 Arrested"

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