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[Video] Riot erupts in Athens during Antifa protest for the murder of rapper Pavlos Fyssas by Golden Dawn neonazis

On September 16, 2017 thousands of antifascists in Athens, Greece marched towards the headquarters of the “Golden Dawn” fascist party, four years after the murder of antifascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas by approximately 40 neonazi members of Golden Dawn, on September 18, 2013 in the Keratsini area of Athens.

When the antifascist protest in memory of Pavlos Fyssas reached the Golden Dawn HQ people were faced by dozens of riot policemen protecting the neonazi offices, and a “wall” of riot police buses blocking any access nearby. The protection of the murderers’s offices -that  remain free during their judicial trial that has been going on for almost three years now, contrary to the majority of political prisoners that remain in prison for years until finally their trial takes place- ignited the people’s sentiment and escalated the protest into a riot.

More antifascist protests have been scheduled all over Greece on September 18, 2017, the day when Pavlos Fyssas was murdered by the neonazis exactly 4 years ago to that day.

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Anarchists attack the riot police outside the greek parliament


(Athens, Greece – General Strike, 17 May 2017)

“We won’t live like slaves - The only lost battles are the ones that they have not been given”.

On Wednesday 17 May 2017 thousands of people joined the general strike protests all over Greece, against the new harsh financial measures of 4.9 billion euros incorporated in the 4th Memorandum signed by the greek government, aimed once again against the lower income classes rather, than the banks and the wealthy.

The self proclaimed left government of SYRIZA in co-operation with the right wing party of ANEL have unleashed a new class war, this time specifically aimed against people with disability and pensioners that have worked all their lives and paid their share under the false notion -as it seems- that during the time when they will be most vulnerable, they would have free public health services and subsidies that would help them get by. On the contrary after 23(!) severe cuts in pensions and allowances during the 8 years of the financial crisis in Greece (amounting to more than 50 billion euros in pension and allowances cuts during the last 7 years), that has forced people to live like beggars, a further 18% cut will be imposed on pensions under the 4th Memorandum being voted in the greek parliament these days and a “freezing” of even the slightest raise in pensions until 2022.

Ans as if a life with no future wasn’t enough, the streets of Athens have been filled with thousands of riot policemen to impose fear on people daring to protest during the general strike of 17 May 2017. Thus, during the protest in Athens anarchists attacked the riot police brigades in Syntagma Square around the greek parliament, whilst inside politicians were discussing the new harsh financial measures to be imposed on the people, without the people. More protests will take place tomorrow 18 May during the voting of the measures in the greek parliament.

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Folk Greek farmer from the island of Crete.

In Syntagma square, Athens during farmers protest against new measures the were voted by the greek government.

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“We won’t live like slaves - The only lost battles are the ones that they have not been given”.

On Thursday 18 May 2017 thousands of people joined a 2nd day of protests following a general strike all over Greece on the day before, against the new harsh austerity measures of 4.9 billion euros incorporated in the 4th Memorandum signed by the greek government, aimed once again against the lower income classes rather, than the banks and the wealthy.

The self-proclaimed left government of SYRIZA in co-operation with the right wing party of ANEL have unleashed a new class war, this time specifically aimed against people with disability and pensioners that have worked all their lives and paid their share under the false notion -as it seems- that during the time when they will be most vulnerable, they would have free public health services and subsidies that would help them get by. On the contrary after 23(!) severe cuts in pensions and allowances during the 8 years of the financial crisis in Greece (amounting to more than 50 billion euros in pension and allowances cuts during the last 7 years), that has forced people to live like beggars, a further 18% cut will be imposed on pensions under the 4th Memorandum voted in the greek parliament on Thursday 18 May 2017 and a “freezing” of even the slightest raise in pensions until 2022.

And as if a life with no future wasn’t enough, the streets of Athens were filled with thousands of riot policemen to impose fear on people daring to protest. During the protest in Athens anarchists trying to storm the greek parliament and attacked the riot police brigades on the stairs leading to the front yard of the building -that once was purported to be the royal palace in Syntagma Square- whilst inside politicians were voting on the new harsh financial measures to be imposed on the people, without the people.

March 24, 1917 - Greece Protests Italian Occupation of Epirus

Pictured - Italian soldiers in Greece, WWI.

Albania was a mess during the First World War. It had only recently become independent of Ottoman rule in 1912, but centuries of Turkish occupation had left it an ethnic and religious melting pot, with none of the groups eager to get along with the others. It was nominally a principality, but tribal chiefs squabbled and the central government controlled almost nothing. A Muslim peasant revolt forced the German prince invited to rule into exile within months. In the south of the country, the region known in antiquity as Epirus, Greek settlers declared independence in a move to integrate their country with Greece.

Greece occupied Epirus in 1914, but the situation was complicated because Italy did not hide its desire to annex parts of Albania. In 1915, the Treaty of London gave some coastal ports to Italy, while Serbia and Montenegro also occupied portions. It was all part of complicated balancing act by which Paris and London tried to appease both Greece and Italy to have them as allies.

Italy joined the Entente, but not Greece, and when Athens ceded border forts to Bulgaria in 1916, the Allies ceased favoring it over Italy. Italian soldiers marched into northern Epirus in 1916, where they did not hide their annexationist attitudes. They disarmed Greeks, removed Greek flags, and closed Greek-language schools. In June Italy declared that Albania was “independent” under the Italian king. Obviously, this greatly irked the Greeks, who were now divided in a civil war between a pro-Allied splinter government in Salonika, and the royalist, neutral government in Athens. Both sides protested to the Allies in March about Italy’s occupation of Epirus.

In the end, the war pleased nobody. The Allies confirmed Albanian independence after the conflict, which annoyed the Greeks who hoped to annex parts. The Italians celebrated the decision and kept troops in the hopes of making Albania a puppet state, but Albanian guerrillas chased them out in 1920. Italy’s failure to win much territory at the peace table drove anger at the Allies and eventually helped the rise of fascists in the 1920s who wanted to redraw the world order implemented by the Treaty of Versailles.

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Antifa protest against the Golden Dawn offices in “Larissa” Train Station in Athens, Greece and defacement of fascist graffiti

Antifa League Athens is a self-organized football championship that opposes commercialised and professional sports. Contrary to the above the Antifa League is all about the pure love for football as we first felt it when we used to play in open fields, squares and streets, with dirty jerseys and bloody knees. Against careerism and drugs, instead we propose solidarity and the joy of the game.

Through Antifa League we are claiming our right to public spaces and free time. Each match guarantees the ability of each and every individual to socialize and play football, all being equal, with no discrimination and restrictions, against the dominant system of control and exclusion.

“Larissa” Train Station in Athens, Greece is a working class, as well as, a multinational neighborhood, shaped by diversity and multiculturalism. In this neighborhood, some of us shed sweat, blood, felt joy or sadness about off the post kicks, goals and outs. But we have learned to respect our neighbors, but also to fight to the end.

The offices of Golden Dawn have never been part of the neighborhood and our presence on Sunday, May 7 was a practical proof of this. In a neighborhood that lives and breathes its diversity there’s no  space for any kind of fascist! Our presence in the fields and the conduct of the 8th round made it clear that, like in every neighborhood, the area belongs to those who respect and love it. Each and every one of us will continue to fight fascist and intolerant practices in every aspect of our everyday lives.

Our answer to fascism is multifaceted anti-fascist action!Our only country is our childhood years!

Goltzides street football team

Antifa League Athens