Day 11 of the revolt in Greece - 16 Dec 2008
This morning started with a very unpleasant surprise for the riot police, the special force against popular mobilizations, which is busy all these days of popular revolt in Greece to attack and brutalize 13-14 years old kids: their central headquarters/caserne in the Kaisariani area, in Athens, was put under siege for hours by a multitude of young people throwing to them stones and Molotov cocktails.
During all day, the main roads of the Greek capital, particularly in points near schools, were blocked by the schoolchildren for hours stooping the chaotic traffic for hours.
In general, its has to be pointed out that all the schools and all the Universities of the country have stopped functioning and their students are in the streets fighting, protesting, singing, shouting slogans, clashing with police, putting under siege or occupying public buildings( town halls, cultural centers etc.)
In the evening, as it was decided previously in a general assembly, a powerful march of thousands of inhabitants of Exarchia( the area in Athens where the young Alexis was killed) took place to the local police station of the murderers, which was pout under siege for hours.
The most spectacular action today, it was the occupation of the State TV Broadcasting. When the State TV station was broadcasting the main 15.00 pm News, and the Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis was addressing his parliamentary group and the Greek people on the recent huge financial scandal involving the government and an orthodox Monastery in Mount Athos( a scandal which just is scandalously covered up by the government closing now the affair), suddenly the image was interrupted and another image of a group of 100 militants was broadcasted with banners against the murderers of the State and for the liberation of those arrested so far!
It was not the first broadcasting station which was at the hands of the activists- the Radio Station of Ioannina in Epirus (Northern Western Greece) is already under occupation- but undoubtedly this action was the most impressive. The people received it with enthusiasm and the authorities with hysteria. The Stalinist party KKE found that the slogans of the activists in the State TV Station today "were not appropriate..." In general the Stalinists are against our call for the liberation of the arrested that are considered by the KKE as "hooligans" or possibly agents of the police and of the CIA!!! In two at least occasions today as our trade unionists report ( in the general assembly of the Federation of high school teachers OLME and in the health sector, held to prepare for the strike of December 18, the Stalinists voted down our call for the immediate liberation of all those arrested, who most of them are young adolescents). In Volos (Central Greece), we took the initiative to circulate a leaflet of MERA (Front of radical left which includes EEK) addressed to the members of the KKE asking them to kick out from their Party the Gen. Sec. Aleca Papariga and all those collaborating with the capitalist state against the revolt, and to join us in the common battle. It created a lot of discussion on many levels.
La Luta continua!
Savas Michael, December 16, 2008