On June 19, 20 and 21 the summit of the European Union was held in Saloniki. A meeting of almost 5,000 rebels came together, occupied the university and decided together to face the presence of the European ministers and the militarisation of the city in a decided and offensive way. Separate as much from the pacifists as from the partisans of ‘another world is possible’: this world is to be destroyed!
If some pigs were wounded with knives and molotovs, 73 demonstrators were also arrested some of whom on June 22 at a demo outside the court. Seven people are still in prison (among whom an English comrade, a Spanish comrade accused of ‘terrorism’, and a Syrian comrade who will be sentenced to death by the regime of his country of birth if he is extradited).
The Greek media have clearly done their dirty work by presenting these clashes as a form of terrorism or vandalism. When 5,000 people meet to squat a place, discuss together and together face the assassins in uniform in the streets, living a variety of human passions it is clear that it is a question of a lot more than journalistic categories: it is the reappropriation of life, it is rebellion against what crushes us every day.
But it is not only on the occassion of riots against these great ceremonies that life can express itself. We certainly don’t wait for the symbolic meetings of these clowns to strike power in its daily manifestation. In fact every day each one is immersed in a world that does not want to give any choice other than submission and resignation: is it necessary to sell oneself to a boss in order to have a roof over one’s head? One must count every penny in order to eat, or else drink what our palates desire? One must thank the pigs - police of every category - who invade the streets so that everything stays under control? One must beg crumbs from a State that is nothing more than an instrument in the hands of the bosses against the exploited?
Repression, like rebellion, is to be found everywhere, not only in Seattle, Saloniki or Genova. It is possible to go beyond the daily routine of little submissions to meet in the streets, but do it every day of one’s life with means that are available to everyone.
Beautiful like a prison in flames.
Solidarity to the prisoners of every prison.
Leaflet given out by anarchists in Rovereto, Italy.