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Greece: Updates from the June15 general strike and day of action
16 jun 2011
Updates from the June15 general strike and day of action
photos from the attack of the police to the acampada in the main square of Athens, Placa Syntagma (occupied for 22 days now):
Some interesting videos from the day:
A stream of updates from the day from Athens:
Updates from the June15 general strike and day of action
20.41 (GMT+2) An estimated 20-30,000 people are at Syntagma at the moment and more are arriving by the minute. Tonight’s assembly is starting very soon, and it will most likely concern itself with the impeding announcements by Greek PM Papandreou, possibly about a “national unity” government.
17:43 (GMT+2) The situation in Syntagma is slightly calmer. Thousands are on the streets around the square and in front of the parliament, with more coming. Earlier, the luxurious Hotel Prince George and the Ministry of Economics were both attacked by protesters.
17:21 (GMT+2) The doctors of the clinic-tent of Syntagma Sq. are making a plea for supplies. A lot of people are injured by the brutal attacks of the police. People can approach Syntagma from Amalias Ave, from Propylea and possibly from the Metro station.
People are chanting anti-police slogans and clap ironically to the cops, battles still go on around the square, DIAS forces were hit in Fillelinon Str, while a few minutes earlier they had attacked people in front of the national garden and in Stadiou st. DIAS speed up and down on Amalias Street, hitting the rally.
17:07 (GMT+2) DIAS motorcycle police attacked people on Amalias St. People chant ‘Bread-Education-Freedom-The junta did not end in 1973′ and ‘Cops, Pigs Murderers’, gas bombs and sound grenades are thrown again by the police. Music is blasting once again from the speakers of the square. Ten minutes ago, the Syntagma Square Media Centre circulated the following announcement:
” NO PASSARAN! Now WE talk!
The Greek Parliament is under Siege. Thousands of protesters have flooded the greek Bastille and the surroundings. Since 7 in the morning, the greek “indignados”, shouting “no more!”, and with only means of struggle their own body, have blocked the streets and have encircled the Parliament.
What if the police has risen irongated barriers in front of the Parliament (V.Sofias) bombarding with unprecended teargases the gathered people…What if all the “sides and faces” of police forces (DIAS, MAT.e.t.c.)have tried to disperse the two blocks at V.Konstantinou &Rizari and V.Konstantinou & Rigillis, we are still here and we are continuing!
The greek government with the always pront to help, greek police, has for some hours now tried to murder and destroy ethically the great movement of the greek “indignados”, of the honest people who have taken to the squares and streets of the country.
To whoever tries to stop the peacefull siege of the “worthless and dangerous”, the greatest protest of the post Junta era, we will say only this! We are here to stay! All the people’s assemblies, we will stay and no ethical or politicall provocator will stop us. There is no space for such a species in our future history! ”
16:53 (GMT+2) a big group of demonstrators chased a group of DIAS/DELTA motorcycle police on Panepistimiou st. The speakers on Syntagma Sq. call for people to go back to the square. It is difficult to stay there due to the tear-gas, yet people remain.
16:49 (GMT+2) People were gradually trying to return to Syntagma, music sounded again from the speakers. But just now cops attack again en masse, trapping groups of people on the lower part of the square and trying to evacuate it entirely, with tear gas and some profound violence.
15:56 (GMT+2) Major clashes on Filellinon st, at least one arrest in Sytagma. Stun grenade and tear gas cannisters sound everywhere. At least in two instances police assaulted ambulances that had come to pick up injured demonstrators, while a tear gas bomb was thrown into the clinic-tent of the square.
15:45 (GMT+2) Clashes all around Syntagma and on the Square. Demonstrators respond with stones to the police attack, the square is covered with the white powder that gas bombs leave behind, but people still there, while others re-group on the streets surrounding the square and are trying to move back toward it.
15:15 (2+GMT) Tension at Syntagma Sq continues. At Akadimias st. police threw a lot of tear gas a few minutes ago. Clashes between riot cops and demonstrators in front of the Ministry of Economic, a lot of petrol bombs and tear gas were thrown. People are back outside parliament and they are preparing for a stand-off. In front of the parliament anarchists and fascists are next to each other chanting slogans, the situation was really tense, after some clashes fascists were kicked out of the area.
14:28 (+2 GMT) Thousands of people remain around the parliament. The plexiglass wall is not there any more, but the cops have moved lower near the Syntagma Sq, they forming cordon with 4 lines. But many new demonstrators people are coming into the parliament’s area to participate into the blockade. Fascists, undercover police officers and uniformed cops are around, but people seem not to be afraid and they still concentrate. In Thessaloniki, although the rain thousands of people have surrounded the venue of the sub-ministry of North Greece
14:00 (+2 GMT) More prefecture premises have been occupied so far the HQ of the Prefeture of Central Greece (Lamia), Crete, Corfu (Eptanisa) and Syros (Kyklades). Earlier anarchists in Athens located amongst them a hooded cop with molotov cocktails, while other demonstrators (incl.) fascists start blaming anarchists as undercover cops and attacked to some of them. A molotov cocktail was thrown in the police lines in front of the parliament.
13:50 (+2 GMT) Athens: Clashes between the police and demonstrators in Rigilis st. and in Amalias st. Hundreds of demonstrators clash with each other in front of parliament, at least one demonstrator seriously injured in front of the hotel Great Britannia.
13:18 (+2 GMT) Syntagma Sq: Some of the demonstrators threw stones to the police forces in front of the parliament and some extreme-right-wing people who were there tried to prevent the stone throwing and so clashes between demonstrators erupted. Police at the moment throws gas bombs to the demonstrators in front of the parliament
12:44 (+2GMT) Lamia, central Greece: Workers’ unions have occupied the premises of the Prefecture, the same thing happened in the Prefecture of Crete.
12:36 (+2GMT) Serres, northern Greece: After the end of the demo the Open Popular Assembly of Eleftheria square has unanimously decide to occupied the Town Hall. The Town Hall will remain occupied untill 17.00 when a new assembly will take place.
12:46 (+2 GMT) Athens: The march of the general strike started from Museum and no is marching toards the parliament through Stadiou St.
12:16 (+2GMT) Athens: Tension in front of the plexiglass wall in Vas. Sofias Av. Demonstrators (mainly workers in the municipalities) start pushing the wall and the police used tear gas.
11:56 (+2 GMT) Trikala: The demonstration of almost 150 leftists, “indignants” and anarchists have just ended. The demo started from the Workers’ Center of the city and ended at the building of the Prefecture blockading it for an hour.
11:30 (+2 GMT) Thessaloniki: The base unions have started their demo from Kamara moving towards the Workers’ Center of Thessaloniki. More than 1000 people participate in the demo.
11:25 (+2 GMT) Aigio, Achaea: More than 400 demonstrators at the central square of the town of Aigio, in Achaea (western Greece) are about to start a march in the streets of the city.
11:12 (+2 GMT) In Athens a group of demonstrators coming from Zografou neighbourhood has been blocked by large forces of DELTA/DIAS police forces near Evangelismos. The 10 demonstrators detained earlier have been released.
10:20 (+2 GMT) Reports about 10 people detained and 2 injured on the blockade of Vasileos Konstantinou Avenue and Rizari street. The demonstrators attempted to block some MPs going to the parliament for their meeting and police attacked to them. There is a need for reinforcement of the gathering/blockade at the Panathenaicon stadium.
10:08 (+2 GMT) A small part of the crowd in front of the Parliament is shouting fascist slogans. At the same time police is arresting people on Vasileos Konstantinou Avenue.
10:03 (+2 GMT) Around 300 demonstrators at the pre-gathering of the general strike at the [National Archaeological] Museum [Athens]
09:35 (+2 GMT) Tension in front of the parliament, where is the largest rally, people start chanting ‘cops, pigs, murderers’ and the front line of police passed behind the metal railings.
08: 50 (+2 GMT) People at Syntagma are swelling in numbers, we hear that there are a few gathering in Evangelismos, although the metro station there is closed.
07:53 (+2 GMT) People gathering outside parliament at Syntagma Sq. and by parliament’s side entrance on Vasilisis Sofias. A huge police plexiglass wall blocks the street.
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People in front of the parliament this morning
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Petrol bombs thrown to riot police, in front of the parliament
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