Hyperborea gives us some historical perspective on the causes that are moving the current Anarchist revolution in Greece.
It isn’t only who the media calls “self-styled anarchists” getting rowdy this entire week. Workers began an Athenian General Strike early on, and the Association of Employees in the suburb of Agios Dimitrios released a statement urging all Greeks to take to the streets, saying profoundly, “Don’t watch the news, consciousness is born in the streets!” and “We are in Civil War: with the fascists, the bankers, the state, the media wishing to see an obedient society.”
Here is another article on the principles of the Greek revolutionaries.
The corporate press has trotted out various theories to explain the cause of the unrest – frustration with a corrupt government, the global financial crisis, and discontent among Greece’s youth, who face meager prospects of secure employment or welfare rights – the riots being a blind reaction to objective conditions.
But all these explanations are in fact decoys intended to silence and ignore the rebels’ own declared motivations.
A declaration by the students occupying the Athens School of Economics was quite clear about how they see the issue: “The democratic regime in its peaceful facade doesn’t kill an Alex every day, precisely because it kills thousands of Ahmets, Fatimas, Jorjes, Jin Tiaos and Benajirs: because it assassinates systematically, structurally and without remorse the entirety of the third world ….
“The cardinals of normality weep for the law that was violated from the bullet of the pig Korkoneas [the policeman who shot Grigoropoulos]. But who doesn’t know that the force of the law is merely the force of the powerful? That it is law itself that allows for the exercise of violence on violence? The law is void from end to bitter end; it contains no meaning, no target other than the coded power of imposition.”
Or, in another declaration, this one anonymous: “What do we seek? Equality. Political, economic, social. Between all people. Our possibility of convincing the servile consumers to refuse being commodities and subjects is rather limited. What can we do? Ravage and plunder the market, distribute the goods to everybody, dissolve the myths that support inequality.”
These are no single-issue protests or vague grievances. This is full-blooded revolutionary anarchism.