On Friday 9 January 2009, on the 18th anniversary of the murder of Nikos Temponeras [*], the youth of Greece gave the adequate answer to the attempts of the Karamanlis government and of its allies, aiming at terrorizing the youth movement. Despite the terror campaign developed by the government and all the bourgeois Media during the previous days, who "warned" the youth not to dare to demonstrate [**], . Friday's demonstrations were organized by the Coordinations of Occupied Faculties, as well as by teachers' Federations and other Unions, and were actively supported by the forces of the Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA). In Athens alone, around 20.000 people marched towards the Parliament with slogans against the criminal government and in defense of the democratic and social rights. Big youth demonstrations took part also in Thessaloniki, Patras and other cities all over Greece, supported by the Radical Left. It is noteworthy that the same day and time the KKE forces decided not to participate in the youth demonstrations and, in turn, organized pickets in solidarity with Palestine (and this, despite the fact that the Palestinian communities called for unitarian solidarity demonstrations the next day - these took place without KKE's participation, despite the pleas of the palestinian community for united action...)
On Saturday 3 January a massive and combative demonstration took place in the center of Athens and marched towards the Zionist embassy. Thousands of people responded to the call of the Palestinian Community, of the Greek Social Forum and of the Left organizations (with the exception of the "Communist Party of Greece" - KKE). With slogans against the Zionist murderers and their accomplices, the USA, the EU and the so-called "international community", and throwing stones, the people resisted for long time the brutal attacks of the Police Special Forces. The Police attacked with lots of chemicals in an attempt to prevent the demonstrators from reaching the embassy.
The spirit of the demonstration, one of the biggest of the last years, was characterized by outrage for the Zionist crimes, anger for the pro-US, pro-Israel stand of the Greek government, and by resolute spirit of solidarity. The main slogans scanded also by the block of the Communist Organization of Greece were:
On Saturday 20 December hundreds of activists “visited” the new Christmas tree in front of the Parliament (the previous one was burned a week ago) and threw many sacks full of garbage on it. The Special Forces attacked the protesters and proceeded to new arrests; the bystanders booed the police and liberated some of the arrested. The Athens’ Christmas tree is now guarded round the time by hundreds of Special Forces and the people of Athens are laughing at the attempt of the government and of the mayor to “recreate the Christmas atmosphere in the centre of the city” – under the protection of the fully armed Special Forces guarding the tree!
“The communists must have their eyes and ears open”, About the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) 15/12/2008
“I asked the political leaders to explicitly condemn the acts of violence. It is the responsibility of both the government and of all the political forces to immediately isolate, socially and politically, those who promote violence, illegal actions and antidemocratic attitudes”.
Declaration of Prime-minister Kostas Karamanlis, after his meetings with the leaders of parliamentary parties
“The leadership of the Coalition of Radical Left must cease petting the rioters”.
Declaration of Aleka Papariga, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), after her meeting with the Prime-minister
“There are political forces who display responsible attitude, and there are others who are petting the rioters, as I heard someone saying a while ago”.
Declaration of Georgios Karatzaferis, head of the extreme right-wing party “LAOS”, after his meeting with the Prime-minister
“Tell me who praises you, so I can tell you which errors you fell into”.
V. I. Lenin
On Friday 12 December a huge crowd of secondary education pupils, university students and teachers gathered in the centre of Athens and marched peacefully towards the Parliament. There, once more, the repressive forces attacked them with chemicals and arrested dozens of pupils of 13, 14 and 15 years old. In many cases the teachers, bystanders, even journalists got angry and tried to liberate the arrested kids, clashing with the police. Similar demonstrations took place all over Greece.
5th Statement: We shall not yield to the criminal government! The “unholy alliance” of “law and order” cannot stop the protest!, 11/12/20081. On Thursday 11 December 2008 dozens of thousands of youth got again out in the streets and demonstrated their rage, marching against the police stations all over Greece. In Athens only, 21 police stations have been besieged by the youth, who replied to the police attacks with stones, turned upside down many police vehicles and burned them. These are not “rioters with masks”, but school students who protest the murder of Alexis and the government policies, which kill their future. Thousands of people stand by their side: their parents, their teachers, the militants of the Left. In many cases, the people raise and stand in front of the Special Forces, protecting the youth, resisting the police attacks, even liberating from the hands of the police the arrested demonstrators.
(a) Tuesday 9 December
The demonstrations organized in midday by the teachers trade-unions and by the secondary education pupils in the centre of Athens and many other cities were combative and gathered once more dozens of thousands all over the country. In Athens the Special Forces attacked again the demonstrators with chemicals and arrested many people.
Thousands of people gathered at 3 pm in the cemetery of Paleo Faliro, where the funeral took place. In a heavy atmosphere, marked by the deep sorrow and a total silence, young and older came for the last farewell to Alexis. But the government of criminals did not respect even the funeral of the assassinated boy: While the ceremony was still taking place, a huge number of Special Forces encircled the cemetery and started provoking the people. This resulted in extended incidents; during them, a group of policemen started shooting in the air. This was an example of what the Prime-minister was meaning when he spoke of "full respect of democracy and human rights"...
(a) Monday 8 December
Yesterday was a day of protests all over the country. The secondary education pupils gathered in their schools and then headed to the centre of the cities in their dozens of thousands. They demonstrated their anger in front of the Athens Police General Headquarters. They threw eggs and stones to the Special Forces in front of the Parliament. They reversed police cars in Pireaus. They attacked police stations all over Greece. The whole day the youth and the masses made clear their anger against the government of murderers. The government answered by unleashing a huge wave of state terror. Dozens of people were arrested and wounded by the Special Forces. In many cases the cops kept beating and torturing barbarously 14 and 15 year old boys and girls after arresting them. But this only increased the masses’ wrath.