Simultaneous raids on anarchist centres took place in Athens on Thursday, January 10, in particular the centres of Villa Amalias, Patission and Skaramaga. Just under 100 anarchists were seized from Villa Amalias alone. Detailed reports, plus photos and videos of the raids have just been posted. Below is a report on the raid on Villa Amalias, as well as links to other reports, videos and photos. A leaked report (see below) from police indicates that these raids are just the beginning of a far bigger operation and that 40 anarchist centres are to be raided over the next few day around the country as part of a state attempt to crush the anarchist movement. But the anarchists are fighting back – see below for details. Meanwhile a call has been issued for international support and worldwide actions on January 19 (in London supporters can gather outside the Greek embassy, 1A Holland Park, Notting Hill from 12 noon).
See also report on Golden Dawn, posted 10 hours back.
UPDATE, 20.50 pm Final update for tonight from the courthouse: all 93 anarchists who were arrested inside Villa Amalias will remain detained for another two nights, not one as originally reported – and will appear before a prosecutor on Saturday morning. Meanwhile, all seven anarchists arrested inside Skaramanga have been released and have a trial date sate for January 24.
UPDATE 18.20 pm All of the 93 anarchists arrested inside Villa Amalias yesterday will be kept in police detention for a second consecutive night. A few minutes ago they were transferred from the Euelpidon courthouse back to the police HQ on Alexandras Ave, for the night.
UPDATE, 11.30 am Greek police leak plan “to evict 40 squats across the country”
UPDATE, 04.00 am “We will do it again, as many times as it takes”: statement by the 93 arrested from inside the police HQ
UPDATE, 00.45 am It has just been confirmed that the charges for all 92 anarchists inside Villa Amalias have been raised to felonies (instead of misdemeanors) as they now include the so-called “hoodlum law” enhancement. All of today’s detainees will appear before a prosecutor in the afternoon – from 1pm and throughout the day. A solidarity gathering has been called at the Euelpidon courthouse from 1pm onward.
UPDATE, 19.45 pm Another three anarchists have been detained at the corner of Patision and Alexandras ave, bringing today’s total up to 152.
UPDATE, 19.20 pm At least 1,500 people have gathered outside the Police HQ in solidarity with those arrested throughout the day.
UPDATE, 17.55 pm Earlier on, anarchists held a spontaneous demo outside the Ministry of Finance as PM Samaras held a press conference inside, in response to the Villa Amalias raid.
UPDATE, 17.50 pm More than 1,000 people inside the Polytechnic for tonight’s assembly. Meanwhile, a police water cannon has been spotted outside the police HQ on Alexandras avenue. The other two central universities in Athens, the School of Economics and the Law school, have been shut following orders by their administrations.
UPDATE, 17.35 pm The 40 anarchists detained earlier on inside the Democratic Left party HQ have all been released.
UPDATE, 17.15 pm News from inside the Polytechnic: the assembly location has changed, from Gini to the Max auditorium. Outside, riot police squads are stationed on most side streets off Stournari street and around the entire campus.
UPDATE 17.05 pm Photos and videos from today’s events.
UPDATE, 16.56 pm Short announcement by the collective of Skaramaga squat about today’s raid
UPDATE, 16.20 pm Solidarity actions and gatherings across Greece for Villa Amalias and Skaramanga
UPDATE, 16.00 pm Villa Amalias statement regarding today’s re-occupation and re-eviction
UPDATE, 15.50 pm Update on the arrested in Villa Amalias, the Democratic Left HQ and Skaramanga
UPDATE, 15.40 pm Video from inside Villa Amalias during its attempted re-occupation earlier on today.
UPDATE, 15.25 pm. Police have just raided the Skaramanga squat in Athens.
UPDATE, 11.45 am. If the numbers of detentions are confirmed (101 in Villa Amalias and 40 at the Democratic Left) this would mean today’s police operation will have seen the biggest number of anarchists detained at least since the 1998 Polytechnic riots.
For another write-up on this, see http://libcom.org/blog/battle-squats-athens-11012013
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