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Bruno Davert, an engineer worker in the papermaking industry, is a victim of the relocation of his company. He has been on the dole for almost two years, alternating between moments of self-awareness and depression, and confronting the humiliation of job interviews. One day he has a somewhat drastic idea: to treat the labor market like any other market, in other words to do everything possible to eliminate all competition. He obtains the names of the unemployed engineers living in his region and, therefore, potential rivals for a job
at the Arcadia factory and kills them one by one.

A timely film by Costas Gavras showing the despare of unemployment, a marathon of surviving into a system that exploits the people’s working power. No one should miss it!!!

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At the very centre of the European crisis, in 2013 Greece, after 5 years of extreme depression and severe austerity measures, racism, sexism and generally fascist ideas have reached an intense climax. Finding a political representative in the form of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, fascists repeatedly commit beating ups, even cold blooded murders of immigrants, activists, or anyone they suspect of being LGBT or left wing, often in front of cameras, covered by police’s indifference.

It was only after the murder of a 34 year old Greek anti-fascist activist rapper, Pavlos Fyssas, from members of GD -in front of unconcerned policemen, just a week after the brutal assault of Greek Communist Party unionists by 50 GD thugs- that the official state tried to show signs of reaction. Crammed by the strength and popularity of the anti-fascist movement, the coalition government of Greece gave the order for the arrest of 4 of the key members of GD, including its founder.

However, the ruling parties are the neoliberal extremists who have imposed measures of violent pauperisation and created the widespread perceptions of decay, victimisation and feelings of national humiliation which fuel the rise of fascism. They are now trying to persuade us that they condemn fascism, while the mainstream media that have been cultivating chauvinism, racism, sexism and anti-immigrant hate for decades now claim that they were unaware of GD crimes. It is an urgent need to create a movement that understands fascism for what it is; the long arm of the system, and will fight it together with its root cause. If we tolerate this, our children will be next!

Let’s fight back together against the rise of fascism; against the neo-liberal politics that give birth and support it!

Join us on Sunday October 27, 2013 at 5pm to the open discussion/video presentation and photography exhibition at Teviot Row House-Dining room.


On the night of the 17/9/2013, 34 year old Pavlos Fyssas, a Greek anti-fascist activist and rapper was ambushed by about 40 members of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn (GD) gang after leaving a cafe in Keratsini, a working class neighbourhood in Athens. He was stabbed twice while police officers stood by without intervening, according to witnesses, and shortly after succumbed to his wounds.

This is only the latest of thousands of attacks carried out by GD. While their MPs have been giving fascist salutes, vigilantes flashing swastikas and other Nazi symbols have been beating up immigrants, activists, or anyone they suspect of being LGBT or left wing for over three years– often in front of cameras. Last September, three MPs led gangs of heavies through street fairs in the towns of Rafina and Messolongi, smashing up immigrant traders’ stalls with Greek flags on thick poles. Less than a week before Fyssa’s murder, unionists of the Greek Communist Party were assaulted by 50 thugs armed with bats with nails sticking out of them.

Nearly all of these attacks have gone unpunished and a lot of them have been carried under police officer noses. Claims that “GD have infiltrated the police” made to the “Guardian” by a high ranking officer are backed by the overwhelmingly high results it received in the latest elections in wards where the police vote in large numbers. The web is flooded with photographic and video evidence of GD members working side-by side with riot police against demonstrators. Immigrants trying to bring complaints of racist violence are routinely threatened with counter-charges and held in cells while last October anti-fascist protesters claimed they were tortured in the police headquarters.

The rise of fascism also owes a lot to mainstream media. Effectively unregulated by the state and owned by a few small Berlusconis, Greek tv channels have been cultivating chauvinism, racism, sexism and anti-immigrant hate for decades. Now they present GD cadres as normal people, explore their lighter side and even turn them into lifestyle icons or tele-celebrities. They rarely discuss the violent crimes for which many of these people have been accused or convicted. The murder of Fyssas was largely presented as a fight over a football match! And despite its anti-systemic image, GD is quick to return the favour to the rich ruling class whether by voting in favour of its interests in parliament, or by keeping the left in check.

A lot can also be said about the role of the “centre” ruling parties – the neoliberal extremists who have imposed measures of violent pauperisation and created widespread perceptions of decay and victimisation and feelings of national humiliation all of which fuel the rise of fascism. It was they who first demonised immigrants, who have rounded illegal immigrants up in modern concentration camps, who talk of “taking back Greek city centres”, who have unleashed the riot police against demonstrators time after time. They now speak of “a clash of the two extremes” thus further legitimizing GD by equating it to the left. They are using it to fight the anti-austerity movement by presenting themselves as the only rational alternative and by keeping people in a passive state of terror.

Few anticipated the sudden rise of fascism in Greece. The factors that fuelled it exist in other societies too however. The recent EDL attacks or the murder of French teenage anti-fascist Clément Méric show that in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, fascism is once against on the rise – much in the same way as in the 1930s. An internationalist anti-fascist movement is therefore necessary. A movement that understands fascism for what it is – the long arm of the system and will fight it together with its root cause before it is too late. If we tolerate this, our children will be next!

Join us for an anti-fascist demonstration on Saturday 21/9 at 1pm at the Mound.

Yesterday, we gathered in front of the City Chambers in Edinburgh as an act of solidarity to the ERT workers demanding the re-opening of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation. We are against a state ‘public’ broadcaster whose job is to secure the ideological and political domination of the political and economic elites within Greece and the EU. We are fighting for a public media outlet that truly belongs to and speaks for the people and their needs. The thousands outside the ERT premises all around Greece must multiply and form a radical movement against the government, for a society of peoples’ needs.







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This morning around 70 protesters tried to approach Edinburgh International conference where TEDGlobal was held. We wanted to express our opposition to the talk from G. Papandreou and have our voices heard as loud as possible. However, we were surrounded by the police and not allowed to approach the conference center. In an effort to act on our constitutional right of free movement in public spaces we were pushed back and blocked 20 meters away from the conference centre. Our lively group shouted at the top of their lungs against austerity and the politics followed by the neo-liberal political parties, part of which is G. Papandreou himself for the last 30 years.

Slogans included “from Scotland to Greece no justice no peace”, “Papandreou get out, we know what you’re all about: cuts, job losses, money for the bosses” and more others!

Photos from the protest:


Our next assembly is going to be held at the Teviot New Amphion (13 Bristo Square) on Tuesday 23rd April at 20.00. Join us for a discussion about the struggle of the residents of Ierissos in Chalkidiki, Greece against the company owning the mining rights and the utter police repression.

Please read here for more information on the subject.

Our next assembly is going to be held at the Teviot library bar (13 Bristo Square) on Tuesday the 16th of April at 20.00.


Posted: April 8, 2013 in event
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Workers of the Viomichaniki Metalleutiki (Vio.Me) factory in Thessaloniki, Greece, a subsidiary of “Filkeram & Johnson”, stopped being paid in May 2011, and subsequently the management abandoned the factory. After a series of assemblies, the workers decided to manage the factory themselves. Since then, they have occupied and defended the factory and the machinery needed for production. On the 12th of February 2013, the factory started production under workers’ control. The production is planned directly with democratic assemblies, without bosses or hierarchy. The workers’ assemblies have declared an end to the unequal division of resources with the workers finally having equal and fair remuneration. This has been decided collectively. The factory produces building materials and they have declared that they plan to move towards production friendlier to the environment. They have continued to reach out to other workers and communities, receiving tremendous support throughout the world. The solidarity shown by these individuals, groups and communities has made an important contribution towards the survival of the workers and their families so far. Supporting them is especially essential in these first months if the project is to succeed.
While the number of unemployed people in Greece is approaching 2 million and the whole world is being plunged deeper and deeper into an economic and ecological crisis, the Vio.Me workers have taken a first step on a long and difficult road. They offer an alternative way forward: the way towards a democratic society without bosses, exploiters and exploited. For that reason, the struggle of Vio.Me. is every worker’s struggle and deserves our solidarity.
We see this as the only future for worker’s struggles.” Makis Anagnostou, Vio.Me workers’ union spokesman.
Join us on Sunday April 14, 2013 at 5.30pm for a discussion with a Vio.Me. workers’ union representative at Pleasance Highland room.


REAL DEMOCRACY NOW EDINBURGH [GR] and Edinburgh Hellenic Society come together for a joint event:

Catastroika is a documentary film which turns to the after effects of the crisis, namely the mass privatization of public services and the selling off of publicly owned assets. The makers travel round the world gathering data on privatization and search for clues on the day after Greece’s massive privatization program. They use historical precedents to show that privatisation often can lead to not only poorer services and higher prices but also to more rather than less public debt. The film features interviews with Naomi Klein, Slavoj Žižek and Greg Palast, amongst others.

Catastroika by Aris Chatzistefanou & Katerina Kitidi, 87 minutes, in Greek with English subtitles

After the screening we endeavour to open a DISCUSSION about the social and economic results of this crisis. Under the light of the recent events where Cyprus is being forced by ECB to put a saving levy and the experience of financial and political control of Greece by EU/IMF over the last three years we salute everybody to come and share their views on these important matters. Discussion will start around 19:30. Feel free to join us for the whole evening or just for the discussion.

See you all there!