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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.

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Our next assembly is going to be held at Teviot New Amphion (13 Bristo Square) today 08/10 at 20.00. We will be talking about an antifascist event we are organizing highlighting the rise of fascist violence in Greece that led to the murder of  Pavlos Fyssas by Golden Dawn.  Fresh ideas are welcome, see you all there!

A documentary about state repression against antifascists in Athens.

It is the first work by the AudioVisual Collective “Alpha”, based on Exarchia, Athens, Greece.
English subtitles by ReINFORM
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Our next assembly is going to be held at Teviot New Amphion (13 Bristo Square) today 24/09 at 20.00. We will be talking about organizing actions to raise awareness and inform about the rise of fascist violence in Greece that led to the murder of  Pavlos Fyssas by Golden Dawn. See you all there!

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.