Posts Tagged ‘violence’

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On April 17th 2013, about 30 migrant workers from Bangladesh were injured in a shooting at a strawberry farm in Nea Manolada, Greece. A group of about 200 workers had gathered to demand a 6-month overdue pay when the three Greek foremen of the farm opened fire using hunting rifles against the crowd. Several workers were taken to the hospital, some of them in critical condition. The three perpetrators were arrested after two days on the run while the owner of the farm was arrested soon after the events.

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Working and living conditions in the strawberry fields of Nea Manolada easily resemble those of the 19th century plantations of the American South making modern slavery a reality. The workers live in crowded greenhouses, sleep on the ground and have minimum access to clean water and no medical care. Some of them have their families with them living under the same horrible conditions. Most of the workers do not have the necessary documents for legally working in the country making them susceptible to constant threats by their employers of being reported to the police and deported from the country. They are subjects of utter exploitation: with a daily pay of €23 of which almost half is spent on accommodation, they are working extremely long hours, allowed only a single break under the burning sun and eat only once per day.

However, the events in Nea Manolada came as no surprise. Nea Manolada has previously been in the spotlight over exploitation of migrants. In 2008 workers staged a strike against inhumane conditions. In summer 2009, two men had tied two migrant workers to their motorbike and dragged them in the streets of the town because they thought they had stolen some sheep. While in 2011, the journalist G. Pouliopoulos and the photojournalist I. Chatzistaurou were heavily beaten while investigating the living and working conditions of the migrant workers in Nea Manolada. Despite these events in March 2011, G. Papandreou, the Greek prime minister at the time was applauding the producers of Nea Manolada for their investments and pioneering cultivation methods referring to the strawberries as “red gold”.

The events in the bloody strawberry fields of Nea Manolada are not isolated incidents. They occur under the political coverage of the last governments and the silence of the mainstream media, all in the name of ‘economic growth’! They are coming at a time where migrant workers are demonised, as the source of all evils, by the far-right/fascist Golden Dawn party and at a time where the established state itself is piling up illegal immigrants in detention camps to live under inhuman conditions. It becomes evident that there is an on-going social decay where human and working rights are routinely ignored and the survival of the exploited, the Bangladeshi workers in this case, is always at stake.

These last events sparked a nationwide boycotting campaign of Nea Manolada’s strawberries. Many big supermarkets have already removed Vangelatos SA from their suppliers after receiving complaints from their customers.

The Greek fascist state has once again shown its true face. The pictures of the four arrestees with their faces deformed from torture cause our furry at the very least. The exercise of raw violence, the torture, the crude lies are a regular practise of the state repressive mechanism which does not even keep up the pretences. The mass media, committed to their servile work, set up television studio courts, make verdicts, systematically hide the truth and criminalize political ideologies using double standards. On one hand, anarchists, leftists, strikers and anyone resisting the system is labelled a terrorist, while racists, far right-wingers and “Golden Dawn” members are regarded as being in legal self-defence. There is no limit to the mudslinging of the sold-out media as they systematically aim to disorientate the public, thus protecting their owners’ interests which are fully aligned with the government line and that of the EU. Instead of informing people, they defended the brutality exercised by the government, under the dictates of capital, in every level of economic and social life: labor rights are attacked, strikers are forced to go back to work, the constitution and the laws the government itself has established are constantly violated.

With the mask of the rule of law, the state defends the interests of the ruling class and conceals the crimes of the parastate. The distinction between citizens of two different categories thus becomes clear. Rhetorical remains the question of whether the same brutality and rage which was shown against the seropositive prostitutes, the “Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei” arrestees, the antifascists resisting racist pogroms and the four arrestees recently (whose identity and faces were published) was also shown against the Nazi murderers of the Pakistani worker, whom the system protected tooth and nail. The state shows particular sensitivity to Nazi followers of “Golden Dawn” who target and attack downtrodden and defenseless social groups and protects cops who torture and beat-up detainees. Its’ policies show special tolerance to ministers who are bribed, bankers who get rich at the expense of the people and tax-evading businessmen, while they intimidate workers by imposing Middle Ages working conditions. The ‘Marfin bank’ incident where workers were burned alive while locked in, during a nationwide strike is characteristic.

Until when will we tolerate the native junta of the capital, the government and their supranational assignees? Until when will we tolerate the violation of fundamental human rights in the name of ‘saving the people’? Until when will we tolerate the terror mongering of the mass media? NO TOLERANCE TO THE TERRORISM OF THE GOVERNMENT. Let’s show them that we won’t leave any militant as a hostage in the hands of the state.

 SOLIDARITY TO THE VICTIMS OF STATE REPRESSION

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Το φασιστικό κράτος έδειξε για ακόμη μια φορά το πραγματικό του πρόσωπο. Οι φωτογραφίες των τεσσάρων συλληφθέντων με τα παραμορφωμένα από τα βασανιστήρια πρόσωπα τους προκαλούν το λιγότερο την οργή μας . Η άσκηση της ωμής βίας, τα βασανιστήρια , τα χοντροειδή ψεύδη αποτελούν πάγια τακτική του κρατικού κατασταλτικού μηχανισμού που δεν κρατάει ούτε καν τα προσχήματα. Τα καθεστωτικά ΜΜΕ προσηλωμένα στο δουλικό τους έργο ,στήνουν τηλεοπτικά δικαστήρια, βγάζουν ετυμηγορίες, αποκρύπτουν συστηματικά την αλήθεια και ποινικοποιούν πολιτικές ιδεολογίες, χρησιμοποιώντας δυο μέτρα και δυο σταθμά. Έτσι, από τη μία όποιος δηλώνει αναρχικός, αριστερός, απεργός ή αντιστέκεται στο σύστημα είναι και τρομοκράτης, ενώ οι ρατσιστές, οι ακροδεξιοί και οι χρυσαυγίτες είναι σε νόμιμη αυτοάμυνα. Η λασπολογία από τα ξεπουλημένα ΜME δεν έχει όριο καθώς στοχεύουν συστηματικά στον αποπροσανατολισμό του κόσμου υπερασπιζόμενα συμφέροντα των ιδιοκτητών τους, συμφέροντα απόλυτα ευθυγραμμισμένα με την κυβερνητική γραμμή και αυτή της ΕΕ. Έτσι αντί να πληροφορούν τον κόσμο,υπερασπίζονται την βαρβαρότητα που επιδεικνύει η κυβέρνηση, κάτω από τις προσταγές του κεφαλαίου, σε όλα τα επίπεδα της οικονομικής και κοινωνικής ζωής: επίθεση στα εργασιακά δικαιώματα, επιτάξεις απεργιών,διαρκή καταπάτηση του Συντάγματος και των νόμων που το ίδιο θεσπίζει.

Το κράτος, με το προσωπείο του κράτους δικαίου, υπερασπίζεται τα δικαιώματα της άρχουσας τάξης, και συγκαλύπτει τα εγκλήματα του παρακράτους. Γίνεται έτσι σαφέστατη η διάκριση σε πολίτες δυο κατηγοριών. Ρητορικό παραμένει το ερώτημα αν άραγε επέδειξαν την ίδια βαρβαρότητα και επιδεικτική μανία στους ναζί δολοφόνους του Πακιστανού εργάτη, τους οποίους το σύστημα προστάτευσε με νύχια και με δόντια, με αυτήν που έδειξαν στις περιπτώσεις των ιερόδουλων, των συλληφθέντων των «Πυρήνων της Φωτιάς», των αντιφασιστών που αντιστέκονται στα ρατσιστικά πογκρόμ, και πρόσφατα στους 4 συλληφθέντες δημοσιεύοντας τα πρόσωπα και τα στοιχεία τους. Το κράτος φαίνεται να δείχνει ιδιαίτερη ευαισθησία στους ναζί οπαδούς της χρυσής αυγής που επιτίθενται και στοχοποιούν ανυπεράσπιστες και κατατρεγμένες κοινωνικές ομάδες και προστατεύει μπάτσους που βασανίζουν και ξυλοκοπούν συλληφθέντες. Οι πολιτικές του δείχνουν δε ιδιαίτερη ανοχή σε υπουργούς που λαδώνονται, σε τραπεζίτες που θησαυρίζουν στις πλάτες του κόσμου,σε επιχειρηματίες που φοροδιαφεύγουν και εισφοροδιαφεύγουν, ενώ ταυτόχρονα εκφοβίζουν τους εργαζόμενους επιβάλλοντας εργασιακό μεσαίωνα. Χαρακτηριστικό είναι το περιστατικό της Marfin, όπου οι εργαζόμενοι κάηκαν ζωντανοί, κλειδωμένοι εν ώρα πανελλαδικής απεργίας.

Ως πότε θα ανεχόμαστε την ντόπια χούντα του κεφαλαίου, της κυβέρνησης, καθώς και των υπερεθνικών εντολοδοτών τους; Ως πότε θα ανεχόμαστε να καταπατούνται θεμελιώδη ανθρώπινα δικαιώματα στο όνομα της «σωτηρίας του λαού»; Ως πότε θα ανεχόμαστε την τρομολαγνεία των καθεστωτικών ΜΜΕ; ΚΑΜΙΑ ΑΝΟΧΗ ΣΤΗΝ ΤΡΟΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ ΤΗΣ ΚΥΒΕΡΝΗΣΗΣ. Ας τους δείξουμε ότι δε θα αφήσουμε κανέναν αγωνιστή όμηρο στα χέρια του κράτους.

ΑΛΛΗΛΕΓΓΥΗ ΣΤΑ ΘΥΜΑΤΑ ΤΗΣ ΚΡΑΤΙΚΗΣ ΚΑΤΑΣΤΟΛΗΣ

A thrilling film about the military dictatorship that ruled Greece at the time of its making, presenting the political crimes of the state and the so-called deep state. What was and still is the connection between them? How much have things changed today? What is the role of the fascist current being developed in many countries and especially in Greece? After the movie there will be a rich discussion following…Come along at the Brass Monkey, today at 6.30pm.