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(en) ait russia: Greece: Anarchist anti-election actions [machine translation]
Thu, 11 Jul 2019 08:27:55 +0300
An unknown anarchist group, calling itself the "Ballot Incendiary", claimed responsibility
on Monday for stealing and burning the ballot box in the central Athens district of
Exarchia during general parliamentary elections on Sunday. ---- The officers of the
special police of the Greek police were sent to the 303rd polling station (Koletti str.)
On Sunday after the anarchists took the ballot box from the polling station. The attackers
used a sledgehammer and a tear gas to threaten polling officers. "A few seconds later, we
used the contents of the ballot box for the only purpose it deserves: fire." ---- It is
reported that the anarchists, solemnly and not hiding their faces, burned the ballot box
on the Exarchia square. The police did not risk interfering. "This action is our warm
welcome for Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the New Democracy, who promised to do away with us. We
are waiting for you," the group said on the anarchist website.
According to SKAI, a second attack was made on a polling station on Arahovis Street in the
same Exarchia. The anarchists threw stones at the school where the elections were held,
but this time the ballot boxes remained in place.
According to ANT, a police operation was conducted in the Exarchia area to find those
responsible for the attack. An ambulance was called to the polling station in Colette, as
several people experienced breathing problems due to the tear gas that the attackers sprayed.
Vice-President of the Union of Police Stavros Balaskas commented on the theft of the
ballot box from the electoral centers in Exarchia. "They came, took the ballot and left.
In fact, no one could do anything. We could not allocate more police officers to the
polling stations in Exarchia," he said about the incident and continued with a statement
from Kyriakos Mitsotaksis that he ... would clean the Exarchia and how it will be one of
his top priorities. "To my colleagues who were there, it is very difficult - by law, they
could not be armed at the polling stations - accordingly, they could not chase the
attackers." "If they did, we would now search for the police along with the ballot box," -
he said, turning to ANT1, openly drawing attention to the fact that anarchists are a real
Earlier, clashes between anarchists and the police took place in the Exarchia region. And
in May, anarchists attacked even the parliament building. On May 21, a group of anarchists
threw bottles of paint, stones, and smoke bombs into the Greek parliament building. The
attack was carried out by a group of about 15 people. They threw bottles of red and black
paint, stones and smoke bombs at the parliament building, aiming at the windows of the
office of the parliamentary chairman Nikos Vucis. After that, the attackers fled.
In previous days, anarchists carried out numerous attacks on state organizations, party
offices and election meetings. Most of them were committed, according to their statements,
as a sign of solidarity with one of the leaders of the group "November 17" Dimitris
Koufodinas, who was sentenced in 2003 to 11 life terms. Authorities denied Kufodinas
another vacation home from prison, after which he began a hunger strike on 2 May.
Later, the anarchist group Rubicon claimed responsibility for the attack on the Greek
parliament building. This was announced by the local information portal Nuysuit.
According to him, Rubicon, in its appeal, posted on an anarchist website, the name of
which is not indicated, stated that the attack was committed because of the authorities'
refusal to grant Kufodinasu another leave.
It is reported that the police managed to detain one of the attackers on parliament.
Members of the organization "Rubicon", which appeared in 2009 in the wake of the economic
crisis, carried out over 10 years about a hundred attacks on various organizations,
ministries, embassies and representative offices of foreign companies and organizations.
In particular, on May 15, anarchists attacked the residence of US Ambassador to Greece
Jeffrey Payette in Athens, on May 16 they staged a pogrom in the office of the main
opposition party New Democracy in the Athens district of Ano Glyfada. The police also
linked the Kofodinas case with an arson on May 14 by unidentified persons on the car of
the journalist Mina Karamitru, who reports on criminal topics, as well as attacks on
police stations and the office of the center-left party association "The Movement of
Changes" (KINAL) ( https://tass.ru/) mezhdunarodnaya-panorama / 6454214 )
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