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(en) Greece, Text of Patras anarchists comunists against the recent occupation of the Polytechnic School of Athens (ca, pt) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:43:08 +0200

On November 15, 2017 a group of people proceeded to occupy the old Polytechnic School of Athens, in whose enclosure each year, from November 15 to 17 , events are celebrated in memory of the rebellion of November 17, 1973 against the military dictatorship . According to the first concise communiqué of the occupation, its first political goal is "the expulsion of political and partisan organizations that intend to manipulate the rebellion." In the same text a call was made "to make the insurrection a reality and to confront us with the police forces". In the second communiqué, as concise as the first, the phrase "political and partisan organizations" has been replaced by the phrases "partisan partisans" and "partisan and institutional manipulators."
On the same day, several leftist groups held a protest march outside the grounds of the old Polytechnic School. The following day, several leftist parties and groups (and few anarchists) marched to the School and ended the occupation. At the time of writing these lines, the group that occupied the Polytechnic School did not issue any statement about the end of the occupation. Next, the text of the anarchist collective "Communist Anarchists of Patras" against the occupation.
The Polytechnic belongs to the fighters and the fighters. November 17 can not be manipulated, anarchy can not be debased
With surprise, sadness and anger, we are informed of the occupation of the old Polytechnic School by a group of people on the morning of Wednesday ( November 15 ) , and the consequent exclusion of student associations and leftist groups from the University campus. These collectives traditionally celebrate in this enclosure the historical memory activities held each year for three days.
As communist anarchists and fighters who have spent almost twenty years participating in both Patras and Ioannina in the activities of historical and class memory carried out because of the anniversary of the revolt of the Polytechnic School ( November 17, 1973 ), we have made it clear that no one has the right to impose a logic of ownership of the struggles of the Polytechnic School. The fighting, class and insurrectionary tradition of the Polytechnic School and the struggles of the students and the workers against the military junta of the colonels belong to the fighters and fighters of that occasion, the present and the future. It belongs to the lower classes of society and to all those who have set up barricades against the onslaught of state and capital totalitarianism.
In any case, we know full well that one of the fervent desires of Sovereignty is to incorporate and absorb the struggles, as well as to distort those radical traits of them, for which they may be dangerous in the future. Therefore, the occupation of the Polytechnic School may only be harmful with respect to the maintenance of historical social and class memory, when it prohibits student associations or leftist political youths from celebrating their activities (events) in their enclosure.
We are reluctant, therefore, to any attempt to manipulate and try to derive political profit from the collective struggles of the lower, both past and present. Even if the squatters want to protect the messages of the Polytechnic School rebellion from partisan manipulation, in practice they have succeeded in reproducing this manipulation, having as a symbol the circulated A and invoking Anarchy. Moreover, since a similar action is an action of elitism and vanguardism, separated from the desires and needs of the contestatory class movement in this period. In short, the methods used by squatters are not those of anarchist and libertarian fighters. They are the methods of the left-wing leaderships, the notion of political vanguards that rise above fighters and fighters, and make decisions for them and without them.
Therefore, we believe that this political action reproduces dangerous ideological inventions, intending to put into practice within the contestatory movement (with its various shades) a polemic that in the current conjuncture must be carried out against the sovereigns. We are clearly reluctant to move to the terrain of the social and class war movement against Capital, the State and the fascists.
At the same time, we can recognize some common ideological starting points after this occupation-isolation of the Polytechnic School, between the attack against communists and anarcho-syndicalists two years ago, in the context of the celebration of events on the anniversary of the rebellion of the Polytechnic School, and the attack against students in Athens during the last student elections.In both cases we speak of bullies with an anarchist mantle. Apart from the different composition of the subjects of these different attacks, the concept that has some segments of the anarchist "scope" of these actions, in fact is based on an anti-Communist and petty bourgeois logic and attitude, which identifies the communist students and the leftist parties and classifies them into the category of enemies, along with the state and capital. This logic makes us sick.
The only positive thing (if there is anything similar) in such actions of people who (possibly unconscious) operate as the idiots useful for Sovereignty, is that since (we believe) certain organized segments of anarchists keep distances from them , is demonstrated in the clearest way that the anarchist "scope" is already a cloud, a reference to historical periods of the past. The challenge is that (this scope) will already begin to acquire the characteristics of a movement that has a broad social discourse. In this direction it is necessary to maintain distances from such actions.
November 16, 2017

Communist anarchists of Patras

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