On September 18th the trial against two comrades from Berlin and two comrades from Athens will take place in Evelpidon Court in Athens. On November 26, 2017, the four persons were arrested during the forced eviction of GARE Squat, in the Athens district of Exarchia. Among other charges, they are accused of trespassing, attempted serious bodily harm, refusal of forensic identification and possession of explosive materials and explosive bombs. This eviction was the first of three in which the four comrades were detained for 4 days. They were released on conditions or bail and now, almost three years later, have to take responsiblity in front of the court.
Political statement of the squat Terra Incognita-International call for solidarity
We write this info-text, not because we are surprised by this state’s tactic, nor because we have any illusions about what democracy, state and repression are.So a few days ago, we discovered a GPS tracking device under one of our cars. The “black box” was found attached with a magnet and activated, at the bottom of the car. We removed it and turned it off by removing the battery.
Of course, we don’t expect anyone to come out and take any responsibility, that’s not the point. Anyway, as the cops, media and the state have propagated about previous similar cases “these things do not happen in democracy”.
Since 2017, the Koukaki Squat Community (Matrozou 45, Panaitoliou 21, Arvali 3) set up a different competitive example of communal life in the center of Athens. Through horizontal procedures, collective work and persistence, it set up open and social projects of communal housing, public bath and laundry, clothes sharing, spaces for public events and a multilingual library. Operating in an area which has been transforming from residential neighborhood to first-class tourist resort, the Koukaki Squat Community raised an embankment against the repressive and economic policies of the state and the bosses, against fascism, racism, and patriarchy. A living hearth of resistance, it also actively supported and connected with other struggles, political projects and public assemblies .