[Athens] Opening of Polytechnio

The celebration of Polytechnio (17th of November) is a commemoration of the Athens Polytechnic Uprising that took place in Athens in 1973 against the military dictatorship. Students went on strike and squatted the university for three days, from the 14th to 17th, until the military and cops violently entered the university, killing and injuring several demonstrators.
This year, on the pretext of protection against the pandemic, the Nea Dimokratia government along with the cops and university authorities forbid the commemoration and accompanying demonstration, which are held every year on that day. 

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Back on the park bench

Now the time has come – the main hearing in the so-called “Park Bench Trial” is over and the verdict of the Grand Criminal Chamber 15 at the Hamburg Regional Court has been pronounced after more than 50 days of trial hearings. Presumably this is not the last word; it may still take some time until the verdict becomes final.

But we –the now sentenced anarchists– want to have our say, which is something we have not done together (publicly) until now.

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