Posted: November 1, 2013 Filed under: Activism, Art & Politics, Politics, Society
Update 10/31/2013 – The two actors arrested have been released, and they will have a hearing on Nov 14. They’re being charged with disturbing the peace, occupying a privately owned space (squatting), and breaking and entering. A lawyer has offered to represent them free of charge; and next week a protest will be organized for Saturday Nov 9th.
10/30/2013 – From the Open Assembly of the free self-managed EMBROS Theater after the arrest of two young actors at EMBROS – Call for group presence and support
On October 30 2013, police officers from the Acropolis police station arrested two young actors who were holding rehearsals at the free self-managed EMBROS Theater. The two arrested actors were led to the prosecutor, where they were charged with the breaching of seals, disrupting domestic peace, and repeatedly occupying a public building. They are currently detained, and will be tried tomorrow 31/10/2013 with a flagrante process.
10/31/2013 – Two rallies (the night of 10/30/2013 and at NOON on 10/31/13) were held in support of arrested actors from free self-managed EMBROS Theater
For the last two years, EMBROS has been functioning as a non-commodified cultural and social space in the sensitive area of Psyrri, in the center of Athens. The action of today’s arrest is undeniably part of a bigger scheme of a political wipe-out of “lawlessness”, in other words of the freedom of expression, of social solidarity, of self-management and the creation of culture outside the norms of the vulgar market. The attack on EMBROS, a few days after the invasion of social infirmaries, and perhaps a few days before the threatened raid of the occupied ERT public television-radio station, leaves no doubt about the intentions of a government which appears determined to “redeem itself” of all kinds of social solidarity, after having already dismantled state structures.
The Open Assembly of the free self-managed EMBROS Theater moves forward tonight with a night protest, marching together from EMBROS to the Acropolis Police Station, and invites you tomorrow, Thursday October 31 2013, at 12pm noon to the flagrante process “Aftoforo Monomeles Plimmeliodikio Scholis Evelpidon” (Building 2) to show support for the arrested and resistance towards authoritarianism of power.
EMBROS continues its program as scheduled and invites you to actively take part and participate!
Posted: October 5, 2013 Filed under: Activism, Art & Politics
:: 24hour EMERGENCY ROOM ::
Embros will be open for 24hours with non-stop activities that respond to the emergent(cy) situation of Embros and Greece. A 24hour programme with ephemeral performances, food, spontaneous statements, organised discussions, participatory actions, predictions for music as well as overnight stay and sleeping in the space….
Join us to celebrate our endlessly ephemeral condition!
‘On duty’: From Friday 4 October (7 p.m.) to Saturday 5th October
Embros Theatre: Riga Palamidi 2, Psyrri
Organised/Curated by Kolektiva Omonia
:: FRIDAY 4 OCTOBER ::
7:00 P.M. # Walls [Installation "Preview from the permanent collection of Tsakonas & Alexandridis foundation" by Giorgos Alexandridis and Pavlos Tsakonas]
7:00-9:00 # For Sale [performance/installation by Εleni Kalara]
9:00-9:30 # Οrthopedics [Dance performance by Kostas Tsioukas]
9:30-10:00 # Οrthopedics [Dance Performance by Mariela Nestora]
10:00-11:00 # Pharmacy [performance video/sound by Alexandros Mistriotis and Stathis Xrysidis]
11:00-12:00 # Εmergencies [performances / statements with open participation. Participants: N. Anastasopoulos, K.Theodorou, X.Thomopoulou, D. Kenos, X. Katsari, V. Kyriakoulakou, S. Mousouli, E. Kalara, T. Skanatovits, T, Tsalapatis and others]
12:00-02:00 # Open Line [one to one encounters including phychotherapy, fortune telling, relationship advice, work support, memorial service, etc Participants: Vassiliki Dimou, Effi Gianopoulou, Dimitris Kenos, Tonia Katerini, Eleni Kalara, Viky Kyriakoulakou, Theano Polyzogopoulou, Syrakos Ioannis Kesen, Pavlina Marfin, Danae Sioziou]
02.00 # Dream Meal [Late night Snack. Menu: Boiled wheat soup with feta cheese and pasta with chicken sauce]
03.00 # Sleep-in [Bring a sleeping bag and come to sleep together on Embros stage]
# Sleep theraphy [Fairytales splatter by Georgia Karydi and contrabass by Alekos Vasilakos]
:: SATURDAY 5 ΟCTOBER ::
MORNING SESSION : BREAD
10:00-11:00 # Dreamtherapy [Organised by Mariela Nestora]
11.00-1.00 # Coffee and phonecalls [We serve hot coffee, freshly baked bread, marmelade and crepes while Angleos Kuriou is on a music call with Acte Vide]
1:00 # Reception ['Maze' installation by Melina Markaki]
3.00-4.00 # First Aid [workshops, tests]
AFTERNOON SESSION: EDUCATION
4:00 # Tea and Sympathy [Tea, crispbread from Psyrri, raisins and local soft cheese]
4:00-4:30 # Alternative Therapies ['From clown army to human chains' Examples of civic disobidience and non-violent resistance from Greece and abroad] Presenter: Maria Peteinaki
4:30-5:00 # Unit 1-1-4 [Alternative structures in the educational system] Participants: Tutorpool, Georgia Valomenou
5:00-8:00 # Antibodies: Forms of radical action for a society in crisis [Round table discussion. Participants: Fotini Vaki, Vassilis Xydias, Aris Kalantidis, Christoforos Kasdaglis, Apostolos Kapsalis, Dimitris Papanikolaou, Dimitri Sevastaki. Chair: Effi Gianopoulou]
EVENING SESSION: FREEDOM
8:15-8:45 # Pharmacy [«The broken diary of Lilly Crag’ performance by Katerina Iliopoulou and Yiannis Isidorou]
9:00-9:30 # Physiotherapy [«On duty till 9» performance]
9:30-10:00 # Radiology [Performance by Styliano Tzirita]
10:00 # Exit [DJ set: Thalia Ioannidou] PARTY
# Dedications and Stories
Posted: September 25, 2013 Filed under: Activism, EU, Politics, Society | Tags: Costas Douzinas
Angela Merkel’s re-election will heap yet more misery and austerity on southern Europe. But it may yet inspire a leftist victory in Greece
Supporters of the far-right party Golden Dawn hold up a sign that reads in German ‘Merkel get out’ during a protest outside the German embassy in Athens in March 2013. Photograph: Thanassis Stavrakis/AP
The German sociologist Ulrich Beck opens his latest book confessing how shocked he was when he heard in the news in February 2012 that “today the German Bundestag will decide the future of Greece”. Southern Europe has become a declining underclass, while Berlin acts as a colonial master imposing brutal austerity. Calling his book German Europe, Beck joins a vigorous debate about the future begun by the German intellectual, Jurgen Habermas. For Habermas and the south Europeans, the question that should have dominated the German elections but did not was “Will Europe be German or Germany European?”
The European vote was clear: 82% of Spaniards, 65% of Portuguese and 58% of Italians rejected Merkel’s policies in a recent opinion poll. But the German vote, the only one that counted, went the other way, giving Merkel unparalleled power on the German and European stage. The Social Democratic party (SPD) suffered the second worst defeat in its history, reminding us of the last British elections. Both results make sense. Why should anyone vote for either the SPD or Labour if their neoliberal policies are a pale version of what Merkel or the Tories offer?
As Habermas saw it, Merkel showed no leadership during the crisis, her main response being “soporific bumbling“. He was proved right when, after her triumph, Merkel repeated mantra-like, that “we cannot prematurely drop the pressure on the south to reform”. The pressure was indelicately applied on German election day with the troika representing the IMF, EU and ECB lenders arriving in Athens for the latest inspection round. Government actions will be examined to ensure that the Greeks have made satisfactory progress in sacking civil servants, cutting social services and privatising state assets. The Greeks will be ordered to foreclose the homes of families unable to pay the mortgage, a policy that had been banned for five years in a rare show of sympathy for the poor by the Greek government. These “reforms” have been imposed on Greece as precondition for the disbursement of the loan and are vigorously policed before each instalment is paid. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 24, 2013 Filed under: Activism, Art & Politics, Society | Tags: Embros Theatre
Protest called to support self-managed artistic space in Psyri
Since it came under occupation in November 2011 by an artists collective and local residents, the Embros theatre has hosted hundreds of performances and events
A theatre in use (Photo: Embros theatre)A group behind a squatted theatre project in central Athens has claimed that officials from the state privatisation agency, accompanied by a police escort, sealed the building early on Monday morning.
The Embros theatre project said that the padlocks were placed on the building at 10am.
“Why has Taiped chosen this moment to seal the only free cultural space in this ‘difficult’ area of the city centre?” a statement from the group read, adding that the property, located at Riga Papamidou 2 in Psyri, is not listed anywhere on Taiped’s website as being one of the hundreds of state properties for sale.
In a statement issued late on Monday, the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (Taiped), as the privatisation agency is officially known, all but confirmed that it had padlocked the building, which it said it now owned: “This public property, which has come under the full ownership of Taiped, was occupied by the ‘Mavilis Theatrical Movement’ and used without the permission of Etad [the Public Properties Company], which is the administrator of the property.”
A theatre padlocked (Photo: Embros theatre)The building was used “without the required fire and safety precautions, thus endangering citizens who visited the property”, it said.
“Taiped’s aim is to utilise the property through legal procedures to ensure the public interest” in a way that “will contribute to the emergence of historical value and the enhancement of the area”.
In November 2011, an artists group called the Mavili collective and local residents occupied the building, which had stood derelict for five years, with the aim of reactivating the space and using an alternative model of collective management and new contemporary forms of creative work.
Hundreds of performances have been held there since.
Those behind the project see it as a major bulwark against the gentrication of the area, which has been transformed in the last decade by the arrival of bars and restaurants.
Dating from the 1930s, the building housed for decades the printing press of the Embros newspaper. The property was declared a protected monument in 1989 and from 1988 to 2007 was home to two different theatre groups.
In its present form, the theatre is run by a weekly assembly, at which anyone who believes the building should remain in public hands can participate.
Police have tried on two occasions to remove the present occupants.
* A public meeting has been called for 7pm on Tuesday at nearby Ayion Anagyron square to protest Taiped’s takeover of the property.
Posted: September 12, 2013 Filed under: Activism
Thursday, 19 September 2013, 19:00
at UNITE the Union, Unite House, 128 Theobald’s Road,
Holborn, London WC1X 8TN
Come and hear first-hand accounts of resistance to gold mining in Greece by Eldorado Gold,
a company listed on the London Stock Exchange. The struggle to oppose Eldorado Gold’s
plans to create an enormous open pit mine on Mount Kakavos and within the ancient forest of
Skouries has succeeded in capturing people’s imagination and inspiring waves of solidarity.
· Lazaros Toskas, member of the Struggle Coordinating Committee of
Megali Panagia (the village closest to Skouries) and a member of SYRIZA
· Richard Solly, London Mining Network
· Corporate Watch
· Greece Solidarity Campaign
Posted: September 12, 2013 Filed under: Activism
originally published at http://www.occupiedlondon.org
At approximately 6pm on September 11, fans of PAOK, a local sports club in Thessaloniki, attacked the office of Golden Dawn in the city. The attack comes after Golden Dawn issued a statement against a PAOK footballer who revealed an UCK (Kosovo Liberation Army) t-shirt during a match of the football club.
In response to the attack, Thessaloniki police immediately detained 46 PAOK fans, all of whom were eventually arrested and charged – and will appear before a prosecutor at 11am on Thursday. The fans have called for a solidarity gathering outside the courthouse at that time.