Reel News reporting from Greece in March 2012

It’s not me anymore it’s us now – The Street Fighters from AlAnyA

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The Solidarity, Disobedience and Resistance movement take a practical approach to the problems people are facing. They close down motorway tolls, block ticket machines for public transport and reconnect electricity where it has been cut as punishment for not paying taxes.

Also see: Motoway Toll Block (photo slideshow)

 

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Our Present is Your Future: How to destroy public health services

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Out of 131 hospitals, as many as 50 will be closed. Patients already have to pay at the door when going to see a doctor. Procedures will have to be paid up front, and if you don’t have the money you will be sent home. “People will die.” “The cruelty is unbelieveable.” “This is a nightmare.”

Also see: Health Workers Strike video & photo slideshow, Making Patients Pay, Our Present is Your Future.

 

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It’s still like being in a war zone – Immigrants in Greece

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Refugees trying to reach safety in Europe get stuck in Greece: Once in Europe, they have to remain in the country they first arrived in. They speak about lack of basic support like housing, clothing and food and daily racist abuse. Not only by fascists like Golden Dawn, but also Greek people – and the police.

This is a first glimpse into an issue that we are working on. We have just returned from a second visit to Greece and heard many stories and witnessed some of the conditions people face in Athens, including a vicious racist attack. Check back for more, and follow us on facebook and twitter to stay up to date.

Also see: Antifascist protest slideshow and Immigrant Workers Protest video rushes & photo slideshow

 

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Athens Racist Attack

Update 15 June: Attackers released!

Also watch our video “It’s still like being in a war zone” on immigration in Greece.

At 3am in the morning of Tuesday, 12 June 2012, a horrific racist act of terror unfolded in a quiet Athens suburb. At 3am several motorbikes with passengers descended on a quiet street in the Perama neighbourhood of Pireaus. They began to vandalise vehicles belonging to some Egyptian fisherman staying in a house on the street. The racists then tried to force their way into the house throwing an explosive device through the broken glass of the front door. Inside the occupants managed to hold the attackers off by stopping them from forcing the doors and windows open.

Sadly one of the fishermen was asleep on the roof of the building when the assault happened. 24-year-old Abouz Mubarek was beaten almost to death where he lay. His keys, cigarettes and bloodstained bedding still lay where he had beaten when we arrived at the scene this afternoon. Despite this being a clear case of attempted murder there were no Police present or forensic specialists examining the scene. The Police have arrested six individuals though they are making the outrageous claim that this was not at ‘organised’ attack.

If that is the case then how do they explain how the three cars and vans that were smashed only belonged to the Egyptians? The use of explosives? The time of day? The fact that racist violence involving gangs using motorbikes bears all the hallmarks of well-documented actions by Golden Dawn activists?

Also on the same afternoon, Golden Dawn members threatened an Egyptian family in a square a few miles from the scene. They were told that “if the fishermen made a statement” then every Egyptian in the area “would be killed.“

Exactly where to these thugs get such detailed information on who is who in the migrant community? It also seems a staggering coincidence that one of the fishermen had taken part in an anti racist TV film. Anti fascists are planning some some kind of response to the attack this coming Saturday.

 

 Update 15 June 2012:

We have been told that the 6 suspects who had been identified by the victims of the attack and arrested have now been released. Five of them were ordered to pay €2,000, stay in the country and report to a police station every 15 days and not leave the country. Apparently this is due to the police finding the witness statements contradictory. When we visited the scene of the attack, there was not a single officer, and as far as we know there was no proper investigation of the scene of a crime which, judging from visual evidence such as the amount of blood and witness accounts, could amount to attempted murder. The police have claimed that the attack was not organised. We were shown a video yesterday, filmed at a Golden Dawn meeting the evening of the attack, where a Golden Dawn speaker reportedly says that Egyptian fishermen should ask Golden Dawn for permission before taking any action. Hopefully we will have more on this soon.

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CRISIS — Don’t Believe The Lies!

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We try to explain the Greek crisis, how it relates to the rest of Europe and who is actually being bailed out. Features clips from the documentary Debtocracy, and an interview with the film maker, as well as the financial editor of one of Greeks biggest newspapers, which has been on strike for months.

Additional footage courtesy of: Debtocracy & Catastroika, Ojo Obrero, Peristeri News, Mihbaf, Narvideos


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Massive Anti Fascist protests across Greece

On Friday thousands of people took to the streets of Athens in opposition to recent electoral gains by the neo nazi Golden Dawn party. Similar protests were held across the country. The march called by Keerfa and the Immigrant Workers Union.

It was led by veteran anti fascist Katina Sifkaki who fought as a resistance fighter against the nazis in occupied Greece during World War Two. Many people were impressed when she attended the Genoa protests in 2001. She is now 97!

Meanwhile Golden Dawn are not exactly winning hearts and minds in the run up to the next elections. On Thursday their MP Ilias Kasidiaris assaulted two women MPs on live television. Many people have noted that the failure of the Greek Police to arrest him may have something to do with the fact that over 50% of Greek Police voted for the Nazis last month.

Photos by Guy Smallman

New Democracy Spoof – We Don’t Play With the Future of Our Kids

Some of the footage from our film That’s Our Power — Rank and File Organising has been used in a short spoof of an election ad of the Greece party New Democracy. New Democracy has been part of the government who agreed to the drastic austerity measures and basically handed governance of Greece over to the Troika – International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank and European Commission.

The children at the end ask “Why? Why, Sir?” followed by the title “The future of our children – we don’t play with it”

Via Twitter user @albertjohn

That’s Our Power – Rank and File Organising

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The growth of rank and file committees, featuring the three longest all out strikes ever in Greece (steel factory, national newspaper & TV station), plus hospital occupations.

Also see photo slideshows from Eleftherotypia, Alter TV, Halivourgia and Health Worker Strikes.

Additional footage by Alter TV employees, Mind The Cam, Peristeri News, Mihbaf, Narvideos

 

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GREECE: “Our Present Is Your Future” DVD and UK tour

Our 2 hour special on Greece is out now – for your copy, order here.

Our UK tour starts on June 22nd – come and see the front line of the social war that’s engulfing Europe, and join in the discussions on how to deliver practical solidarity and build a Europe wide movement against austerity.

We are very pleased to announce that Georgia Mylonaki, Eleftherotypia striker will be joining the tour up to July 2nd. Eleftherotypia is a national newspaper where the workers have been on all out strike now for 5 months – one of the longest strikes ever in Greece. We will also have Taiana Andreou, striking public sector worker speaking at the Hackney screening.

If we’re not coming to your area and you want to arrange a screening, please get in touch.

Tour Dates:

Friday June 22nd 7pm HACKNEY Halkevi Centre 31 – 33 Dalston Lane, London E8 3DF  (with Hackney Trades Council; part of Turkish Kurdish International Labor Film Festival)

Sunday June 24th 7pm STROUD Transition monthly film screening @ The Exchange, Brick Row, Stroud GL5 1DF (selection of Reel News films and Debtocracy)

Wednesday June 27th 7:30pm LANCASTER The Gregson Centre, 33 Moorgate, Moor Lane,LA1 3PY

Thursday June 28th 6pm GLASGOW  The Albany Learning and      Conference Centre, 44 Ashley Street G3 6DS (with Camcorder Guerillas and Woodlands Community Garden)

Also Thursday June 28th: 7:30pm HARINGEY Chestnut Community & Community Arts Centre, 280 St. Ann’s Road, N15 5BN (with UNISON North London Mental Health & Community branch)

Saturday June 3oth 8pm LONDON Ideas for Freedom 2012, Highgate Newtown Community Centre, Bertram Street, Archway, London N19 5DQ

Tuesday July 10th BRISTOL Kebele Co-op, 14 Robertson Road,Easton, BS5 6JY

Thursday July 12th BRIDPORT 7:30pm (day before Tolpuddle festival starts) St John’s ambulance hall, Rax Lane DT6 3JJ (with Autonomy Films)

Friday July 20th – Sunday July 22nd GLOBALISE RESISTANCE FESTIVAL Tapeley Park, Devon

Wednesday July 25th NEWCASTLE 7:30pm The Star and Shadow cinema, Stepney Bank (opp. Tanners Pub)

Friday August 3rd 7:30pm BRIGHTON The Cowley Club 12 London Road
BN1 4JA

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Greece First Cut Preview: Community Organising

We just sent this over to a couple of people in Greece to get some feedback, but seeing as they’re already sharing it around Athens we thought we might as well release it.

Update: See full series ‘Our Present Is Your Future

From the teargas clouds of Syntagma Square emerged a new approach to the crisis. Community kitchens, clothing exchanges and other acts of practical solidarity. It’s not charity, it’s practical solidarity. “We’re not giving to the poor, we are the poor. Any one of us could be homeless next.”

Additional footage courtesy of Mind The Cam, do check out their films!

This is one of 9 films on the growing resistance in Greece that are nearing completion. This one shows the community organisation running in parallel to the growing rank and file organisation in the unions. Reel News 32 – Our Present is Your Future! will be out by early June. Pre-order now to get the DVD in the first mail out!

 

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