We are all Greeks: #19Jan Day of Solidarity against Fascism and Racism in Greece

407028_10150660358616101_1822485421_nWe are all Greeks – What we are seeing in Greece today, might be what we are seeing in the rest of Europe tomorrow. It is like the start of the 1930’s again, as outlined in the Guardian last October (Fear and loathing in Athens: the rise of Golden Dawn and the far right)

In austerity-ravaged Greece, neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn is on the rise. Their MPs give fascist salutes, while on the streets black-shirted vigilantes beat up immigrants. And some of their most enthusiastic supporters are in the police

In response to this, today is an international day of solidarity with people in Greece: Demonstration 19th January: International Day of Solidarity against Fascism and Racism in Greece. In depth videos found at end of this article.

Background to Greece: GUARDIAN: Fear and loathing in Athens: the rise of Golden Dawn and the far right | vid: Golden Dawn party infiltrates Greece’s police, claims senior officer – video | Golden Dawn party on the rise in Greece – in pictures Paul Mason, BBC newsnight: Love or nothing: The real Greek parallel with Weimar | Greek police accused over racism | Alarm at Greek police ‘collusion’ with far-right Al Jazeera: The Greek Resistance Euronews: Greece’s Golden Dawn attack market vendors ROAR (Reflections On A Revolution): Poverty and social exclusion rising in Greece | ROAR presents: ‘Utopia on the Horizon’ | Golden Dawn and the deafening silence of Europe  Occupied London: Racist murder in the neighbourhood of Petralona, Athens covered up by mainstream media and the police

#19Jan: Main site, Αthensantifa19jan facebook, twitter, #19Jan Call outs: Barcelona 19-E: ¡Fascismo nunca más! ¡Ni en Grecia, ni aquí, ni en ninguna parte! | Dublin Demonstration 19th January: International Day of Solidarity against Fascism and Racism in Greece | FB: All Together Against Fascism and Racism in Europe (Anti Racism Network Ireland) | This Poster Annoys Fascists

Things are getting so bad in Greece that the situation finally came to the attention of Irish mainstream media this week: a recent show on RTE`s Pat Kenny, January 14, 2013:

Golden Dawn in Greece and Regional Nationalism in Spain

How are our colleagues around Europe dealing with the economic crisis and the austerity regimes being enforced by governments on the instruction of Europe? While some countries like Greece and Italy have looked to the Far Right, Spain has looked to provincialism, elections in the Basque country, Galicia and Catalunia showed nationalist parties doing well. Pat was joined from London by Maria Margaronis who has written extensively on the Golden Dawn, Right Wing movement in Greece and by Joe Haslam Professor At The I.E. Business School In Madrid from Spain.

listen here: Golden Dawn in Greece and Regional Nationalism in Spain

And this is why we should take to the streets today..

HH, a Greek of Egyptian origin

HH, a Greek of Egyptian origin, was beaten by three men with chains. Photograph: Eirini Vourloumis for the Guardian

Demonstration 19th January: International Day of Solidarity against Fascism and Racism in Greece

On 19th January across Ireland and across the world, anti-fascists will be out in solidarity with Greek anti-fascists as part of a “call for international solidarity with participation in Athens demonstration on 19th of January and antifascist action around the world outside Greek embassies” called by a coalition of anti-fascist and anti-racist groups, immigrant groups, trade unions, students’ unions and pupils, intellectuals and artists. The callout enourages the people to “occupy the city [Athens] with music, chants and speeches, to shout that the Nazis are not welcome, that the coalition government’s racist policies of concentration camps, FRONTEX and of the denial of citizenship to the children of immigrants, enrage us as much as the barbaric measures that send hundreds of thousands to unemployment.”

Anti-fascist actions will take place across the world in several major cities including as London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dublin, Leeds, Bristol, Barcelona, Derry, Cork,  Ossona, Manresa, La Garriga, Bilbao, Lyon, Copenhagen, Vienna, Tampere, Warsaw, Moscow, Chicago, New York, Sydney, Montreal and Ljubljana, amongst others…

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A list of the demos and actions organised internationally for 19Jan:

Vids about the rise of the far right and collusion with Greek police:

BBC Newsnight: Golden Dawn backed up by police

Guardian: Golden Dawn has infiltrated Greek police, claims officer

EURONEWS – Greece’s Golden Dawn attack market vendors

Greek Politician Slaps Female Candidate on LIVE TV

Resistance and wider perspective on the Greek crisis:

Al Jazeera:

Greece’s Uncertain Future

ROAR presents: ‘Utopia on the Horizon’

4 Responses to We are all Greeks: #19Jan Day of Solidarity against Fascism and Racism in Greece

  1. fuspey says:

    This morning in Greece…

    Greece: Riot police storm metro depot to end strike
    The strikers barricaded themselves in the depot yesterday after the government issued a civil mobilisation order. (Journal.ie)
    http://www.thejournal.ie/greece-riot-police-storm-metro-depot-to-end-strike-768314-Jan2013/

    Greek police break up strike (Irish Times)
    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2013/0125/breaking9.html

    Riot police and anti-terrorist unit storm the metro depot in Athens

    At approximately 03.40 am, riot police (MAT) and police’s special anti-terrorist task force (EKAM) stormed the central metro depot in Sepolia, W. Athens, in their attempt to break the transport strike. At least 100 workers were inside the depot at the time of the operation and at least three were detained.

    A solidarity gathering has been called at the metro depot for 1pm today.

    http://blog.occupiedlondon.org/2013/01/25/riot-police-and-anti-terrorist-unit-storm-the-metro-depot-in-athens/

    Riot police and anti-terrorist unit storm the metro depot in Athens

    At approximately 03.40 am, riot police (MAT) and police’s special anti-terrorist task force (EKAM) stormed the central metro depot in Sepolia, W. Athens, in their attempt to break the transport strike. At least 100 workers were inside the depot at the time of the operation and at least three were detained.

    A solidarity gathering has been called at the metro depot for 1pm today.

  2. fuspey says:

    International day of solidarity with Greek anti-fascists: Ireland

    Over 100 people turned out at the Greek embassy in Dublin to support Greek anti-fascists, while solidarity demonstrations also took place in Cork and Derry.

    Photos at https://www.indymedia.ie/article/103189

    Ireland: International day of solidarity with Greece against Fascism & Racism.

  3. fuspey says:

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