CALL TO VIGILANCE AGAINST THE MAFIA WING OF REPRESSION
-STATEMENT OF SQUAT GARE-
On Wednesday 24/5. squat Gare was targetted by persons organized in the mafia. At noon, during clashes with the riot police which were taking place in the area around Exarchia sq., there was a confrontation between some protesters who were building a barricade against the pigs and a local bussiness man who attempted to prevent them from doing so. A group of people who were at that moment in a social centre next to where this was going on, jumped to the aid of this bussiness man. The said bussiness man is well known in the neighborhood of Exarchia for his connections with networks of extortion, prostitution and drugs as well as with the security police. The clashes that followed between some of the protesters and this particular group, became the excuse for laying the accusation on squat Gare as being responsible for the events.
This particular group has recently been accused, by a number of collectives during open assemblies, for attempting to impose their authority by military means over self-organized projects. This group acts in the name of social centres and formations of the movement, which despite having been asked to condenm the activities of this group, they stay silent.
Immediately after these events, this group came along with a bunch of bouncers and paid thugs and gathered outside the squat in a threatening manner. What we have here is a consortium which included gangs of thugs who sell protection to the local markets and who have in the past been involved in attacks and brutal injuries against active members of the movement. After their departure, some of the initial group came to our assembly and declared that they will target our squat unless we find and deliver, within 24 hours, the persons who clashed with them earlier on the square.
Later on the same evening, persons belonging to this group pulled down the banner of squat GARE from Exarchia sq. This is the banner with which we urge the neighborhood to mobilize against repression, calling for an open event on Exarchia sq. on Sunday 28/5 and to an open assembly against the police occupation of the neigborhood on Monday 29/5. The act of taking down the banner was an agressive act aimed at the social resistance against repression. Such practices serve the designs of the state, are beffiting only to parastate agents and as such they must be dealt with. The banner was immediately raised again by comrades of the squat with an organized and self defended intervention on the square. The barkings of gang dogs can only build up our rage and armour our defense. We will be determined against any attempt to terrorize the resistance in this neighborhood.
We call all forces of the movement to take a stance. SILENCE IS GUILT.
DEFEND THE HISTORY OF EXARCHIA
OUST THE PIGS AND MAFIA
Kallidromiou 74, Exarchia