It is an undeniable fact that the situation in the square of Exarchia has changed the last years.While the immigrants and refugees used to be a minority,now Arabic and Farsi are the main languages of communication.At the same time the majority of the Greek people claim that they avoid to pass by the square,due to drug dealing,sexual harassment,extreme violence and sometimes either fights with knives or gun shooting.All this is a sorrowful reality,however it exists a different point of view,which is not easy to be heard.
To begin with,the most familiar incident that takes place in the square is the persecution of drug dealers by anarchist groups,who are organizing protests in order to clean the area from the mafia,as they state.However let's consider for a while who is this mafia and if it is really a mafia.First of all these people are immigrants and refugees,coming from war countries, countries with dictatorship,countries with poverty, and as many would claim,countries with less freedom.These drug dealers are young boys,sometimes under 18,who fled away not only from a fondly country but also from their beloved families.These wicked people have walked miles and miles,have risked their lives crossing sea borders,in order to find a better future in the developed Europe.These mafia people are souls they have nothing,not a house,not a family,not people to express and understand their problems,but they are willing to share everything with you.They were ordinary people back in their home countries and now they became drug dealers,making some money through this circuit in order to survive.That money sometimes is enough only for food and basic needs,that the privileged people consider these necessities as granted.And after escaping the cruelty of their countries now they are persecuted by anarchists,anarchists who claim they are fighting together with refugees and immigrants against the system.
Well,if you don't bear in mind the above thinking,if this is not clear for the anarchists,then it could be a hidden reason about all these persecutions against immigrants and refugees in the square.Because real mafia,the people who are actually dealing huge amounts of drugs,are not entering Exarchia or for sure they don't show their faces.So you are chasing the wrong people.Then why so much drama for 10-20 euro these people are making everyday?
If you are real anarchist you are fighting against the wrong people.The dealers in the square is not the enemy.The only common enemy we have is the state,nations and borders that bring discord among us.Right now the enemy is the police and the evacuations of the squats.Vulnerable people will be transferred to camps and some of them will be deported back to the countries.We should be united and fight against the enemy who is making atrocities in the name of capitalism,profitability and exploitation worldwide.
So brothers and sisters leave the people in the square alone and place your sticks towards the police.