Greece, Australia & India: Solidarity actions with Villa Amalias

Thessaloniki, December 2012

Solidarity actions with Villa Amalias recently happened in different Greek cities, and in Goa (India) and Sydney (Australia):

- Athens: Paint bomb attack against the old city hall, in solidarity with Villa Amalias squat

On the night of December 24th, comrades wanted to add a bit of colour to the miserable Christmas decoration that the mayor of Athens, Giorgos Kaminis, had reserved for the city. We wanted to show him that the lousy political dealings on the repression against Villa Amalias squat will not be left unanswered. He will pay the corresponding price for his choice to cover the back of the prime minister, Antonis Samaras, who wanted to prove that he is equally fascist to the far-right part of his voting audience, which slips off to the Golden Dawn party by now.

This time, we chose paint bombs in order to attack the facade of the municipal administration: the old city hall on Athinas street.

Kaminis will soon have to pay the price for his political choice, and that’s something even he can understand. This is also why our action was completely hushed up by the mainstream media, and why the municipal workers were ordered to rescue the facade of the mayoral prestige over the same night by cleaning up the building as much as they could, and picking up the solidarity fliers which were thrown on the ground.

SOLIDARITY WITH VILLA AMALIAS
HANDS OFF THE SQUATS

- Greece: Ongoing solidarity gestures for Villa Amalias squat

The images are just indicative: A large banner was placed on the Patras Castle in solidarity with Villa Amalias; another banner in Mytilini, on Lesvos Island, reads “Solidarity with Villa Amalias squat” (while the slogan behind, on the wall, reads “The State and the Capital are the only terrorists”); and the last photo is from Thessaloniki, where comrades painted support messages such as “You will not take Villa Amalias, not even in your dreams…”

- Sydney (Australia): Solidarity with Villa Amalias

On Thursday the 20th of December in Athens Greece, Villa Amalias squat was raided by riot police and eight comrades inside were arrested. All have been charged with various felonies and misdemeanours and are being held at Athens police HQ till they will be brought again before a judge on the 24th of December.

Following the eviction, the Greek minister of public order stated that Villa was an “epicentre for lawlessness”. For the past 23 years Villa Amalias has been an open political, cultural and social space hosting regular concerts, theatre, dance and language classes, film screenings, free markets and collective kitchens. The squat was a self organised initiative of the anarchist and anti authoritarian movement in Athens and those associated with the squat have the contributed to the struggles of workers, immigrants and the anti racist/anti fascist struggle.

As a minimal act of solidarity, on Sunday the 23rd of December some anarchists gathered outside the Greek Consulate and Beirut Hellenic Bank in the Sydney CBD. Two banners were tied to the consulate building reading:

SOLIDARITY WITH VILLA AMALIAS

FREE VILLA AMALIAS SQUATTERS

Leaflets declaring solidarity with Villa and squatters everywhere were thrown, and much noise was made while hundreds of shoppers rushed by in Christmas mania.

SOLIDARITY TO ALL SQUATS

FUCK THE LAW SQUAT THE WORLD!

- Goa (India): Solidarity banner for Villa Amalias squat in Athens

On December 28th, 2012 some comrades in Goa raised a banner in solidarity with Villa Amalias that is under eviction by the uniformed guardians of the establishment. Our purpose was counter-information at an international level.
SOLIDARITY TO VILLA AMALIAS
10, 100, THOUSANDS SQUATS

Solidarians from Goa, India.