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Declaration of Solidarity with the Uprising in Greece
tr_lit wrote in newstreetuniver
Группа товарищей написала декларацию солидарности с греческим восстанием. Имеет смысл ее перевести на русский и распространить как можно шире.


What We See, What We Hope: Declaration of Solidarity with the Uprising in Greece

We want first of all to say a collective yes! to the uprising in
Greece. We are artists, writers and teachers who are connected in
this moment by common friends and commitments. We are globally
dispersed and are mostly watching, and hoping, from afar. But some of
us are also there, in Athens, and have been on the streets, have felt
the rage and the tear gas, and have glimpsed the dancing specter of
the other world that is possible. We claim no special right to speak
or be heard. Still, we have a few things to say. For this is also a
global moment for speaking and sharing, for hoping and thinking
together. . .

No one can doubt that the protest and occupation movement that has
spread across Greece since the police murder of Alexis Grigoropoulos
in Athens on 6 December is a social uprising whose causes reach far
deeper than the obscene event that triggered it. The rage is real,
and it is justified. The filled streets, strikes and walk-outs, and
occupied schools, universities, union halls and television stations
have refuted early official attempts to dismiss the social explosion
as the work of a small number of "young people" in Exarchia, Athens or
elsewhere in Greece.

What remains to be seen is whether the movement now emerging will
become an effective political force -- and, if it does, whether it
will be contained within a liberal-reformist horizon or will aim at a
more radical social and political transformation. If the movement
takes the liberal-reformist path, then the most to be expected will be
the replacement of one corrupt party in power by its corrupt
competitor, accompanied by a few token concessions wrapped in the
empty rhetoric of democracy. These would almost certainly be the
smoke-screen for a reactionary wave of new repressive powers
masquerading as security measures. Only radically democratic and
emancipatory demands, clearly articulated and resolutely struggled
for, could prevent this outcome and open the space for a rupture in a
destructive global system of domination and exploitation. As we count
ourselves among those who experience this system as the violent
negation of human spirit and potential, we could only welcome such a
rupture as a reassertion of humanity in the face of a repressive
politics of fear.

Observing events in Greece and the official and corporate media
discourse developing in response to them, we note the emergence of
what begins to looks like a new elite consensus. The "violent unrest"
in Greece, we are told with increasing frequency, is the revolt of the
"700-Euro generation" -- that is, of overeducated young people with
too few prospects of a decent position and income. The solution, by
this account, is to revitalize Greek society through more structural
adjustments to make the economy more dynamic and efficient. Once all
people are convinced they will be welcomed and integrated into
consumer reality and rewarded with purchasing power commensurate with
their educational investment, then the conditions of this "revolt"
will have been eliminated. In short: everything will be fine, and
everyone happy, once some adjustments have made capitalism in Greece
less wasteful of its human resources.

We have seen this strategy before, in response to the uprisings in the
suburbs of Paris and around the CPE "reforms" in France several years
ago. Indeed, since the 1960s this has been the perennial, preferred
strategy of power to all uprisings that show themselves unwilling to
disappear immediately. Its functions are crystal clear: to channel
the movement in a neutralizing liberal-reformist direction and to
provoke divisions by means of lures and promises. Those who don't
take the bait are left isolated and can be safely targeted for

We hope those in the streets and all those who sympathize with and
support them in and outside of Greece will see through this strategy
and expose and denounce it. We're sure that there is much more at
stake, and much more to be imagined, hoped and struggled for, than
will be on offer in this neo-liberal sleeping pill. And we hope that,
in the space opened up by the real rage and courage of people who have
left passivity and hopelessness behind, this social movement will now
organize itself into a durable political force capable of scorning
such recuperative enticements.

In light of the above, we declare openly that:

1) We are moved by the courage and humanity of those who have
repeatedly filled the streets and are now occupying schools and
university campuses in Athens, Thessaloniki, Patras, and cities across
Greece. Our solidarity with them will not be shaken by official
attempts to divide the movement into "good" protesters and "bad." In
the face of the police murder of a 15-year old -- only the most recent
in a long series of such murders by state officers -- and in the face
of the grinding inhumanity and relentless militarization of everyday
life under the capitalist war of all against all, the destruction of
private property does not upset us. To be clear: We're not endorsing
violence blindly; in fact we're heartened to see that actions are
becoming more selective, more political, with each day. But we know
how divisive fixation on the "violence" of protesters can be in
moments such as these. And so we refuse to go along with attempts to
isolate certain groups. Those who play along with that script allow
themselves to be used in a way that delivers others to direct

2) We call for the immediate liberation and unconditional amnesty for
all those arrested for participating in the uprising -- more than 400
people at this writing.

3) We reject all attempts to trivialize this uprising by reducing it
to the revolt of an overeducated "700-Euro generation."

4) We categorically reject any attempt to smear this uprising with
the label of "terrorism." The only terror it is appropriate to speak
of here is the ongoing state terror inflicted on the autonomists of
Exarchia, on immigrants, on the poor and vulnerable, and on all those
who refuse to conform and submit to the bleak and violent givens of
capitalist normality. We condemn any attempt, now or in the future,
to apply draconian "anti-terrorism" laws and measures against those
participating in this movement.

Brett Bloom (Urbana)

Dimitris Bacharas (Athens)

Rozalinda Borcila (Chicago)

Peter Conlin (London)

Alexandros Efklidis (Thessaloniki)

Markus Euskirchen (Berlin)

Nathalie Fixon (Paris)

Bonnie Fortune (Urbana)

Kirsten Forkert (London)

John Fulljames (London)

Jack Hirschman (San Francisco)

Antoneta Kotsi (Athens)

Isabella Kounidou (Nicosia)

Henrik Lebuhn (San Francisco)

Ed Marszewski (Chicago)

Jasmin Mersmann (Berlin)

Anna Papaeti (Athens)

Csaba Polony (Oakland)

Katja Praznik (Ljubljana)

Gene Ray (Berlin)

Tamas St. Auby (Budapest)

Gregory Sholette (New York)

G.M. Tamás (Budapest)

Flora Tsilaga (Athens)

Декларация в pdf

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