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  • 3/7/2016 Whererefugeesolidarity&thealternativeeconomyconverge:theanarchistrefugeecentresofAthens|UndercoverInfo

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    Whererefugeesolidarity&thealternativeeconomyconverge:theanarchistrefugeecentresofAthensPostedon6March,2016

    Assemblymeeting

    BeyondthebureaucracyoftheEurocrats,orthecatastrophicmismanagementbytheEUoftherefugeecrisis,orthexenophobicrantsofthetabloidpress,thereisanotherEuropetherealEuropeacontinentofEuropeanswhoarecompassionateandforwhomsocialjusticeisnotapoliticalsloganbutsomethingthatispractisedeverydayandeveryweek.WeneedlooknofurtherthantheeconomicbeleagueredAthenstofindanexampleofthisunassuminggoodwill.TheGreeksarewellpractisedintheartofthealternative(orparallel)economy,havingbeenruledoverdecadesbysuccessivegovernmentsthathavewreckedtheirnationaleconomyandseenGreeceturnavassalstateoftheEU.AndalongsidethisselfmanagedeconomyisanotherspecialismoftheGreeks:directdemocracywherepeoplemanagetheirownliveswithoutreferencetogovernment.Lastyearagroupofanarchists,whowereactiveinhelpingnewlyarrivedrefugeesontheGreekislandsoppositeTurkey,decidedtosquatalarge,emptybuildingNotaro26inthecentreofAthenstoprovideaccommodationandsupporttotherefugeesarrivinginlargenumbersviaPiraeus.Thecentrewhichisstillflourishingisrunontheprinciplesofparticipatorydemocracyandmutualsupport,whereeveryoneGreeks,refugees,volunteersfromelsewhere,haveanequalsay,viathecentresassembly,indailyaffairs.

    (Currentlythereareatleast30,000refugeesinGreecemanystilltryingtogettonorthernEurope.Morethan12,000arestuckattheIdeomenicrossingpointattheGreeceFYROM(Macedonia)border,sincetheclosureofthatborderandotherbordersnorthwardstoAustria.Injustovertwoweekstime,protestersareplanningto

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    convergeenmasstotheborderbottlenecks,toprovidesolidaritytorefugeesandenablefreemovementagain.)

    ThecentreknownasNotara26islocatedon26NotaraStreetinAthensandofferssolidaritytorefugeestocovertheirimmediateneeds(shelter,food,medicalassistance).Thecentreprovidestemporaryaccommodation,basicmedicaltreatment,clothingandinformationforupto130refugeeseachday.Morethan1,700refugeesandmigrantsstoppedoverinNotarabetweenSeptember25andDecember1lastyearalone.ThecentrecontinuestoactasafocalpointforrefugeeswhoarriveinAthensandneedsomewheretostayforawhile.

    Accordingtooneofthosewhohelporganisethecentre,Weareantiauthoritarians.Werejecttheassistanceofthestate,NGOs,charitiesandbusinesses.Thereisadifferencebetweenphilanthropyandsolidarity.Weunderstandthatweareonthesamelevelasrefugees.

    StatementbyNotara26:

    Daybydaythousandsofpeoplestruggletocrosstheborders,havingtoconfronttheroughseaconditions,theEvrosfence,thesmugglers,CoastguardandFrontex.Chasedbytheweaponsoftotalitarianregimes,westernmilitaryoperationsandthehorrorofreligiousfundamentalism.Humanstryingtoescapefromextremepoverty.

    ThosewhomanagetoenterFortressEuropecomefacetofacewithstateswhoprofitfromthemigrantrefugeeflowandtheemergenceofcheaplabour,payingnointeresttohumanlifeanddignity.Theyareconfrontedwithxenophobiaandracism,institutionalornot.

    Inthissuffocatingcontext,wearesquattinganemptypublicbuildinginAthens,26NotaraStr.,inordertoterritorializeoursolidaritytowardsrefugees/immigrantstocovertheirimmediateneeds(shelter,food,medicalhelp).Thisprojectdoesntstandforphilanthropy,statalorpivate,butratherforaselforganizedsolidarityproject,whereinlocalsandrefugeesimmigrantsdecidetogether.Thedecisivebodyisthesquatsopenassemblywhereeveryoneiswelcometoparticipatewithnoexclusions.

    Totallyawareofthedifficultyofoureffort,wecalleverycollectiveandindividualnotonlytoparticipateandsupport,butalsotoexpandandcreatenewprojectsforthesamecause.WewanttocoordinateandinteractwiththenumerousindividualandcollectiveinitiativesthroughoutGreeceandabroadtostrengthenoursolidaritytorefugeesandimmigrantswewanttobuildourcommonfuturetogether.

    LetsmaketherefugeesOdysseyofsurvival,ajourneyofhumanitytowardsfreedom!

    NoBordersFreedomofmovementAgainstFortressEurope

    LegaliseimmigrantsGrantasylumtorefugeesAgainstracismandxenophobiaAgainstalldetentioncenters

    AgainstthewarNodeathsfortheirprofits

    TotherefugeeswhoarriveatNotara26:

    Ascomradesinsolidarity(GreeksandnonGreeks),weunderstandtheimmigrationandrefugeecrisis,empathizewiththedifficultiesandhardshipsthatyouhavegonethroughuntilyouarrivedhereandwe

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    seriouslyvalueyourneeds.WecriticizeandresistagainsttheinhumaneandunjustantiimmigrationpoliciespracticesofbothGreeceandtheEU.Forthatmatter,wehavetakentheinitiativetooccupythispublicbuildingonNotara26andcreateanopen,selforganizedandsupportivehousingfacilitywithnointerestneithertoreplacestateresponsibilitiesnoremergeasgoodwillphilanthropists.Instead,ouraimistoshowtheindifferenceandhypocrisyofboththeGreekandEuropeanauthoritiesbystandingbyyoursideandactivelyexpressingoursolidaritythroughtheoperationofthishousingsquat,evenifplacesarestilllimited.

    Thissquatservesasatemporaryhousingspacehostingrefugeesandmigrantsregardlessofrace,origin,religion,genderandsexuality.Asitisaselforganizedhousingspace,itsrightoperationisbasedontheparticipationofitsguests:inotherwordsyou.Everyoneofyoudependingonyourabilities,couldandshouldparticipateinthemanagementandmaintenanceofthisspace.

    Wewelcomeyouinthisspacethatbelongsbothtoyouasrefugeesandtousasyourcomradesinsolidarity.ThisplacehasneithertieswithNGOsnorfundingbytheGreekstateandtheEU.Instead,itisbuiltuponthecontributionandparticipationofallofus.Evenwithourveryfewresources,weaimtotocoverasmuchaswecanallyourimmediateneeds.Insolidaritywitheachotherandalltogetherbycollectivelydecidingandacting,wewilltrytoturnthisspaceintoadifferenthousingexperiencefromallothersyouhavelivedinsofarinyourjourneyasrefugees:wewillmakethisspacemorewelcoming,moreopenandsaferforyouall.

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    Anothersquattedcentre:58Themistokleous

    BelowisaletterfromanarchistssentearlierthisyeartoaGreekindependentnewswebsiteaboutwhatishappeningatanothersquattedcentreforrefugeesandmigrantsinAthens.

    OntheeveningofSunday,January10th2016,weoccupiedtheemptybuildingonThemistokleousSt.58,inExarchia,Athens.Theintentionistoopenupaplacewheremigrants,whoareblockedhereinGreecebecauseoftheEuropeanmigrationpolicies,canliveandselforganizefreefromstatecontrol.Weareagroupofindividualsfromdifferentplacesandofdifferentcontexts,connectedthroughthefightagainstStates,nations,borders,lager,prisons,capitalismeventuallyagainsteverypartofthisrottensystemofdominationthatoppressesus.Weareopentoanyonewhoagreeswithourbasicprinciplesandwantstoparticipateintheprojectwithoutahiddenpoliticalagenda.

    Thissquatisntmeanttobeapublicservice.Wearentvolunteersandwedontseemigrantsasvictims.Oneofthechallengesofthisprojectwillbetoovercomeinpracticetheseparationimposedonusbybordersandcitizenship.Thishouseseekstobecomeaplacewherepeopleorganizethemselvesandlearnfromoneanothermutually,regardlessoftheirorigins.

    Thisisanactagainstthesystemandthemigrationpolicies.ItisnotourintentiontoassistthehumanitarianaidprovidedbytheState.Theintegratedand/orassimilated,noncriticalhumanitarianaidisinfacthelpingtheStatetofocusonrepressivemeasuresinordertopersecuteandcontrolmigration.WestronglyrefusetocooperatenotonlywiththeStateandpoliticalparties,butalsowithNGOsandotherorganizationsor

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    formationsthatdoso(officiallyorunofficially).Allofthesescumbagstakeadvantageofthesituationofmigrantseithertoprofit,protecttheirinterests,gainpoliticalpower,ortobuildasocialprofile.

    Thecontrolofmigrationisatoolinthehandsofthoseinpower.RightnowtheGreekStateusesthesituationofmigrantsstrandedheretoputpressureduringnegotiationsforbetterconditionsenablingtheimplementationofthethirdmemorandum.Atthesametime,EuropeanStatesregulatemigrantflowsaccordingtheirneedforcheaplaborforce,andtherestofmigrantsaremurdered(inlandandmaritimebordersandthestreetsofEuropeancities),incarceratedordeported.TheEuropeanUnionupgradesitsrepressiveborderpoliciesandnegotiatesdealswithStatesattheinnerandouterEuropeanborderstocontinueandintensifythewaragainstmigrationbymoreeffectivemeans.Thoseinpowerhopetosecuretheirpropertyandprivilegesfromthosewhoarebeingexploitedbythecapitalistsystemandsuffertheirwars.Privateandpubliccorporationstrytomakeasmuchprofitofthissituationaspossible.NGOsrepresenttheinterestsoftheiremployers,mainlytheState,andarewellpaidfortheirjob.

    Becauseofpropertyrights,peoplearesleepinginthestreetswhilethousandsofhousesremainempty.Thereareenoughgoodsforeveryone.Wejusthavetotakewhatweneedourselves.

    Wedeclareoursolidarityandsupporttoallformsofactionthat