Greece: Shooting of a comrade in Exarchia on December 4, 2013 (Athens)

From Contra Info

Before I start describing the incident, I would like to mention the reasons why I haven’t initiated any formal complaint or lawsuit. First off, I declare myself an anarchist-antiauthoritarian. Therefore, my conscience cannot be misled by legal proceedings. Freedom combatants should draw the battle lines against the system and its “privileges” offered to us. In the following account of the incident (which occurred two days before the anniversary of the murder of comrade Alexis Grigoropoulos, in 2008), I want to make it clear that I do not consider myself a victim of the described attack, because the battle lines are drawn, and we stand against the enemy, as I already mentioned.

On the night of December 4, 2013 I was in the downtown area of Exarchia alongside other comrades, when we understood that we were followed by three plainclothes cops close to the corner of Benaki and Eressou streets. We briefly talked about what to do, and then we chased and harassed the cops. Two of the plainclothes ran away on Dervenion street toward Zoodochou Pigis street, while the third cop ran off to Eressou street, heading also to Zoodochou Pigis. It came as no surprise when we saw the first two thugs making a turn into Valtetsiou street and then on to Charilaou Trikoupi street, exactly where an anti-riot squadron is permanently stationed. We looked back, towards the third cop, and I yelled at him: “Where do you think you’re going, you fuckin’ undercover?” Suddenly I noticed that he was holding a gun pointed at me, and he shouted: “Come here… I’ll fuck you over” pointing his gun at my chest. In the next few seconds he cocked his pistol, ready to fire, and I shouted back at him: “What are you going to do, shoot me?” He shot me in the leg. At that precise moment, I didn’t realized that I was injured however, and the thought that his next bullet would hit me made me run towards Exarchia square, where I finally saw I was wounded in the leg.

I considered useful to disclose this information not to spread fear but rage. We won’t chicken out no matter what; they must get it through their heads we don’t bend, not even with bullets.

Attack first and always, with every possible way and every means, against the State and its minions.

See each other on the streets today, December 6 and every day.

The bullet will be returned to both the instigators and the perpetrators of the shot.

Strength to the vagabonds who are accused in the cases of Velventos and Nea Filadelfeia.

M.K.

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To Worker: no, the Greek aren't more hardcore. People are shaped by the social context, and in the case of Greece, it's wild and permanently conflictual. I think every single Western anarchist should go hang out in lower East Europe once in a while, instead of going to liberal pacified places like Amsterdam or Berlin.

All Western nations share the same social context, being democratic, ironically a Greek concept.

Yep! Oakland is identical with Dallas, Texas, and Dallas is identical with Athens, Greece. On the other hand, all those cities have nothing in common with, say, Tokyo. OK, that's all the context you need!

aka

I read a book once, and the abstractions I remember from it are all I remember (or can see about) the world.

"What are you going to do, shoot me?” He shot me in the leg"

ahahahahaha

"no, the Greek aren't more hardcore. People are shaped by the social context, and in the case of Greece, it's wild and permanently conflictual"

As unbearably crude as that is, it doesn't really contradicts the rollover, does it...
Level of right and wrong—

As to the rollover, please don't generalize.

Going all the way after a cop without carrying a gun wasn't a very clever idea. Especially when you know how they usually get away with shooting civilians.

please don't generalize

and why are you even talking about "civilians"

This is the exact thinking that keeps us on our knees. If you can go after non-cops in a similar way, why can't you with cops? They emanate a power which they don't actually have. They are, sadly, just human beings.

Pigs are part of a violent organization supported by the State, which isn't the case with random people. This is no way similar to going after some dickhead, because if you get caught or shot and end up in court, you'll have the courts treating the cop as a martyr no matter what he was doing. Police are GIVEN a power by the court bureaucrats, which often makes them avoid punishment for killing or torturing people, but it's not a power that they HAVE. The State functions because of a symbiosis between several roles. It is basically a really bad theater with real-life consequences.

The use of "civilian" term is correct, because cops are on duty to "enforce the law", with a badge and a gun, making them basically violent agents of the State. commissioned to conduct violence on people when they deem defensible in court. Is the random "human being" an agent by default in the same way? No. That's why they are civilians, as opposed to armed agents with a badge.

Former commenter didn't say anything against going after pigs. Just against doing it unarmed.

talking about violence and civilians is liberal, you know

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