Greece: Fighting the TAP (The Trans Adriatic Pipeline)
Fighting the TAP – Brochure – GR
Selection of Texts:
1 / Fighting the TAP
3 / Some notes on the TAP
11 / From the other side
23 / Laughing underneath
25 / What’s the purpose of energy?
35 / War comes home
37 / Some useful addresses
Translation introduction in English:
Fighting the TAP
The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) is being built to transport natural gas from the Caspian sea to Europe. The pipeline would start near the Greek village Kipoi at the border with Turkey (where it is connected with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline). From there it would cross the north of Greece for 550 kilometers, then would go into Albania from where it would cross the Adriatic sea to reach the mainland again in Salento, Italy. Along the trajectory in Greece the pipeline would consist of 22 block valve stations (points on which the pipeline can be closed, for example for safety or maintenance reasons), one compression station near Kipoi, and one compression station near Serres (in which the pressure is highered to optimize transportation). The project started to be developed in 2003, in 2015 the actual works started in Albania. In the mean time the works have started as well in Italy as in Greece.
The texts published here were written in Italy, where a struggle against this project of power is taking place. The texts speak about the specificities of this project and its direct responsibles, about the ecological destruction and the militarization of territories, but also about the symbolic value of this project for the economy, the state, and oppression in general. The texts focus on this specific element of the system, but with a constant eye on the wider reality, the whole of domination which it is a part of. These texts intend nothing but the encouragement of everybody, where ever or with how many they may be, to sabotage and attack this project, those who will profit from it, and the existent it will serve.
Finally, or better to begin with, the following texts propose to anyone who wants to fight this pipeline a method, a way of struggling. They emphasize the possibility and importance to fight in an autonomous, anti-institutional and direct way, to sabotage and destroy what is destroying us.
How could we fight the world of politics using politics? How could we fight the world of authority creating ourselves leaders and little chiefs? How could we fight this world that tries to disown us of any real autonomy, by delegating ourselves parts of our struggles to the media or the public opinion? We can not, we would be fooling ourselves. In how we go at the confrontation with this world, we carry ideas of a new and totally different world. And these ideas come to life here and now, in our revolt against domination.