Day 9 of the revolt in Greece - 14 Dec 2008
During the night from Saturday until early morning on Sunday December 14 violent clashes with the riot police took place in Athens, in Exarchia, near the place where the young Alexis has been killed on December the 6th.
Saturday night, at the place and the time of the assassination a week ago, thousands of people gathered in a moving memorial meeting. The appearance of a unit of full dressed riot police in few meters from the gathering provoked the anger and the clashes. An important thing to note is that the majority of those who clashed with the police this time and marched against the police station nearby( it is the police station to which the two killers belonged) were not as usually the very young but adult and middle aged inhabitants of this neighborhood infuriated by the Police violence and harassment.
Today, Sunday, in the afternoon, despite the very strong rain and bad weather nearly 1000 people gathered in the same place after a call by the Initiative of the Exarchia Inhabitants Committee. The same Committee called for another march next Tuesday early evening towards the police station of the killers.
Police stations and banks are the principal targets of attacks by the youth in rebellion. Public buildings are occupied in many popular neighborhoods.
More than 400 schools are under occupation. Tomorrow, December the 15th, students and schoolchildren will held another demonstration at the center of Athens.
Similar activities take place in the main cities of the country (Thessalonica, Patras, Larissa, Volos, Crete etc.)
In Volos today, during a meeting of the local Trade Union Council to celebrate its 100th anniversary from its foundation (Volos is the cradle of the Greek workers trade union movement), our comrades of EEK and MERA did an important intervention calling the trade unionists to declare a strike on December 18th, day of national mobilization against the new anti-working class budget of the government, and in defense of the youth in revolt, against the government of kid killers. The call found a warm response.
An important week of struggle starts tomorrow!
Savas Michael Athens 14 December 2008