Thursday, December 25, 2008

U.S. Attacks in Solidarity With Greek Insurrection


New York City:

Several windows were smashed at the Greek consulate in NYC last night, along with graffiti reading "Alex was here," "Murderer" and a circle A. This action took place the night before a scheduled solidarity demonstration at the same location.

Nothing is missing, everything is here: once again, everyone, adventurism gets the goods.

Athens on fire-so are our hearts!
This is global social war!

Olympia, Washington:

50 people gathered in Slyvester Park in downtown Olympia. From there a march started which snaked throughout the city, with hundreds of pamphlets about what is happening in Greece being distributed to an increasingly sympathetic community. At the head of the march was a banner which read: SOLIDARITY WITH GREEK UNREST-RESISTANCE IS GLOBAL, flanked by drawings of two molotov cocktails. In the rear of the march was a sound system blasting electronic music.

Upwards of fifty people were there, dressed in black and holding black flags. Two bike cops ineptly followed the march, as did several cruisers from the overtaxed and despised Olympia Police Department.

While the march was moving, people informed passersby about the murder of Alex in Athens and the murder of Jose Ramirez-Jimenez by the Olympia Police Department.

After making several loops of the downtown area, the march suddenly ran backwards, overrunning the bike cops and cruisers and sprinting joyously down 4th Avenue. Someone threw a rock at the US Bank window but it did not hit the glass. A Bank of America had its windows smashed out during the sprinting after a bag of rocks appeared from nowhere. Afterward, people informed the spectators that this was done in solidarity with the Chicago factory occupation because of the banks involvement in closing the factory.

One person was arrested in a parking lot for "not sitting down fast enough." This person did not do anything and will more than likely be released tonight and later have their charges dropped. There are currently people at the jail waiting for him to be released.

Revolt is everywhere. Solidarity is not an abstract idea nor is it something easy. Solidarity means attack; constant, unrelenting attack. We must be brave and take risks. That is the only way anything will materialize. From Athens to Olympia, we are all fighting the same fight. Keep it up, those of you who are fighting.

Athens burns...and with do our hearts.

Love forever

Don't stop.

Santa Cruz, California:

Last night rocks were thrown through the windows of 2 Bank of Americas and another ATM location. We did this because the uprising of our comrades in Greece, England, Moscow and elsewhere will not go without a response. People here are killed by cops, screwed by banks, and we will revolt with just as much fury. These and the outbreaks in Europe show that it is simple for us to respond in the most direct way to the forces of repression in order for them to fall.

We chose Bank of America because of their exemplary demonstration of capitalism’s principles (sic). Funding toxic coal projects, selling out workers, in bed with the government… Rather than many banks who worship money over people, we chose to stick it to one bank that worships money more than people. After all, it is a bank. But we’ll be back.


Olympia, Washington:

We paid another visit to the bigots over at the Mormon Church. We covered their building with messages in spray paint, such things as “there is no sin in your desire”, “love who you want to love and love how you please”, “sex is fun! It’s not shameful”, “queer and trans insurrection” and many, many, many, many others. We also left them a surprise, it’s a pretty big one, we think they’ll notice it within a few days.

The Mormons are an atrocious bunch and, well, it just felt amazing to fuck up their holy place, especially on an early Sunday morning with the snowflakes glistening in the street lamps. They have been so active in suppressing their flocks sexual urges through instilling bankrupt ideas of morality and shame, we hope that a few people read that and went home to commit loving acts of sodomy.

We’re also pretty fucking fed up with the way those Mormons have been giving us queer and trans people so much shit, they treat us like we’re some sort of plague that they need to quarantine before it spreads. When actually this plague is something innate in us as humans, you can’t quarantine us, cause we already exist inside of everyone. We are desire, we are freedom, we are acting on urges and possibilities, we are passion, we are a break from the routine, from the expected, from the drudgery, we are the nibble on your earlobe, the sex in the forest or the kiss under the stars. We are sexy, sexy, anarchists.

Around the world people are breaking away from their dreary slumber, rejecting the tediousness of their boring lives and finding meaning in attacking systems of misery. Let this be a call out for more actions, bigger ones, and bigger still. We want nothing from their world to stand, we want to create our own world, where everything is possible and everything is permitted.

We did this in solidarity with those sexy Greek rioters we’ve been hearing so much about. Damn, those kids really know how to turn us on, they get us all warm inside on these cold winter nights. We wish we could grab a few of those Greeks by the balaclava and just… well you know…

More attacks to cum.

An underground cell of Bash Back!

Boston, Massachusetts:

On the shadow of midnight on Sunday, red paint was thrown at the Greek Embassy in Boston . Now, just like in Greece, they have blood on their hands.

The present Social Insurrection in Greece is a reminder to all of us that another world is not only possible, but is present in the struggle for the decolonization of everyday life.

With the day of international solidarity this Saturday, people will be showing support for what is happening in the streets and buildings of Greece. Yet, along with solidarity, people need to take to the streets like our comrades in Greece and fight the same battle that they are because wherever there is capitalism there is oppression .

With the recession hitting home everywhere, as corporations are getting bailed out and families are having trouble putting food on the table and finding jobs, the struggle is everywhere, not just in Greece.


New York City:

A group of 40-50 individuals assembled shortly after 9pm in Tompkins Square Park in Manhattan's Lower East Side last night. Carrying banners they took to the streets marching north on Avenue A., the site of the well known tompkins square park riots of 1989. The group began chanting anti police slogans, as well as anti-capitalist chants. Fliers were handed out talking about the Greek revolt as well as problems here like police brutality, the economic crisis and gentrification.

As the crowd made its way west construction materials and newspaper boxes were dragged into the streets making blockades. At this point Anarchist grafitti was painted on the walls and a yuppie condo was defaced. Allegedly a couple of luxury cars had their windows broken. Marchers chanted "From New York to Greece, Fuck the Police"

Fort Collins, Colorado:

A Wells-Fargo bank in Fort Collins, Colorado had a window smashed last night. This action was in solidarity with the social insurrection in Greece and with immigrants and prisoners everywhere. It was also done as direct action against capitalism.

Not only is Wells-Fargo one of the major institutions of capitalism, it also invests in the Geo Group, a corporation that builds and operates ICE prisons and the u.s. prison camp at Guantanomo.

In the shattering of the bank window, we hear the voice of resistance. Give fuel to the fire!

Tacoma, Washington:

Early on the morning of the 20th, in memory of the 15 year old hero Alexandros Grigoropoulos and all those murdered by the police and other defenders of this false and rotting order, and in memory of our own lives, fuel hoses were slashed, pump consoles were destroyed, and the message "walk to work and murder your boss" was left at two Shell stations and two Chevron stations in Tacoma.

This announcement was also sent to the News Tribune, the Seattle Times and PI, and also the Puyallup Herald.

The attacks were a very small contribution to the targeted mayhem we hope to see engulf this world.

Fighting the forever war from Athens to Hilltop,

For the development of a high-intensity conflict against everything,

some anonymous comrades

San Francisco, California:

We gathered at 24th and Mission and after about 45 minutes approximately 200 people were assembled. We had a mobile sound-system in a shopping cart, anarchist flags and banners which read "Solidarity with the greek uprising," "Stop Police Violence," "Organize, Prepare for Capitalist Crisis," Police out of Greece, US out of the World," amongst others. Organizers had printed out leaflets that explained the events in Greece and tied it into our current, local context. None of us had anticipated the course of events that night and had not printed out enough leaflets for the whole duration of the march. It is a pity that there weren't enough to pass out by the time we would arrive to the Westfield Mall.

We marched down Mission St., occasionally picking up supporters along the way. Important to note is that many passersby who saw the banner "Stop Police Violence", cheered or honked in support. Once we arrived to the front of New College, we realized that previous rumors we had heard that the police had information of our intentions were in fact true. The front gate to the building was chained and locked. There were undercover police officers inside and a line of cops on the outside. A couple of banners were dropped from the roof by people who had already entered the building previously to facilitate the occupation, they read "Burn the Banks, Smash the State", "Solidarity with Greek Uprising"

This was the point where the march began to take a life of its own as we did not have clearly thought out contingency plans for what to do next. After speeches announcing our original intentions an impromptu facilitation took place where the group (around 100 people at this point) tried to decide what to do next. The momentum and energy was still present and most wanted to march on. And so we did.

We marched down Valencia st., ground zero for Mission District yuppification, with chants against the rich and gentrification. It was clear that the trendy crowd were much less supportive to us than when we were on Mission street, only a couple blocks east. The spontaneity of the march grew after we left New College and when we came to the Mission Police Station it was more than evident that we should make a stop. The crowd rushed its way through police who were hastily trying to form lines and arrived at the front of the cop shop. More speeches were made on the sound-system about why we were there. At this point what we had thought to be a general assembly had degenerated into an open mic and some of the organizers tried to facilitate another discussion about what should come next. Some said we should occupy a yuppie restaurant and feast and others said we should go to the branch of Wells Fargo around the corner

As we marched to Wells Fargo it became more and more apparent that the action was degenerating into confusion and helplessness. The same kind of speeches were made in front of Wells Fargo and more decisions were tried to be made but the enthusiasm was clearly dying. Thankfully the group decided that the best course of action would be to bring our presence to the downtown, shopping district of San Francisco

The energy had clearly increased as we had a clear destination in mind. It seemed to me that our numbers grew again to around 150. The majority of the crowd was masked up but this was far from a black bloc in character and spirit. The energy was continually increasing as we started to run down the last block of valencia street to make it onto Market St. (the main street of San Francisco that runs through downtown). We held our space over two lanes and the cops let us march as we pleased. This is a clear difference from other major cities across the US (i.e. New York City), where taking over lanes of traffic in an un-permitted and spontaneous march is enough reason to unleash batons and make arrests. Police on motorbikes and cruisers just marched alongside us trying to maintain their presence.

The march down Market st. was without question one of the most successful parts of the action. We had major visibility as we went down the main artery of San Francisco and there was a clear sense of excitement as we approached downtown, seeing it from a distance. The group continued chanting against police and in solidarity with the insurrection in Greece. And then we came to the front of the Westfield mall.

The entry into the Westfield Mall was also fully spontaneous and not part of any plan as far as I am aware. It was just self-evident (similar to our stop in front of the Mission Police Station) that we needed to enter this temple of consumerism. The Westfield Mall is not your typical suburban cookie cutter mall but a high-class shopping center with many designer stores and even exclusive spaces for those who can afford to pay. Entering the mall with our sound-system, banners, and chants re-lifted the energy once again as we had a completely clueless audience who throughout the five floors of the mall were having their holiday shopping briefly interrupted by a dose of reality, having to stop and wonder what the fuck was going on in Greece and police violence. At this point the police were clearly fed up with us following our anti-capitalist instincts for hours throughout San Francisco and wanted us out of the mall. So they attacked and arrested a couple of the participants. At this point some of us wrecked a kiosk and attacked some windows in retaliation.

Acknowledging that there are already countless reasons to shatter plate glass it is important to note that the small degree of property destruction that took place was after the police attacked us. The police continued attacking people and making arrests. The mood was quickly electrified as we started to yell in the faces of the cops to release our comrades. I observed a handful of shoppers also join in and call for the release of those arrested. The atmosphere of the mall was completely transformed and it was clear that there was an anti-police sentiment sweeping through the ground floor, not just from us but by people who were already there. Other young people on the street who had had no idea what was going on came into the mall with clear excitement on their faces and willing to join in in yelling at the police.

San Francisco, California:

In solidarity with Greek unrest and the declared global day of action against the state (Dec. 20th), we paid a visit to the yuppie West Portal branch of Bank of America. Anarchists and anti-capitalists took to the streets earlier in the evening to protest police brutality, only to be harassed, beaten up, and arrested. The police violence was legitimized by "public safety" propaganda. We don't buy it. The only people hurt in the Westfield Mall incident were the victims of the pigs, who are responsible for perpetrating nothing but a culture of violence. This action was in solidarity with those brave comrades.

Bank of America obviously has a distorted view of how their participation in the capitalist system affects folks around the world, so we thought we'd give them something else to look at.

Tomorrow they'll have a great view of the poor's rage embodied in a spider-webbed window, not to mention a fractured picture of that mansion across the street epitomizing gentrification.




This unrest is not unprecedented nor is it isolated. We fight for all desires to surface, for the earth and for each other.

We welcome collapse. More so, we advocate unity in the most dire sense of the word. Now more than ever, we must find the balance between destruction and creation. We cannot have one without the other.

Love forever,
anonymous comrades.

Portland, Oregon:

40 people or so marched through downtown Portland streets on a very snowy Saturday night in solidarity with the insurrection in Greece and against state repression everywhere.

Chants of "from Portland to Greece, these are our streets!" and "rain or snow the police must go!" were met with cheers by many of the people who were downtown during the blizzard, some even joined the march with their own chants of "F-ck the Police!"

The march encountered only one cop who was laughed off when he asked "who is the leader?". a window broke at a large department store (nordstrom rack?), and circle A's appeared on doors and buildings in the wake of the march.

Kansas City, Missouri:

Late Saturday night we visited the Mexican consulate at 16th and Baltimore in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

We did so to pay our respects to all those murdered by the state: in Greece, Mexico, the United States -- everywhere. We used bricks, paint, and stealth.

We are enraged by the slaying of our compas. We don't forgive and we don't forget. We attack.

Tonight was only practice. One day we'll take this to the streets in broad daylight, KCPD -- and we will reduce the property you that currently "protect" to ashes. The fires of rebellion will engulf everything that stands for and maintains our domination. We're getting ready.

You will be no match for our courage and our rage.

Solidarity with all who revolt!
Viva Oaxaca y Chiapas!
Burn Greece burn!

St. Louis, Missouri:

On Saturday December 20th, about 30-40 people gathered in the University City's Delmar Loop district, an area that is mostly a busy yuppie financial district but seems to be a melting pot for all walks of life, also the location of the most recent fatal shooting of a cop.

As people gathered, a small business owner saw masked people gathering about in the cold night and reminded us that we we're on his property and once we abandon the role of isolated atomized individuals then the property is no longer available for us to use.

So the solidarity march began. On the sidewalks we began, a small group walking amongst the freezing and surprisingly empty streets heading eastward.

Some handed out flyers stating why we we're there, making connections to the situation in Greece, and the violence of the economy which is not going away.

With loud chants of "From St. Louis to Greece - fuck the police!" filling the quiet air, busboys and waiters/waitresses came out from restaurants giving a positive reaction to what we were doing.

As we ended the end of the strip of the loop flyers were tossed into the air and scattered about by the high winds, then we turned around and got in the street. Not long after getting in the street did the police confront us.

Then it all escalated quickly.

A scuffle broke out, some were arrested, some were unarrested, a cop got hit in the shoulder with a metal pole.

The police threatened to arrest everyone, only 6 arrests were made.

It all happened within 20 minutes, and somehow a bank window a few blocks down was busted before the night was over.

It must be noted that FOX NEWS turned up, got a hold of one of our flyers, and in their initial first 2 broadcasts, read a few quotes from the flyers on air:

These problems aren't going away, and the resistance in Greece doesn't seem to be dying down anytime soon, in fact, as we can see - it is spreading.

Things are getting worse without even the false promises that they will get better, so we might as well create the world we want, we can lash out individually or we can try to collectivize revolt and make it uncontrollable.

Here and elsewhere, this is only a beginning.

Oshkosh, Wisconsin:

Walking down the street some paint and some glue
wished to see about some banks troubles
if there was anything they could do.

When they walked near
they found the capitalists were filled with fear.

So they decided to, with Christmas cheer,
cover the motherfuckers windows
and glue up their locks.

So the bankers would be safe
from the public bashing back.

Just after midnight, the beginning of Staurday, December 20th, in Oshkosh, WI a Chase Bank was attacked by some glue and some paint. Burn Greece; Burn Prisons; Burn the States.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin:

Just strolling around town yesterday, this humble observer saw condos, developments, city buildings, and even some hummers that had been redecorated and dedicated to the social uprising happening in greece.

One building read, "No Control", another "the Social War is Everywhere". One piece of graffiti read "Alex was here", undoubtedly making reference to the teenage anarchist murdered by Greek Police. Most importantly, was the newly built condominium that read "From Milwaukee to Greece, Fuck the Police".

These sentiments were found just as other cities throughout the world are reporting on their expressions of solidarity with our comrades in greece. They echo the logic articulated over the past two weeks - that logic of attack. Our friends in greece demonstrated this logic when one of theirs was murdered. And we, in turn, are expressing it for them.

What becomes clear, is that resistance to power is everywhere. Milwaukee, MInneapolis, New York, Santa Cruz, Modesto, Chicago, Michigan, San Francisco, Tacoma, Olympia, North Carolina, Denver - We are many and strong!

May this only be the beginning


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