#Greece: MOBILIZATIONS FOR THE 45 YEARS SINCE THE POLYTECHNIC 1973 UPRISING
The 1973 revolt in the Polytechnic school against the military dictatorship was much more than just a student turmoil and touched many more issues than opposition to the dictatorial regime. It was a social revolt that surpassed the limits of a demanding struggle, setting political issues that would always be important such as human freedom and dignity, issues of social justice and equality.
The presence and action of the anarchists in this rebellion, but also in all the events that followed in the anniversaries of the Polytechnic uprising, determined to a significant extent the development and the character of the anarchist struggle and the radical social-class resistances in Greece.
For the movement, the November 17th 1973 uprising is not just an anniversary of memory and honor. The struggle of the insurgents of the Polytechnic remains valid today, since its freedom contests are still topical. We are still facing the state’s violence and repression against us, conquests and freedoms are still on state’s target, the system moves towards total control and totalitarianism.
This year’s mobilization involved a crowd of people in all major cities. The collectives participating in the Anarchist Political Organization carried out political intervention in the three-day memorial and struggle organized in the places where the revolt of 1973 broke out (Polytechnic University of Athens and Thessaloniki, Patras University Branch “Parartima”), and they also supported the demonstrations in the afternoon of November 17.
In Athens and Thessaloniki there were calls by anarchist assemblies of students. In Patras, there was a call by the “libertarian form” of the university. In Athens, when the very massive demonstration of the anarchist blocks reached its end, police forces, which had a particularly challenging attitude, attacked without been provoked.
AGAINST THE “MYTH” OF DEMOCRACY THE INSURRECTION IS STILL ALIVE!
THE UPRISINGS OF THE PAST KEEP OPEN THE ROUTE FOR THE REVOLUTION OF TOMORROW!
ORGANIZATION AND STRUGGLE FOR THE SOCIAL REVOLUTION, FOR ANARCHY AND LIBERTARIAN COMMUNISM!