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Wikipediaphile: EUROGENDFOR

A timely wiki for you, given it’s all kicking off in Greece at the moment. Only spotted this via a mention on twitter linking to a cranky-sounding website which suggested that a “non-Greek militarized riot force may have arrived to enforce austerity” in the Hellenic Republic.

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about EUROGENDFOR:

The European Gendarmerie Force (EUROGENDFOR or EGF) was launched by an agreement in 2006 between five members of the European Union (EU): France, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain. Romania subsequently joined in 2009. Its purpose is the creation of a European intervention force, designed after the French Gendarmerie and the Italian Unità Specializzate Multinazionali (M.S.U.) of the Carabinieri; that force will have militarised police functions and specialise in crisis management. Its status is enshrined in the Treaty of Velsen of 18 October 2007.

The EGF is based in Vicenza, in northeastern Italy, and has a core of 800-900 members ready to deploy within 30 days. This includes elements from the;

An additional 2,300 reinforcements will be available on standby. The Polish Military Gendarmerie are also a partner force, and on 10 October 2006, Poland indicated it would like to join the EGF.[1] More countries will be allowed to join in the future.

‘Left-wing’ Greek journalist and blogger assassinated on doorstep

For anyone who tries to keep abreast of what was happening in Greece, the independent news blog Troktiko (juggled with Google Translate, for us ignorant monolinguists) is a useful resource.

But today a shadow has been cast over Troktiko. Early in the morning Sokratis Giolias, a journalist who wrote for the site, was gunned down by unknown assailants on the doorstep of the home he shared with his wife and young child.

Reports say that twenty or more bullets were fired. New Europe says an anonymous communication to it claimed that three men dressed in police uniforms carried out the killing. A stolen car apparently used in the attack was found burned out not far from the murder scene.

Meanwhile, the trial of the two cops who shot and killed fifteen-year old Alexandros Grigoropoulos in December 2008, a killing which precipitated massive social unrest across Greece and led many (both Greeks and non-Greeks) to Troktiko in search of news, is drawing to a close.


Greece-based British blogger Teacher Dude has posted up a brief piece about Socratis Giolias’ murder, and will no doubt be a good place to find English-language material relating to this as more details emerge.


There’s even a report on the BBC News website now.


According to Teacher Dude police have linked the guns used to previous shootings by the Sect of Revolutionaries.

Meanwhile, Occupied London/On The Greek Riots has characterised Giolias as “a tabloid journalist”, and Troktiko as “a popular news blog with ties to the police and far-right groups”.


The Guardian is going with “prominent investigative reporter” and “popular online newsblog Troktiko”; sixteen bullets, in front of pregnant wife; and again reference to police linking it to “domestic terror gang…the Sect of Revolutionaries”.

In contrast to the comments on the On The Greek Riots post, eg:

Giolias was not an “investigative journalist”. In fact, he was not even a journalist (he was not part of the Athens journalists’ union, he did not have a press pass).

Confirmed: Golias was not a member of ESIEA, the Athens Union of Journalists.

…the Guardian story features this:

“His cowardly murder is the work of people who wanted to silence a very good investigative reporter,” said Panos Sobolos, head of the Athens journalists’ union.


The Independent is running with a Reuters-sourced clippings-and-press-release story that refers to “the Rebel Sect”, which makes them sound like a punk revival revue. It recycles the police statement and the Panos Sobolos quotation above.

Holla Hellas: General strike in Greece as resistance to IMF austerity measures heats up

It seems to be moving very fast over there, but at the moment there are repeated attempts to ‘storm’ the parliament building in Athens, with people being beaten back by MAT riot police with staves, stun grenades and chemical weapons. I will pull together some more detailed links later.

Twitter tags to follow:


Αλληλεγγύη με τους αναρχικού και αντιεξουσιαστικές κοινωνικά κινήματα! Αντισταθείτε το ΔΝΤ επέβαλε μέτρα λιτότητας! Νίκη για την ελληνική απεργούς!

‘For Lambros’ – Bristol commemorates Greek anarchist killed by police

Remembering Lambros Foundas, killed by cops in Athens

Things seem to be heating up around St. Paul’s and Stokes Croft. Yesterday saw a large public gathering to protest against the police-supported eviction of the Jesters social centre, readying it for another Tesco Express; this morning I noticed this graffiti and paint bombing on the side of Decourcy House, the Avon & Somerset Probation Area office on Upper York Street. It memorialises Lambros Foundas, a Greek anarchist shot dead by Athens police last Wednesday. There is an obituary on Act For Freedom Now!

Meanwhile, in Crete…

Police provocateurs (or possibly fascists of the Golden Dawn/Χρυσή Αυγή) line up alongside riot police in Hania, Crete, to threaten those protesting against the state, police brutality and the senseless slaying one year ago of fifteen year old Alexis Grigoropoulos.

Anyone getting a sense of déjà vu..?

(Tip o’ the titfer: TeacherDude)

Remember Alexandros Grigoropoulos: Killed by Greek police one year ago today

Today is the first anniversary of the killing of fifteen year old Greek boy Alexandros Grigoropoulos at the hands of the police. A series of protests are planned. It’s likely to get very hairy over in Hellas in December.

If you are on Twitter the hashtag #griots seems to be back in use. If you are not, here’s some useful online resources:

  • After The Greek Riots (activist eyewitness blog in English, French, German, Spanish, Turkish, Russian & Polish)
  • Amor Y Resistencia (activist blog based in the Americas, but reported on Greece a lot last December, and might do so again)
  • ClandestinEnglish (English language blog, based in Thessaloniki)
  • Garizo (Greek news aggregator blog, with some posts translated into English)
  • GiaNt (Greek language blog, good for links and pictures)
  • Greek Solidarity Map (mapping demonstrations & occupations across Greece and around the world; seems to have been inactive since last December but might be revived)
  • Katalipsis Xolis Theatrou (Greek language blog from those who occupied the Theatre School in Salonika)
  • LibCom (UK anti-authoritarian site with updates from Greece)
  • Social War In Greece (English language activist blog, translates some of the material coming out; inactive since July but might come back)
  • Teacher Dude’s Grill & BBQ (British teacher & frontline citizen journalist in Thessaloniki)
  • WOMBLES (UK-based anti-authoritarian newswire)

Updated: 6/12/09 @ 2329 GM

Alexis, Ian; Athens, London – wherever you are, wherever you go, a cop is a cop is a cop

A good post by Teacher Dude, who came into his own as a citizen-journalist during the Greek Uprising of recent months:

…The police report released just after his death mentioned nothing of the attack and and indeed sought to blame protesters for supposedly impeding attempts by ambulance crews and officers to provide first aid. It seems there are lies, damned lies and official accounts.

It is interesting to note just how similar was the official reaction to Tomlinson’s death to that of 15 year old Alexis Grigoropoulos, shot by police in Athens last December. In both cases the police gave out an account that was almost entirely at odds with eye witness accounts and later evidence. Yet much of the mainstream media choose to accept the official accounts at face value even though those present told a different story. Also in both cases video footage came out that quickly disproved the version given by officers involved…

My posts on G20:

Monday 30th March

Tuesday 31st March

Thursday 2nd April

Friday 3rd April

Sunday 5th April

Tuesday 7th April

‘Deliberately aimed at’

Reports the Guardian (under the somewhat inaccurate headline “Policeman ‘deliberately aimed at’ Greek rioter”):

The bullet that killed a teenage boy, triggering the worst riots in decades in Greece, was deliberately aimed by a police officer and not fired as a warning shot, a ballistics report has revealed.

Six weeks after the fatal shooting, experts have concluded that special police guard Epameinondas Korkoneas fired “in the direction” of the schoolboy and not in the air, as he has vigorously maintained. Fifteen-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos died after the bullet ricocheted off a concrete bollard in a central Athens street and struck him in the heart.

Greek graff

Alexandros Grigoropoulos, RIP

Lest we forget: Alexandros Grigoropoulos.

Via GiaNt

Mapping resistance: Greek solidarity

Greek solidarity map

A new blog has been set up to track solidarity actions across the world in support of the Greek insurrection.



Today the cops on trial for the beating of a young man in Thessaloniki last November following the commemoration of the 1973 Athens Polytechnic Uprising were given suspended sentences and released, despite video evidence clearly showing the brutality of their assault upon Augustinos Dimitrios. The leniency of the court caused an angry response from local people gathered outside.

Last Friday in south London the jury at the inquest into the 2005 killing of Jean Charles de Menezes by British police refused to return a verdict of lawful killing.

Two Saturdays ago, Greek cop Epaminondas Korkoneas – assisted by colleague Vassilis Saraliotis – shot and killed fifteen year old Alexis Grigoropoulos.

The insurrection in Greece continues.

(Image taken from slackbastard‘s account of a Melbourne demonstration in protest at the murder of Alexis which took place a week after his death.)

Alexis’s eighth night

Greek vase, by Hajo

By Hajo, via Troktiko.

More links:

The guy who shot the boy isn’t someone I know, but his nickname “Rambo” explains it all. I don’t want to know a person like this, but policeman around the world probably all know a co-worker who is (what do you call it?) irresponsible and trigger happy. All professions everywhere have bad people.

It is a tragedy, and I understand why people are mad. All the MAT are paying for him, whether he is guilty or not.

…I didn’t feel good before, but these days I feel worse. On one hand, I can understand that people are mad and want justice, but I don’t think violence is the answer. It just makes things worse.

…Regardless of what I think, I am hated and used for target practice all day long. That’s my job, to be a target. Isn’t that great?

…The government needs to stop talking and start doing something, not just with riots but with everything and fix this country. That’s the real reason for the rioting. The country is broken.

We don’t forget, we don’t forgive: Day of International Action Against State Murders, Saturday 20th December

Today (Friday), the assembly of the occupied Athens Polytechnic decided to make a callout for European and global-wide actions of resistance in the memory of all assassinated youth, migrants and all those who were struggling against the lackeys of the state. Carlo Juliani; the French suburb youths; Alexandros Grigoropoulos and the countless others, all around the world. Our lives do not belong to the states and their assassins! The memory of the assassinated brothers and sisters, friends and comrades stays alive through our struggles! We do not forget our brothers and sisters, we do not forgive their murderers. Please translate and spread around this message for a common day of coordinated actions of resistance in as many places around the world as possible.

Via On The Greek Riots

We are in Civil War: With the fascists, the bankers, the state, the media wishing to see an obedient society


On Saturday night, the Greek police assassinated a 15 year old student.

His assassination was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

It was the continuation of a coordinated action, by state terrorism and the Golden Dawn, which aimed at university and high school students (with the private universities first), at migrants that continue to be persecuted for being born with the wrong colour, at the employees that must work to death without compensation.

The government of cover-ups with its praetors, having burnt the forests last summer, is responsible for all major cities burning now, too. It protected financial criminals, all those involved in the mobile phone interceptions scandal, those looting the employees’ insurance funds, those kidnapping migrants, those who protected the banks and the monasteries that steal from the ordinary people.

We are in Civil War: With the fascists, the bankers, the state, the media wishing to see an obedient society.

There are no excuses, yet they once again try to use conspiracy theories to calm spirits down.

The rage that had accumulated had to be expressed and should not, by any means, end.

Throughout the world we are making headlines, it was about time that people uprise everywhere.

The generation of the poor, the unemployed, the partially employed, the homeless, the migrants, the youth, is the generation that will smash every display window and will wake up the obedient citizens from their sleep of the ephemeral American dream.




A “statement issued by the association of employees of the suburb of Agios Dimitrios in Athens,” via On The Greek Riots

Greece: “This is civil war”

Friends call from abroad. “Is it over?” we can only laugh at that idea – What do you mean, is it over? It’s just about to start. Some comrades come back to the Athens School of Economics (our base), carrying incredible stories from the occupation of the town hall of the suburb of Agios Dimitrios in Athens. In a previous post we reported that the town hall was occupied by anarchists. Wrong: The town hall was occupied by the locals, whose statements so far easily overcome the “toughest” of anarchist speech. “This is civil war”, they write. “Alexis, we hope that your blood is the last OF AN INNOCENT to run”. We’ve got a copy of the entire statement published by the area’s employees committee, and will be translating it tomorrow. It is, quite simply, a historical document.

As for what to expect tomorrow (12.12). There is a callout for yet another mass demonstration in Athens, at noon. A “revolutionary alleycat race” is called for 21:30. Its tag: “Come contribute to the chaos!”. Most university students will be holding department assemblies to decide whether they will proceed with occupations (surely enough, most of them will do so); we expect high school students to keep rocking, as they have all these days (and if information received so far is confirmed, regarding their plans, they might have some awesome surprises for us tomorrow).

“Is this over?” How, exactly, could it be? The murderer if Alexandros shows no remorse and is about to get away with it. The pigs keep provoking. Their political leaders remain unpunished. What single argument, what single reason is there for us to return to normalcy, to forget, to retreat from the streets? None. There is no way back now.

From On The Greek Riots