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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.

ETA:

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.

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

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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”.

ETA:

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.

ETA:

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:

#IMFgr
#griots

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