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. More countries will be allowed to join in the future.
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!
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!
Posted in Activista, Ἑλλάς, Bacon+Briefs+Banged Up, Death, Disease & Drugs
Tagged Athens, Decourcy House, Jesters, Lambros Foundas, St. Paul's, Stokes Croft, Tesco, Upper York Street
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
Posted in Activista, Ἑλλάς, Bacon+Briefs+Banged Up, G20 Police Witnesses IDed, NewsBurst, Policing Space, Politik
Tagged #G20killershavenames, Alexandros Grigoropoulos, Alexis, Athens, cover up, Exarcheia, G20, Greece, Ian Tomlinson, London, Metropolitan Police, murdered by the Met, PC Simon Harwood, police, police brutality, police killed Ian Tomlinson, Simon Harwood, who killed Ian Tomlinson