We Are an Image from the Future : The Greek Revolt of December 2008

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On December 6, 2008, the city of Athens exploded as people took to the streets to demonstrate their rage over the murder of fifteen-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos, bringing business as usual to a screeching, burning halt for three breathtaking weeks. This is the first book to delve into the Greek December and its aftermath, in the words of those who witnessed and participated in it. Interviews and personal reflections run alongside the communiques and texts that circulated through the networks of revolt, shedding much-needed light--and dispelling destructive myths--on the real fabric of the Greek Left that made December possible.

Table of Contents

The Street Has Its Own Historyp. 1
Solidarity is a Flamep. 2
Map of Greecep. 5
Chronology: 19th-20th Centuryp. 5
Alkis: December is a result of social and political processes going back many years, Part Ip. 8
Panagiotis Kalamaras: There were many people who felt we had an unfinished revolutionp. 14
23.10: I began to get involved when I was 16p. 17
And Now One Slogan that Unites Us All: Cops, Pigs, Murderers!
Chronology: September 2000-November 2008p. 27
Argiris: Exarchia Square and the neighborhood assembliesp. 29
Inlia: Do you join the Party to fuck or do you fuck to join the Party?p. 31
J.: The raves and free spaces is where the collective consciousness is coming togetherp. 34
Lefteria ston Yiannis Dimitrakip. 38
The Permanent Crisis in Education-TPTGp. 41
Nikos: The supermarket expropriations were very successfulp. 52
The Prisoners Hunger Strikep. 53
N. & Mi: The prisoners gained a new ability to coordinate their actionsp. 55
You Talk About Material Damages, We Speak About Human Life-Panagiotis Papadimitropoulosp. 56
These Days are for Alexis
Map of Athensp. 77
Chronology: December 6-25, 2008p. 77
The World Left Behindp. 94
Lito: Suddenly I heard a bangp. 94
23.10: I ran to the Polytechnicp. 98
Homo Sacer Quartet-Flesh Machinep. 101
Mrs. S.: I was in the heart of the catastrophep. 102
Little John: Okay, now we're going to fuck everything upp. 105
Andreas: We started with 300 people, and came back with 500p. 108
Anna: That's how big this thing wasp. 110
Yiannis: In Patras, 1.000 people came out to the demonstrationsp. 111
Vortex: That was the craziest moment of all December for mep. 112
Pavlos and Irina: This is the spirit of the revoltp. 116
Their Democracy Murders-the Polytechnic University Occupationp. 131
Alexander, Thodoris, Vlasis, & Kostas: All the kids felt so much power yelling at the copsp. 144
A Black Immigrant's Cry of Despairp. 150
These Days Are Ours, Too-the Haunt of Albanian Immigrantsp. 151
Invitation to the Open Popular Assembly of the Liberated City Hall of Aghios Dimitriosp. 153
Katerina: I thought the revolution was comingp. 154
Maria: I want to eliminate everything that represents the alienation of our livesp. 154
Sofia, Vasilis, Bill, and Irini: Before the revolt, all the Greeks were enslavedp. 156
Transgressio Legis: One day we jacked a fire engine, got on the CB radio, and said, "tonight, you motherfuckers, we will burn you all"p. 161
We Are Here, We Are Everywhere, We Are an Image from the Future-Ego Te Provocop. 165
Ego Te Provoco: The media worked as part of the counterinsurgencyp. 169
Vortex: The occupation of the national TVp. 173
Call for a New Internationalp. 176
Em: In London, the response was immediatep. 184
Pere: In Barcelona, we quickly organized a solidarity protestp. 186
Adams: Many foreigners have been killedp. 187
Open Letter from the Soldiersp. 189
Eliza: The Treaty of Varkiza is brokenp. 191
The Logic of Not Demandingp. 192
Not this History But this Rage is Ours-Ankara Anarchy Initiativep. 194
To those who rise up in Greece-ABC Wellingtonp. 196
A Bedouin Anytime! A Citizen Never-Ego Te Provocop. 197
Kostas Tsironis: I don't care if I don't take even one more picture, I just want to be okay with myselfp. 199
Journal entry of one of the insurrectionistsp. 205
To all those who did not speak with wordsp. 206
Obedience Stopped, Life is Magical
Chronology: December 28-March 4p. 213
Alexis Grigoropoulos Streetp. 215
Koukouloforosp. 216
The Spirit of December on a Global Scalep. 219
Maya: Konstantina was the first to join the unionp. 225
Ego Te Provoco: We need to make it obvious that it is easy to attackp. 229
Andreas: We finally understood that many people supported usp. 232
Panagiotis Kalamaras: The myth of Sisyphusp. 234
Transgressio Legis: When there is strong social conflict, you raise the tension of the attacksp. 235
Assembly of Media Workers: We want to occupy the media, and use it for the movementp. 237
December's Riots as Mediated by the Image of Mass Media-Leandros Kyriakopoulosp. 241
Mi: The new neighborhood assembliesp. 244
Kill the Sexist In Your Head-the menses flowp. 247
The Limitations of Anti-Sexism-Sissy Doutsioup. 248
Adriani and Flora: Now there are more social centers in Thessalonikip. 261
Jana: Many people were saying that they want Bulgarian society to be "like in Greece"p. 262
Little John: The next step is to create the places where all the people can meetp. 265
The Rebellion, the Workplaces, and the Rank 'N' File Unions-TPTGp. 266
Elina: More old people and leftists are coming nearer to the anarchist ideasp. 269
Lito: Now I really know what terrorism meansp. 271
Breaking New Ground
Chronology: March-October 2009p. 277
Alexis Grigoropoulos Parkp. 282
Daredevil: We intervene in the daily flow of things to interrupt itp. 283
The House of Maria Kallasp. 286
The Assassination of Prisoner Katerina Goulionip. 288
Conversation on a park bench in Thessalonikip. 289
Sakis and Dina: Now there's no going backp. 291
Kostas: We decided to occupy the university rectoratep. 292
Alkis: December is a result of social and political processes going back many years, Part IIp. 294
Kazana Poli: You could see the hatred in their eyesp. 299
Giorgos Voutsis-Vogiatzisp. 300
We Are Winningp. 302
Julia: I feel very lucky to be living in these timesp. 303
The Political Parties After Decemberp. 305
Claim of responsibility for an arson attackp. 306
N. & Mi: The prisoners of Decemberp. 308
Letter from Anarchist A. Kiriakopoulosp. 310
What the Cops Told Usp. 311
Specialized Guerrilla, Diffuse Guerrillap. 313
A Hot Summerp. 317
Conversation with the Owner of a Small Hotel on the Train from Athens to Patrasp. 319
Yiannis: Maybe it's gotten worsep. 321
The Media Try to Kill Memoryp. 322
Alexander, Thodoris, Vlasis, & Kostas: All the people went back to their private livesp. 326
The Passage to Revolution-Transgressio Legisp. 327
The Unanimity of the Fearful-Conspiracy of the Cells of Firep. 330
December Revisited-Void Networkp. 333
What Greece Means (to me) for Anarchismp. 351
Nothing Changed, Everything is Differentp. 358
Glossaryp. 368
Photo Creditsp. 371
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