YOU CAN’T BRING ME DOWN
(an announcement from Villa Amalias squat)
... about the first fire, the second fire and their reasons…
On Sunday 18/5 at about 7:30 in the morning a fire bursts out at Villa Amalias squat in Aharnon street, which, before being put out, causes material damages. Immediately a lot of friends and comrades are gathered in the squat, who, later start working for the restoration of the damages. Almost 30 hours later, at about 1:00 in the afternoon of May the 19th, a parastate group, after having the area closely watched, attacks during the day at one of the most crowded streets of Athens, with inflammable materials, causing a second fire. Solidarity is again massive and people start working immediately to fix the damages in the building.
These two murderous attacks come just to upgrade the level of a series of attacks, which, for many months now, have targeted open social – political centers, squats, citizen committees and anti – hierarchical working unions. This violence doesn’t come alone. The state is its direct or indirect commander and protector. The ones who give and execute the orders are the parastate mechanisms, who, through bullying, answer to those who fight for a world without masters and slaves.
Villa Amalias, an open squatted, social – political center, which exists and acts in a self organized and collective way 18 years now, accumulates, in its own existence and action all of these characteristics which put it in the black list of those bastards.
For them, we are nothing more than the thorns in the center of this grey city. They are annoyed by what we are and what we do. Besides, it’s not the first time that – with or without uniforms – they came to our door. They are annoyed by the fact that in a world of individualized misery, we don’t only care for ourselves, but we choose to act socially and to live collectively. They are annoyed by the fact that for us, solidarity and resistance are not empty pre – election words, but genuine ways of life. They are annoyed by the fact that, instead of being owners and loan – takers, we are squatters. They are annoyed by the fact that, instead of bullying and beating immigrants, we choose to stand on their side. They are annoyed by the fact that we don’t belong to the flashy emptiness of the media and their life style, but we choose to express ourselves in an anti – commercial way. They are annoyed ….The list goes far· but we think that these will do.
If they think that they can scare, intimidate and isolate us socially and vanish us politically, well, they're just fooling themselves. No one will ever take from us what we have been creating for 18 years now. We are many, different and equal. We have the reasons, we have the ways and everything goes on!
STATE AND PARASTATE BASTARDS WE ARE HERE NOW AND WE WILL BE HERE!
PS 1: To the actual doers of these murderous attacks: There is no safe hole for no mole to hide.
PS 2: To the Greek police: your masks have fallen a long time ago.
Your Democracy must be really proud of you….
PS 3: To candidate “owners” who will be reminded of their property. As we found it deserted and almost broke down, we fixed it and brought it to life, we are going to fix it again. So dream on….
Villa Amalias squat
80 Aharnon and Heyden street