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 communiqués and texts that circulated through the networks of revolt, shedding ...

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Overview

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 communiqués 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849350198
  • Publisher: AK Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 1,030,225
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


A.G. Schwarz: A.G. Schwarz is an assumed name. In real life A.G. is a North American living in exile abroad.

Tasos Sagris: Tasos Sagris is a member of the Void Network—an arts and action collective based in Athens, Greece. His book of poetry, About Human Love in the Western Metropolitan Cities, was published in 2008.

Void Network: The Void Network was established in 1990 in Athens as an arts collective. They fight social apathy by holding multi-media arts shows, festivals, and gatherings in public spaces, underground clubs, art galleries, and autonomous social spaces.

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Table of Contents

The Street Has Its Own History Tasos Sagris 1

Solidarity is a Flame A.G. Schwarz 2

1 Prologues

Map of Greece 5

Chronology: 19th-20th Century 5

Alkis: December is a result of social and political processes going back many years, Part I 8

Panagiotis Kalamaras: There were many people who felt we had an unfinished revolution 14

23.10: I began to get involved when I was 16 17

2 And Now One Slogan that Unites Us All: Cops, Pigs, Murderers!

Chronology: September 2000-November 2008 27

Argiris: Exarchia Square and the neighborhood assemblies 29

Inlia: Do you join the Party to fuck or do you fuck to join the Party? 31

J.: The raves and free spaces is where the collective consciousness is coming together 34

Lefteria ston Yiannis Dimitraki 38

The Permanent Crisis in Education-TPTG 41

Nikos: The supermarket expropriations were very successful 52

The Prisoners Hunger Strike 53

N. & Mi: The prisoners gained a new ability to coordinate their actions 55

You Talk About Material Damages, We Speak About Human Life-Panagiotis Papadimitropoulos 56

3 These Days are for Alexis

Map of Athens 77

Chronology: December 6-25, 2008 77

The World Left Behind 94

Lito: Suddenly I heard a bang 94

23.10: I ran to the Polytechnic 98

Homo Sacer Quartet-Flesh Machine 101

Mrs. S.: I was in the heart of the catastrophe 102

Little John: Okay, now we're going to fuck everything up 105

Andreas: We started with 300 people, and came back with 500 108

Anna: That's how big this thing was 110

Yiannis: In Patras, 1.000 people came out to the demonstrations 111

Vortex: That was the craziest moment of all December for me 112

Pavlos and Irina: This is the spirit of the revolt 116

Their Democracy Murders-the Polytechnic University Occupation 131

Alexander, Thodoris, Vlasis, & Kostas: All the kids felt so much power yelling at the cops 144

A Black Immigrant's Cry of Despair 150

These Days Are Ours, Too-the Haunt of Albanian Immigrants 151

Invitation to the Open Popular Assembly of the Liberated City Hall of Aghios Dimitrios 153

Katerina: I thought the revolution was coming 154

Maria: I want to eliminate everything that represents the alienation of our lives 154

Sofia, Vasilis, Bill, and Irini: Before the revolt, all the Greeks were enslaved 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" 161

We Are Here, We Are Everywhere, We Are an Image from the Future-Ego Te Provoco 165

Ego Te Provoco: The media worked as part of the counterinsurgency 169

Vortex: The occupation of the national TV 173

Call for a New International 176

Em: In London, the response was immediate 184

Pere: In Barcelona, we quickly organized a solidarity protest 186

Adams: Many foreigners have been killed 187

Open Letter from the Soldiers 189

Eliza: The Treaty of Varkiza is broken 191

The Logic of Not Demanding A.G.Schwarz 192

Not this History But this Rage is Ours-Ankara Anarchy Initiative 194

To those who rise up in Greece-ABC Wellington 196

A Bedouin Anytime! A Citizen Never-Ego Te Provoco 197

Kostas Tsironis: I don't care if I don't take even one more picture, I just want to be okay with myself 199

Journal entry of one of the insurrectionists 205

To all those who did not speak with words 206

4 Obedience Stopped, Life is Magical

Chronology: December 28-March 4 213

Alexis Grigoropoulos Street 215

Koukouloforos 216

The Spirit of December on a Global Scale A.G. Schwarz 219

Maya: Konstantina was the first to join the union 225

Ego Te Provoco: We need to make it obvious that it is easy to attack 229

Andreas: We finally understood that many people supported us 232

Panagiotis Kalamaras: The myth of Sisyphus 234

Transgressio Legis: When there is strong social conflict, you raise the tension of the attacks 235

Assembly of Media Workers: We want to occupy the media, and use it for the movement 237

December's Riots as Mediated by the Image of Mass Media-Leandros Kyriakopoulos 241

Mi: The new neighborhood assemblies 244

Kill the Sexist In Your Head-the menses flow 247

The Limitations of Anti-Sexism-Sissy Doutsiou 248

Adriani and Flora: Now there are more social centers in Thessaloniki 261

Jana: Many people were saying that they want Bulgarian society to be "like in Greece" 262

Little John: The next step is to create the places where all the people can meet 265

The Rebellion, the Workplaces, and the Rank 'N' File Unions-TPTG 266

Elina: More old people and leftists are coming nearer to the anarchist ideas 269

Lito: Now I really know what terrorism means 271

5 Breaking New Ground

Chronology: March-October 2009 277

Alexis Grigoropoulos Park 282

Daredevil: We intervene in the daily flow of things to interrupt it 283

The House of Maria Kallas 286

The Assassination of Prisoner Katerina Goulioni 288

Conversation on a park bench in Thessaloniki 289

Sakis and Dina: Now there's no going back 291

Kostas: We decided to occupy the university rectorate 292

Alkis: December is a result of social and political processes going back many years, Part II 294

Kazana Poli: You could see the hatred in their eyes 299

Giorgos Voutsis-Vogiatzis 300

We Are Winning A.G. Schwarz 302

Julia: I feel very lucky to be living in these times 303

The Political Parties After December 305

Claim of responsibility for an arson attack 306

N. & Mi: The prisoners of December 308

Letter from Anarchist A. Kiriakopoulos 310

What the Cops Told Us 311

Specialized Guerrilla, Diffuse Guerrilla 313

A Hot Summer 317

Conversation with the Owner of a Small Hotel on the Train from Athens to Patras 319

Yiannis: Maybe it's gotten worse 321

The Media Try to Kill Memory A.G. Schwarz 322

Alexander, Thodoris, Vlasis, & Kostas: All the people went back to their private lives 326

The Passage to Revolution-Transgressio Legis 327

The Unanimity of the Fearful-Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire 330

December Revisited-Void Network 333

What Greece Means (to me) for Anarchism A.G. Schwarz 351

Nothing Changed, Everything is Different Tasos Sagris 358

Glossary 368

Photo Credits 371

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