Protests against police brutality and the murder of 15 yr old Alexandros Theme 2
Alexandros, the 15 year old youth murdered by Greek police (caught on cell phone video)
...από το πρωί. Παιδιά από όλα τα σχολεία. Στον Πολύγυρο. Στα Μουδανιά. Μαθητές Γυμνασίων και Λυκείων. Σπουδαστές των ΤΕΙ. Ξεκίνησαν αποχή από τα μαθήματα. Εκατοντάδες παιδιά. Μαζί τους δάσκαλοι και καθηγητές. Οχι αποχή-χαβαλές. Κανείς δεν πήγε στις καφετέριες και στα internet-cafe. Εμειναν μαζί στους δρόμους. Διαδήλωσαν έξω από τα αστυνομικά τμήματα. Η οργή ξεχειλίζει από τη μια άκρη της Ελλάδας μέχρι την άλλη... ... of the morning. Children from all schools. POLYGYROS. In Moudania. High School students. Students of TEI. Began abstaining from the courses. Hundreds of children. Together the teachers and professors. No abstinence-chavales. Nobody went to cafes and internet-cafe. They stayed together in the streets. Demonstrated outside the police stations. The anger overflowing from one end of Greece to another ...
Text message and Web sites used for mobile organizing.
Warning: The police can be hazardous to your health.
Greek youth seize the Greek Embassy in Berlin.
“We are the blossoming of the Greek new society…”
Myths <ul><li>That the govt and police don’t support the protests (thugs vs. govt). </li></ul><ul><li>That it’s a bunch of anarchists and hoodlums. </li></ul><ul><li>That the protests have no background, its just spontaneous chaos. </li></ul><ul><li>That the protests are just about the death of Alexandros. </li></ul><ul><li>That the revolt is just in Athens (thugs in Athens). </li></ul>
Reality <ul><li>Everyone (police, govt, citizens) were outraged at the murder of Alexandros. </li></ul><ul><li>The state is caught in a bind between force and enforcing law and order. </li></ul><ul><li>The revolt is taking place in 10 cities as well as all smaller towns and even on the islands (Crete and Corfu). </li></ul><ul><li>The country is feeling a crunch from the collapse of failed free-market ideology and a right-wing govt who benefits most. </li></ul><ul><li>There have been 3/12 ministers resign due to political corruption and scandal (bribes and kick-backs). </li></ul><ul><li>Greek and foreign corporations are caught up in huge corruption scandals (Siemens was Greece’s Enron this past summer 2008). </li></ul><ul><li>A coalition progressive political movement is growing and young people are at the fore-front. </li></ul>