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Wed May 25 2011Reports from a Santa Cruz Anarchist in Athens
Wed May 25 2011A Santa Cruz Anarchist Reports from the Greek Streets
A Santa Cruz anarchist traveled to Athens, Greece ahead of Mayday and a general strike. Reports and photos are being published to Santa Cruz Indymedia to provide insight and inspiration from the streets of Athens.
Exarchia is known throughout Athens as the center of social struggles. This densely packed neighborhood has a reputation as being anti-establishment and is home to students, anarchists, artists, and leftists of all stripes. A month of nationwide rioting was sparked in December 2008 when a 15 year-old local high school student and anarchist was shot and killed by police near Exarchia Square. Most Athenians hate the police, and when this young boy was murdered the whole country exploded. On the corner where Alexis was shot, his mother has mounted a memorial plaque which has his photo as well as the following words (translated from Greek):
"Here on the 6th of December 2008, without any reason, a child's smile was extinguished from the innocent fifteen-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulous by the bullets of unapologetic killers."
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