18 September 2018 – Five Years since the Murder of Pavlos Fyssas by Fascists

http://www.x-pressed.org/?xpd_article=in-memory-of-pavlos-fyssas
Graffiti from Barcelona in memory of Pavlos Fyssas
Five years ago Pavlos Fyssas, the antifascist rap singer, was murdered on the streets of Athens by members of the Greek Neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn (GD). The on-going trial of GD leaders and members has heard extensive evidence that the murder was perpetrated with the knowledge and at the instigation of GD leaders. Some key facts about the Golden Dawn trial are listed below. More information, including continuous reports of the trial proceedings, can be found on the Golden Dawn Watch webpage: http://goldendawnwatch.org/?page_id=420&lang=en
  • Start date of the trial: 20 April 2015.
  • 18 Golden Dawn (GD) MP’s who were elected in June 2012 are accused of being in charge of a criminal organisation.
  • Nearly 50 more GD members or sympathisers are accused of being the physical perpetrators of the following attacks:
    • 18 for the murder of Pavlos Fyssas on 17-18 September 2013.
    • 5 for the attempted murder of communist trade unionists (of the PAME Trade Union) on 12 September 2013.
    • 5 for the attempted murder of Egyptian fishermen in Greece on 12 June 2012.
    • The rest of the accused have already been charged for attacks that took place in the past, but at present the court is considering whether these attacks were carried out by them as members of GD.
  • At the moment all 150 witnesses for the prosecution have testified and all documents (including audiovisual material and phone calls) have been viewed and/or heard by the court.
  • Next step: the defence of GD will submit documents, followed by testimony of the defence witnesses, and the accused will provide their statements.
  • It is estimated that the trial will last for one more year from now.
The GD trial is an important landmark in the fight against fascism and racism in Europe. All over Europe extreme right wing and Neo-Nazi parties are disguising themselves as “nationalists” and “patriots”. Golden Dawn is the most virulent of them, led by an unashamedly pro-Nazi leadership. As the evidence presented in the trial has clearly shown their ideology, structure and modus operandi as a Neo-Nazi party, their defence team has changed track from denying the Nazi nature of their organisation to arguing for “freedom of speech” for their abhorrent ideology. Their aim is to terrorise their opponents, by targeting migrants, left-wingers, trade unionists and everyone else who opposes their rhetoric of hate and violent actions. Like all similar parties in Europe, GD do not present the failures of the neoliberal economic policies and the resulting impoverishment of a large section of the population as the result of the inherent inequality that stems from the vast accumulation of wealth by the few, but use the migrants as scapegoats for all the ills that have been caused by the decisions of the wealthy elites. Antifascist Action for Greece calls everyone concerned with the rise of racism and fascism in Greece, the UK and Europe, to help stem the tide of hatred that is targeting the most defenceless members of our societies.
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Out of Nothingness (In the Fade)

Cinematically, In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) is an excellent film. Its three chapters are shot in three distinct styles; Diane Kruger’s performance is exquisite, from the tiny details on her facial expressions to the physical bearing of her presence on screen; the soundtrack is excellently matched to the plot and succinct; the Golden Dawn link provides further relevance (Greek acclaimed film director Yannis Economides is extremely convincing in his part): all these elements testify to a feat of artistic thoroughness in Fatih Akin’s latest feature.

The film’s reception in the UK however, causes a lot of scepticism. The film arrived in UK cinemas with several months’ delay. The Guardian ditched it; not only the Nazi’s are dubbed ‘terrorists’ at start, but Peter Bradshaw makes an outright political judgement that, while the film is right to pick on Europe’s xenophobia, the real issue is the Islamists’ attacks and the “Islamophobe panic they are intended to create” – as if Islamophobia were the direct outcome of terrorism. What the clearly politically biassed critic silences is that, while the highest body-count of terrorist attacks is in fact seen in Muslim countries (Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan), the far-right and Neo-Nazi ideology has taken on in Europe big time, even during the couple of weeks following the film’s release.

The film strikes a fine balance between post-90’s liberalism, post-WWII German conscience, and today’s regression into xenophobia. While the couple depicted in the film are leading a comfortable family life, they are neither well-off nor a typical conservative kitsch household. Their illegal-drug past may still cast shadows, but they seem very much in control of their lives. While Katja senses that the murder of her partner and child was a neo-Nazi attack, the father of one of the culprits gives them away–the father is alerted of the resemblance to the murders of 2000-2007, when nine ethnic minority male citizens were murdered by the National-Socialist Underground. The film’s point is that no-one in Germany should be negligent of these murders. Today’s xenophobia, from Italy to the US, and back in the EU via the Wisegrad countries’ Trump-style anti-immigrant policies, should remind us that no-one should be negligent of the NSU and their trial.

In the film, the link to the Greek Golden Dawn (GD) is explicit. GD provide a fake alibi and help the neo-Nazis culprits escape to Greece. Katja, having lost faith in justice, tracks them down. The finale consists in a suicide attack by Katja (using the same kind of nail-bomb that had been described to her in tortuous detail during the trial). Is this what Guardian readers find so uncomfortable? That there is such a thing as a non-terrorist suicide bomber? Or that the perpetrator is not an Islamist? Or that the victims are not liberal Europeans, but a bunch of proper hardcore Nazis? Or is it that the film highlights Europe’s xenophobic regime? Mainstream politics increasingly recede into the dark waters of what Europe has known only too well: from Germany’s failing government to EU’s financial elites, the liberals are sucking up to the xenophobes and the neo-Nazis. What is to be done? The Golden Dawn trial is ongoing. There is still more evidence to be dug out. However, the public is paying little attention to the revelations of the trial proceedings. It is time to take action, to expose unremittingly the true nature and purpose of neo-Nazis masquerading as “nationalists” and “patriots” in order to harness people’s anger and divert it away from its true causes – inequality, austerity and the bleak future that they augur – and convert it to hatred towards the “others”.

Golden Dawn Trial: Audio-Visual Evidence

Omnia TV have reported on days 255 and 256 of the trial and published several videos evidencing the Nazi character of GD.

One shocking video shows how high-ranking Christos Papas has been educating his children in Nazi ideology:


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For more see Omnia TV’s full report.

Fortress Europe: 34,361 documented deaths of refugees and migrants

UMITED Against Refugee Deaths have published data on the bodycount of deaths of refugees and migrants as of 5 May 2018.

See here for the map: http://unitedagainstrefugeedeaths.eu/map/

See here for the list: http://unitedagainstrefugeedeaths.eu/about-the-campaign/about-the-united-list-of-deaths/

Refugee Solidarity Night at SOAS

When: 17 November 2017, at 19:00

Where: SOAS University of London, Thornhaugh Street, WC1H 0XG London (map: http://osm.org/go/euu4lMP2J)

Join us for a film screening, music, food and more on the occasion of the Athens Polytechnic Uprising commemoration day!

We are proud to be hosting the following events:

19.00: Screening of “Spectres Are Haunting Europe”

20.30: Live music with the SOAS Rebetiko Band and other musicians

Admission is free! Homemade food will be sold at the SOAS Junior Common Room from 19.30 onwards. Proceeds and donations will go towards the running of the Refugee Legal Support project in Athens!

Spectres Are Haunting Europe” is an award winning documentary by Maria Kourkouta and Niki Giannari. Starting as a project about the Greek Civil War, it developed into a documentary following the daily life of refugees (Syrian, Kurdish, Pakistani, Afghani, and other) in the camp of Idomeni in Northern Greece. One day, Europe closes its borders for them once and for all. The film is “a call to welcome the refugees that cross the European borders, as well as the ghosts that return with them”.

The SOAS Rebetiko Band is “diasporic music-making in action”. Created out of Ed Emery’s musical seminars at the School of Oriental and African Studies, they have worked hard to highlight the shared musical cultures of Greeks and Turks. Rebetiko is a broad music genre of Greece, consisting of urban songs and instrumental music which developed in and around the major port areas of Eastern Mediterranean (Smyrna/Izmir, Istanbull, Syros, Piraeus and Thessaloniki).

Police beating & throwing rocks at refugees in Moria camp, Lesvos

Two videos emerged where police are shown to beat refugees when down and throwing rocks at them inside Moria camp on Lesvos. The events took place on June 18th, when refugees protested about the conditions of their detention.

https://twitter.com/dromografos/status/888271219576799233/video/1

https://twitter.com/UnitedRescueAid/status/887277692831313920/video/1

Theofilou to walk free

After five years in prison, since his arrest over deadly armed robbery, anarchist communist Tasos Theofilou is acquitted of all charges, including that of guerilla group membership.

Read the news item by Kathimerini here.

See a video on the case, made by Infowar in late 2016, here.