Statement About The Last Incidents

The chronicle of the attack
Sunday 21.1, around 13:30 and right before the nationalistic demonstration about the “Macedonian” issue, fascist groups which were participating at this demo started a series of attacks to occupied spaces. Right after they attacked Free Social Space “Sholeio” (School) and they were repelled, they approached our squat and damaged our facade and fence. Those attacks originated from the organized demonstration of “Kiklos Ideapolis” and other small fascist groups (AME, Ieros Lohos, C18). The damages were restored directly from members of our collective who, right after, chose to support the antinationalistic demonstration in Kamara. Two hours later, the same groups along with fascist hooligans of PAOK and Serbian neo-Nazis tried to attack the demo at Kamara and were repelled. After that, they marched and attacked again our space with molotov cocktails and flares, causing it’s arson. At that time, there were no people inside, because they were participating in the antinazi demo. Also, during their attack, undercover cops were outside the squat and a riot police bus was parked near the incident. Of course, they didn’t do anything to stop the attack. At the same time, the neighbors were shouting from their balconies to the fascists, who answered with insults and by firing flares to them. When the nazi groups tried to approach again “Sholeio”, police kept the same stance. They covered their attack and blocked the comrades inside their squat.
About the incidents of 21.1
There are no excuses about what happened that day. Everybody in the city knows that the attacking groups were moving to the direction of the White Tower (the gathering place of the nationalistic demonstration), and later they were leaving from that place. This demo worked as a place to launder greek fascism. New political careers started to take place that day. At the same time “dirty” politicians were amongst the gathered people. The murderers of Golden Dawn were wandering around the demo, along with the new “storm troopers” committing murderous attacks hand by hand with the police. The rest of the (far)right wing could not miss this gathering (New Democracy and Independent Greeks parliamentary parties). Sold-out nationalistic “left” (LAE: Popular Unity and Plefsi Elefterias: Course to Freedom) and our Christian «loving» church were also there. All of them composed the far-right entity that this country needed so much and whose plans were blocked after the murder of Pavlos Fyssas. The creeping fascism of greek society found social legalization and only the antifascist movement can reverse this situation.
All of that happened in Thessaloniki. At the whilom multicultural “capital” of the Balkan peninsula, the city of refugees, persecution and extermination of the Jewish and other ethnic populations, the city of the murdered workers in 1936 and the murder of Lambrakis in 1963. Among the crimes of fascism and nationalism that have happened in this city, one more came to add, the arson of a historical building, which was standing for over a century. Unfortunately, whoever forgets history must be ready to live it again. Let everyone consider their stance against fascism. Passivity and indifference, along with de-politicization that dominates society feed fascism every day, while the nationalistic frenzy worked as a fuse for the explosion of that day. Everyone should consider whom fascists gained power from, whose interests they acted for, with whose backs they did what they did. We will always be, along with our comrades, on the streets to give the daily fight against fascism, constructing bulwarks to its expansion until its total elimination.
About the ultras
Among the ranks of the fascists who attacked the antinazi demo at Kamara, and those who made the second attack at our squat, there were also ultras of PAOK. This is a fact and is clear from the insignia they had on them and also from their chants that were applied with spray cans on the facade of our squat. At that point we must make something clear. The mayor of the city tried crudely to present the attack on our space as a conflict between PAOK ultras. The official announcement of the team’s ultras stepped on that and tried to hide the nazis in their groups by not making a clear statement of which groups signed it. Already, several of them denounced it. We call the antifascist ultras of PAOK to take a position, along all the other ultras of other teams, to isolate the nazis from the benches and from everywhere. Because, antifascism for us is not just a banner or “lifestyle”, but political decision and historical responsibility.
For the antinazi demo at Kamara
«.Whoever stays home when the battle begins
and lets others fight for his cause
ought to watch out:
because whoever has not shared in the fight
will share in defeat.
He who wants to avoid fighting
will not once avoid the fight:
because he will fight for the cause of the enemy
who hasn’t fought for his own.» (B. Brecht)
At this volatile situation our collective chose to demonstrate on the streets against fascism and take the responsibility of this political decision. The price we paid is heavy and weighs, first of all, our backs. The building that used to host our ideas, our concerns, our dreams for an equal and free society, without authority and exploitation is totally burnt. A building that we renovated on our own expenses and released from the previous state of abandonment and devastation. Our ideas and our struggles, though, are not just buildings to raze them down. We will not quit fighting at this critical point, but we shall stay put with our collective consciousness and tenacity hardened like steel. The “case of Libertatia” is not only ours to solve. The antifascist movement has to give the proper answers to the enemies of freedom.
We stand up for our political decision to participate in the antinationalistic demonstration in Kamara on the same day that the nationalists would march in our city. We structure our political beliefs and actions in the way of everyday struggle against fascism on the streets from the organized antifa movement, against the logic of “hooliganistic” actions. The decision of the anarchist movement to act, take a political and physical stand against fascism was clear the days that passed. One massive standing demo with sound system and spreading flyers and one big motorized demonstration downtown were actions which took place the week before the anti-demo which came at last on the 21st of January. All these show which collectives of the movement took historical decisions and kept their part of responsibility. Unfortunately, radical left was missing from this date with history. They chose not to support the antinationalistic demonstration, while they were trying not to damage their social profile against the massive nationalistic parade. On our part, the hardest decision was that we chose not to weaken the antinazi demo, which had been called by specific political collectives of the anarchist-antiauthoritarian movement, when our squat was being attacked. A hard decision considering the result of it, but in a matter of political terms, the right one to take and the most responsible towards the rest of the collectives and comrades who were standing with us at Kamara. For those who wonder why the comrades who restored the damage on our squat after the first attack didn’t stay there, or why there was no guarding shift for the building, we would suggest they consider the value of human lives as well and what the loss of those would have meant. It’s also good to point out that the existence of this feisty antidemo created a safe zone downtown, preventing possible attacks on the squats of the neighborhood and pogroms against refugees, lgbtqi+ people and alternative “lifestyle” individuals. The incident of the arson of Libertatia squat could have happened elsewhere if nothing was there to prevent it.
Now is not the time to open a post-mortem discussion with insulting critiques against our collective and cannibalistic attitude inside the antifascist movement. Now is the time for convolution and massive answers opposing fascism which tries to gain power and get social legalization. At those hard times the decisions we take have historic value and the antifascist movement must stay put on the streets against the fascist masses.
About the demonstration of 22.1 and the 5 arrests of our comrades
The day after the attack we called for a solidarity demonstration right outside our squat. The call gathered around 2.500 people of the anarchist and radical left movement. Our goal was to march in the neighborhoods of the east part of the city and end at the Free Social Space “Sholeio”. The cops didn’t let the demo move into big streets and, by blockading them, led us into narrow ones. There, for a non-important incident, they attacked our block with teargas, flash bang grenades, physical violence etc. The aftermath was 5 arrests, one member of our collective amongst them.
The decision of police to repress the demonstration and, later on, to keep our 5 comrades under custody, shows the political stance of the state against us. One day, they stay side by side with the fascists who burn squats, and the next they attack massive demos and arrest comrades, accusing them of arson on a tire of a riot police van, while, only some hours earlier they had seen a whole building getting burned. The fact that the accusation transformed from misdemeanor to felony by the district attorney shows the political decision of the state to repress the antifascist movement. And this happens because arson transforms to felony when there is a human life in danger. We think that everyone understands where danger existed and where not.
What shall follow
The point at this moment is how we will continue to exist as a collective. Our will is to keep the space occupied, if possible, to rebuild the house, to make the squat functional again. We make a clear statement to any blockbusters, state workers and officers, fascists and any kind of hustlers: LIBERTATIA SQUAT SHALL STAY ALIVE! We shall not abandon the building, we will continue our non-retreatable antifascist struggle. At this point we should thank every one of you that showed us what solidarity means. Thank you comrades from every corner of Greece and abroad! Your political stance gives us the strength to continue our struggle. It is during such hard times, that comradeship becomes real and solidarity is not just an obligation, but revolutionary duty. We want the people that are already motivated to show their solidarity to stay put about the issue. Soon we will inform in details on our next steps and plans.
At this moment, the reaction of the antifascist movement, which must answer to the circumstance united and empowered in public on the streets, is equally important. We must leave no public space free for the fascists and nationalists, we must fight back with internationalism, class and antifascist solidarity. The movement must rally against the common enemy, which are the state and the capital, and their storm troopers, the fascists. 
Libertatia, Political collective for libertarian communism

Communiqué du Squat Libertatia

Aujourd’hui, dimanche 21/1, vers 13h30 et juste avant le rassemblement nationaliste sur le sujet de la Macédoine (conflit de longue date qui oppose l’État Grec et l’État Macédonien quant au nom officiel de ce dernier), des groupes fascistes y participant ont commencé a attaqué les espaces occupés. D’abord ils ont attaqué le centre social libre « l’école » et après être repoussés avec succès, ils se sont alors approchés à notre squat endommageant la façade et la clôture. Les dommages ont été restaurés directement par les membres de notre groupe, qui se sont ensuite rendu à Kamara pour renforcer le rassemblement antinationaliste. Environ deux heures plus tard, un groupe de 60-70 fascistes a attaqué notre squat avec des cocktails Molotov et des fumigènes, provoquant l’incendie. En ce moment il n’y avait personne dans le bâtiment car on était au rassemblement à Kamara. Tout au long de l’attaque, en dehors du squat il y avait des flics en civil et un camion de CRS garé à côté, et ont couvert l’attaque sans intervenir. Les voisins ont réagit en sortant aux balcons et criant contre les fascistes, qui à leur tour ont répondu avec des insultes et en lançant des fumigènes contre les voisins. Quand les fascistes ont tenté de s’approcher du centre social « l’école » à nouveau, la police a réagi de la même façon, couvrant le fascistes et isolant les camarades qui se trouvaient à l’intérieur du bâtiment.

Que ça soit clair pour tout le monde : ces attaques et l’incendie de l’immeuble ne pourraient se faire sans la « couverture » qu’offrait le rassemblement pour la Macédoine ; les fachos s’y rendaient et tournaient autour de celui ci. Tous les groupes de nazi et d’extrême droite ont appelé à renforcer ce rassemblement mais personne ne se souciait de ce fait, en leur offrant une légitimité sociale et l’espace public nécessaires pour qu’ils s’expriment et agissent. Nous savons très bien que dans d’autres conditions tout cela ne pouvait se faire ; que chacun donc réexamine son attitude envers le fascisme. Ces actions de ces groupes para-étatiques complètent la répression étatique contre ceux qui résistent et luttent pour quelque chose de mieux. Que chacun réfléchisse à qui profite l’incendie d’un immeuble avec plus d’un siècle de l’histoire et qui était abandonné pendant des décennies. Un bâtiment que nous, en tant qu’anarchistes, communistes libertaires et révolutionnaires avons décidé d’occuper et de préserver, à la fois pour répondre à des besoins de logement pour les prolétaires, les migrants et les personnes attaquées par l’État et le capitalisme et aussi pour créer un espace politique radical et pour promouvoir une nouvelle culture libertaire. Il doit être clair qu’il s’agit d’un acte criminel qui pourrait avoir une fin tragique, c’est à dire des morts.

Ces attaques n’arrêteront pas notre lutte contre l’État, le capital et le fascisme. Aucune attaque nous intimidera ; obstinément pour une société d’égalité et de liberté, avec une conscience en acier, nous continuerons à lutter pour nos idéaux.

Les attaques fascistes ne resteront pas sans réponse construisons des barricades contre la menace fasciste pour l’anarchie et le communisme libertaire

Manif le lundi 22/01 à 18h, départ devant le Squat

Libertatia, groupe pour le communisme libertaire


Am 21. Jänner 2018 kam es in der griechischen Hafenstadt Thessaloniki zu einer Reihe faschistischer Angriffe auf emanzipatorische Strukturen der linksradikalen Bewegung. Zehntausende Faschisten, Nationalisten, Patrioten und Klerikale hatten sich versammelt, um dem seit Jahren schwelenden Streit um den Namen Mazedonien und das Erbe Alexander des Großen neuen Zündstoff zu geben. Nationalisten in Griechenland und der Ehemaligen Jugoslawischen Republik Mazedonien (FYROM) beanspruchen den Namen Mazedonien gleichermaßen für sich. Beide Staaten provozieren sich seit Jahren immer wieder, indem etwa historische Orte und Flughäfen nach Alexander dem Großen benannt werden. Seit 2014 gab es praktisch keine Verhandlungen zwischen den beiden Ländern mehr. Dennoch zeichnete sich zuletzt eine Einigung ab. Zumindest auf griechischer Seite wollte die nationalistische Bewegung eine solche Einigung jedoch torpedieren und mobilisierte daher seit Wochen zur ersten nationalistischen Großdemo seit 1992 nach Thessaloniki, der Hauptstadt der nordgriechischen Region Makedonien.

Am 21. Jänner marschierte schließlich eine Mischung aus rechten Parteien und Organisationen, Mitgliedern der faschistischen Chrysi Avgi, nationalistischen Hooligans, Konservativen, Orthodoxen und Patrioten in Thessaloniki auf, um klar zu machen: „Mazedonien ist griechisch!“ Knapp 100.000 Menschen sollen es gewesen sein.

Aus dieser nationalistischen Demonstration heraus, wurden immer wieder Angriffe gegen Menschen und Strukturen getätigt, die seit Jahren gegen den nationalistischen Konsens der Faschisten, Patrioten und Klerikalen ankämpfen. Als erstes traf es die besetzte Schule Sxolio, ein autonomes Sozial- und Kulturprojekt der Antiautoritären Bewegung (AK) im Stadtteil Faliro. Der Angriff der Faschisten konnte schließlich abgewehrt werden. Die Angreifer zogen jedoch weiter zum nur knapp 300 Meter entfernten Haus des libertär-kommunistischen Kollektivs Libertatia. Ein erster Angriff auf das besetzte Haus konnte ebenfalls abgewehrt werden. Doch zwei Stunden später, gegen 15:00 Uhr, kehrten 60-70 Faschisten zum Haus zurück und zündeten dieses an.

Das etwa 100 Jahre alte Haus, das seit 2007 besetzt war, brannte mit samt seiner großen Bibliothek und allen Habseligkeiten der Besetzer vollständig aus.

Als Reaktion auf diesen feigen Anschlag wurde für den Abend des 22. Jänners zu einer antifaschistischen Demonstration mobilisiert. Im Zuge dieser Demo kam es zu Kämpfen mit der Polizei, die am Vortag sowohl den Angriff auf das Sxolio, als auch den Anschlag auf das Libertatia nicht nur geschehen ließ, sondern teilweise auch aktiv unterstützte. Während von den faschistischen Brandstiftern kein einziger festgenommen wurde, verhaftete die Polizei am 22. Jänner gleich fünf Teilnehmer der antifaschistischen Demo, darunter eine Person aus dem Kollektiv des Libertatia. Dem nicht genug, wirft die Staatsanwaltschaft den fünf Antifaschisten nun ausgerechnet Brandstiftung der Kategorie zwei vor – eine Straftat, die bei einer Verurteilung mit fünf bis zehn Jahren Haft bestraft wird.

Trotz dieser massiven Repression von Seiten des Staates und den militanten Angriffen der Faschisten, geben die Genossinnen und Genossen in Thessaloniki nicht auf: Sie rufen dazu auf, den Widerstand gegen Faschismus und Kapitalismus in Griechenland und ganz Europa auf die Straße zu tragen und zu intensivieren.

Weiters wollen die Genossinnen und Genossen das Libertatia wiederaufbauen. Wir rufen dazu auf, dieses Vorhaben finanziell zu unterstützen: Beteilige dich am Wiederaufbau des Libertatia! Beteilige dich an den Prozesskosten! Unterstütze den antifaschistischen Widerstand in Europa!

Freiheit für die Saloniki-Fünf! Tod dem Faschismus! Lang lebe das Libertatia!

Freunde des Libertatias in Wien, Jänner 2018


On January 21, 2018, a series of fascist attacks on emancipatory structures of the left-wing radical movement took place in the Greek city of Thessaloniki. Tens of thousands of fascists, nationalists, patriots and clericals had gathered to give new impetus to the long dispute over the name of Macedonia and the legacy of Alexander the Great. Nationalists in Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) claim the name Macedonia in equal measure. Both states provoke themselves again and again for years, i.e. by naming historical places or airports after Alexander the Great. Since 2014, there have been no negotiations between the two countries.

Nevertheless, an agreement emerged lately.
At least on the Greek side, however, the nationalist movement wanted to stifle such an agreement, and therefore mobilized since weeks to the first nationalistic mass demonstration since 1992 in Thessaloniki, the capital of the northern Greek region of Macedonia.

On January 21, a mix of right-wing parties and organizations, members of the fascist party Chrysi Avgi, nationalist hooligans, conservatives, Orthodox and patriots marched in Thessaloniki, making clear what they think: “Macedonia is Greek!”. It must have been nearly 100,000 people.

Out of this nationalist demonstration, attacks on people and structures which were fighting against the nationalist consensus of the fascists, patriots and clerics in the past, have been repeatedly committed. First it hit the occupied school Sxolio, an autonomous social and cultural project of the anti-authoritarian movement (AK) in the district of Faliro. The attack of the fascists could finally be fended off.

However, the attackers moved on to the house of the libertarian communist group Libertatia, which is only about 300 meters away from Sxolio. A first attack on the occupied house could also be fought off. But two hours later, around 3:00pm, 60 to 70 fascists returned to the house and set fire to it.

The approximately 100-year-old building, which was occupied since 2007, completely burned down with its large library and all belongings of the occupants. In response to this coward attack, an anti-fascist demonstration was announced for the evening of January 22nd. In the course of this demonstration it came to some smaller riots and aggressions against the police, which had the day before not only let happen but also partly actively supported both, the attack on Sxolio as well as the attack on Libertatia.

While not one of the fascist arsonists was arrested, on January 22nd the police arrested five participants of the antifascist demonstration, including one member of the collective of Libertatia. But not enough, the prosecution now accuses the five antifascists of arson of category two – an offense punishable by a sentence of five to ten years imprisonment.
Despite of this massive repression by the state and the militant attacks of fascists, the comrades in Thessaloniki keep on fighting: They call for the intensification of resistance to fascism and capitalism – in Greece as well as throughout Europe. Furthermore, the comrades want to rebuild Libertatia.

We urge you to financially support this project: Support the reconstruction of Libertatia! Support the imprisoned comrades! Support the anti-fascist resistance in Europe!

Freedom for the Thessaloniki Five! Death to fascism! Long live Libertatia!

Friends of Libertatia in Vienna, January 2018

Stellungnahme des Kollektivs Libertatia zum faschistischen Brandanschlag auf ihr Haus

Am Sonntag dem 21. Jänner 2018, um circa 13.30, kurz vor dem Start der nationalistischen Demonstration für den Namen Mazedonien, haben faschistische Gruppen, die an dieser Demo teilnahmen, eine Serie von Angriffen auf verschiedene Besetzungen in Thessaloniki begonnen. Nachdem sie das freie, soziale Zentrum Sxolio angegriffen haben, wo sie mit Erfolg zurückgeschlagen werden konnten, griffen sie unsere Besetzung an und verursachten Schäden am Zaun und an der Fassade. Diese Schäden wurden von Mitgliedern unserer Gruppe sofort wieder repariert. Unsere Gruppe entschied sich danach, an der anti-nationalistischen Gegendemonstration auf Kamara teilzunehmen.

Nach etwa zwei Stunden wurde unsere Besetzung von einer Gruppe von 60–70 Faschisten erneut angegriffen. Dieses Mal mit Molotowcocktails und Bengalen, wodurch das ganze Haus in Brand gesteckt wurde. Zu diesem Zeitpunkt befand sich niemand im Gebäude, wegen der Versammlung auf Kamara. Während der ganzen Attacke auf die Besetzung waren Zivilpolizisten und ein Bus der Spezialeinheit MAT vor der Besetzung parkiert. Sie schützten den Angriff und zeigten keine weitere Reaktion. Die Reaktionen der Nachbarschaft müssen jedoch erwähnt werden: Die Leute standen auf den Balkonen und schrien die Faschisten an. Diese schimpften Beleidigungen zurück und warfen auch auf die Nachbarn Bengalen. Als die Faschisten danach erneut die Besetzung Sxolio angriffen, legte die Poliziei dieselbe Parteilichkeit an den Tag: die Angreifer wurden beschützt und die GenossInnen des Sxolio wurden in ihrem Gebäude eingeschlossen.

Wir sollten uns nicht täuschen lassen: Ohne der Mazedonien-Demo wären diese Angriffe der Faschisten nicht möglich gewesen, denn diese Demo war ein Schutzraum für die faschistischen Angriffe. Die Angreifer gingen zu dieser Demo und kamen von ihr wieder zurück.
Alle rechtsextremen und neonazistischen Gruppen riefen zu dieser Demo auf, aber niemand kümmerte dieses Faktum. Ihnen wurde dadurch soziale Legitimität und öffentlicher Raum geboten, um sich auszudrücken und zu handeln. Wir sind uns ganz genau bewusst, dass diese Dinge unter anderen Umständen nicht möglich gewesen wären, und deswegen muss jeder und jede darüber nachdenken, wie er sich gegen Faschismus stellen kann.

Diese Aktionen paramilitärischer Gruppen funktionieren als Unterstützung der staatlichen Repression gegen alle Menschen, die kämpfen, und für etwas Besseres einstehen. Denken wir alle darüber nach, wer von der Brandstiftung an einem Gebäude mit einer mehr als hundertjährigen Geschichte profitiert, welches über Jahrzehnte leer gestanden ist. Ein Gebäude, das wir als Anarchisten, libertäre Kommunisten und Revolutionäre besetzt und renoviert hatten, einerseits um den Bedarf an Wohnraum von Proletariern, Immigranten und Menschen, die von Staat und Kapital angegriffen werden, zu decken, andererseits, um einen freien Raum radikaler politischer Auseinandersetzungen von Individuen zu schaffen und eine neue, libertäre Kultur zu fördern. Es muss deutlich festgestellt werden, dass es sich um eine kriminelle Aktion handelt, die auch ein weit tragischeres Ergebnis zur Folge gehabt haben könnte: Tote.

Diese Angriffe werden uns auf keinen Fall aufhalten. Wir werden den Faschisten keinen solchen Gefallen tun, sondern weiterhin mit stählernem Bewusstsein und Trotz für eine Gesellschaft von Gleichheit und Freiheit und unsere Ideale kämpfen! Gegen Staat, Kapital und Faschismus!
Kein Angriff kann uns terrorisieren!




Libertatia/Gruppe für den libertären Kommunismus

First Statement by the Libertatia Collective after the Fascist Attack

Today, Sunday, 21st of January, around 13:30 at noon and before the nationalist rally for Macedonia, partaking fascist groups began a series of attacks against squatted spaces. Since they were successfully driven away from the free social space Sxolio, which they attacked first, they approached our squat causing damages at the front of the building and the fence. Those damages were restored immediately by members of our collective, which later went to the anti-nationalist demo in Kamara.

Approximately two hours later, a group comprised by 60-70 fascists attacked our squat again using molotovs and flares which set the building on fire. At that time, there was nobody inside. During the attack, there were members of the state security present, which did not interfere and offered to cover the fascists, while a riot police van was parked nearby. The reaction of the neighborhood was notable, since people came out shouting at the fascists who were swore back and threw flares at them. When the fascists attempted to re-approach Sxolio, the police maintained the same stance toward them: they offered cover and isolated the comrades inside.

People must not be fooled: the attacks and the arson would not have been possible without the ”cover” of the rally for Macedonia. This is where they went to and where they returned from. All the far-right neonazi groups were calling for participation to the rally but since nobody cared for that fact, fascists were legitimized socially and given public space to express themselves and act.

We are well aware that these would not be made possible under different circumstances, so each and every one must reflect on their stance toward fascism. These actions by parastate groups enhance state repression against those who fight and resist for the betterment of this world. Let each and every one consider who benefits from the arson of a building that has a history that goes back over 100 years and was derelict for decades. A building which we, as anarchists, libertarian communists and revolutionaries, decided to occupy and preserve, on one hand with the aim to cover the housing needs of proletarians, immigrants and people mistreated by the state and capitalism and on the other hand to create a space of radical political processes and promotion of a new libertarian culture.

It must be made clear that these attacks constitute criminal acts which could have brought a tragic outcome, had there been any victims.

These attacks won’t terminate our struggle against state, capital and fascism. No attack is going to terrorize us and we will not do fascists any favours, but we will armor our conscience and keep on fighting with tenacity for our values, for a society of equality and freedom.




Libertatia Collective for Libertarian Communism, January 21, 2018