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