A spectre is haunting Europe

A text written by the Evangelismos squat in Heraklion, Crete, in support of the student and other social struggles in Britain, Italy and elsewhere.

Submitted by Mark. on December 12, 2010

Οn the 24th November, many student demonstrations took place in Britain, in which participated over 50,000 people. The march was called in response to the new educational measures announced by the British government. By now, the tuition fees, for someone who wanted to attend a british university, run into 3,000 pounds per year. With the new reforms the government reduces the national spending on education by 80% and the fees triple, reaching the amount of 9,000 pounds. The students occupied the University of Sussex in Brighton and the University of Leeds, a quite radical move by British standards, since in British universities does not exist the asylum, as it is in Greece.

But it’s not just England that is currently in turmoil. In Portugal, a potential victim of the IMF, took place one of the biggest strikes, participating 3 out of the totally 10 million citizens of the country. In Italy, students stormed the building of the Senate, during the protest against the higher education reforms promoted by the government. The students managed to break the security fence and they entered the lobby of the building. The cops managed literally at the last moment to shut the wooden door leading to the Senate Hall. Furthermore, Ireland has entered a cycle of protests since it joined the IMF. Demonstrations, strikes, conflicts, occupations are taking place at this moment not only in Europe but throughout the world.

We have reached the point of no return. Capitalism is a monster that has just come of age and even more hungry. The Capital in its attempt to take advantage of the crisis that itself has created, puts in motion its mechanism and attacks with hard antisocial measures flattening not only the permanently excluded and oppressed masses but also parts of society that until today were “favored”. The Power upgrades and intensifies its repression, to allow bankers to fill their pockets (and bellies) undisturbed. In a few years  the number of people living under conditions of economic deprivation will have increased significantly. A “low intensity” war is raging; a war that the bosses have gone against society and at the forefront of this war is the youth.

The bosses want us divided, so that they can govern us better. But what actually divide us? What divides the students who come in thousands to the streets in Heraklion and Chania in Crete, Greece  from the students in England and Italy who occupy universities and attack buildings and cops? What separates us from the people in Portugal, Ireland and France who demonstrate and fill the streets in capital cities with banners and anger? Absolutely nothing.

Instead, we are in division with the bosses and the State. Because, it is them who created poverty and misery. Because the society of profit is their own creation.
We welcome all people who resist, no matter where they come from. Solidarity, resistance and dignity have no borders. Let’s join with all those fighters in every corner of the world, who refuse to have their future determined by the banks and parliaments, and engage in a hard and difficult struggle against a brutal system.

Authoritative power has no place among us.

Solidarity to all those who stand against State and Capital.

Evangelismos Squat. Theotokopoulou 18, Heraklion, Crete, Greece


Taken from: http://en.contrainfo.espiv.net/2010/12/05/a-spectre-is-haunting-europe/#more-1413

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