Jul 302015
 

Posted by greydogg, 99GetSmart

Original post @ A Place Called Space 

Text and Photos by Eirene

Exarheia is one of my favourite areas in Athens. It’s portrayed as a hotbed of anarchist radicalism by the media, as an area that should be avoided at all costs. It’s true that an awful lot of students live here as it’s very close to the University the Polytechnic and a large majority of them are anti-establishment and very radicalised – just looking at the posters around the area is testimony to that. A lot of the resistance that Athens has witnessed in the last years has started here. It’s here that the school boy Alexis Gregoropoulos was murdered by the police, and this sparked off large demonstrations in the streets of Athens.

Large parts of the area are very run-down, but there are also an awful lot of quiet, residential streets. There is a real sense of community here, of people using the area and living in it – a real medley of people: grungy youth, trendies, old ladies wearing twin-sets and pearls carrying their shopping, older men, newspaper under the arm, walking to their favourite cafeteria for a coffee and a read.

There is a palpable energy, a real buzz, with a mix of people who peacefully co-exist. We like it a lot.

Lots of street art all around that tells the story of this city.

The period of the crisis is over... No more lies. Freedom or Death (Freedom or Death was the rallying cry of the Greek war of Independence against the Turks)

The period of the crisis is over… No more lies. Freedom or Death (Freedom or Death was the rallying cry of the Greek war of Independence against the Turks)

 

Your system is wrong

Your system is wrong

As a noun, lathos means mistake. As an adjective it means wrong. Except it’s misspelt: it should be an omicron rather than omega.

‘Lathos’ is everywhere, usually just the word, and I have taken it to mean wrong epoch/wrong times. This time, it’s a phrase: your system is wrong.

 

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No to subjugation

No to subjugation

 

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This is a recurring image throughout the city. And no wonder. In a country where the State launches chemical warfare against its own people, gas masks become a necessary protection in any demonstration.

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We (mistakenly, naively?) thought that there would be no more chemical warfare under the new ‘left’ government. I cannot describe the shock we all felt last week when the Syriza government used tear gas against people who were demonstrating against the new and third bailout programme that has just been accepted.

 

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OXI posters, left overs from before the referendum - lots still around

OXI posters, left overs from before the referendum – lots still around

 

NO to bailout programmes and post-third bailout agreement, someone has added: What do we do now?

NO to bailout programmes and post-third bailout agreement, someone has added: What do we do now?

 

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Sisyphus

Sisyphus

Some compare the present Greek predicament and the imposition of continuous austerity to the labours of Sisyphys who was punished by being compelled to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, repeating this action forever.

 

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Does this refer to the burning of books, or to the fact that books lighten up our lives?

 

Wake up by INO

Wake up by INO

 

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A pity about the red van that was parked in front of this mural that takes up the whole of the ground floor of this house

 

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looking closer, the dedication

 

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On the steps leading to Lykabettus Hill, Asteras 1928, referring to the sports club of Exarheia, founded in 1928. The club has three active sports sections: Men’s baskeball, men’s football and Women’s basketball. The latter team compete in the top division the A1 Ethniki.

 

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The market on the day we visited the area was extremely quiet: very few shoppers, a sign of the times. Our local market is the same – just a fraction of the usual number of people shopping.

 

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This street art that refers to the market.

 

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Jun 182013
 

Photography by Giorgos Panagakis, 99GetSmart

Thousands of people outside ERT all day to show their support

Thousands of people outside ERT all day to show their support

The front entrance of ERT at night

The front entrance of ERT at night

A protester wearing a t-shirt that reads, "ERT BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE".

A protester wearing a t-shirt that reads, “ERT BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE”.

A child's sign says, "No one should be unemployed."

A child’s sign says, “No one should be unemployed.”

"ERT will be their graves!"

“ERT will be their graves!”

A message of solidarity between Greeks and Turks is expressed in a banner

A message of solidarity between Greeks and Turks is expressed in a banner

A banner at the entrance of ERT says that ERT and Taksim Square have a lot in common.

A banner at the entrance of ERT says that ERT and Taksim Square have a lot in common.

A giant banner in the front of ERT building with the image of the famous Greek composer, Mikis Theodorakis.

A giant banner in the front of ERT building with the image of the famous Greek composer, Mikis Theodorakis.

A musician playing violin in support of ERT employees.

A musician playing violin in support of ERT employees.

Musicians playing music at the demonstration in support of ERT.

Musicians playing music at the demonstration in support of ERT.

Protest sign made by a Greek child

Protest sign made by a Greek child

May 262013
 

Posted by greydogg, 99GetSmart

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Chicago

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Zurich

Waikiki

Waikiki

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May 252013
 

Posted by nordkiez, 99GetSmart

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Los Angeles California

May 252013
 

Posted by nordkiez, 99GetSmart

From Belgrade

From Belgrade

Athens, Greece

Athens, Greece

Denver!

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New York City

Peru

Peru

Serbia

Serbia

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Amsterdam

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Mar 132013
 

Photography by Elias Theodoropoulos, 99GetSmart

Εξω τα ΜΑΤ απο την Ιερισσό - Η ζωή δεν αγοράζεται με χρυσό!Να απελευθερωθούν οι συλληφθέντες κάτοικοι και να σταματήσουν οι προσαγωγές,οι βασανισμοί,οι διώξεις και οι απειλές! Η Αλληλεγγύη το όπλο των λαών,πόλεμο στον πόλεμο των εταιριών!

Εξω τα ΜΑΤ απο την Ιερισσό – Η ζωή δεν αγοράζεται με χρυσό!Να απελευθερωθούν οι συλληφθέντες κάτοικοι και να σταματήσουν οι προσαγωγές,οι βασανισμοί,οι διώξεις και οι απειλές! Η Αλληλεγγύη το όπλο των λαών,πόλεμο στον πόλεμο των εταιριών!

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και αλλες φωτο ( more photos @ ) ΕΔΩ

More information on the gold mining resistance in Northern Greece:

Halkidiki, Greece: Where neither numbers nor people thrive: Wednesday READ – 13 March 2013 @ http://99getsmart.com/wednesday-read-13-march-2013/

THE IERISSOS RESISTANCE: The Greek government dispatched local riot police to act as a private army against Ierissos residents in northern Greece to protect the business interests of Greek oligarch, George Bobolas and Canadian El Dorado Gold. VIDEOS @  http://99getsmart.com/?p=2883

For daily updates: follow local resident and journalist, Anthony Verias, on twitter https://twitter.com/VeriasA

Mar 032013
 

Photography by Elias Theodoropoulos, 99GetSmart

On Saturday in Athens, students, teachers and their supporters participated in a massive march and rally with demands for free and public education for all.

In contrast, the Ministry of Education has imposed deep austerity measures on education and has drastically cut funding for schools. The results of the draconian austerity policies have lead to multiple closing or merging of schools, cutting programs, and the elimination of bus service for school children.Clearly, austerity measures are slowly destroying the culture and society and only serves the financial interests of private colleges and schools.

Altogether we can fight for a better future for ourselves and our children – a future with free quality education for all people.

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Feb 212013
 

Photography by Elias Theodoropoulos, 99GetSmart

Thousands of people demonstrated against austerity and the government in Athens. Unions went on strike for 24 hours and many young students protested against the measures that have resulted in youth unemployment that exceeds 50%.

An elderly gentleman waves the Greek flag.

An elderly gentleman waves the Greek flag.

 

A banner reads, "NO TO GLOBAL GOVERNANCE".

A banner reads, “NO TO GLOBAL GOVERNANCE”.

 

A young student shouts slogans.

A young student shouts slogans.

 

A protester shouting slogans in front of policemen.

A protester shouting slogans in front of policemen.

 

Young students march and shout slogans during the march. Many brought red flags.

Young students march and shout slogans during the march. Many brought red flags.

 

Riot police guarding the parliament.

Riot police guarding the parliament.

 

A guillotine that reads, "HANG THEM".

A guillotine that reads, “HANG THEM”.