By Elias Theodoropoulos, Athens
There is a little known story about war … a true war in the town of Keratea, located 50k outside of Athens.
Last summer, Greek mega corp giant, George Bobolas took the first steps towards privatizing the waste management industry in Greece. The location of the first dump site was to be near Keratea. The citizens of the town rejected the proposal with organized protests.
What followed is quite extraordinary.
Bobolas, a private citizen, responded to the protests by sending in a squad of ‘riot police’ to invade the town. Unbelievably, the ‘riot police’ did the bidding of a private company, by waging a war against the citizens of Keratea, using chemical weapons and a water cannon mounted on a tank. The entire city rose up in anger. Like true fighters, the brave Keratea residents resisted the attempted violent takeover and defended their town. And for the next month, they fought a real war against the ‘riot troops’ in the streets of Keratea.
The residents succeeded in their resistance and it was a huge victory for the town. Keratea citizens halted construction plans for the dump and they drove away the ‘riot police’. It was a brilliant win against the fascist government, multinational corporations and the rioting police.
THE KERATEA RESISTANCE: