Friday, September 28, 2012

Nazi attack against Tanzanian center in Athens


Tanzanian Community centre by Amerikis (America) Square in Athens vandalized by neonazis; immediate response with anti-nazi demonstration by anarchists, migrants and people in solidarity

What follows is a report by 1againstracism about the events of September 24th, in Amerikis Square, Athens. The same group of racists, fascists and nazis described below had planned to repeat their gathering on the eve of Sep 26, the day of the general strike. Hundreds of antifascists, anarchists and people in solidarity gathered in Amerikis square, while no more than a handful of the fascists had gathered at the same time.

On the evening of Monday 24 September, between 10 and 11.30 in the evening, a group of shop owners and residents of the area visited the community’s centre and asked those present to leave. Once it was established by those gathered at the centre that it  was a cultural centre, and once the relevant documents were presented,threats were fired at the members of the community organization, should they refuse to close. On the following evening, there were about 10 members of the Tanzanian community in the building, when, at around 1 past midnight, a group of 80 members of Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) visited the premises. Those gathered called the police, which promptly arrived. They then summoned the President of the community as well as the former president. The police led those gathered in the centre out of the building. A while later, at around 2.30-3.00 at night, the Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) returned and ransacked the place.

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