How to organise an insurrection

Many UK anarchists have been surprised by the intensity and longevity of the Greek rebellion, that exploded onto the streets on the night of 6th December 2008, following the police murder of 15 year old Alexis Grigoropoulos , in the Eksarhia area of Athens. Demos, occupations, riots, strikes, sabotage and expropriations continued for 17 days before slacking off over the holiday period, although here in the UK the mainstream media effectively dropped the story after 4 or 5 days.

Those of us aware of the Greek prison strikes and solidarity actions throughout November had some indication of the strength of the movement in Greece. But even so a common question was: How do they do it? Over at the US-based Crimethinc. ex-Workers Collective they were asking the same questions, including:
How have the actions been coordinated within cities? How about between cities?
Were there any structures already in existence that people used to organize?
How many of the participants had been involved in similar actions before December 6?
Have any conflicts emerged between participants in the actions?
What is the opinion of the “general public” about the actions?
What other motivations, besides anger against the police and the economy, do you think are driving people to participate?
Are political parties succeeding in co-opting energy from the uprising?
What has been the role of anarchists in starting and continuing the actions? How seriously is anarchism taken by the majority of Greek people?
What role have subcultural groups-like punk, squatting, etc.-played in making the uprising possible?
How effective has police repression been in shutting down the anarchist movement? How have people resisted it?

Crimethinc received an answer, from Greek anarchists connected to the Void Network, a collective in Athens since 1990. You can read the full interview online here and here. You can also download a print-ready pdf version here.

The Bookfair collective has run off a few copies and you can get them from Kebele social centre’s Saturday Infoshop, for a solidarity donation. Monies raised will be added to proceeds from upcoming Greek prisoner/defendant solidarity gigs in Bristol, which are being organised by Kebele, Bristol ABC, and a number of bands – details soon.

Meanwhile, the Greek rebellion continues, with less rioting and fire for now, but at a level of intensity unheard of in the UK. Check the following sites for continual updates and info:

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