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[Thessaloniki] Urteil im Prozess gegen Albatros-Besetzer*innen

Heute, am 15. Dezember 2017, wurden die 9 Besetzer*innen der Besetzung Albatros zu 6 Monaten Haft auf 3 Jahre Bewährung verurteilt. Die verurteilten Besetzer*innen und ihre Unterstützer*innen haben angekündigt gegen das Urteil in Berufung zu gehen. Wir als “You can`t evict solidarity”-Kampagne werden sie dabei finanziell unterstützen.

Die Geflüchteten-solidarische Besetzung “Albatros” war im Herbst 2016 nach der Räumung der besetzten Häuser “Orfanotrofeio”, “Hurriya” und “Nikis” während dem No Border Camp in Thessaloniki im Juli 2016 entstanden. Sie wurde am 5. April 2017 geräumt. Dabei wurden im Haus 13 Menschen von der griechischen Polizei verhaftet, sowie 9 Unterstützer*innen vor dem Gebäude.

Im Folgenden dokumentieren wie ein Statement von Besetzer*innen des Albaross zum Prozess und dem Urteil:

On the 15th of December 2017 the prosecution of the people
 evicted from the squatted house Albatross in april this year continued.
 The owners of the house tried to sue for damages, allegedly caused by
 the squatters who fixed a lot of problems in the house which was
 abandoned for ten years before it was brought to live again, and even
 the judge had to acknowledge this was a ridiculous claim.

 However everybody who was arrested in the house was found guilty of
 squatting, except for one person from germany who hired a lawyer that
 spoke out against squatting in court with the only aim of getting an
innocent verdict for his client. This shows plainly how the
 justice system rewards people denying the violence and contradictions
we are confronted with every day and paying lip
 service to the state. They are charged with 6 month prison on three
years probation. Another person, that was not arrested during the
eviction but present during the arrest is charged with 7 months prison
on three years probation for resisting the police.

 Those of us without european passports, were other than in similar
cases also charged and
 found guilty for squatting. Not everybody has the chance to choose how
one wants to live and some were just trying to live a more dignified
life than in the camps around thessaloniki. It is an attempt to scare
those who are oppressed from acting and speaking out against their
marginalisation and oppression.

The clearly political trial and the populistic media campaign
surrounding it show once more that a system that knows only profit and
efficency is neither able nor willing to ensure the needs of people.
Property is the base of this system, establishing and manifesting the
divisions of rich and poor, european and non-european and therefore
deciding who has the right for a dignified life and who doesn't.

 While we are happy that the owners will not be able to extort money
 from us with the help of the legal system we will not accept this
 decision! With our lawyers we are confident to be able to reach an
 innocent verdict in an appeal.

 No Justice - No Peace!
No roof without people - no people without roof!


Heute, den 15. Dezember 2017, wurde die Strafverfolgung der Menschen,
die im April diesen Jahres bei der Räumung des besetzten Hauses
"Albatross" festgenommen wurden, forgesetzt. Die Besitzer*innen des
Hauses versuchten die Angeklagten auf Sachschaden, der angeblich von den
Besetzer*innen am Haus begangen wurde, zu verklagen. Dieser Vorwurf ist
lächerlich, wie selbst der Richter anerkennen musste, da die
Besetzer*innen das Haus, das seit 10 Jahren leer stand, wieder in einen
bewohnbaren Zustand versetzten.

Bis auf eine Person aus Deutschland, die einen separaten Anwalt
beauftragt hatte, der sich vor Gericht mit dem einzigen Ziel, einen
Freispruch zu erlangen, gegen Hausbesetzungen aussprach, wurden alle
Angeklagten zu sechs Monaten Haft auf Bewährung verurteilt. Dies zeigt
offensichtlich, wie das Rechtssystem Menschen belohnt, die die Gewalt
und die Widersprüche mit denen wir jeden Tag konfrontiert sind
verleugnen und ein Lippenbekenntnis zum Staat ablegen. Eine andere
Person, die nicht bei der Räumung festgenommen wurde, aber bei der
Verhaftung anwesend war und wegen Widerstand gegen die Staatsgewalt
angeklagt war, wurde zu 7 Monaten Haft auf Bewährung verurteilt.

Auch diejenigen von uns ohne europaeischen Pass wurden entgegen
aehnlichen Faellen verurteilt. Nicht alle von uns haben die Möglichkeit
zu entscheiden wie sie leben möchten und manche suchten nur nach einer
würdevolleren Unterkunft als die Camps um Thessaloniki. Es ist ein
Versuch die Unterdrückten davon abzuhalten, aktiv und verbal gegen ihre
Unterdrückung und Marginalisierung vorzugehen.

Das ganz klar politische Gerichtsverfahren und die populistische
Medienkampagne, die sie begleitet hat, zeigen einmal mehr, dass ein
System, das nur Mehrwert und Leistung kennt weder fähig noch willens ist
die Grundbedürfnisse der Menschen zu decken. Eigentum ist die Grundlage
dieses Systems, das die Unterschiede zwischen arm und reicht, europäisch
und nicht-europäisch konstatiert und manifestiert und somit entscheidet
wer das Recht auf ein Leben in Würde hat und wer nicht.

Obwohl wir uns freuen, dass die Besitzer*innen es nicht schaffen werden,
uns mit der Hilfe des Rechtssystems Geld abzunötigen, werden wir das
Urteil nicht akzeptieren. Zusammen mit unseren Anwält*innen sind wir
zuversichtlich in einem Berufungsverfahren einen Freispruch erwirken zu

No Justice - No Peace
No roof without people - no people without roof!

Thessaloniki: Trial for the eviction of the squat Albatros postponed

Report by comrades from Thessaloniki.

The trial against the arrested at the eviction of the squatted house Albatros on April 5th 2017 that was supposed to happen last Thursday 4th of May was postponed again to December 15th 2017.

The weeks between the trial and the day of the trial the Greek mainstream media has built up a campaign targeting autonomous solidarity movements. “Alpha TV” has tried to link demonstrations against the closing of the borders to the international acivists that have been arrested during the eviction. This narrative is used to victimize and mute people that are rising up against the injustices they are facing on the one hand and is on the other hand trying to criminalize structures and movements that refuse to participate in the management of migration movements by only providing humanitarian aid and that struggle against the political and systematic roots of this situation. Like this the media and the governments are trying to delegitimize resistance against the system of borders and nations and the connection of the struggle for freedom of movement with other social struggles, like the struggle for housing or the struggle against capital.

The owner of the former squat Albatros is using this media attention to depict herself as the victim. She is still refusing the former inhabitants of Albatros the possibility to take their belongings from the house.

This is the statement of the accused for the squatting of the house Albatros:

The legal situation and the living conditions of people forced to migrate in Greece and other countries in Europe are not giving people a chance to have a life in dignity. The conditions in the camps on the islands and the mainland of Greece are not even providing people with their basic needs, not to mention the freedom to make choices about one’s own life or participating in a society or community. The EU Turkey deal and the closing of the so called “Balkan route” have led to people being stuck here and even dying because of the horrible conditions in the camps, prisons and detention centers they are forced to live in. These circumstances have also led to the fact that they are forced to choose dangerous ways of traveling when a safe and “legal” way was made impossible.

The current system of only being able to obtain a legal status via Skype leads to a situation where people are divided in having legal papers and not having legal papers and is therefore excluding an ever growing group of people from access to any form of humanitarian aid structures. People are forced to live on the streets and due to racist police practices like racial profiling, they live in constant fear of police brutality, being controlled, put in jail and deported either to their home countries or third countries like Turkey, where their life can be in danger and their living conditions are even worse.

There is clearly a need for adequate housing and conditions that allow people to be human again and not the object of the political despotism of the EU migration policy. The occupation of a house that has been abandoned for years like many others in Thessaloniki is a reaction to these circumstances and an attempt to give people back the dignity they are deprived from. It is also a political act against the capitalist right for property, a system that is establishing and maintaining inequality. We do not see the squatting of this house as a criminal act but a form of political resistance against a humanitarian crisis that was created on purpose in order to scare people from overcoming the divisions of rich and poor, europeans and non-europeans, that the system of capital and nation state needs in order to reproduce itself. The squatting of the house was considered a danger for this system and the eviction of it was therefore a political act by the authorities and not just an act that wants to give back the house to it’s “owners”. It is a part of an ongoing war against self-organized and autonomous projects as it already became obvious in the evictions of three houses in Thessaloniki in summer 2016 and the recent evictions on Lesvos and in Athens. The treatment of us by the authorities and media during the eviction and in the police station as well as the treatment of us and supporters in the courthouse last Thursday where we were constantly exposed to verbal and physical violence, is just another proof that the authorities want to make an example of us against autonomous solidarity structures. Since the beginning of the so called “refugee crisis” this strategy has not changed.

It is the first time that the people without a european passport are also accused for squatting and this has the purpose of scaring others from becoming politically active against their oppression and isolation in the society. This is targeting a group of people that has been labeled as “economic migrants”, which means they are already facing a huge discrimination in the asylum procedure and are more threatened with deportations than others. We do not agree with the accusation of the destruction of the house. The house was in a very bad condition when it was found with the walls falling off and dirt everywhere. The more than 100 people that have called this house their home over the time of it’s existence as a squat have put constant work and effort into rebuilding and improving the conditions of the house.

We demand all charges against us and our friends that still have to face trial for the events last Wednesday to be dropped. We condemn the imprisonment of our friend Aziz, who was held prisoner for two more weeks for not being able to obtain legal papers and demand an end of the practice of imprisonment of people practicing their right to freedom of movement in Greece and elsewhere. FREEDOM FOR ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS! FREEDOM TO CHOOSE WHERE AND HOW WE WANT TO LIVE!”

In order to cover the costs that are following with the trial there is a need for support. Also physical support in order to keep independent and autonomous solidarity structures with people stuck in Greece ongoing is needed. If you want to support the people of Albatros in their struggle write an email with your pgp encryption key to antirep-thessaloniki@riseup.net.

We also support the accused of Albatros squat with the ‘cantevictsolidarity’-campaign.

[Thessaloniki] About the eviction of Albatross squat

We report an article of comrades from evicted albatross squat in Thessaloniki (8.4.2017):

In the morning of Wednesday the 5th of April, the police, led by an OPKE unit, evicted a house in Ano Poli, Thessaloniki. Under the threat of fire-weapons, 13 people were arrested and brought to the police station in Monastiriou.

The cops refused to let the arrested use their right to contact a lawyer and get translators for 5 hours.

9 people that came to in solidarity were also brought to the “megaron” and kept 3 hours for identity control. One of them now faces the charge of resistance after the pigs beat him up.

During the day, 2 people had to be transferred to the hospital : one with a severe head-wound after the treatment he received in the police station (the physical and psychological violence of the cops following him even in the walls of the hospital) ; the other because of his health, the pigs refusing for hours to take in consideration his signed appointment with a doctor for this precise day, and for hours refusing giving their prescribed medication to him and another person.

After 32 hours, only 12 people were set free before the trial, one being kept imprisoned for having no paper. He may stay in up to six month for this only, and is also accused, like the others, of both squatting and damaging private property. The asylum process in Greece is still so insufficient that thousands of people are not able to obtain a “legal status” and have therefore no possibilities to get access to accommodation or other forms of support. Living in a squat is often the only option they have.

Over the time, Albatros was a home for a lot of people. Their “nationalities” do not matter.

We live together, we fight together against the violent oppression of a society that wants us unequal and divided.

We fight racism by building free association based on affinity and common interest instead of the stupid categories that are “nations” “races” and “cultures.”

We fight the oppression of a police-state and its system of borders and papers ; we refuse its authority like any other kind of power. Albatross was not a squat formigrants opened by western europeans, the house was opened by people with and without a “legal” status in Greece. By creating a home and a community where there’s space for everyone who wants to be part of it, we want to show an alternative for this cage that has been created and that has to be kept up with guns and walls. We do not need and we do not want authorities to govern us, we organize ourselves, because we know and we can see every day that humans are very well capable of living without hierarchy.

We live and create together with people that have been stripped of their rights and that are refused a part in this society, because we believe that the only way of counteracting a system of closed borders and an always-growing militarization of society is if we are claiming back what they want to take from us: our voices, our dignity and our humanity.

We fight the property system that divides us between rich and poor by using the houses left empty when so many people live in the street. Property is not safety, it is violence.

This house was made suitable for living again without money, using material found in the streets and in the trash. We did this because we want to show that in this society people do not have to be poor (as we are told by our governments), but that on the contrary this system is creating tons of “trash” on the one side, while on the other side people are left to starve.

Without money, hierarchy or a “legal status”, a house left abandoned to fall in ruin was made into a home for free people willing to self-organize.

Albatros was an answer to the politically motivated evictions of three squats in the summer 2016 in Thessaloniki that left many without a roof.

The eviction of Albatros is also a political decision, considering the context of repression against squatting (and especially the “migrant squats”) and the fact it happened on the very next day after a protest about this precise topic, when the accusation of the “owners” apparently dates back to December.

Repression will not stop our struggle. You can take our house and you can try to deprive us from our liberty but you will not silence us from speaking out and struggling against fascism, racism and every kind of violence and injustice.

We call everyone interested to show support this Tuesday 11th of April at 12 at the courthouse of Thessaloniki.

No people without a house, no house without people

No house in the hands of the capitalists !

[Thessaloniki] Erneute Raeumung // griech. Regierung eskaliert

Nach den Raeumungen dreier Refugee-Besetzungen in Thessaloniki im letzten Jahr und der zwei weiteren Haeuser in Athen vor drei Wochen, scheint der griechische Staat seine Ankündigung alle Besetzungen raeumen zu wollen wahrmachen zu wollen und eskaliert die Situation weiter.
Wir dokumentieren den Bericht eines Aktivisten:
Albatros squat was evicted yesterday. During the eviction, there were 13 arrests inside the house (activists from various countries and 5 migrants). 8 more activists gathered outside the building during the police raid and were brought by force to a police station but were released after 3 hours of checking their IDs. One of the arrested activists had to be carried to a hospital, because he was wounded during the eviction. All the arrested were freed earlier today, as the court could not provide translators. Their trial will take place on coming Tuesday,

Albatros was a privately owned house in the old town of Thessaloniki, that was squatted past autumn by internationals.

This is an image of Albatros squat, publishing in a local web site six days ago, in an article announcing coming evictions of squats.

Albatros was a rather small squat, mainly internationals were living there, but also a good number of migrants, especially the period after the eviction of Orfanotrofeio and the other squats in Thessaloniki, while the “refugee camps” around Thessaloniki were still full (during last July NoBorder Camp there were 27,000 migrants living in camps around Thessaloniki, now there are less than 3,000).

We call for your solidarity!