Greece, Thessaloniki,
The March of Solidarity with Immigrants
From anar kom
Date Fri, 20 Jun 2003 13:24:31 +0200 (CEST)

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It was an incredible scenery.

Yesterday about 18:00 suddenly thousands of people started to gather in the university. About 3000 anarchists from various groups were shouting all together. In the informatory leaflets which were distributed it was declared that there won't be any violence -for sure if the cops do not create tension. Really no incident happened during the march except few high tension moments.

We had probably reached 5000 with participation of people from around. March was going on in a mood which was orderless but never in discontunuity. We drew a wide curve in Thessaloniki and nearly wandered around the whole city. Municipal buses, banks etc. were graffitied using sprays. Cameras in the city were painted or destroyed. Name plate of Communist Party was broken down. (You know, in here Party members are sth. like mixture of our [turkish] IP-TKP [Labor Party-Turkish Communist Party] it was told that they got 150000 euro from the state for their cooperation with the cops to stop us-to protect shops-banks so on). Later we came back to the campus.

There was a perfect consciousness and union in the action. It was declared to be no violence and it happened so. When the cops came nearer they were being insulted and people were throwing plastic water bottles (a few stones, too) at them but except these in spite of so much anger everyone managed to control him/herself. This is very important because there are vandalists, hooligans, provocateors among anarchists. And just for violence they walk with anarchists, but luckily they are not so many.

Everyone is telling that after tomorrow there won't be a city called Thessaloniki.

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