Anarchism in Greece

Greek Govt Moves Against ‘Anarchist’ Exarcheia, Refugees First

People familiar with the neighbourhood see a plot to drive out residents and gentrify Exarcheia in the interests of foreign investors and big real estate firms, which, they say, are buying up properties at prices kept low by politicians perpetually linking the district with drug-dealing and petty crime.

Convicted robber escapes police custody

Police officers launched a manhunt on Monday evening to locate a man who escaped from the Exarcheia police station in central Athens, where he was being held.

The 39-year-old escapee, identified as a Greek national, had three robbery convictions.

According to information, the suspect asked to go to the toilet and, while being taken, pushed the officer aside and fled. 

Police raid occupied building in Exarchia, removing migrants

The police on Monday raided an occupied building in the downtown Athens neighborhood of Exarchia, removing dozens of undocumented migrants from the premises. 

The building, on the coroner of Oktavriou Merlie and Prassa Street was once a school and had been under occupation for four years. 

Protest in central Athens over Exarchia squat evictions

Around 1,000 protesters marched in downtown Athens on Saturday in a rally organized by several anti-establishment groups protesting the evacuation last month of three squats in the central district of Exarchia that had been home to dozens of refugees and migrants, including families with small children.

Police presence bolstered in Exarchia after upheaval

There was more upheaval in Exarchia over the weekend, with gangs of self-styled anarchists pelting police officers with firebombs on Sunday night in the latest of a spate of attacks.
A group of around 40 people attacked a riot police unit on Spyrou Trikoupi Street twice on Sunday night following similar raids on Saturday.

Riot police attacked in central Athens, no arrests

Self-styled anarchists lobbed homemade firebombs at a riot police unit stationed near the Athens Polytechnic.
The incident, which took place around 2 a.m. on Wednesday, was followed about half-hour later by an attack on a riot police detachment near the headquarters of socialist PASOK party on Harilaou Trikoupi Street in Exarchia.
There were no reports of arrests or injuries.

Dozens evicted, three arrested in Exarchia squat raids

The Greek Police (ELAS) on Monday activated a much-touted plan to evacuate squats in abandoned buildings in the downtown Athens district of Exarchia.

The operation, which began at the crack of dawn, led to the removal of 143 migrants from two of four occupied buildings located on Spyrou Trikoupi, Kallidromiou and Fotila streets.

Exarchia squat sweeps result in detention of 143 foreign nationals

A sweep on squats in the downtown Athens district of Exarchia on Monday resulted in the removal of 143 foreign nationals from four occupied buildings, the Greek Police said.

Three people have been detained, two Greeks and a foreign national, according to a police statement.