Greek police arrest 12 in raids on anarchist squats | Far-right news

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Athens, Greece – Greek police raided three anarchist squats in the capital and arrested at least 12 people, local media reported on Monday.

Police officers evacuated Gare and Zaimi, a pair of squats in Athens’ Exarchia district, and another in Koukaki, another neighboring district, police told the ANA-MPA news agency.

The station, which had been evacuated in November 2017, was reoccupied by anarchists in December.

A statement posted on Athens IndyMedia, a website affiliated with anarchists, described the police operations as “repressive”.

In Exarchia, the statement said, police “threatened the neighborhood” by evacuating buildings.

The statement goes on to condemn the raids as “a desperate attempt by the state and in particular the nationalist left” to suppress the squats, referring to Syriza, the left-wing party that came to power in January 2015.

“We will not leave anyone alone in the fight,” the statement added. “We will not leave an inch of land to state-capitalist plunder.”

More than a dozen squats are located in Athens and, to a lesser extent, in other cities in Greece. Many are occupied by anarchists, while others serve as residences for refugees and migrants.

Several of the squats are located in Exarchia, a neighborhood where many anarchist and leftist activists are based.

Nasim Lomani, an activist from the City Plaza squat in Athens, explained that the squat movement was “under intense pressure from the state”.

Created in 2016, City Plaza is a squat in a deserted hotel in the city center and hosts more than 350 refugees and migrants.

City Plaza has been threatened with eviction in the past.

“We stand in solidarity with the three squats,” Lomani told Al Jazeera. “In general, the whole [squat] the movement is under intense pressure from the state.

Far-right attacks

The raids follow growing far-right attacks on anarchist squats and left-wing social centers across the country.

Police last week arrested seven members of the neo-fascist organization Combat 18 Hellas, believed to be linked to more than 30 attacks on anarchist squats and Jewish memorials in Athens, Thessaloniki and elsewhere.

In late January, as hundreds of thousands of nationalist protesters gathered against negotiations between Athens and Skopje over a name dispute, a group of assailants set fire to Libertatia, a squat in the northern coastal city of Thessaloniki .

In February, far-right assailants stormed into Favela, a left-wing social center in Piraeus, and injured at least five people.

One of those injured and hospitalized was a lawyer representing the family of Pavlos Fyssas, the anti-fascist rapper stabbed to death by a member of Golden Dawn in September 2013.

The attackers reportedly chanted “Blood, Honor, Golden Dawn”, a reference to the neo-fascist party which has 16 seats in the Greek parliament and is on trial for allegedly leading a criminal organization.

Petros Constantinou, national director of the anti-fascist group Keerfa, described the attack on Favela as “a traditional Nazi-style attack, with the attackers penetrating inside the space”.

“It was a very clear message that they are still here,” he told Al Jazeera, explaining that it happened amid a series of anti-migrant attacks in Athens, Piraeus and elsewhere.

“It’s their modus operandi of attacks,” Constantinou said.

“The Nazis are trying to send a message that in the Piraeus region they can go on doing whatever they want.”

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