Why speak when you can be silent? and yet, since the sexy videos of the riots that took place in Exarcheia on Saturday, June 25 have gained a lot of views, the English-speaking audience might benefit from some context. What follows is my account of that night, from the perspective of a neighborhood resident, anarchist, etc.
To viscerally understand the sequence of events, your best bet is to watch this excellent video, the description of which includes a text about that night's anti-gentrification demo:
You could also enjoy this catchy dance remix!
Sūnzǐ Bīngfǎ #38: Kriegstagebuch aus der Ukraine [Part 2], Das Attentat auf Pinochet, Erinnerungen an Wounded Knee, Impressionen aus dem Mai 68, “…dass Leben im Imperialismus nur im Widerstand möglich ist" und noch einiges mehr auf https://t.co/NoMhXzsIjq pic.twitter.com/7xhzdAG3hx
— Sūnzǐ Bīngfǎ (@Sunzi_Bingfa) June 27, 2022
Exarcheia has seen some kind of clash with the police many weekends, but to discuss why exactly this one took place and why it was so ferocious, let's begin with a little background.