The Killing of 15 year old Alexis-Andreas Grigoropoulos in Athens, Greece was cold blooded, unprovoked murder. Alexis was murdered by someone working for the state, a policeman, who we are lead to believe are there to keep order and help the public. Of course, it is our rulers and their colleagues in the mainstream media who need us to believe that that is what the police are there to do. We Anarchists, however, are fully aware of the purpose of the state, we hear regularly of police and state corruption and abuse of power and it is the mainstream media who keep that information from the majority of the public. The mainstream media and those working for states and big corporations around the world claim that those who protest riot and mobilise autonomously are a minority of crazed anarchists who want to create chaos and destroy anything and everything. They want everyone to believe that we anarchists want chaos, insanity, everyman for himself, back to year zero, a mad nihilistic sect who want to create a society akin to fascism. They want us to believe this because they need us to believe that without them, without the state; the police, the military, the courts, the government and capitalism there would be chaos. That without our noble, powerful and bold leaders we would be helpless, vulnerable and in panic, back to the stone-age, our great civilisation crumbled to dust. However as events have shown us the total opposite is true.
The unrest in Greece following the killing of 16 year old Alexandros Grigoropoulos has held the attention of the world and electrified the anarchist movement internationally. In the UK, solidarity actions and demonstrations have taken place in London, Leeds, Brighton, Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh. The Greek embassy in London was blockaded, and there were tussles with police during a demonstration in Dalston. Internationally, solidarity actions and demos took place in Mexico, the US, Portugal, Spain, Denmark, France, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Russia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Italy, Ireland, Croatia, Finland and Canada. The ruling class is vocal about the threat of the conditions in Greece spreading throughout Europe, and unsurprisingly anarchists are being presented as “dark forces” stirring discontent behind the scenes. But the widespread sympathy for the anarchists amongst youth in Greece has thrust the ideas into the spotlight, and represents the possibility of advancing ideas about creating real freedom and community as viable, current and living ideas