Siamo tutti antifascisti?

Discussion on the State and "Antifa"

In the context of the current crisis neofascists have gained prominence in many European countries, among them Greece. Here, attacks on migrants, refugees and leftists are becoming increasingly common. Even murder is not an exception any more. On the 18th of September the antifacist rapper Pavlos Fyssas was murderd in Athens by members of the neofascist party Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) and other fascists.

This sparked a wave of outrage and repression against Chrysi Avgi, which stands in stark contrast to the usual stance of the Greek state, media and society. Whereas previously, they ignored or endorsed the murders and attacks, on the 28th September all leading members of Chrysi Avgi were taken into custody on the charge of membership of a criminal organisation.
Even the police, who either were absent or else supported the racists attacks, are supposed to clean their ranks of neofascists. Police stations were searched and arrests undertaken by an internal investigations committee.

At the very same time, the conservative government is accusing the entire Greek left of participating in the recent escalation. The argument is well known in Germany as well and is called "Extremismustheorie": The street violence from the extreme right and the strikes and militant demonstrations of the left supposedly erode the state between them.

Leftist antifacist action simply seems to be a necessity, albeit a crucial one, in Greece’s current political climate. In Germany a similar situation was developing in the 90s, from which the radical left then increasingly started to draw strategic conclusions. Yet, at the beginning of the new millennium it had to witness how antifa-politics was taken over by the German state in the context of the so called "Aufstand der Anständigen" (Revolt of the Righteous) - without, of course, ever solving the problem of neofascism. Is such a take-over by a state conceiving itself all of a sudden as antifascist also a relevant problem in the Greek context? If so, which consequences should the radical left draw from it? What were and what are the analytic and strategic discussions in both countries around the potentials and the limits of the concept "Antifa"?

We would like to discuss these questions with a member of the group AK (Antiauthoritarian Movement) from Athens and the ALB (Antifaschistische Linke Berlin). Our Greek comrade will speak in English and there will be an improvised translation of the German bits. The discussion can take place both in English and German. All welcome!

Panel discussion
With AK (Athen) and ALB

Datum & Uhrzeit

November 2, 2013 - 19:00


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