Over 2,000 people took to the streets of Athens on Saturday 20 December against the Greek state’s attacks on migrants. The march was a sign of the deepening anger in the country against the right wing New Democracy government.
“The march connected the issue of anti-racism with the new movement that has broken out since the killing of 15 year old Alexandros Grigoropoulos two weeks ago,” said Panos Garganas, the editor of Workers Solidarity, which is Socialist Worker’s sister paper in Greece.
“It was led by two refugees dressed in Guantanamo Bay jumpsuits. They held a picture of the latest victim of police attacks on migrants, who is still in hospital. Representatives from the Pakistani community followed, with the university and school students behind them.
“The police would not let us enter Syntagma Square, which is just outside parliament, as another group was staging a happening. But we pressed on and they eventually let us through into the square. The now jubilant march went past parliament and then back to the rallying point.
“Meanwhile, parliament is in session discussing the government’s budget plans. MPs have raised the idea that Greece may have to go to the International Monetary Fund to get the funds needed to deal with the developing crisis.
“Students who are occupying their universities have called a demonstration for Tuesday of this week. They wanted to have another protest before they went away for Christmas.
“The teachers and the lecturers’ unions have agreed to call a demonstration on Friday 9 January against the government and its plans. This looks set to be the revival of the movement in the new year.”