Alive In The Concrete (English Subtitles) Greek Graffiti Documentary 2014

Graffiti, an art form in public space that is connected with the ego, the rage, the exploration and the appropriation of the environment that we all live in. Its goal is not only the reminding of human existence but also the communication. The purpose of this documentary is to feature the role of urban art in the city and through interviews and collective actions to present the art of graffiti as a form of expression and reaction to a financially, ethically and politically impoverished city.

DIRECTION / PRODUCTION / DIRECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHY / EDDITING: GEORGE GOUNEZOS
SOUND EDDITING: VASILIS ZLATANOS
SUBTITLES : CHRONIS CONSTANTINOS , PATRIKOS CONSTANTINOS

FUCK THE POLICE

FUCK THE POLICE

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This episode is called fuck the police because… well fuck them and the system they support and help perpetuate.

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Franklin Lopéz joins us to talk about his new DVD project subMedia A Decade of Subversion.

He also gives us his thoughts on the killing of police by community members.

And fondly recalls his trip to Australia which included taking part in the 40th Anniversary Celebrations at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra.

The fit with the season as we do every year we play A Junkie’s Christmas by William S Burroughs.

The music for this sedition was requested by Franklin.  Also check out this video of a kangaroo knocking out a drone.

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MUSIC

Intro – Resident Anti-hero

Backing music- Monkey Marc

Outro – Insurge Political Prisoners

FLYING GREEK ANARCHISTS

FLYING GREEK ANARCHISTS

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I could just about call every show we do FUCK THE POLICE and this one is no exception… but it goes without saying these days right? and the flying Greek Anarchists is a truly inspiration story.

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The show kicks off with April 29 1992 … a song about the riots in the aftermath of the acquittal of 4 people officers for the (video taped) beating of Rodney King.

There are riots all over America at the moment as communities rise up and express their discontent at yet more cases of police brutality (and fatalities) in which the officers involved are not held responsible for their conduct.

This song I think is the song for these times… especially the chorus ‘It’s about coming up and staying on top …. And screaming 187 on a motherfuckin’ cop’

Not that I would suggest violence…. just self defense.

The reason why the flying anarchists were hurling molotov cocktails (and a fridge!) was the hunger strike of Niko Romanos and the anniversary of the police murder of Alexandros Grigoropoulos in December 2008 .

In Greece they say ‘remember, remember the sixth of December’

Romanos was the best friend of Alexandros Grigoropoulos and Alexis died in his arms, this event radicalised Romanos.

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He is serving time in prison for a bank robbery which targeted one of the banks that was never brought to account for its part in Greek’s economic woes.

“What is the robbing of a bank compared to the founding of a bank?” (Bertolt Brecht)

His hunger strike ended last week when the Greek government gave in to his demand for access to education.

Below is an excerpt from a text written by Romanos about hunger strikes.

A hunger strike is the ultimate means of struggle of a revolutionary individual. Historically it has been used by a wide political spectrum of fighters held hostage for their subversive action, mainly against democratic regimes.

From the dead hunger strikers of the r.o. Red Army Faction (RAF) and the deaths of the fighters of the IRA and ETA, up to the successful hunger strikes of anarchist comrades such as Christophoros Marinos and Kostas Kalaremas, the members of Revolutionary Struggle and the CCF. Points in common can be minimal to non-existent, but there is a decision which remains the same, “I am fighting to the end.”

This decision has been capable of creating specific blackmail against the State. Blackmail which, as paradoxical as it might sound, has gained important power of negotiation because of the dead hunger strikers.

And right at the end of the show we interview Steve Towson about his new song Christmas Island . Which is a fundraiser for the Asylum Seeker Resource Center.

MUSIC

Riot grandpa

RIGHT TO REBEL

FIGHT BACK

Here’s a mix I put together for Outlawzzz Radio which airs 10-12 midnight also on 4ZZZ Brisbane.

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Marcel CartierRight to Rebel

 

TEST THEIR LOGIC – P.O.V

Mic RighteousDon’t it Make you wonder (freedom for Palestine)

JARED PAUL – SIX IS NINE

WESTBRED DIAMONDSTILL A NIGGA

Dr Dre – FUCK YOU

ΕΞΤΑΣΗ ΤΕΑΜ – ΑΝΤΑΡΣΙΑ  (Examination Team – Mutiny)

εΜεS ~ The Government is Corrupt

Agripnos feat. Kiknio Asma, PWe are Strangers Everywhere

DDM – Total Destruction of Capitalism

CHUMBAWAMBATHE GOOD SHIP LIFESTYLE

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ENLIGHTENED FOOLIN THE BEGINNING

Dr Dre – Murder Ink

 

RECLAIM THE (black) BLOC

With the G20 coming up next week in Brisbane many media outlets have been discussing the black bloc tactic. And anarchist violence.

They’ve been talking to criminology professors who really have very little idea about the black bloc is and we had to set the record straight.

So we called on our homie The Stimulator and his recent interview with Francis Dupuis-Déri an actual real life anarchist and author of Who’s Afraid of the Black Blocs.

Also Maria Delaney speaking at Reclaim the Night Brisbane.

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As part of the media hype over the G20 our show received some unsolicited media attention due to a poster we published which was made by anarchist comrades in Sydney.

After this several journalists have contacted me wanting the scoop on any planned anarchist action during the G20.

But talking to the media is a bit like talking to the police, we don’t do it.

Because of a lack of ‘anarchist’ threats to the G20 the Courier Mail have even gone so far as to dredge up a Melbourne anarchist wanted for questioning about our bombing in Mexico suggesting she might be a threat in Brisbane.

This is the most accurate summation of the anarchist threat for the Brisbane G20 so far.

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Human Rights Committee finds Australian immigration proposals violate international law

Republished from the Age

Sarah Whyte November 02, 2014

Proposed Abbott government changes to the Migration Act are incompatible with Australia’s human rights obligations, says a parliamentary committee on human rights chaired by a Liberal senator.

The report, delivered by the Parliamentary Committee into Human Rights, is scathing of nearly all of the government’s proposed changes to the act, saying they would put Australia at odds with international human rights law.

It is particularly critical of a proposal to cut the time in which asylum seekers’ refugee claims would be assessed, warning it could lead to genuine refugees being sent home to face persecution or torture.

Chaired by Senator Dean Smith, the committee comprises five Coalition, four Labor and one Greens members. Their report is used to advise senators how they make their decision on the proposed bill.

The changes proposed by Immigration Minister Scott Morrison would re-introduce temporary protection visas to be applied to about 30,000 asylum seekers still living in Australia.

It would mean asylum seekers found to be refugees would get a three-year visa allowing them to work, but they would ultimately have to return to their country of origin.

The changes would also expand maritime powers covering people detained at sea, and allow Australian law to significantly limit the country’s responsibilities under international human rights laws.

The committee criticised the plan to expand powers to detain people at sea, saying it would have prevented the recent High Court case on behalf of 157 asylum seekers who were held on the high seas on the Australian customs ship the Ocean Protector for a month earlier this year. The asylum seekers were subsequently moved into detention on Nauru. The High Court is still considering the case.

According to the committee, the proposed amendments would “further constrain the already limited ability of the courts to evaluate Australia’s treatment of refugees and asylum seekers”.

On refugee assessments that needed to be “fast-tracked”, the report says: “The committee considers that the proposed fast-track arrangement appears to be primarily directed to ensuring the assessment and review processes are as brief as possible.”

Dean Smith, a West Australian Liberal Senator, said Australia’s sovereignty should not exempt it from the international human rights obligations it has made.

“The committee requires the government to demonstrate it is alert to and respects the obligations it’s made in international treaties,” he said.

“As a scrutiny committee, the committee acts to provide a technical and bipartisan review of legislation.”

Professor Jane McAdam, from the University of NSW’s Kaldor Centre, who will address the report at the centre’s annual conference on international refugee law on Monday, said the findings from the bipartisan committee were telling.

“It’s very clear that they think many aspects of this current bill breach international law,” Professor McAdam said.

“Essentially we are being asked to just trust the minister, where we know his main objective is deterrence. This is [based on] the assumption that any person who arrives by boat will not ever receive permanent protection.”

Greens immigration spokeswoman Sarah Hanson-Young said the bill was in clear contravention of Australia’s human rights responsibilities.

“This bill will see refugees returned to danger, the breaking of international law and people being subjected to extended and damaging arbitrary detention. That can’t be allowed to happen,” she said.

The damning report comes as Australia continues to lobby for a seat on the United Nations’ Human Rights Committee to be voted on in 2017. Last month, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told Fairfax Media that Australia’s bid is “consistent with our nation’s history of promoting and protecting human rights.

“Our strong and principled stand on numerous human rights issues in our role as a temporary member of the Security Council will form part of our campaign,” she said.