STATEMENT OF DEFIANCE: Communiqué from numerous autonomous people detained in the Hürriya eviction, one of three refugee housing squats evicted in Thessaloniki, Greece, on 27th July 2016.
The writers are white Europeans. The struggle of and with refugees is nothing short of absolute necessity. The needs for housing, for basic dignities, food and medical requirements are not met by existing powers. Refugees continue to drown at sea and die in prison camps while freedom of movement is available only to the most privileged. With this simple and obvious understanding, people must organise ourselves. The abject failure of the state, of all states, of NGOs, institutions and their allies, is evidence enough of the necessity of autonomous action to meet the needs, desires and dreams of the people. While the pseudo-left SYRIZA government, the Church (a private business) and Aristotle University, flip between hollow compassion-propaganda concerning refugees and ordering the violent eviction of three refugee housing squats, one of which has been raised to the ground with bulldozers, there is no mistaking their racism, their Eurocentrism, their revenge for local self-organisation (including the No Borders Camp), and their compliance with the broader demands of the states of Fortress Europe. Such treachery must be exposed and stopped. Not in our names. Under the circumstances of colonialism and neo-liberal capitalism; at the roots of the reasons people are driven to seek refuge, we are driven to resist by any means necessary. Housing is a need which we assert and will take for ourselves. Food and drink are needs which we assert and will take for ourselves. Health is a need which we assert and will take for ourselves. Freedom of movement is a need which we assert and will do for ourselves. There is pride in our solidarity. We are not sorry. Refugee struggle is a necessity. Towards total liberation.