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Crackdown, Lies and Videogame*

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Crackdown, Lies and Videogame*

In 2013 the promo video for a videogame called “RIOT” was released on the Internet. "RIOT" is a simulation videogame containing clashes between protesters and the riot police in various locations around the world. The Hollywood-style trailer which was posted on the game’s website begins with the ostentatious phrase “In a world where all rights [...]

December 17, 2014 Author: Yannis Christodoulou

Portugal: Police violence – When the bells ring

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Portugal: Police violence – When the bells ring

Duarte always repeated to his parents “the police and justice are here to protect us” [...]

March 13, 2014 Author: Lúcia Gomes

A cry for help from the CIE* of Madrid

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A cry for help from the CIE* of Madrid

While, on Tuesday, the debate about the situation of the nation was conducted, in a Parliament that, at times, looked more like a theatre, some journalists were receiving a handwritten letter pleading and asking for help by detainees in the Aluche CIE. [...]

February 26, 2014 Author: Olga Rodrígez

The arrest of Golden Dawn’s leader will do little to counter institutional racism

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The arrest of Golden Dawn’s leader will do little to counter institutional racism

Imagine an Athenian who went on an overseas trip for a couple of weeks and returned to the city on 28 September. The traveller left before Pavlos Fyssas's assassination, and the awakening of media and government to the neo-Nazi threat, leading to the arrest of Golden Dawn leader Nikolaos Michaloliakos and some of its MPs [...]

September 30, 2013 Authors: Antonis Vradis, Hara Kouki, Nontas Douzinas

Amigdaleza, the Greek Abu Graib

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Amigdaleza, the Greek Abu Graib

On Saturday night, violent riots broke out in the Detention Centre of Migrants in Amigdaleza, ironically called Guest Centre for Migrants). It is well documented that the detention conditions are horrific and that most of the prisoners are held illegally since they have not committed any crime nor have they been tried and sentenced by [...]

August 13, 2013 Author: Dimitris Aggelidis

From twisting words to a twisted government

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From twisting words to a twisted government

March 2013 will be recorded in the crisis diary as the month when Cyprus was condemned, refused to conform and was re-condemned. At the same time, a series of events will be unfolding the concurrent truth of the day. Among them one can find "Operation Thetis" and "Project Athena". [...]

April 1, 2013 Author: Thomas Tsalapatis

Greece: Police torture and the destitution of right wing intellectuals

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Greece: Police torture and the destitution of right wing intellectuals

On March the 2nd 1757, Robert Francois Damiens the “king murderer” (he tried to murder Louis XV) was taken to the gallows at Place de Grève in Paris. There, the executioners –using fire-heated claws– removed the skin from his chest, hands and feet, burned his right hand with sulphur –that is the hand that held [...]

February 16, 2013 Author: Nikolas Kosmatopoulos*

Greetings from the Athenian democracy

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Greetings from the Athenian democracy

Over the final few months of 2012, Greek mainstream media have ceased reporting on the neo-Nazi attacks on migrant communities which have blighted Athens for over a year now. Yet in mid-January 2013 one attack did warrant the media’s attention: In the Petralona district of Athens, two Greek men on a motorbike stabbed a Pakistani [...]

February 14, 2013 Author: Dimitris Dalakoglou

Greece: Torture continued…

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Greece: Torture continued…

On Friday, February the 1st, following a police chase but without any sort of resistance or struggle, the police arrested four out of eight attempted bank robbers of Kozani, Nikos Romanos, Dimitris-Andreas Bourzoukos, Yiannis Michailidis and Dimitris Politis; they call themselves anarchists and they consider their action purely political. Nikos Romanos is actually a close [...]

February 10, 2013 Author: Anna Papoutsi

Growing police brutality in Greece: The hidden face of the crisis

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Growing police brutality in Greece: The hidden face of the crisis

As startling images of Greeks struggling to get bags of free distributed vegetables make the headlines in the international media, it's becoming evident that the crisis in the country has now overpassed vulnerable groups of people and is taking over the once thriving middle class. [...]

February 8, 2013 Author: Fragkiska Megaloudi