Now based in Minneapolis, Antidote is engaging with new struggles that echo in many ways the situation a cofounder encountered in 2013 Exarcheia. Lessons from Greece feel very relevant to people’s struggles in our new home, ten years on.
As the rising specter of far-right and fascist elements in Lesvos triggers street violence and a collapse of public order, the EU has simultaneously lost all legitimacy as harbingers of human rights, justice, and the rule of law.
It is not only the cops leaving refugees broken and bleeding. Since the EU-Turkey deal, reported instances of self-harm in Moria have increased by six hundred percent, while there have been at least ten suicide attempts in the camp in recent months.
We want people to participate, to share their experiences, to share their hearts, to take care of one another, and to build communities that can fight capitalism and fight the state. This is the first step.
We expect evictions of the remaining squats in the next weeks and months, and that the arrests, imprisonments, and deportations will keep going. But we are not ready to give up. We will stay here, we will keep fighting.