Greece: Alexei Mozgovoi Brigade claims responsibility for Ukrainian Embassy attack

At dawn on Saturday, January 20, 2018, we attacked with Molotov cocktails the Ukrainian Embassy in Athens, which houses the residences, diplomatic mission, police post and embassy vehicles. 

Damaged vehicles outside Ukrainian Embassy after Jan. 20 action.
Our attack was in response to the coup d’état and nationalist uprising organized by the United States and European Union starting in November 2013 in Ukraine. The former Soviet republic, which is a major route for natural gas from Russia to Europe, had to be fully tied to the U.S. and EU chariots. Today Ukraine is under the boot of a coup regime, under the supervision of the IMF, with Nazi assault battalions an organic part of the official army.

Our attack was a sign of honor to the murdered anti-fascists from 2013 to today, and especially to the dozens slaughtered at the House of Trade Unions in Odessa on May 2, 2014. Also in respect to the fallen leaders of the anti-fascist struggle, Alexei Mozgovoi, Mikhail Tolstykh (Givi), Arsen Pavlov (Motorola), and all the anonymous militia who fell with arms in hand.

Our attack was a warning message to the Greek state and capitalists. On the interests, choices and plans of the Greek bosses and their governments: Foreign Minister Venizelos’ visit in March 2014 (when Greece held the EU’s presidency), Prime Minister Samaras’s statement that “there are people who are fighting to enter the EU” at the time of the referendum [on the so-called “bailout” in 2015], referring to the Maidan nationalist uprising, Tsipras’s visit to Kiev in February 2017. But also for providing medical care to wounded Ukrainian National Guard Nazis at the KAT Hospital in Athens.

Our attack was a reminder to the revolutionary movement and peoples of the world that criminal alliances such as NATO and the EU have no moral qualms. To defend their interests — especially in times of deep capitalist crisis, when the people suffer — they finance, equip and train Nazi assault battalions, plan provocations, organize coups, incite “color revolutions.” 

Alexei Mozgovoi, leader of the anti-fascist Ghost Brigade,
assassinated in May 2015.
Our attack was a sign of solidarity with the anti-fascist uprising that broke out in eastern Ukraine in April 2014. Of honor to the Ghost Brigade and InterUnit, the internationalist volunteers from around the world who fought with it. Of solidarity with the armed conflict against the Nazi / neoliberal government of Kiev. With the popular resistance that is exiled in Donbass and that struggles underground — in particularly difficult circumstances — in the west of the country. Especially now, with the Ukrainian President’s proposal to establish a UN force in the regions of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, with the passage of a recent law describing the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics as “temporarily occupied” while giving full freedom of movement to the military, and when the supply of arms and anti-tank weapons from the U.S. to the Ukrainian army may mean a possible resurgence of war in the region. A war that should not be determined by the Minsk accords, but must liberate more and more territories to the west and strike the power of the oligarchs.

Our attack, together with actions by other comrades, has been a contribution to organized and militant anti-fascism. Today, wherever the far-right / fascist political movement re-emerges, the anti-fascist movement must be on full alert. Events like the rally for “Macedonia” in Thessaloniki must be an alarm signal. The mass participation in a nationalist rally, attacks on the Free Social School and occupation of Libertatia [movement spaces in Athens attacked on January 24], tolerance and affinity between the police and fascist groups, the emergence of General Frangou as a central speaker, organic unity of church / extremist / fugitive / fascist, do not allow for complacency. Not so much because of the operational capacities of this alliance, but for the attempt to form a far-right / fascist political pole. Because the experience of Ukraine shows us that for capital, fascism will always be a valuable reserve.

Today the anti-fascist movement must get organized. Truly, for the long-term, and against the underlying (or not) deification of spontaneous, hollow threats and arrogance, precariousness and lack of strategy. To learn from the mistakes of the movement before 2013 in Ukraine and to equip itself politically and materially. To set up combat organizations, capable of bearing the political and military burdens that correspond to them. For the coming battles, the crushing of fascism and the system that gives birth to it: capitalism.

Down with the neo-liberal / Nazi government of Kiev!

Solidarity with those who fight fascism in Ukraine and in every corner of the world!

Alexei Mozgovoi Brigade / Ταξιαρχία “Αλεξέι Μοζγκοβόι”
Athens, 2/2/2018

P.S. Solidarity with the FSS and Libertatia. Solidarity with the five anti-fascist protesters who were arrested in Thessaloniki on January 22. Solidarity to those who were in the streets in Athens on Saturday, February 3, against the Festival of the Golden Dawn and Sunday, February 4, against the Nationalist rally. 

Translated by Greg Butterfield

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