Talking to Anarchists in Greece

Greece’s Anarchists Are Taking Better Care of Refugees Than the Government


Volunteer groups like Calais Action and Samos Volunteers pick up much of the slack. Often leftist in ideology, volunteer groups work on shoestring budgets, but, unconstrained by the hierarchy and bureaucracy found in many NGOs and government organizations, they’re able to provide many supplies one would expect to come from these larger, better-funded entities

 – Molly Crabapple. VICE. March 2017


Greece Is Cracking Down on the Anarchist Squats Giving Shelter to Refugees


Since the financial crisis, approximately 30 percent of Athens housing stock, and 20 to 50 percent of its stores, have lain empty. Out of these abandoned buildings, leftists wove an archipelago of squats. These are homes, gathering places, community kitchens; some are decaying, others as sleekly artsy as any hipster bar. While most squats house Greeks, they are also an attractive option for refugees, thousands of whom now live in squatted buildings.

 – Molly Crabapple. VICE. March 2017