On June 4th, on a pleasant warm evening, approximately a thousand people gathered in the courtyard of the Vio.Me factory to get to know the workplace, have food and drink, dance to folk music and most importantly, listen to Naomi Klein, the acclaimed Canadian activist and intellectual, author of eye-opening books such as "No Logo" and "The shock doctrine".
It was a night of optimism
and joy: The factory is no longer a place sealed off from the community,
destined to the mechanical and bleak production of goods to be traded in the
market: The factory now produces for the community, and the community is part
of the production process, it is welcome to roam in its spaces, share the
workers' joys and sorrows, engage in political debate, eat, drink and sing with
The smiling faces of all
participants revealed their renewed compromise with the struggle. Because the
struggle of Vio.Me. for self-management is the struggle of the whole of society
for dignity and self-determination.
Setting the example of
Vio.Me. as a “peoples’ shock” against the attack on our livelihoods, our communities
and the environment, Naomi Klein has been a great source of support and
inspiration for the social movements in Greece.
See the whole speech below.
Republished from alterthess.gr
Speaking this week at the Vio.Me
worker-run factory in Thessaloniki, Greece, Klein, who is in the country
doing research for a book and film, said the building materials factory
was the perfect place to be speaking as it is "known in resistance
movements around the world" and provides an example of what she said is
"the anti-Shock doctrine"—a situation where rather than bowing down to
the forces at hand, the crisis has put a fast-forward on coming up with
creative alternatives, where workers "refused to have their lives and
livelihoods sacrificed on the altar of economic crisis, and instead
found reserves of power and ingenuity."
In Greece, Klein said, "alternatives to austerity are presented by media as apocalypse."
"Our environment is under vicious attack."But
the Vio.Me factory is an example of an alternative "that must be known,
must be disseminated .. because many factories are now being closed as
the crisis unfolds, and workers are not being given the opportunity to
reshape the ownership, when in fact the workers should be the first ones
asked if they want to be the creditors and run the factories
Klein slammed the Greek media for "not doing its job" in letting the
people know an such alternatives do exist, instead repeating the mantra:
there is no alternative (TINA), showing that "Margaret Thatcher is
alive and well and living in Greece and working for the mainstream
Republished from commondreams.org