Communique for the bomb at the ministry of environment (Athens, 24/2/2008)

A media coverage of the action can be found here:

Note by directactiongr: Below there are some parts of a more extensive text, available in greek at If there is a better or more extensive translation in the future, I shall replace this one.

"Athens, March 2008

Concerning our action

We decided to attack the Forest Office of Attiki prefecture. Our aim was to bring on the issue of the fire arsons, a phenomenon that has taken immense aspects, during the last decades. I climaxed last summer with millions of acres of forest burnt, villages wiped off the map, and more than 70 people losing their lives (in Greece).

For us, a fundamental reason of this situation is with no doubt the hunt of profit through the exploitation and the economic utilization of the earth. All other reasons that are projected as possible, from the negligence and carelessness, to the conspiracy theories and the "asymmetrical threats" aren't capable of explaining the amplitude and the intensity of the phenomenon. That is to say, the ones to blame are the economic interests in all of their spectrum, from minor enterprises (residential, touristic, constructions) to the owners of large or small pieces of Earth.

We come into this conclusion through a simple observation of the Greek reality. We note, without coming into more specialized details, that Greece, privileged by the international developments in the wider area, and despite all the crises, walks into a phase of capitalist growth. Dynamic aspects of this growth are the constructions, the purchase of land, and of course tourism, activities that have no meaning without available land. Within this context, a large percentage of Greeks is in a relative, even fake, prosperity. Given the central place small ownership, and even more possessing one or even two residencies, has for the Greek mentality, it is easy to understand the fact that many Greeks invest their money in buying land.

A consequence of the factors above, is the upright raise of the demand for land, especially for residential reasons. A huge field for speculation is opened, since the entire of Greece is built up: Residencies or hotels, legal or illegal, with loans or with earnings, deep in the forest or by the sea. If the space demanded cant be found, the interests will create it from the beginning. The forests, that aren't so profitable anyway, will be turned to the no 1 target: burnt, trespassed, and finally built upon. It is characteristic that during the last decade, more than 2 million requests were filled, claiming previously forest fields for construction, the biggest part of them right after forest arsons. In Attiki only around Ymittos mountain, trespassers, the Church being one of them, claim 25.000.000 square meters, for the construction industry, while another 10.000.000 square meters are claimed by construction industries.

While the forest are under such a pressure, the state, in duty for the forest protection, is non-existent in both tactical and institutional level. As far as it concerns the tactical part, even the last resident of this country knows that the state is neither preventing, nor puting out any fires. The situation is saved only due to the earnestness and the self-sacrifice of the ordinary firemen, both casual and seasonal. In other words, the proper services act as any other public service: total absence of organization and meritocracy, money dissipation, hiring personnel with party member/customer criteria. The reasons of such tragedies as the one recently, when we add to these above the complete incompetence of every political chief of these services. The last summer, it happened to be the grotesque samurai Polydoras. A samurai only in words, of course, since, if was that devoted to the samurai code, he should have perform a hara-kiri a long time ago.


(The communique goes on with an analysis on the legal system and how it lead to the 30% of the country's forests de-characterized as forest areas and put into exploitation, while the afforestation only affect a 10% of the burnt area. The prefectures' role is also put into question. Alsomentions the hypocricy of the state that invests on the war industry, and has its minister building illegally inside forest areas, torturing activists protesting against the casino in Parnitha forest, and exploiting the pain of people's lives affected by the arsons. The communique goes on considering two forest arson cases).


Regarding this service as responsible for the degradation of Attiki's forestal environment and willing to end it's supervisors and the responsible ministers this message, that for every inch of forest that is built on, they will have to face the relative cost, we decided to realise this attack. We underline the fact that the attack does not affect the ecologists and forestry scientists working for the Prefecture, that do their job with conscience.

On the effects of capitalism on the natural environment

With a further analysis on the greek reality, the relative with the forest catastrophe, we came to the conclusion that the responsibility is between the voracious capital and the political power. This of course, does not take all responsibility off of the alienated greek society. The destruction of forests in Greece is a small tile of the global environmental destruction pattern, for wich the exclusive responsible is capitalism itself, as an economic-political system, and also as a dominant ideology.

Capitalism's central ideas are the unlimited and by all means development of the economic means and the total domination upon nature. All things receive a price as economic measures, capable of producing wealth. The natural environment is not en exception in this. It is an economic parameter that has to become managed under the most profitable way. In parallel, capitalism, in order to survive and reproduce, diffuses its values and its moral in the whole of society, creating in this way the comparative type of humans. A human individualized, greedy consumer, irresponsible and short-sighted, facing nature as a complete alien. It is the dominant type of human inside the capitalist societies, and of course the Greek. In its best, he sees nature as a decoration for his recreation time, and in its worst, he wont hold back from destroying and polluting, in order to satisfy his petit interests.


It is now visible that capitalism has reached a point where he doesn't affect simply the rights and freedom of the people, but hurts the whole of human survival in its most essential form. The harmless legitimate ecology fighting only for the protection of the environment does not give a response, not reaching the essence of the question. The essence is that the destruction of the environment is not a minor malfunction that can be fixed, is a nessecary term and an inevitable consequence of the existence of capitalism. The fight to save the environment can only be a part of a more total fight against capitalism, the political structures and the social relations that support it. This realisation that will nessecarily be connected with a wider change of the way people live and think, is the only hope for the planet and human societies that inhabit it.

A few words on armed struggle

The capitalist barbarism, in order to endure, forearms itself in every level. It created monstrous police-state patterns, arms its military, imposes its ideologies of confusion, apathy and defeat. All these, because it knows it has its adversaries. It knows that inside the societies there still is an opposite force, standing against its plans and seeking for its subversion. There is, to say, a war, between the economically-politically dominants and those parts of the society that want the revolutionary change of the social organisation. This war can be obvious or even undergound, sometimes offensive and some others defensive, it passes its phases of explosion and others flat, but it's always there.

A simple component of this opposite force is also the armed struggle. A form of fight against the capitalist barbarism as any other. There is no matter of putting the one before the other. We do not propose that it is the only one drastic, but we don't accept it is harmfull. The armed struggle doesn't substitute the massive movement in any case, but it still is useful.

When the enemy poses against us allmighty police-military complexes and panoptic systems, when every non-integrated resistance is dealed with cynic state violence, when the capitalists, in lack of class struggles, constantly invent new ways to suck on the workers blood, when whole peoples are annihilated because they stand in the way of the dominants' geo-strategic games, when the environment is wasted, the peaceful-legal protests are not enough. Against this totalitarian war, resistance should also be violent.

Only in that way can we spread to the sensible social parts the message that the regime is vulnerable, unlike what it seems to be, that it can be wounded by simple means in every level, that we can, even symbolically, respond to the strikes we receive. In this way, we force it to show its real face, without its liberal paints. The message of these actions has also more receivers. We speak of course for the state official themselves, who should realise they are not immune and their unconsciousness will have its concequencies. Of course, such is the pachydermy that authority causes, that we doubt it. In these difficult times that societies receive a harsh expoitative and ideological attack and authority names as "terrorists" all those that resist, hiding away the fact that reign through terror is its own monopoly, the continuance of the armed struggle is a nessecity, once it emphatically declares, with well considered and well defined attacks, that resistance by any means is feasible.

It is a mistake for an armed revolutionary group to consider itself an unsolicited avenger and a protector of popular interests, especially in societies so contradictory as modern day's. We too don't consider we act in the name of the popular class or of the massive movement. We are just parts of this society that our concience doesn't allow us to tolerate the existing barbarism. For us, there is no other decent way to live, than to fight against it.

We believe in a society that will self-manage democratically its affairs, will distibute fairly its wealth to everyone, will live in harmony with nature and where the central essence will be for freedom, solidarity and human care.

To conclude, we want to be in the side of those that share the same collective dreams with us.

Armed Revolutionary Action (ENopli Epanastatiki DRAsi - ENEDRA)

We also claim responsibility for the attack against the tax service office in Argyroupoli on 22.2.07."

Source: To Pontiki newspaper, 6.3.2008:

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