On the 18th of September 2013 fascists from the Golden Dawn in Greece murder the antifascist hip-hop singer Pavlos Fyssas. The fascist attacks against immigrants and left organisations become more and more often. At the same time, the greek government uses repression and police violence against the people demonstrating against the austerity measurements, suppresses worker’s rights and destroys the educational and healthcare system. More and more people are forced into unemployment and poverty. Under the conditions caused by the growing economic and political crisis the rise of fascism is a phenomenon to be observed not only in Greece and south Europe but also in other central and north European countries like Austria, Germany, Denmark and Sweden.
We do not see fascism as a social phenomenon, as a result of the people’s poverty, but as the most reactionary part of capitalism, which only by using fascism and repression can manage to enforce its politics against people’s rights, suppress the growing anger and resistance and this way ensure its existence and increase its profits.
What contributes to the rise of fascism, what are the faces of fascism across Europe? How is the growth of fascist parties related to the state’s repression and racist propaganda? How can we organise against fascism?
These are some of the questions we would like to discuss with focus on Greece and Austria…