Comment written on September 18th 2014, to commemorate one year since Greek rapper Pavlos Fyssas was stabbed to death by a volunteer working for the far right Golden Dawn party.
No, Golden Dawn is not a neo-Nazi criminal gang, though Greek leftist and anarchist circles seek to solely define it as such. Whether we like it or not, it is a political party. I refuse to depoliticize what was the political choice par excellence of hundreds of thousands of voters. All of them are knowledgeably fascists or, at best, sympathizers. They shape the spearhead of an increasingly fascism-oriented society.
Spectacular commemorative events are precious due to their inherent symbolic power. They are useful as attachment points of personal convictions. But they are also treachery. They reassure while misleading. They are not the gate for antifascism to go through. Antifascism is an everyday struggle, in face-to face interactions with the Other. So that they do not adhere to fascism; or so that they may make up their mind.
This is a long-term battle to be fought within neighbourhoods, at restaurants and cafés, in working places, far away from the limelight. If we are to fight for it, we have above all to modestly admit our own limits, and those of the Other. We have to fight against our own darkness before even pretending to convince those around us.
I do not look down on today’s commemorative events. I pay tribute, in my own way, to memory of Pavlos Fyssas. I believe he would not disagree with me.
Photo credit: Ⓒ Marios Lolos