Rouvikonas on the Occupation of the HQ of State Fincance Operations

For the past few weeks letters aiming to remind millions of people to
pay billions of euro in tax have been posted. Proterty tax, vat, income
tax, and a bunch of other ”exotic” terms have been attributed to
different types of tax, whose only purpose is to obscure a common truth:
the beast has arrived and is thirsty for blood. The frontal attack
against the proletarians across europe is achieved through the narrative
that it’s some kind of national duty or obligation of people to pay
trillions in debt without any protest or complaint.

We want to take this opportunity and say a few things about property tax
in detail. This tax was initially introduced as a short-term
contribution through the form of an extra charge on the electricity
bill. Back then, in the distant 2011, it also came with provocative
tax-reductions for large properties: 25% off for properties between 1000
sq. metres and 2000 sq. metres as well as a 50% tax reduction for
properties over 2000 sq.metres. Eventually, it was made clear that this
was not a short-term law, since all the following governments, with no
exception, shied away from their pre-electoral announcements regarding a
reduction or even an abolition of this law. As you can see, the state
can’t say no to 2,5-3 billion euro collected per annum so effortlessly.
The Syriza-Independent Greeks administration, discarded their
pre-electoral commitment on the abolition this tax and thought it would
be a good idea to turn this tax into an informal type of rent, since
people who can’t afford to pay it in full at once, can  now pay in
monthly instalments, starting from September 2017 through to July 2018.

Various actors within the system who are trying to convince everyone
that ”we spent all the money together” manage to avoid explaining what
happened to all the usb sticks and the Langarde lists which have been
given publicity from time to time. They turn away from discussing issues
like the zero taxation of ship owners, the taxation-asylum enjoyed by
the oligarchs of each country and the existence of tax havens, where
various offshore corporations act as they please. At the same time they
never omit reminding us, with every opportunity they get, the incredible
damage we ‘ve caused to the economy when we did not ask to get a receipt
for buying cheese pies and tend to go into a frenzy about the plumbers
who neglect to issue receipts and the street stall sellers selling
chestnuts unlicensed.

Let’s put aside the lengthy and in-depth analyses, since the big picture
is a very simple one: according to records published last year,
approximately 4.150 people and companies owe the state approximately 15
billion euro. Simultaneously, foreclosures are taking place to cover
small amounts of debt, ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand
euro. Of course, tax bills estimated around a few million euro are often
-and very easily-  treated as ”non-receivable” and are put in the
archive, when 12 year-old children or people that died years ago, still
receive notifications to pay their share of property tax.

At this point we want to remind everyone that these taxes are supposedly
imposed in order to fund basic operations such as education and
healthcare, but in this banana republic this was never really the case.
Even we assume that bribes, cons and sinecures, which affected all of
us, have somehow been reduced during the last few years, this is not on
account of a ”rationalization” or process of improvement. This is
about cuts which are imposed by those very institutions whose thirst for
blood impose a never-ending chorus of taxation in an effort to keep
failing banks alive. And of course we don’t only refer to domestic
low-scale actors but also multinational moguls whose spreadsheets play
with trillions.

As the masks have come off, when it’s obvious that the only purpose of
imposing new taxes is to pay-off a debt which was created by the crimes
of the stock-market, the Vatopedi sandal, Voulgarakis, Mantelis and
Tsoukatos, which by the way are free now, then there are not many


Society has suffered in silence so far but it keeps on paying. On the
other side of the class war, on the side of the exploiters, cessation of
payments has begun for quite some time now. The most characteristic
example is that of Marinopoulos about a year ago. We all remember how he
was portrayed as a role model of a successful businessman until one day
he stopped publishing his financial reports and very quietly started
transferring his wealth abroad. When the news broke, the Marinopoulos
family moved to another country leaving everything behind them in
shambles. His group of companies owes 828 million euro to providers, 500
million euro to banks and creditors, around 50 million to the state and
insurance companies and 5 million to its workers in unpaid salaries.
Bear in mind that these gentlemen did not fall behind on their payments
nor were they destroyed by the crisis. They now reside and thrive abroad
where they have acquired property, businesses, investment funds and are
involved in every kind of reputable activity worth hundreds of millions
of euro. This ending did not come as a surprise to us, since we had not
expected a different turn out of events. The state has always protected
them. So, the rich have essentially enjoyed a tax-asylum while ordinary
payers are the ones who cannot avoid paying taxes.

These incidents are quite common, in a smaller or larger scale: what’s
different about the aforementioned example is the level of publicity it
was given. Cessation of payments is ongoing and every government so far
has responded to this issue by creating extra taxes for those who can’t
avoid paying them. ‘’Fools’’ are taxed until they drop and scum face the
indifference of the state and enjoy impunity : that’s the reality today.
The answer all of us at the bottom of the social pyramid ought to give
is simple and is none other than an eye for an eye: immediate cessation
of all payments.

For all the above reasons, we went to the State’s Finance Office, which
we occupied for a few hours in an effort to expose the insanity and
injustice that characterize these measures which target the poor and
leave the rich unaffected.



Anarchist Collective Rouvikonas

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