Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Athens on International Women’s Day, singing chants and holding banners against patriarchy, the state, and capitalism, demanding more empowerment for women in Greece, the Eastern Mediterranean, and worldwide.
Protesters in Athens gathered in solidarity with the November 17 political prisoner Dimitris Koufontina, who entered a hunger strike on January 8th demanding his transfer to a prison with less security and a greater assurance of his human rights. Police, who stated their presence was to “stop overcrowding” backed the demonstration into a wall and crowded them on their way to the Propylaea, where the protest later dispersed.
100 protesters gathered at the Bergen County Jail in New Jersey in solidarity with the 25+ day hunger strike by ICE detainees over horrific conditions inside including rat infestations and lack of PPE. Police attacked the marchers, arresting 9, with 60 riot cops present at the facility after all but 20 demonstrators had dispersed.