The Antifascist Combat Sports Tournament is organized for third consecutive year. When in 2014 we started the first meetings to create the tournament, the conditions at national, european and global level were completely different. Within the last two years the changes were rapid. We live the largest refugee wave in the world history. Since last year’s tournament one million refugees have passed through Greece and around a thousand listed people have drowned in the Aegean Sea.
The "civilized" Europe has sealed its borders with NATO assistance, makes hotspots-prisons and redirects refugees in Turkey. All this is happening with the support and agreement from the Greek state. Europe's mask has fallen and has emerged as Fortress Europe in the name of security drowns children in the Aegean Sea and raises nazi character fences on borders and refugees detention centers.
Along with the racist policies of the EU and Europe there was of course a parallel rise of the european far-right and neo-Nazi parties (Pegida in Germany, Soldiers of Odin in Finland, far-right border guard battalions in Bulgaria, Anti-refugees marches in Poland, a huge increase in the far right party in Austria).
In Greece the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn, in full consistency with the far-right and neo-Nazis in the rest of Europe, is trying to create anti-refugees atmosphere. Once again the anti-fascist movement stands against them. With direct solidarity to refugees and continuing antifascist action has not left the fascists to gain place.
As part of this polymorphic antifascist movement, antifascists that actively participate in various free social spaces and squats in Thessaloniki, we met again. We decided for the 3rd consecutive year to organize the 3rd Antifascist Tournament of Combat Sports. The tournament is now part of the diversity of the antifascist movement, not only of Thessaloniki and Greece,but Europe with the participation of dozens of comrades from abroad, not only about the sport participation , but also about helping in the organization.
We invite you to the 3rd Antifascist Tournament Martial Arts which will be held on 17, 18 and June 19 2016 at the Katsanio stadium in Thessaloniki, Greece. To enjoy together sports and arts we love, away from fascists and the dominant logic of competition. Antifascist and comradely!
Antifa Tournament Meeting 2016