The Antifa Martial Arts Tournament will take place on 9, 10 and 11th June 2017 for the fourth year running, despite problems the organisational assembly faced this year.
On the 9th of June we will meet all our comrades, that come from all over Europe, to eat together in the yard of the free social place “sxoleio”. There we will get to know each other and exchange opinions on antifascism and the different circumstances that exist in each country.
On the weekend of the 10th and 11th of June we will all go to Kastaneio Stadium where the games are being held.
The Antifa Martial Arts Tournament does not promote antagonism or competition. It does not support winner deification or the disdain of the defeated. For us, everyone who fights inside (and outside) the ring is worthy of respect. The tournament is a celebration during which we enjoy the sports we love without racism, sexism and intolerance.
In a time when, throughout Europe and globally, there is a noticeable level of fascist regeneration, we could not resist making our own contribution to the war against it.
On many occasions, martial arts in Greece have been conceived of as nationalistic, fascistic and sexist–and not unfairly. It is impossible to watch from the sidelines and not help protect both this strand of athletics and this way of life, martial arts, from the threat of fascism.
The Antifa Martial Arts Tournament will be, like it always is, a celebration of antifascism and the sports that we love.
Antifa Tournament Assembly 2017