People’s Declaration from Syntagma Square

This is from last year, of course, but on reading it again I was struck by its power.  It is impassioned yet restrained.  Determined yet joyous.  I am particularly taken by the line, “We call all residents of Athens…and all of society to fill the public squares and to take their lives into their own hands.  In these public squares we will shape our claims and our demands together.”  A political call to arms that it seems to me is true to the depth and power of Lefebvre’s right to the city, in an era when the idea is often mouthed but rarely meant.

 

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