Greece: 41-year-old anarchist remanded in custody, accused of arsons in the city of Trikala

On Tuesday, April 10th, at 8pm, a PA’s gathering will be held in Rigas Fereos Square, organized by the anarchist group ‘Pyrakanthos’ in solidarity with Evangelos K., who is remanded in custody accused of involvement in the incendiary devices’ case in Trikala. Already prior to his pretrial detention, the cops tortured him in detention rooms, while the local corporate media have slandered him for days. Depending on the turnout, a demonstration may follow on the same evening. (Initially, the anarchist intervention was scheduled for Sunday, April 8th, but due to heavy rainfall it was canceled because it was impossible to set up the sound system in the square.)

Immediate release of comrade Evangelos ‘Vaggelis’ Koutsibelas!

Anarchists’ text in solidarity with Evangelos K.


At dawn on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012, the 41-year-old comrade Evangelos K. was arrested for attempted arson on a luxury AUDI car in the Papastathis former military camp, across the SMY military academy (a career NCO college).

The law enforcement authorities — after they took all their hatred on him, beating him savagely — transferred him in the police security department of Trikala, where they also tried to charge him with the rest incendiary attacks that occurred in the city of Trikala during the last month —against the municipal police offices; in the parking lot of the police headquarters of Trikala; on the car of the lieutenant governor of the SMY military academy; on the car of the former mayor of Trikala, politician currently aligned with the ND (the second largest right-wing party ‘Nea Dimokratia/New Democracy’).

In view of general elections, the State with its gangs in uniform avenged the comrade by holding him in pretrial detention since Friday, April 6th. Three days of his pillorying and conviction by the local media (electronic and otherwise) had preceded; the same media obtained information from the law enforcement authorities (which was based on perjury by a renowned drug addict snitch) and hurried to triumph over their great ‘success’ and to denigrate him as the ‘gas-canister guy’ in Trikala. All this occurred amidst the State’s effort to intimidate the entire society. A society condemned by nowadays administrators of Power in violent pauperization and hunger for the next 40 years. A society enslaved to the appetites of local and foreign statists, parliamentarians, legislators, bankers, ship owners, big media owners, as well as constructors and industrialists.

Evangelos’ longtime unemployment, the drug dependence that wracked him in the past years, his great effort for detoxification in recent months, as he attended the rehab program of OKANA (state-run ‘organization against drugs’) with the use of substitute drugs, and the fact he was homeless, armed his hands against destitution.

The prosecutorial and judiciary authorities, in an attempt to halt the social rage and intimidate society ahead of elections, pour out their hatred on the comrade, just as they have done the last two years on thousands of protesters that react to the state brutality and the tens of pretrial incarcerations of fighters.

For four whole days, the miserable praetorians of the ‘civil protection’ minister M.Chrysochoidis refused to move the comrade to hospital for the healing of his injuries from beatings, and for the ‘suppression’ of the withdrawal syndrome because he had not received the substitute drugs of OKANA.

But Evangelos K. is not alone. He’s part of society that opposes state brutality. He’s makes part of all those (almost 1,800 people) who turned the weapons of wrath against themselves and committed suicide because of the troika’s memorandum. He is one of the thousands of those who crossed the boundaries of ‘legitimate protest’ and clashed with the repressive forces outside the parliament, risking their freedom for a truly free life. He is one of the millions of oppressed people who saw their life being precipitated into ruin for the sake of the Greek State’s European perspective and the credit money system. He is one of the hundreds of thousands of oppressed who will boycott the modern dynasts with their abstention from these elections.


Everyone to the streets on election day; because that’s the only guarantee for our social liberation from the junta’s twin sister, the parliamentary democracy.

Anarchists from Trikala