Athens: Letter of the 15 antifascist arrestees from the Evelpidon courthouse – Updates 4-5/10

Below is a text of the 15 arrestees from the courthouse of Evelpidon Street:

“Today, the State declared civil war. Those who are not killed by fascists’ knives are sent to prison through judicial decisions of the junta.

We call fighters and anyone who feels that DIGNITY, SOLIDARITY, EQUALITY and FREEDOM are not empty words, but a life stance, to realize the historical moment in which we live and act accordingly.

IDEAS cannot be repressed, nor imprisoned.

The 15 arrestees, men and women antifascists”

On October 4th, the 15 arrestees of the antifascist motorcycle demo–patrol appeared before an examining magistrate. While two public prosecutors demanded that all 15 be remanded in custody ahead of trial – regardless of whether they’re charged with felonies or misdemeanors – the examining magistrate disagreed with this ruling.

The State’s hostages and their defense counsels literally spent the whole day in the courthouse (from the morning until late at night). At midday, supporters and relatives were assaulted by anti-riot squadrons for attending the court proceedings; no detentions were reported, but several people were injured.

Because of the controversy between the public prosecutors and the examining magistrate and after a long conference, the case was finally referred to the Judicial Council, that will decide on October 5th whether the 15 comrades will be held in pretrial detention or not.

Therefore, a total of 19 arrested comrades remain in the Athens police headquarters (on Alexandras Avenue) and will once again appear in Evelpidon courts, on Friday 5/10.

The 4 comrades of the solidarity gathering in Athens courts (arrested on 1/10) will be transferred to the courthouse at 9.00am.
The 15 antifascists (arrested on 30/9) will undergo a separate proceeding from 12.00pm.

sources: i, ii

All 19 comrades out on the streets (5/10):
The 4 comrades (arrested on 1/10) were finally released. The proceeding was postponed for Friday, October 12th, at 9am in the courthouse of Evelpidon Street.
After an extended session of the Judicial Council, the 15 antifascists (arrested on 30/9) were freed on restrictive terms (and monetary bail, pending appeal).

sources: i, ii, iii

Call for a new assembly by the participants in the antifascist intervention–patrol:
Wednesday, October 10th, 18.00, Athens Polytechnic School (Gini building, entrance from Stournari street)