This morning, the 17th of October 2014, we placed a banner in solidarity with comrade and fighter Nikos Maziotis. He is one of the few uncompromising fighters and people who have decided to devote their life to the struggle for freedom, and in this fight do not think of their own safety but assume the risk of choosing this path.
Nikos stands out as an example not only Greece, that is affected by the capitalist and brutal measures of austerity and class war – where on one side are states, rich domestic and foreign capital owners, with all financial means, military resources and logistics, and on the other unarmed people who are impoverished and vanish under the heel of fascist capitalists, an unjust war in which the victims were always on the side of the oppressed – but also in the whole of Europe and the world, where this kind of open combat against the system is missing or has a milder form…
Nikos shows that today in debt-ridden Greece, as well as in other countries that are under EU capitalism, the poor not only pay the debt to banks, but also pay the price with their blood and skin. Recall that in Greece there is increase in suicide rate because people are unable to pay their debt to the banks – e.g. the case of the pensioner who killed himself in front of the Greek parliament in 2012 – what sparked riots and protests in Greece. The percentage of people who go on hunger strike claiming their rights is growing, including those in prison.
Nikos is behind bars, but his free spirit remains unshaken, and he now addresses his fellow citizens by phone and his message will be conveyed live at a building in the Polytechnic School (after another letter he wrote from prison in honour of Ulrike Meinhof’s birthday).
Solidarity with Nikos Maziotis and all political prisoners who stood in open conflict with the system and its inhumane “values”.
FREEDOM FOR NIKOS MAZIOTIS
LONG LIVE REVOLUTIONARY STRUGGLE
FREEDOM FOR ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS
Friends from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Prijedor
Note by Contra Info: This evening (17/10) the comrade was hindered from making the scheduled phone call from Diavata prison. The official excuse for not permitting him to intervene in the discussion event was that the telephone system in that prison wing suddenly broke down [see also 18/10 update].