Athens: Reportback from the gathering in solidarity with anarchist prisoner Nikos Romanos

(comrade Nikos Romanos at the hospital)

On Tuesday evening, November 25th, about 150 people gathered outside the Gennimatas hospital on Mesogeion Avenue to show our solidarity with anarchist Nikos Romanos, who is on hunger strike since November 10th, and yesterday was rushed from Koridallos prison to the hospital. The place was full of cops; YMET squads were guarding the gate, while MAT antiriot squads were deployed in the parking lot and the yard, and there were a lot of secret cops alongside special guards of the Greek police inside the hospital building.

The supporters headed to the back of the hospital, from where there was eye contact with the room-cell in which Nikos Romanos is being held. The comrade stood for quite a while behind the bars of the hospital window, waving to solidarians who, in turn, sent strength to him shouting slogans. The gathering lasted for nearly an hour and a half; at about 18:30 the crowd began to disperse.

A banner was left hanging on one side of Mesogeion Avenue, reading: “Struggle for freedom – Solidarity with the comrade N.Romanos, on hunger strike since 10/11 (A)”.

Some of the slogans that were shouted:

The passion for freedom is stronger than all prison cells

The State and the Capital are the only terrorists, solidarity with urban guerrilla fighters

Hunger strike for freedom, explosives and fire to all prison cells

Nikos, hold strong, till freedom

Solidarity is the peoples’ weapon, war on the bosses’ war

Neither penal nor political prisoners, explosives and fire to every prison

Nikos Romanos is our brother, an insurgent in prison, our comrade in the street

If the request of our comrade is not met, Nikopoulos you just might see your house burnt [Eftichis Nikopoulos is the judicial officer who recently denied the request of Nikos for educational furloughs from prison]

The insurrectionists have right on their side, not the snitches or the kneelers

You from behind bars and we from the streets, together we will abolish the State and the laws

SS, SS, cops, judges

Violent and insurrectionary struggles until we tear down every single prison

The smell of gasoline starts to permeate the air, no one can touch Nikos Romanos

Free-free-freedom for those who are in prison cells

Neither fascism nor democracy, down with statism, long live anarchy!

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