Imprisoned comrades Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos and Dimitris Politis (convicted over the Velventos double robbery case) announced their hunger strike in solidarity with Nikos Romanos. Below are excerpts of their statement:
Our friend and comrade Nikos Romanos is on hunger strike since the 10th of November, claiming educational furloughs from prison to which he’s entitled under their own laws. […]
On the 24th of November he was transferred to the Gennimatas hospital under prosecutor’s order. His transfer was accompanied by an official document of the prison prosecutor, who audaciously stated that the hospital doctors bear responsibility for whatever happens to Nikos, thus indirectly urging the hospital staff to enforce compulsory feeding. However, whether they like it or not, those who bear responsibility for whatever his health may suffer are the Ministry of Justice, [the special appellate judge] Nikopoulos and the prison board.
As a minimum token of solidarity with Nikos, we also go on a hunger strike as of Monday the 1st of December – like comrade Yannis Michailidis, who is conducting a hunger strike since the 17th of November – until his claim is met.
“It is, after all, one strength within the human with which we achieve everything, a single steadfastness and pure direction of the heart. Whoever possesses that strength ought not to lose himself to fear.” [Rainer Maria Rilke]
Together until the end, together until victory