Banner dropped in Polytechnic University in solidarity with Lisa, accused of bank robbery in Germany.
Today, 21st of December, taking part on the International call for solidarity with the comrade Lisa accused of bank robbery in Aachen, Germany, we decided to hang a banner in the Polytechnic University, in Exarcheia, Athens.
The last 7th of June, she was sentenced to 7 years and 6 months in prison by the judge and the prosecutor of Aachen. Now she’s waiting for the appeal maid by her lawyers. If the court accept it, it means that she would eventually have a second trial.
The fact that our comrade is in prison makes us even more angry, but we know that all this revenge by the state is making us stronger everyday reaffirming our ideas.
We will keep on fighting, to remember all our comrades in prison. We have clear in mind who are our enemies. This is our decision, to fight against the states, police, judges, prosecutors and all those who are part of the system that is making people life miserable. We won’t stop, this is about our life, this is about our struggle!
Here is a small sign of solidarity with the comrade, but it’s also a claim to keep going with the struggle inside prison as in the streets. We’ll never let any comrade alone in the hands of the state.
Until all are free, strength, fire, love and fight!
We want her free, we want her in the streets!
To write to Lisa:
Lisa, nº 2893/16/7
Justizvollzuganstanlt (JVA) Köln
50827 Köln (Germany)
On December 5th 2017, Revolutionary Struggle members Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis were forcibly removed from Koridallos prisons (both were subjected to headlocks, holds, etc.) and were involuntarily admitted to the General State Hospital of Nikaia. The prison prosecutor pressed physicians to force-feed the two hunger strikers. The hospital doctors refused to treat the prisoners against their will, and solely reported that Nikos Maziotis has lost 14.6% of his initial body weight, while Pola Roupa has lost 12.8% of her initial body weight.
On December 6th (on the 26th day of their hunger strike), Roupa and Maziotis were finally discharged from the hospital and returned to Koridallos prisons, determined to continue their hunger strike until their demands are met (among other things, they request extended visits with their six-year-old child).
Maziotis was informed that he would be placed in a disciplinary segregation unit, until damages at B isolation section in the basement of Koridallos women’s prison are repaired. This means that the comrade is being punished for having completely destroyed the solitary confinement wing where he has been held for over 5 months, and is now facing appalling conditions, even worse than the previous ones.
The two imprisoned comrades are fighting against isolation measures; against specific provisions of the new correctional code aimed at repressing them as high-security prisoners; against the proposed detention of high-security prisoners in police stations; against the intended reinstatement of the type C prison regime. They also demand an immediate end of the solitary confinement imposed on Nikos Maziotis (since July, the comrade is kept isolated from other prisoners by a decision of the justice ministry); an extension of visiting hours based on the frequency of visits a prisoner has; appropriate visitation rooms for incarcerated parents to meet with their children.
They made it clear from the outset that they only receive water. They have repeatedly asked to be granted unhindered phone communication with their six-year-old son before being transferred from Koridallos prisons to any hospital.
On December 2nd, Nikos Maziotis and Pola Roupa were transferred to a hospital outside the prisons due to the deterioration of their health condition. However, the next day both comrades asked to be sent back to the prisons because eventually they were not permitted unhindered phone communication with their child.
On December 4th, Nikos Maziotis burned and destroyed the B isolation section in the basement of Koridallos women’s prison, where he has been held in solitary confinement for 5 months. He was then moved to the prison infirmary because of the fumes, and was threatened with further isolation – this time in a disciplinary unit of Koridallos prisons.
In the early hours of December 5th, hunger strikers Nikos Maziotis and Pola Roupa were forcibly transferred outside Koridallos prisons. The prison prosecutor ordered their involuntary hospitalization. They are currently being kept at the General State Hospital of Nikaia, both threatened with force-feeding. As of yet, the hospital doctors have not succumbed to the prosecutor’s order.
Nikos Maziotis and Pola Roupa continue their hunger strike. They have stated they will not accept serum, and will act against involuntary treatment and force-feeding (torture) in every possible way.
Four months after the disappearance of our anarchist comrade Santiago Maldonado, and his murder at the hands of the Argentinean State, we extend a greeting to our comrades in South America and make a call to keep alive the flame of the revolt on this Black December.
From Exarchia to South America, the anarchist solidarity is stronger than any border.
We, individuals and groups from the Rigaer Street, welcome the initiative to start a discussion about an insurrection and fill it with experiences from the past, current theories and practical possibilities.
This is how we understood the call for the insurrection festival (insurrectionfestival.noblogs.org) in Athens.
In the program, we discovered several aspects, that we in the Nordkiez of Friedrichshain are engaged in. There is no anarchist, anti authoritarian or left radical movement in Berlin, there is just a scene.
The dullness of the majority of a fascist society makes it complicated to get moving. In order to destroy overall power structures, we need to search for the confrontation in our local communities. A concentration of people, ideas and structures working against the state, are necessary to be able to protect oneself from outside aggression and be able to actually develop.
Over the last couple of years, because of the intensity of our actions and the repression of the cops, this process has been started in the Rigaer street. Our actions do not simply concentrate on material violence, they are trying to destroy the social norm and values. In that sense, to change the meaning of property, safety and fear, as well as work and competition.
In Berlin it is forbidden to organize a flee market, where everything can be given away for free, it is forbidden to play music in public spaces or just gather in the street with many people. It might be allowed if one requests a permission with the police. We did all of these things without having a permission and every time we did, the police came and attacked us. As a response, many stones were thrown towards the cops and their cars.
Maybe the Police occupation in Exarchia is more violent, but in Friedrichshain they are more close – the occupation force is waiting in front of your door.
Another way of preventive counterinsurgency in Berlin is, next to repression, the integration. By using various politicians and “good” cops, the administrations are always coming up with round tables. The idea is to bring inhabitants from the Friedrichshainer Nordkiez together with representatives from the administration offices, An image should be created in which the politicians listen to the concerns of the public and all parties involved come up with a solution together. This way there is no need for real resistance anymore, and “social peace” can be
restored. We must fight the integration like the repression.
Due to gentrification, the population in our part of the city, is being slowly replaced. If you don‘t have the money, you can‘t pay the rent anymore an you have to move. This is why several luxury cars and new investors are being attacked in our neighbourhoods. Controversial questions within our circles are for example the relationship to the neighbours. Some people are sympathetic with us and hate the cops. But how do we interact with those who do not want to have any position in this conflict or who just want to keep on living their capitalist life without any disturbances?
We are only a few in this city, very few. When the state attacks us, like last year, when the cops raided the Rigaer 94 twice and once occupied the house for over three weeks, while destroying large parts of it, it becomes possible for us to mobilize many people from outside our circles. For weeks over the summer 2016, cars all over the city were burning and during a bigger demonstration many people attacked the cops.
But an insurrection can not be planned, it arises from social tensions, where radical tendencies are integrated in a larger social resistance.
Another question would be if we should look for people in this individualised and estranged society or if it would be better just to put an utopia out there, that speaks for itself ?
On the 16th of June this year, an utopia was a hip hop concert in the streets. As expected the cops soon attacked and it lead to riots, which would only be worth a little note in Athens, but became a headline story in Berlin. Press and politicians compared the Rigaer street with the war in Syria. Should we escalate the situation even more, even though we are few people?
The autonomous mouvement was fueled in the 80s by the difficult housing situation and the many squats, that existed all over the city. The experiences since then, show us that as soon as we take one step backwards the enemy moves up right behind us. In the cases, where squatters negotiated with the state, they always lost. In the cases, where we did not negotiate, we may have also lost, but by fighting the struggle we won new activists for our structures.
As a realistic stop over, we are trying to make one part of the city impossible to control, a process which should be expanded chronologically and spatially. Maybe the cops will attack our spaces in Friedrichshain again in the near future. Then we will ask you for help, by attacking authority, no matter where you are. Just like we in Berlin are trying to react to the state organised operations against the resistance in Athens and elsewhere.
Comrades and friends of Rigaer 94 and the resistance in Friedrichshain
* the Police uses the label Dangerzone for a kind of martial law which allows them stop-and-search from people without reason, breaking in homes without search warrant or confiscating everything.
Video of the demonstration which was called by the Anarchist Initiative for Total Liberation of Animals & Earth and that took place in Athens on 04.11.17, within the context of the International Week for Antispeciesist Actions (October 30-November 5).
Themistokleous 58 is an anarchist squat and housing project for people with and without papers in Exarchia, Athens (Greece).
On August 16th 2017, Themistokleous 58 was attacked in a fascist manner by mafia and recognized members of other squats, as well as people who sold tobacco and other substances near Themistokleous 58. These thugs attacked with metal bars, wooden sticks and knives, aiming for the heads of Themistokleous 58 squatters with intent to kill.
As a result, four comrades of Themistokleous 58 (three anarchists and one refugee) are left in serious condition. Three comrades are now out of the hospital with injuries including broken hands and legs, brain hemorrhaging, and stab wounds to various parts of the body including the head.
One comrade remains hospitalized with serious head injuries.
Future medical treatment is necessary for all.
Themistokleous 58 squat is always in need of financial support, but now more than ever during this troubling time. Some injured comrades will have lingering medical conditions that Themistokleous 58 does not have the means to cope with alone.
Let’s show solidarity for the comrades of Themistokleous 58, who have always shown solidarity for us!
For secure bitcoin donation, please use TH58’s bitcoin wallet address: 1aXVM16soZt4ZisC8ZttuqvzztVKFBCMz
On the morning of Tuesday, July 11th 2017, Themistokleous 58 squatters, together with comrades in affinity, hung internationalist solidarity banners in Exarchia about three different cases.
From a balcony of the 58 we hung a banner in support of the Squatted Social Centre Kike Mur in Zaragoza (Spain), threatened with eviction by local authorities. The building (former prison) has been squatted for 7 years, giving space to a variety of activities and expressions of anarchist solidarity, as in the case of a banner in the context of the 2013 Black February international campaign.
Over the railing of the old Chemistry School we dropped a banner in support for those who lately clashed with the forces of repression on the streets of Hamburg against the summit of leaders of the 20 most powerful states on the planet. Now is the time to spread the word that the G20 hostages need our support.
One more banner was placed on Gini building of the Polytechnic School in solidarity with Lisa, an anarchist recently sentenced to 7.5 years in prison for a bank robbery in Aachen (Germoney) in 2014. No prisoner in the hands of Power: Let’s storm the State/Capital and domination!
On Sunday June 11 2017, international day in support with long-term anarchist prisoners, we dropped a banner from Themistokleous 58 squat in solidarity with the comrade Michael Kimble, incarcerated in Holman prison, Alabama.
Michael Kimble is a gay black anarchist serving a life sentence for taking out a white homophobic racist. Even though he has been held captive for three decades, Michael keeps resisting the everyday imprisonment by all means necessary, and also propagates violent rupture with all Power.
With this banner we send him back some of the strength we get whenever we read his incendiary texts. Hold strong, comrade: your ideas and determination reverberate to the other side of the ocean.
On Monday night, May 22nd 2017, a group of comrades attacked the Ministry of Culture in Exarchia with Molotov cocktails. We carried out this symbolic action for two reasons:
To honor the memory of Mauricio Morales, who lost his life on May 22nd 2009 in Santiago, Chile, when the bomb he was carrying to strike the jailers academy exploded prematurely.
To send strength to the anarchist Eric King, who is serving a 10-year sentence in the US for attacking a government building with Molotov cocktails in Kansas City in September 2014. We support the international call in solidarity with Eric on June 28th.
Banner drop in solidarity with the comrades who once again clashed with the patriotic mob that hit the streets of Berkeley on April 15th 2017. We don’t recognize any fatherland, we don’t kneel down before any national symbol, and we don’t dialog with any sort of fascists: we crush them!
The banner reads “Death to patriots (A)” in Albanian
After more than a year of existence, Themistokleous 58 anarchist squat and housing project for people with and without papers in Exarchia, downtown Athens, still needs some very practical solidarity to stay functional. Here goes our current list of needs.
Personal hygienic: Shampoo, shaving cream and razors, toilet paper, toothpastes and toothbrushes.
General stuff: Light bulbs (screwing and bayonet type), paint, chairs.
We also welcome financial support (not by NGOs and State/Capital institutions) to cover the squat’s structural needs and occasional medical care expenses. For those who want to contribute from abroad our bitcoin wallet address is: 1aXVM16soZt4ZisC8ZttuqvzztVKFBCMz
We take the opportunity to thank all those who have helped out so far in every way they could.
Love, rage and solidarity!
Themistokleous 58 Squat
The anarchist Panagiotis Aspiotis – currently incarcearated in Korydallos prison- has been on hunger strike since Wednesday 22nd of March, protesting against the rejection of his application to study at the public Institute of Vocational Training (IVT) of Korydallos prison despite being fully eligible. A few days ago, four more prisoners joined the hunger strike for the same reason.
In his previous application for a prison transfer, P. Aspiotis invoked educational purposes – since he’d been admitted to the IVT of Korydallos prison- as well as personal reasons related to his access to communication with his partner and newborn child. The rejection of his applications doesn’t take us by surprise, really, given that the Ministry of Justice- in loyal cooperation with the public prosecutor of the Prison Council, Stamatina Perimeni- have long dropped the masks that veiled their fascist mindset. This time, the legally ungrounded reasons they’re invoking in order to deprive P. Aspiotis and all the other hunger strikers of their right to study at the IVT is that the prisoners are registered in prisons other than Korrydallos. This is an action that undermines the very operation of the IVT itself as out of 21 successful applicants who were admitted to the IVT courses only 9 were granted permission to attend. It’s not a coincidence, either, that the same prosecutor – who comes across as a nostalgic supporter of the Makronisos exile camps- is the one who has repeatedly rejected K. Gournas’ and D. Koufontinas’ applications for a leave, demanding vows of repentance.
The rejection of these applications by these loyal proxies of the SYRIZA-ANEL coalition government constitute a flagrant violation of the prisoners’ rights and an attempt to intensify their social marginalization. Their well-advertised, yet ostensible, pledges on general improvement of the living conditions of the prisoners as well as the more specific provisions for the creation of “second-chance schools” and IVTs, aired by the Senior Secretary of the Ministry of Public Justice (E. Fytrakis) a couple of months earlier, soon proved to be empty promises and yet another media-oriented campaign just to appease the prisoners and silence any assertion of human rights to this direction.
This government is yet another government that deceives the public, promotes and protects the interests of the economic elites, impoverishes the people by curtailing wages and pensions, donates property and housing facilities to banks and big companies and puts public assets on sale to satisfy the ravenous appetite of international corporations. They carry out their predecessors’ plans with excessive zeal by scrapping any social sensitivity they might have preached and intensifying their schemes of oppression.
The case of P. Aspiotis is a blatant manifestation of the vindictiveness, hypocrisy and authoritarianism of the state’s law enforcement mechanisms. In February 2016 the comrade was seriously injured by the men of the Counter-terrorism Unit force after his refusal to provide DNA sample and, as a “natural” consequence, the Counter-terrorism Unit brings him to trial on 6/4 at the court of Evelpidon street [in Athens]. It’s worth noting that the public prosecution provisions on forced DNA sample collection were officially, if only theoretically, terminated after the hard and ardent struggle of the political prisoners who went on hunger strike in March 2015.
Our comrade, P. Aspiotis, and all the other prisoners who are taking part in this lengthy hunger strike are defending the fundamental human right to access to education and their only weapon is their bodies and their very life. The Ministry of Justice together with the prosecutor deliberately play for time so that the hunger strike will be over and the prisoners’ demands will remain unfulfilled. S. Perimeni, E. Fytrakis and the Minister of Public Justice, S. Kontonis, use the health and life of the prisoners in their manipulations and subject them to a systematic torture. They are to be held accountable for their lives. Our comrade, P. Aspiotis, is not alone! They’d better get prepared for a proportionate reaction to the outcome of their actions!
In solidarity with our comrade P. Aspiotis and the other hunger strikers.
We protest for an immediate fulfillment of their demand to study at the IVT of Korydallos prison.
(We call everyone to gather in solidarity with the hunger striker P. Aspiotis: 6/4 at the court of Evelpidon street, 9 a.m.)
The initiative for solidarity to P. Aspiotis and all other hunger strikers
The purpose of this text is to clarify the position of our squat regarding some incidents that took place over the last months in Exarchia, and defend our physical and political integrity by all means necessary.
We refer to the practices of gossiping, slandering and violative behavior against the structure and the actions of the 58, practices that we consider equal as snitching, regardless of whether or not the person using them each time is expecting something in return from the persecuting authorities. The outcome is the same, in the sense that they are singling out specific individuals as a target, they attempt to strip our project of its political characteristics, and prepare the ground for the direct or indirect repression that lurks in the corner.
We also refer to physical assaults that took place the last 2 months, like bullying attempts at our front door, a group ambush against squatters of the 58 at Dervenion street (Exarchia), and even threats and attacks against us with the use of sharp/lethal objects (like a knife and an awl) only a few meters away from the 58.
Lastly, we refer to vulgar libels and miserable (tabloidlike) gatherings that some organize behind our back to jeopardize the political autonomy of the 58, attempting in vain to interfere in our internal procedures, to speak in the name of our project and to sell protection to those of us who have no papers.
For example, a slandering and completely distorting six-page text that resembles an indictment is signed by an initiative of individuals from Zaimi 11 squat, the Ditto group and the rest of the crew who set and assist ambushes in Dervenion street. This text, that is being distributed behind our back since February 20th 2017 and has been emailed to unknown to us recipients, individually lists participants in anarchist projects, with a declared objective being the following: “[…] Our target is to deprive those individuals of any space for exercising their dominant and sectarian practices, as well as to beat them up. Our tactical choice is to call comrades who co-exist also with them, update them about our intentions and promote the exclusion of these particular 3 individuals both from Themistokleous 58 Squat and procedures in general. […]”
We also quote an excerpt from a text of another groupuscule from Zaimi 11 squat that refer to us without mentioning us directly, spread lies – this time publicly – and confirm their synergy in secret procedures towards undermining the 58: “[…] We have consumed a lot of time and energy to sort things out with closed/internal procedures that, as it turned out, had no prospect […]”. The supposed ‘open procedure’ – naturally, without any prior arrangement with us – which they are now calling as self-proclaimed referees, promising to reveal titillating details, indicates what they are made of and proves once more what big cowards they are.
Apparently, Themistokleous 58 Squat and all that we stand for with our discourse and activity do not only cause pain to the State/Capital and the fascists, but also to parasitical elements who in their attempt to build themselves an identity do not hesitate to undermine all of us and try to infiltrate the project.
In the face of all these threats we choose to counterattack and defend all that we build with day-to-day effort: reciprocal solidarity between people from all corners of the world, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, origin, language, color, and religious or irreligious background, the equal participation of everyone in all activities of the squat and our very co-existence through anarchist practices and a self-organized manner.
Those that have decided to deploy the abovementioned tactics against the 58 are to be considered nothing but enemies, regardless of the mask they are wearing according to their aspirations. We publicly inform them that we are not going to tolerate any territorial expeditions against the 58, nor their overt bigotry and covert racism, nor any attempts to isolate members of the squat and spread fear to our multiracial community. We also tell others who have already rushed to their defense, uncritically adopting their victimist claims, to stay out of it.
The 58 is not only housing our common needs for sleep and feeding, it also houses our common needs to factually overcome the divisions imposed by the world of visible and invisible borders and to clash head on with the existent system, its defensors and its false critics.
When they touch one of us, they touch all of us. No official or informal repressor will break the unity among us and our diversity, and those who will attempt to sell us protection will fail big time. If some wonder how all of this will end, the answer is simple: when the gossiping, slandering and targeting will end, and when it becomes fully understood that no one can enjoy political asylum so long as they practice violations against anarchist structures and actions.
Our struggle is not about undermining squats, projects or persons that fight for freedom, and this is something we have proven by refusing to enter into a vicious circle of petty rivalries even when some of our choices received harsh critics. But when some unleash tangible threats against us, we are not going to play the good fellas.
Whoever is not a cop, journalist and the like (and is not implicated in any way whatsoever with this fiasco) can and should address their questions on this or any other matter concerning the 58 to our weekly assembly, every Sunday at 20:00 in the squat itself, or email us at: email@example.com
On Saturday night, January 28th 2017, we struck the Ministry of Culture in Exarchia with Molotov cocktails. It was a small symbolic attack to remind all fascists and militarists everywhere that we don’t give a shit about national ideals. We spit on your national emblems, your uniforms, your borders and the graves you make for your slaughters.
On Thursday night January 12th 2017 we smashed and burned an ATM of Piraeus Bank in Canningos Square. Also this year, our gifts to the status quo are hammerings and flames. We don’t forget those who are in prison cells.
On Saturday evening, January 14th 2017, some fifty people participated in the demonstration on the streets of Exarhia called by the anarchist squat Themistokleous 58 on the occasion of completion of one year of the project. The demonstration’s banner read “Resistance, Revolt, Freedom” in English and Farsi, and another banner was dropped from the squat in memory of Shahzad Luqman, murdered by Nazis in Ano Petralona in January 2013: “We do not forget Shahzad Luqman – Bash the fash.” During the action, we handed out leaflets in Greek and English, threw flyers, and shouted many slogans in Farsi, Arabic, English, French and Greek.
We thank all those who attended the demonstration in Exarchia. We also send solidarity greetings to individuals, groups and communities inside and outside walls and borders that continue to fight by all available means against Power. We remind that on Saturday evening, January 21st, we’re having a solidarity party at the 58 to support our project financially. Proceeds will cover operational needs of the squat and future actions.
“I am a revolutionary, and I have nothing to apologize for.
Terrorists, criminals, robbers are those who compose the economic and political life; the institutions and governments that, through the memoranda, are waging the most violent, the most heinous attack on the social base in the name of a “way out of the crisis.” Terrorist, criminal, robber is the State and Capital; those whom I fight committed with all my soul to armed struggle, to Revolutionary Struggle; those whom my organization has targeted all these years of our activity.
(…) when the economic and political establishment attacks the social majority in the most merciless way, armed struggle for social revolution is a duty and obligation; because that’s where hope lies and nowhere else. The only hope for a definitive way out of the systemic crisis we are living in this historical period, for a definitive way out of every crisis. It is the only hope towards overturning capitalism, the system that gives birth to crises; the only hope towards overturning the State and Capital.
It is the only hope for an armed counterattack of the social base against a system that crushes them.
It is the only hope towards overthrowing the State and Capital; for Social Revolution.
For a society of economic equality and political freedom for all.”
On January 10th 2017, Themistokleous 58 Squat in Exarchia completed one year of activity. During this year our squat took a series of initiatives towards intensifying social war, and participated in numerous actions in support of projects and individuals targeted by repression of all authority.
We have put forward internationalist anarchic solidarity between rebels, believing that it can only be a reciprocal relationship aimed at building up affinity and complicity against the State, Capital and domination, and we continue to do so by factually tearing down phony divisions based on origin, language, gender, sexual orientation and religious or irreligious background of anyone in any way associated with our project.
We have stood up against the diffuse patriotism and racism (both overt and covert), and refused to discriminate against those who migrate on the basis of the status attributed to them by the authorities (refugees vs. non-refugees). We have sought to interlace the struggle against the control and repression of migration with a comprehensive, practical critique against the complex of domination, which is fragmenting and isolating any liberatory attempts to weaken and suppress them more easily.
We have shielded the anti-institutional character of our project by all means necessary, keeping the squat and its activities free from the presence and influence of NGOs, media and any intermediary. We have defended our political autonomy without altering the fundamental characteristics of our combative community. At the same time, we chose to meet with others on paths of multiracial clashes, working together whenever and wherever we considered that the respective political and organizational framework corresponded with our goals.
Themistokleous 58 Squat is both an anarchic political project and a housing space for people with or without papers. It is a subversive laboratory of theory and praxis, but also a place where individuals live and struggle together on the basis of self-organization, equal participation, horizontality, mutual aid and direct action. After one year of operation of the project, the experiences gained (both positive and negative) during the experiment of the 58 are a legacy of struggle valuable to us for the battles to come.
We invite everyone to join us on Saturday January 14th at 21:00 outside the 58 for a demonstration on the streets of Exarchia. We do not forget Shahzad Luqman, a migrant from Pakistan who was murdered by neo-Nazi scum in the Athens neighborhood of Ano Petralona in January 2013. We do not forget the thousands of migrants who were beaten, imprisoned, deported or assassinated by the world of states and their borders.
To support the project financially, join us on Saturday January 21st from 21:00 for a solidarity party at the 58; with live music performances by REZA ASKI (voice/guitar, from Iran) and SIMO (rap, from Morocco), DJ sets, food and drinks.
BLAST AND FIRE TO THE BORDERS AND ALL PRISON CELLS
NEITHER NATIVES NOR FOREIGNERS; FATHERLANDLESS AND REBELS
Today, Sunday January 8th 2017, after a new prosecutor’s order, temporary custody of Lambros-Viktoras Maziotis Roupas was given to the grandmother on his mother’s side, so his captivity in the psychiatric unit(!) of the children’s hospital in Athens was finally terminated. The six-year-old child left the hospital escorted by his first-degree relatives.
Meanwhile, there were protests by inmates at Koridallos men’s and women’s prisons, Elaionas women’s prison in Thebes, and Trikala prison.
In the early morning hours of January 5th 2017, two Revolutionary Struggle members, fugitive comrade Pola Roupa and anarchist Konstantina Athanasopoulou were captured at a southern suburb of Athens. Anti-terror cops raided a hideout with Pola and her six-year-old son inside, while Konstantina was arrested in another house nearby.
After being forcibly removed from his mother, Lambros-Viktoras Maziotis Roupas—the small son of Revolutionary Struggle members Nikos Maziotis and Pola Roupa—is being held captive inside a children’s hospital guarded by cops(!), without any access to visitations by his close relatives or even the legal representative of his parents.
The Greek authorities, and in particular the public prosecutor for minors Mrs. Nikolou, still refuse to entrust the child to first-degree relatives of Pola Roupa.
In response to this, three Revolutionary Struggle members—the anarchist prisoner Nikos Maziotis, the recaptured comrade Pola Roupa and the newly arrested Konstantina Athanasopoulou—have undergone hunger and thirst strike since January 5th, demanding that the six-year-old be immediately placed with his aunt and grandmother (relatives on his mother’s side).
In an open letter Nikos Maziotis stated, among others, that: “Our son is the child of two revolutionaries, and he’s proud of his parents. We will not succumb to any blackmail. We defend our choices with our very life”.
On January 6th, during the women’s transfer to Evelpidon courts, Pola shouted: “The worms are holding my kid captive at Paidon (children’s hospital in Athens), guarded by armed cops; at the age of six, he is a prisoner of war” and: “Long live the Revolution!”. Furthermore, Pola stated: “I am a revolutionary, and I have nothing to apologize for.”
“I am an anarchist, member of the armed revolutionary organization Revolutionary Struggle (Epanastatikos Agonas). The only terrorists are the State and the Capital. I refuse to eat and drink anything until the child of my comrades Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis is delivered to relatives of theirs.
On the inside, anarchist prisoners and other inmates at different wings of Koridallos male and female prisons have mounted a joint protest by refusing lock-up, to claim an end to the captivity of Lambros-Viktoras in solidarity with the Revolutionary Struggle prisoners currently on hunger and thirst strike.
On the outside, comrades in various cities throughout Greece have carried out diverse actions in immediate support of the anarchist revolutionaries, demanding that the first-degree relatives of Pola Roupa be granted immediate visitation and custody of the underage child.
Strength to Konstantina Athanasopoulou, Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis, proud members of Revolutionary Struggle.
Revolutionary Struggle will neither lay down arms nor surrender to the enemies of freedom.