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Greek prisons: The 8 anarchists from the Network of Imprisoned Fighters (DAK) terminated their hunger strike

On April 18th 2015, the eight anarchist prisoners of DAK Antonis Stamboulos, Giorgos Karagiannidis, Fivos Harisis, Argyris Ntalios, Grigoris Sarafoudis, Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos, Dimitris Politis and Yannis Michailidis announced the end of their hunger strike, considering that a significant portion of their demands were partially fulfilled after the new prison reform bill was passed by parliament:

– The legal framework that determines the operation of type C prisons was repealed. (However, article 187 regarding criminal organisations and article 187A regarding terrorist organisations still stand.)

– The aggravating feature relating to acts committed with concealed/altered physical characteristics was abolished for cases of arrests in demonstrations. However, the anti-hoodie law still applies to cases of (armed) robberies. According to the hunger strike termination statement of the participants in DAK, the minimum sentence for robbery with concealed/altered physical characteristics was dropped from 10 to 5 years, leaving the matter to the discretion of the judge.

– It was determined that an independent expert witness may be present from the early stage of collection of genetic material/samples. However, the prosecutorial provision of forcible taking of DNA samples still stands.

– It was determined that inmates sentenced to life imprisonment who have served 10 years in prison, and their degree of disability exceeds an 80%, may be granted release to serve the remainder of their sentence under house arrest (with an electronic bracelet). So, the convicted 17N member Savvas Xiros may be granted the possibility to be placed under house arrest, as his degree of disability has reached a 98%.

We wish all rebellious prisoners who conducted hunger strikes a complete and speedy recovery.

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Athens: Dimitris Politis, on hunger strike since 16/3, currently hospitalised

On April 14th, anarchist prisoner on hunger strike Dimitris Politis, participant in the Network of Imprisoned Fighters (DAK), was transferred from Koridallos prison to Evangelismos hospital in Athens.

The comrade has now lost 13% of his initial body weight. Additionally, his body has not had time to regain the weight lost in the recent hunger strike that Dimitris carried out in solidarity with imprisoned comrade Nikos Romanos.

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Greek prisons: Words from 8 hunger strikers of the Network of Imprisoned Fighters (DAK)

Banner drop at a shopping mall in Thessaloniki, Greece (April 9th 2015):
“Victory to the struggle of the hunger strikers – since 2/3.
Fire and arson to all the prison cells (A)”

Below is an excerpt from an open letter released in the small hours of April 11th 2015 by hunger strikers of the Network of Imprisoned Fighters.

[…] When we started the hunger strike, we knew it would be an uphill struggle that would stretch us to our limits. And it’s true that some of us, after 40 days of tough struggle, run the risk of developing serious health problems. Nevertheless, we’re not going to concede any ground to anyone who’s taking advantage of the government’s strategy in their attempt to wear us down and annul the effectiveness of our struggle. Therefore, we reiterate that we continue the hunger strike until the fulfillment of our demands, despite the visible risks to our health. We owe it to all the comrades who’ve felt we are giving a joint struggle against the state of exception, but above all we owe it to our own selves and to the means of fight that we have chosen. We invite all comrades to reflect on the cruciality of the situation (four comrades have been on strike for more than 40 days) and turn Every Day of Hunger Strike into A Day of Action.

Every fight exhausts its potential only when we give up, and this fight has neither exhausted its potential nor completed its cycle.*

PS.1: Yesterday [April 10th], our comrade Tasos Theofilou stopped the strike as well. We walked together this far, and remain united in our common struggle. Tasos, we wish you a good recovery.

PS.2: We send our solidarity to the revolutionaries from Turkey [incarcerated in Greek prisons], who stand beside us in this battle. We wish Giorgos Inglessis [who suspended hunger strike] a good recovery.**

PS.3: Solidarity with the migrants who went on hunger strike at the concentration camp in Paranesti, near Drama.***

Until the End – Until Victory
Not One Step Back

Network of Imprisoned Fighters
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Translation notes:

* A reference to the opinion expressed by imprisoned comrade Nikos Maziotis.

** According to our information so far, the prisoners who remain on hunger strike are eight anarchists of the Network of Imprisoned Fighters (DAK), Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos, Antonis Stamboulos, Argyris Ntalios, Dimitris Politis, Fivos Harisis, Giorgos Karagiannidis, Grigoris Sarafoudis and Yannis Michailidis, as well as communists from Turkey & Kurdistan incarcerated in Greek prisons.

*** On April 10th, the No Lager Assembly in Thessaloniki, having established ties of solidarity and constant communication with the imprisoned migrants, reported that only one migrant is still on hunger strike in Paranesti camp, also noting that comrades from various collectives in Thessaloniki, Drama, Patras, Athens and other places supported and publicised the strike.

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Greek prisons: Medical report about 8 anarchist hunger strikers, participants in the Network of Imprisoned Fighters (DAK)

Eight anarchist prisoners of the Network of Imprisoned Fighters (DAK) are still on hunger strike in different hospitals and Greek prisons, demanding the abolition of type C maximum security prisons; abolition of the antiterrorist legislation (articles 187 and 187A); abolition of the anti-hoodie law; abolition of forcible taking of DNA samples, abolition of analysis of DNA samples that contain a mixture of genetic material from more than two individuals, access to DNA samples for analysis by a biology expert witness trusted by the accused; and the release of the polytrauma patient, 17N prisoner Savvas Xiros. According to the latest medical report, all comrades are in critical condition.

:: ON HUNGER STRIKE SINCE 2/3 ::

Fivos Harisis has lost 22% of his initial body weight; currently treated under police guard in the hospital ‘Attikon’ in Athens, in life-threatening condition.

Antonis Stamboulos has lost 20.5% of his initial body weight; currently treated under police guard in the hospital of Larissa, in life-threatening condition.

Argyris Ntalios has lost 18% of his initial body weight; currently treated under police guard in the hospital of Nikaia in Piraeus, in life-threatening condition.

Giorgos Karagiannidis has lost 17% of his initial body weight; currently held in Koridallos prison, in life-threatening condition.

:: ON HUNGER STRIKE SINCE 9/3 ::

Grigoris Sarafoudis has lost 16% of his initial body weight; currently held in Koridallos prison, in very critical condition.

:: ON HUNGER STRIKE SINCE 16/3 ::

Dimitris Politis has lost an average of 10% of his initial body weight; currently held in Koridallos prison.

Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos has lost an average of 10% of his initial body weight; currently held in Koridallos prison.

:: ON HUNGER STRIKE SINCE 23/3 ::

Yannis Michailidis has lost 8% of his initial body weight; currently held in Koridallos prison.

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Greek prisons: Hunger strike statement by the Network of Imprisoned Fighters (issued 2/3/2015)

A total of nine participants in DAK are currently on hunger strike: the imprisoned anarchists Antonis Stamboulos, Tasos Theofilou, Giorgos Karagianidis, Fivos Harisis, Argyris Ntalios (since March 2nd), Grigoris Sarafoudis (since March 9th), Dimitris Politis, Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos (since March 16th), and Yannis Michailidis (since March 23rd).

Below is their joint statement issued 2/3/2015.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF INITIATION OF HUNGER STRIKE
BY THE NETWORK OF IMPRISONED FIGHTERS (DAK)

We begin by stating that which we should never forget. Everything is won through struggle. If it is possible in prison today to have books, tv, free phone contact, permits, sentence suspensions, if the guards don’t beat us it is because of the bloody revolts and hunger strikes of prisoners before us.

Today is our turn to fight and to win. The time has come for the long prison sentences so profusely passed to be reduced, for permits and suspensions to be compulsorily granted at the time when the law provides for them, for the life sentence to be reduced to 12 years mandatory serving and 4 years labour, for the possibility of suspension to be given after serving 2/5 of the sentence in the rest of the cases, for pre-trial detention to be reduced to 12 months, for prisoners to have access to the internet, for unobstructed prison visits, for conjugal visits to be guaranteed.

An end to prisons of sensory isolation, like those in Malandrino, Trikala, Grevena, Domokos, Chania, Nigrita, Drama, where prisoners have no contact to the external environment, where they even see the sky only through a metal grid. The existing ones must be transformed so that they stop focusing on the prevention of uprisings and escapes placing living conditions on the bottom of the priority list.

Concentration camps for migrants must be shut down. These are all demands that all prisoners must fight for and win. On the occasion of the struggle we are embarking on now, we want to bring these demands forward and we ask all prisoners in all prisons to take these into account in the struggles that are to come.

Prison and repression in general comprise the basic foundations of the capitalist system. In the currently prevailing neoliberal model of capitalist management, repression takes on a central role in state policy, its expression condensed in the dogma of Law and Order. The abandonment of the previous Keynesian welfare state has led more and more people into impoverishment both within the western metropolis as well as in the capitalist periphery. Since a large part of the population cannot be absorbed into the process of production and consumption, its management can only be achieved through repression.

This efficient repressive management has imposed a state of exception setting a particular framework for illegal acts. Acts which are not treated according to their penal significance, but rather according to the risk they pose for the smooth running of the regime.

Cracking down on the internal enemy comes under this state of exception (with the application of the “anti-terrorist” law for those accused of armed struggle, of the “anti-hoodie” law for those arrested in demonstrations), as well as cracking down on the so-called “organised crime” or in other words the “black” capitalist market, and on migrants who are now imprisoned not for offending but simply for existing. On hooligans persecuted on special sports laws, on women stigmatised as a potential plague to society (the case of HIV-positive women imprisoned in the spring of 2012) and the list goes on. Anything that could potentially disturb the efficient function of the system is dealt with by some special legislation.

In Greece this legal process began in early 2000 and has been evolving ever since. In 2001 the Greek state in line with the so-called “war on terror”, which on a global level also advanced the war against the internal enemy, passed article 187 concerning criminal organisations. In 2004 it passed article 187A concerning terrorist organisations.

At the same time, the first maximum security prisons were set up in Malandrino, where the most undisciplined prisoners were transferred experiencing a special correctional treatment entailing sensory isolation, confinement in depopulated wards and difficulties in getting any permits or sentence suspensions.

In 2002 the prisoners of the 17 November (17N) case were incarcerated in the underground ward of Koridallos women’s prison, in conditions of sensory and physical isolation. The operation of Malandrino prison as well as the underground ward of Koridallos for penal and political prisoners respectively was the first application of special incarceration conditions in Greece in the post-dictatorship era.

With the articles 187 and 187A the legal framework is expanded to fit more acts and the severity of punishment is increased. The application of these legislations provides for special judges and prosecutors, special court rooms, absence of jury, greater sentences for each crime and finally, the persecution of the intent to commit a similar crime. This is a blatantly vindictive legislation which aims at the extermination of prisoners.

A particular case here is the case of severely wounded rebel Savvas Xiros, who for 13 years now has been facing a slow death in prison.

The latest application of the state of exception is the operation of type C prisons. Sentences served in these prisons are greatly lengthened through the enhancement of the legal framework that determines their operation. And this is on top of the physical and sensory isolation that comes with the confinement in type C prisons.

A particular characteristic of this state of exception is that its application began as a pilot scheme and was subsequently broadened. As, for example, with the application of article 187, which originally concerned only a dozen prisoners and now around 30% of all prisoners are indicted on this article.

Another example is the applicability of type C prisons, where, aside from those originally defined as type C prisoners (those indicted on article 187 and 187A), any prisoner deemed undisciplined and dangerous may be transferred there.

The state of exception is reflected in the forensics field as well as the legislative one. DNA analysis has established a new type of police-judicial approach which presents its findings as undeniable truths.

Genetic material is by its nature an extremely unreliable piece of evidence as to the conclusions that can be drawn by its analysis. The ease by which it can be transferred from person to person or to objects, as well as the mixture of DNA from more than one person in any sample, leave as many open possibilities as the outcomes one may want to derive by using this as evidence.

Even though this is well known as much to the scientists as to the repressive mechanisms that use this evidence, collection, elaboration and recording of genetic material is the new repressive penal weapon, owing its strength to its dubiousness.

The insufficiency of this particular method is obvious from the stark absence of biologist police officers in court who could support their findings as opposed to the number of arresting officers, interrogators, pyrotechnists and other such witnesses.

It is clear how the repressive practice prioritises DNA analysis, by the extent to which it is increasingly used as evidence in court. People have been prosecuted on various crimes based solely on a mixture of genetic material found near the scene. Despite the fact that, internationally, the scientific method deems the analysis of mixtures unreliable, there have been numerous convictions based only on mixture findings.

Besides, the insistence of the cops on violently extracting DNA, which is not only allowed but enforced, turning the whole procedure into a form of torture, is yet another indication of how important it is for the state to create biological data bases.

For all the above reasons we believe it is politically imperative for a boundary to be set in the way genetic material is evaluated.

There is no doubt that the state uses every means permitted by the prevailing social interrelations for the maintenance of its class hegemony. It would be dumb, therefore, to expect from those who are damaged by the revolutionary struggle not to take measures.
What we can demand from the bosses and the state, through the cost we shall make them bare, is to retreat by abolishing:
• Article 187
• Article 187A
• The “anti-hoodie” law
• The legislation that determines the operation of type C prisons.

And for restricting the use and processing of genetic material, we specifically demand:
• The abolition of the court order that enforces the violent extraction of DNA from persons.
• The access and evaluation of the genetic sample by an expert biologist chosen by the accused, if they so wish.
• The abolition of use of samples that contain a mixture of genetic material from more than two persons.

We also demand:
• The immediate release of Savvas Xiros, so that he can receive appropriate medical care.

We have no confidence in the promises of any government and we never forget that everything is won through struggle. For this reason we begin a hunger strike on the 2nd of March until the vindication of our demands.

Network of Imprisoned Fighters (DAK)

English translation (slightly edited here) via kraygesapotakelia

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Greek prisons: Anarchist prisoners Dimitris Politis and Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos on hunger strike

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Solidarity banner in Kavala, northern Greece (13/3/2015), reading: “Struggle until the last prison is torn down. Freedom for political prisoners: DAK – CCF – type C – fighters from Turkey. Hunger strike since 2/3.”

On March 16th 2015, two more participants in the Network of Imprisoned Fighters (DAK by its initials in Greek), anarchists Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos and Dimitris Politis, went on hunger strike requesting the fulfillment of demands already set by DAK. They specifically demand that articles 187 and 187A of the Greek penal code, the hoodie law, type C prisons law, the prosecutorial provision of forcible taking of DNA samples be abolished; generally, that the processing and use of genetic material be limited; and that Savvas Xiros be released from prison so that he can receive needed medical treatment.

In a joint statement, the comrades have sent their strength to all other hunger strikers in Greek prisons.

Greek prisons: Solidarity with anarchist Nikos Romanos and the rest of prisoners in struggle

Footage of clashes in Exarchia, downtown Athens, December 6th, 2014:

Anarchist prisoner Nikos Romanos, currently hospitalized in critical condition in Athens, has been on a hunger strike since the 10th of November 2014. His request for educational leaves – to which he’s entitled since September 2014 – has been repeatedly denied by the Greek justice system.

In Koridallos men’s prison, 75 inmates at the Ε wing abstained from prison meals between the 13th and the 14th of November, in solidarity with Nikos Romanos.

Anarchist prisoner Yannis Michailidis, currently hospitalized in Piraeus, has been on a solidarity hunger strike since the 17th of November.

Anarchist prisoners Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos and Dimitris Politis, who are held in Koridallos prison, have also been on a solidarity hunger strike since the 1st of December.

Two women incarcerated in the disciplinary prison of Neapoli in Lasithi, on the island of Crete, have abstained from prison food since the 4th of December.

Imprisoned fighter Elias Karadouman, who is held in Corfu prison, conducts a 7-day symbolic hunger strike in solidarity with Nikos Romanos between the 5th and the 11th of December 2014.

On the 5th of December, in various men’s prisons across Greece, prisoners in struggle Spyros Stratoulis, Sotiris Georgakopoulos, Dimitris Dimitriou, Dimitris Savvidis, Giorgos Moysiadis, Admir Betsani, Ioakim Kourkoulis, alongside imprisoned anarchists Antonis Stamboulos, Rami Syrianos and Tasos Theofilou, announced prison food abstention until the request of anarchist hunger striker Nikos Romanos is met.

On the 6th of December, 17N prisoner Dimitris Koufontinas and Revolutionary Struggle anarchist prisoner Kostas Gournas, both held in the dungeons of Koridallos women’s prison, refused to enter their cells in a minimal display of solidarity with Nikos Romanos.

Most of the prisoners at different wings of Koridallos men’s prison refused to enter their cells at midday between the 6th and the 8th of December 2014.

Communists from Turkey who are incarcerated in Larissa prison abstain from prison food between the 9th and the 10th of December.

Meanwhile, another anarchist prisoner, known by his initials G.S., has been on a hunger strike as of December 3rd, 2014. The comrade, currently held in Aghios Stefanos prison in Patras, was sent in pretrial detention accused of involvement in recent Messolonghi police station attack. The charges against him are based on the use of false testimony by a plainclothes cop. G.S. struggles for his immediate release from prison, protesting against the repression and the humanguards, against the police state, ministers, bankers and businesspeople: “These are the terrorists, these are the robbers,” he stated in his latest open letter. He also sent strength to every hunger striker and all those who are fighting against the shackles of society, “a society where the system of snitching is vindicated.”

Strength to hunger strikers Nikos Romanos, Yannis Michailidis, Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos, Dimitris Politis and Elias Karadouman.

Immediate release of hunger striker G.S.

Solidarity with all prisoners in struggle!

Athens: The Melina Cultural Centre in Thissio occupied by anarchists

The banner reads: “The rule of law murders. Solidarity with Nikos Romanos and the rest of comrades on hunger strike.”

Today, December 6th, 2014, we occupy the Melina Cultural Center of the City of Athens, located at the corner of 66, Herakleidon Street and Thessalonikis Street, in the Thissio neighbourhood of Athens.

The occupation is an act of solidarity with the ongoing struggle of comrade Nikos Romanos, six years after the murder of Alexandros Grigoropoulos.

Our purpose is the continuation and escalation of polymorphous anarchist action. We support every initiative that contributes to the intensification of social war.

Victory to the struggle of hunger strikers Nikos Romanos, Yannis Michailidis, Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos and Dimitris Politis.

Strength to comrade Gou.Sou. from Messolonghi, incarcerated at Aghios Stefanos prison in Patras, who has also been on hunger strike since the 3rd of December.

We support the struggle of refugees from Syria.

A clenched fist to fighters in different Greek prisons who refuse to enter their cells, abstain from prison food, and went on a symbolic hunger strike, in solidarity with anarchist Nikos Romanos.

FIRE TO THE BORDERSFIRE TO THE PRISONS

WE DO NOT FORGETWE DO NOT FORGIVE

PS: See you in the streets, the barricades and the occupied buildings

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İstanbul: ELF/Insurrectionary Solidarity Faction sabotaged a road roller for Nikos Romanos

On the night of December 1st, 2014, we broke the windows of a road roller and cut its cables in the Kocasinan district of Istanbul, with the intention of showing our solidarity to anarchist prisoner Nikos Romanos, who is on hunger strike for 26 days, and then to Yannis Michailidis, Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos and Dimitris Politis, who have started a hunger strike in support to Nikos Romanos in Greek prisons. Then we spray-painted some slogans on a wall close to the target: “Nikos Romanos” and “Fire to the prison cells”.

With this small action, we also salute warriors who are fallen while not giving way to ISIS butchers, we salute rebels who refuse to stay as protestors, then fight against cops and attack to the targets of repression and exploitation in Mexico, France, Ferguson and Santiago, we salute ALF-ELF cells who increase actions and attacks in Istanbul and around, we salute the insurrectionaries who got bored of being armchair revolutionaries, who got bored of insurrectional vaporings and fetishism of organisation, and of losing their anarchic imagination in the swamp of liberal opposition.

Until freedom of Nikos Romanos and all anarchist prisoners of war around the world…
Solidarity…Attack…İnsurrection…

Until Total Liberation…
Social War!

Earth Liberation Front (ELF) / Insurrectionary Solidarity Faction

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Athens: Request of anarchist prisoner Nikos Romanos denied a second time; the comrade continues his hunger strike

Solidarity with anarchist N.Romanos, on hunger strike since 10/11

On the night of December 2nd, 2014, it was confirmed that the request of anarchist prisoner Nikos Romanos – who has now entered the 24th day of hunger strike – was denied a second time. In particular, he had filed an appeal against the denial of special judge Eftichis Nikopoulos to grant him educational furloughs, whose decision was eagerly approved by the Koridallos prison board. The comrade’s appeal was dismissed in Piraeus courts by the competent judicial council.

On December 3rd, Nikos released an open letter from the hospital stating he will fight till the end. The comrade dismissed a proposal to attend distance learning classes, or worse yet video conference courses inside prison walls, and persisted in his demand for a few breaths of freedom.

Contrary to allegations made by the justice minister Charalambos Athanasiou, who did not hesitate to spread through the mass media that the anarchist hunger striker is fed a liquid diet(!), Nikos Romanos made it very clear that he has strictly refused to be put on any sort of intravenous drip (according to physician Pantelia Vergopoulou, he only drinks water mixed with sugar).

Below is a short excerpt from the comrade’s text titled “Dancing with death for 24 days”:

I for my part go on, I walk past any probability of backing down, and I respond with STRUGGLE UNTIL VICTORY, OR STRUGGLE UNTIL DEATH.
In any event, if the State murders me by its stance, mister Athanasiou and his associates will go down in history as a gang of murderers, instigators to the torture and killing of a political prisoner. Let’s just hope free spirits turn up and judge the justness of their justice system in their own way.

In closing this text, I would like to send out my complicity and my friendship to all those who stand by me with any means at their disposal.

Finally, a couple of words for Yannis, who is also hospitalized, Andreas, Dimitris and several other brothers and sisters of mine.
The struggle may also bring about losses; in pathways towards a dignified life, we need to take death by the hand, running the risk of losing everything in order to gain everything. The struggle continues with bare hands and clenched fists against the knife, over and over again.

All for everything!
For as long as we live and breathe, long live anarchy!
To the streets of wrath on the 6th of December!
My thoughts will be wandering through the familiar streets.
It’s worth it to live for a dream, even if its fire is to burn you.
And as we often say: Strength.

Athens: Exarchia riots in solidarity with anarchist hunger striker Nikos Romanos

During the night between the 2nd and 3rd of December 2014, shortly after an evening demonstration of thousands of people in central Athens in support of the ongoing struggle of anarchist prisoner Nikos Romanos and the solidarity hunger strike of his captive brothers Yannis Michailidis, Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos and Dimitris Politis, large-scale clashes erupted in the Exarchia area. Many protesters were reportedly injured and arrested by police (at least two arrestees were gravely wounded and needed to be hospitalized).

The footage shows incendiary instances of direct action and moments from the street battle between rioters and cops on Stournari Street, also in defense of the occupied Athens Polytechnic School in Exarchia.

On the same day, solidarity with the anarchist prisoners on hunger strike was manifested in the streets of several other cities in Greece.

Solidarity means attack.

Athens: Second announcement from the occupied Polytechnic School after Exarchia riots, 2/12/2014

On the 2nd of December 2014, a demonstration took place in solidarity with anarchist comrade Nikos Romanos, prisoner on hunger strike since the 10th of November, demanding the granting of educational furloughs. Today’s march saw participation of thousands of people, some of whom later headed for the occupied Polytechnic School.

For us, the occupied ground of the Athens Polytechnic School is not a value in itself. On the contrary, it is yet another piece on the mosaic of dignity and resistance against all those who want to turn society into a graveyard. It is a piece on the mosaic of resistance against the modern-day totalitarianism that spreads its power over our lives; from the anarchists who have gone on a hunger strike, the mobilizations against maximum security prisons, and the hunger strikers from Syria, to all those who are fighting for dignity and freedom across the world.

We call on everyone in struggle to take any necessary initiative towards the vindication of hunger striker Nikos Romanos: from faculty occupations, to production blockades; from breaches of the media omerta, to attacks against the guardians of order.

Let’s rise to the challenge of our time in the face of state repression, contrary to rationales that want us to remain passive spectators and voters. Uncompromising solidarity with Nikos Romanos, who is on hunger strike since 10/11, and hunger strikers in solidarity Yannis Michailidis (since 17/11), Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos (since 1/12) and Dimitris Politis (since 1/12).

IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF ALL ARRESTEES FROM TONIGHT’S CLASHES

THE OCCUPATION STAYS UNTIL VICTORY IN THE STRUGGLE OF NIKOS ROMANOS

Assembly of the occupied Polytechnic School
Athens, 2/12/14

Athens: First announcement from the occupied Polytechnic School in Exarchia, 1/12/2014

As of today December 1st, 2014, the Athens Polytechnic School is occupied so as to become another centre of solidarity and commitment to the struggle of anarchist hunger striker Nikos Romanos (since 10/11/2014), as well as the rest of the comrades who are on hunger strike in solidarity with Nikos – Yannis Michailidis (since 17/11), Dimitris Politis and Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos (since 1/12).

Nikos Romanos has been held hostage by the State since February 1st, 2013, after the double expropriation of a bank branch and the ELTA post office in Velventos, Kozani. His act is part of the polymorphous anarchist struggle against all those responsible for the pillaging enforced by the State and the Capital on the entirety of society.

The political choices of Nikos Romanos and his militant commitment to the struggle mark a continuation of the December 2008 revolt. He is struggling for a world without Power, without exploitation and bosses.

The struggle of the hunger striking prisoners for a breath of freedom, against the savagery of incarceration and the ever-increasing repression of the prison system (e.g. suspension and denial of furloughs, widespread use of solitary confinement, construction of new Type C maximum security prisons), goes side by side with the struggle of all repressed people against the subordination and the ravaging of our lives.

This occupation intends/aims to lend characteristics of an open, massive and combative focus of struggle to the liberated ground of the Athens Polytechnic School, alongside any other instance of fight that is directed towards vindicating the claims of Nikos Romanos (educational day release from prison) and towards the social liberation case in general.

TO THE STREETS OF REVOLT

SOLIDARITY WITH THE FIGHTERS ON HUNGER STRIKE

VICTORY TO THE STRUGGLE OF NIKOS ROMANOS

Assembly of the occupied Polytechnic School
1/12/2014

Athens: Gatherings in solidarity with Nikos Romanos and Yannis Michailidis (30/11)

A moto-protest in solidarity with anarchist hunger striker Nikos Romanos, who is hospitalized at the Gennimatas hospital in northern Athens, took place on Sunday afternoon the 30th of November. More than 200 demonstrators drove off from the city centre and made a short stop at Syntagma Square, where families of refugees from Syria – many of whom are also conducting a hunger strike – have camped opposite the Greek parliament for days, demanding to be able to work in Greece but, most importantly, to be allowed to travel to other European countries and get asylum there. The welcoming gestures of refugee protesters towards anarchists were an emotional moment of the demo.

About an hour later, the gathering (the third one at the Gennimatas hospital these days) saw the participation of more than a thousand anarchists, relatives and friends. Protesters were able to talk with Nikos behind bars. The comrade wanted to know what was happening on the outside, reaffirmed his uncompromising stance, and clarified that he strictly refused to be visited by a delegation of the Syriza party who had the nerve to make their appearance at the hospital a few days ago. He also asked about the health status of his brother Yannis Michailidis. During the protest, it was made possible to communicate to Nikos messages of incendiary solidarity across borders (from Bristol by his FAI confederates, as well as Santiago).

When this gathering ended, many of the demonstrators on motorcycles headed to the Polytechnic School in Exarchia, while nearly 80 comrades took the initiative of driving also to the Tzaneio hospital in Piraeus, where anarchist hunger striker Yannis Michailidis is being treated under police custody. People in solidarity were able to exchange words with Yannis as well. He was in good spirits, responding to slogans with humor and wit (“I now feel like I’ve eaten,” he said at one point).

Additional footage and reportback from both gatherings in Greek & Spanish

Strength to the comrades on hunger striker, Nikos Romanos (10/11), Yannis Michailidis (17/11), Andreas-Dimitris Brourzoukos and Dimitris Politis (1/12)!

Important notes:
– The Polytechnic School in Exarchia has been occupied as of December 1st by comrades in solidarity with the four anarchist hunger strikers.
– Upcoming action for the same case: Tuesday, December 2nd, at 18:00 in Monastiraki Square; street protest in downtown Athens.

Koridallos prisons: Anarchists Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos and Dimitris Politis announce hunger strike

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

Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos
Dimitris Politis
(30.11.2014)

Greek prisons: Rotating hunger strike in solidarity with Nikos Romanos

Comrade Yannis Michailidis, currently incarcerated in Koridallos prison, announced that the anarchists who were arrested after the double robbery in Velventos, Kozani (in February 2013), begin a rotating hunger strike as of Monday, November 17th, 2014 to show factual support to Nikos Romanos, who is on hunger strike since the 10th of November demanding that educational furloughs be granted to him.

In his statement, Michailidis – who is the first comrade to enter this solidarity hunger strike – has mentioned among others:

“In this instance, my comrade and brother Nikos Romanos is using his body as a barricade to claim passageways out of the stifling conditions of confinement, so I sought a way to express my solidarity with him in practice. Given the condition in which I also find myself at the present juncture, I decided to participate in a rotating hunger strike that we, the comrades who were arrested together after the robbery in Velventos, have now commenced. As of November 17th I start a hunger strike until the request of Nikos Romanos is met.

This choice of ours aims to contribute towards further motivation of comrades outside the prison walls so as to multiply and intensify multiform solidarity actions, thus opening another front in the war against the State and consequently a scope of awareness amongst new comrades.”

Additionally, anarchist prisoner Yannis Michailidis expressed his solidarity with Iraklis Kostaris, imprisoned member of the R.O. 17 November (17N), who conducts a hunger strike since October 29th, 2014 claiming educational furloughs he’s also entitled to.

Koridallos prison, Athens: Sentences in the Velventos double robbery case

On Wednesday, October 1st, 2014, the Koridallos prison court in Athens found anarchist prisoners Yannis Michailidis, Nikos Romanos, Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos and Dimitris Politis (who have claimed political responsibility for the double armed robbery in Velventos, Kozani) as well as Fivos Harisis and Argyris Ntalios (who have denied all charges) guilty of:
– committing robbery while masked or disguised (except Dimitris Politis, who was convicted as an accessory),
– aggravated possession of firearms (for the guns used in the double expropriation),
– aggravated vehicle theft (for the car of the dentist-hostage used as getaway vehicle).

The final prison sentences against the six comrades are:
Yannis Michailidis: 16 years, 4 months and 10 days.
Nikos Romanos: 15 years and 10 months.
Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos, Fivos Harisis, Argyris Ntalios: 15 years and 11 months.
Dimitris Politis: 11 years and 5 months.

Finally, as proposed earlier by the prosecutor, the court acquitted all of the accused of alleged involvement in the CCF urban guerrilla group. However, there are other trial court cases underway that include the exact same accusation against the anarchist comrades.

Athens, Greece: Statement of ten anarchists from the 4th wing of Koridallos prison (26.1.2014)

We are forced once again to talk about things which should be obvious, hoping and wanting this to be the last time we do so. We refer to two texts published on Monday night, January 20th, on ‘Inter Arma’, one by Gerasimos Tsakalos and another by people in solidarity with the CCF; both texts insinuated heavy accusations against us. Of course, the fact that we position ourselves on both texts in one open letter does not mean in any way that we blame one person for what was said by the others, or vice versa.

First off, the update about the disciplinary sanctions imposed on the CCF mentioned that, according to the prosecutor, those were based on testimonies of prison staff and the first informative text we released, as we wrote that the CCF ambushed our comrade. After that, first thing we did was to go to the prison prosecutor herself, who was told not to sow discord but, instead, to assume her own responsibilities and better watch what she says, to which she replied that the disciplinary punishment was not based on our text but rather solely on the incident itself, which happened openly out of the 1st wing. Of course, we are not so naive to believe that she never said the disciplinary sanctions were based also on our text, but her unreliability is shown in her very words, which are so contradictory, and her very role, which is so inherently hostile toward anarchists. Therefore, no anarchist should ever chew the sayings of a prosecutor; specifically in an attempt to support such heavy accusations.

Thus, in our initial update, we mentioned the CCF without naming anyone of them in particular (precisely because we needed to ensure that our text could not be used as incriminating element against them), and we did so because the incident took place with their faces uncovered in the presence of prison guards (hence their testimonies and obstruction charge), but also under surveillance cameras that were recording. In short, we exposed a fact that was already more than exposed in the controlled environment of the prison, so should the administration decide to call the CCF to appear before a disciplinary board, they’d easily rely on information they already obtained, and it’d be completely irrelevant to them whether or not we wrote the text.

Judging from the above, and most of all because we thought that the beating after ambush had an enormous political gravity, we decided to mention this fact and particularly the CCF, to not allow it to be buried within the confines of the prison (which of course, whether we spoke out or not, could not eventually happen) but also to attribute to the subjects that were involved their political identity, so that everyone was able to judge. Continue reading Athens, Greece: Statement of ten anarchists from the 4th wing of Koridallos prison (26.1.2014)

Athens: Update on CCF comrades from Koridallos men’s prison

Today, January 20th, 2014, 6 comrades of the Conspiracy* were called to appear before the prison prosecutor, who imposed disciplinary sanction against them after prisoners from the 4th wing released a text which pointed them** out as culpable for the beating of another inmate, as she told them, and after the prison staff reported the incident. The penalty amounts to one year of disciplinary sanction for obstructing and immobilizing a prison guard, and thirty prison points for beating another inmate. There is likely to be criminal continuation of the case. For whatever comes up, we will let you know.

People in solidarity with the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire

Translators Notes:
* The title of this post as well as all links are ours.
** To our knowledge, the ten prisoners did not explicitly name 6 comrades, as shown here.

Koridallos prisons: Anarchist prisoner Yannis Naxakis beaten and hospitalized

Today, Sunday 5/1 at 18.30, outside the A wing, our anarchist comrade Yannis Naxakis was ambushed and beaten up by at least 5 members of the CCF, who were holding stakes. The comrade has been transferred to a hospital outside the prison.

Babis Tsilianidis
Yannis Michailidis
Tasos Theofilou
Dimitris Politis
Fivos Harisis
Argyris Ntalios
Giorgos Karagiannidis
Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos
Alexandros Mitroussias
Grigoris Sarafoudis

Athens: Anarchist prisoners stopped the hunger and thirst strike in Koridallos

Late Sunday night, December 15, 2013 the hunger and thirst strike of 7 anarchists incarcerated in Koridallos prison came to an end. Grigoris Sarafoudis, Babis Tsilianidis, Giorgos Karagiannidis, Fivos Harisis, Argyris Ntalios, Yannis Michailidis and Dimitris Politis are in good health, and announced they have accepted to be moved to the 4th wing, where comrade Yannis Naxakis has already been placed. Although the prison administration did not allow their return to the 1st wing (what they originally demanded to prevent their transfer to isolation unit), the anarchists feel vindicated because they can all be together in the same section of Koridallos.

Greek prisons: Seven captive anarchists on hunger and thirst strike in Koridallos

Previous updates.

Anarchist demonstration at Koridallos prisons, in Athens, on the night of December 14:

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/81901456[/vimeo]

As of Sunday, December 15, 2013 seven anarchist prisoners are on hunger and thirst strike at Koridallos.

Specifically, Fivos Harisis, Argyris Ntalios, Yannis Michailidis, Dimitris Politis and Giorgos Karagiannidis find themselves on hunger and thirst strike already since the 13th of December, Babis Tsilianidis conducts the same strike since the 14th, and Grigoris Sarafoudis joined them on the 15th of December.

The 7 hunger and thirst strikers demand the return of themselves and Yannis Naxakis to the 1st wing of Koridallos men’s prison.

Over the last hours, many gestures and activities of solidarity have been expressed across the territory controlled by the Greek State. Additionally, gatherings were scheduled for December 15th outside the prison of Diavata near Thessaloniki, at the prison of Aghios Stefanos in Patras, and another demo in front of Koridallos prisons, as well as counter-informative assemblies in the Athens Polytechnic School in Exarchia, and at Evangelismos squat in the city of Heraklion, on Crete.

Anarchists Tasos Theofilou, Alexandros Mitroussias, Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos and Stefanos Amilitos (all incarcerated in the 1st wing of Koridallos), as well as imprisoned comrade Elias Karadouman (on Corfu Island) have released open letters in immediate solidarity with the strikers.

Comrades Spyros Stratoulis, Rami Syrianos, Ergün Mustafa and Michalis Ramadanoglou—who conduct hunger strike since November in four different prisons, fighting to vindicate the demands of Spyros Stratoulis—have published a joint communiqué in solidarity with the 7 anarchist strikers in Koridallos.

Every passing minute is extremely crucial for the 7 comrades who are currently on hunger and thirst strike. Therefore, we call for maximum dissemination of their struggle beyond borders.

Stand with the anarchist community in Greek prisons!

Greek prisons: Anarchist prisoners on hunger and thirst strike in Koridallos

As of Friday, December 13, 2013 anarchist prisoners Fivos Harisis, Argyris Ntalios, Yannis Michailidis, Dimitris Politis and Giorgos Karagiannidis are on hunger and thirst strike after their disciplinary transfer for assaulting a jailer —read their open letter here.

Currently the five of them are isolated in the disciplinary section of the 3rd wing in Koridallos, while comrades Yannis Naxakis and Babis Tsilianidis were transferred to the 4th wing, and comrade Grigoris Sarafoudis to the 5th wing (the latter was brought to the 4th wing on 14/12).

All eight were previously at the 1st wing of the same prison, alongside other captive anarchists. The prison administration is trying to break up their community on the inside.

On Saturday, December 14, anarchist Babis Tsilianidis joined the struggle, and went on hunger and thirst strike, too.

The six hunger and thirst strikers demand the return of themselves and the other two comrades to the 1st wing in Koridallos men’s prison, and they salute the ongoing struggle of hunger strikers Spyros Stratoulis (in Larissa), Rami Syrianos (in Domokos), Ergün Mustafa (in Malandrino) and Michalis Ramadanoglou (in Grevena).

More updates as they come.

STRENGTH TO ALL CAPTIVE FIGHTERS!

Greece: Sabotage of ATMs in Thessaloniki

On Monday, December 9th, 2013 we carried out a coordinated sabotage of twelve ATMs at bank branches in Thessaloniki. By doing so, we chose to disrupt even for a while the smooth flow of financial transactions in the city, promoting at the same time a continuation of polymorphous struggle in solidarity with comrades prosecuted for their subversive activity.

We stand beside the imprisoned:
– anarchists Nikos Romanos, Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos, Yannis Michailidis, Dimitris Politis, Fivos Harisis and Argyris Ntalios, currently on trial in the case of double robbery in Velventos, Kozani;
– comrade Tasos Theofilou, currently on trial in the case of robbery at Alpha Bank branch on Paros Island;
– Spyros Stratoulis, who is on hunger strike since November 11th, claiming dismissal of all charges against him in relation to the “criminal organization hangouts of Thessaloniki” and re-granting of exit permits;
– and Rami Syrianos, Michalis Ramadanoglou and Ergün Mustafa, who are also on hunger strike, in solidarity with Spyros and his struggle.