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Greece: Captive comrades Marios Seisidis and Kostas Sakkas to stand trial on August 17th

Banner in the Athens district of Zografou which reads: “Fire to the prison cells! Strength to Sakkas and Seisidis!” (Anarchists expropriated material from the Zografou municipality for the purposes of this banner.)

On August 5th 2016, Kostas Sakkas and Marios Seisidis were brought to the Athens police headquarters and subsequently to the court, where their hearing was postponed. The two comrades have now reportedly been transferred to separate prisons far away from Athens; Marios Seisidis to Malandrino prison, and Kostas Sakkas to Domokos prison. Both will stand trial in Athens on Wednesday August 17th concerning the circumstances of their arrest in Sparta.

Koridallos underground prison cells: Protest in solidarity with hunger striker Evi Statiri

As of today, September 30th 2015, we participate in the mobilisation of prisoners throughout Greece (at the prisons of Trikala, Domokos, Grevena, and the women’s and men’s prisons of Koridallos in Athens) for the immediate RELEASE of Evi Statiri, wife of political prisoner-member of the Cells of Fire Gerasimos Tsakalos.

Evi has already been admitted to the General State Hospital of Nikaia, having entered her 16th day on hunger strike.

Solely responsible for her life are the justice minister — who enacted an amendment-scrap of paper for the cessation of prosecution against relatives of inmates, which nevertheless remains inactive — as well as the judicial council where the request for Evi’s release has been filed – who are procrastinating at the expense of her constantly deteriorating health.

Until Evi is released from prison, we refuse the midday lock-up and count in our cells.

Initiative of Political Prisoners
Koridallos Prisons Underground Annex [*]
September 30th 2015

[*] basement in Koridallos women’s prison, a special high-security unit for men where those convicted as members of armed revolutionary organisations, including anarchist comrades, are being held separately from the general population of inmates

Greece: Statement of Revolutionary Struggle member Nikos Maziotis about the U.S. State Department list of international “terrorists”

In 2009, the anarchist urban guerrilla group Revolutionary Struggle (Epanastatikos Agonas) was designated a “foreign terrorist organization” by the U.S. Department of State, in the aftermath of a rocket propelled grenade attack against the U.S. Embassy in Athens in January 2007.

On April 21, 2015, the State Department issued “terrorist designation” against one of the members of Revolutionary Struggle, anarchist prisoner Nikos Maziotis. The next day, the comrade issued the following statement in response.

“Whoever is not with us is against us”
– from a speech of U.S. President George W. Bush after September 11, 2001

“We are not with you, we are against you”
– from a statement of Nikos Maziotis to the special court in Koridallos prisons on June 11, 2012 regarding the Revolutionary Struggle attack on the U.S. Embassy

The State Department admittedly did me great honor by including me in the list of international “terrorists”. This is the second time that the planetary killers honor me as a Revolutionary Struggle member, since they had placed a one-million-dollar bounty on me along with other members of the organization after the Revolutionary Struggle attack against the U.S. Embassy in Athens in January 2007.

Obviously this move signifies the pressure exerted on the Greek government in response to the recent passing of the justice ministry’s bill, which includes a provision whereby prisoners with disabilities of over 80% like Savvas Xiros, from a point onwards, may be placed under house arrest on electronic monitoring for the remainder of their sentence, what the U.S. ambassador to Greece described as a hostile act.

This move is a sign of lack of confidence towards the Greek government, and sends a strong message; that the U.S. government – which does not recognize any court precedent in another State in case of an attack on U.S. targets – may arrest and prosecute any armed fighter and revolutionary who have attacked U.S. targets anywhere in the world, even if they have stood trial and have been incarcerated in the country where this attack was perpetrated. But the State Department has nothing to worry about. The SYRIZA-led government, despite deviations, will present themselves as consistent with the united front in the war on “terrorism”, just as they are being consistent with their debt repayment obligations to the creditors of the supranational elite. Besides, they stated that they “are doubly sensitive to issues of terrorism, since many attacks were carried out in the name of the Left.”

Regardless of how many years I have to spend in prison, regardless of the price I pay, I will always be filled with joy remembering how we as Revolutionary Struggle humiliated them that morning of January 2007, when we struck the facade of the U.S. Embassy with an anti-tank RPG, and I will always remember with satisfaction the words of the then U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who woke the then planetarch George W. Bush, saying: “Mister President, we are under attack in Athens.”

Nikos Maziotis, member of the Revolutionary Struggle
Domokos prison

Greek prisons: Hunger strike termination statement by Revolutionary Struggle member Nikos Maziotis

On April 5th 2015, anarchist prisoner Nikos Maziotis announced the end of his hunger strike. Below is his statement.
After 35 days of struggle, I terminate the hunger strike that I began on March 2nd along with other comrades. I have decided to do so not owing to the fact that I have reached the limits of my endurance but because I believe that, considering the developments regarding the requestive context, this fight has completed its cycle and has exhausted its potential, taking into account also the solidarity acts that have taken place. I have chosen to suspend the hunger strike now, after the justice ministry’s bill introduction, seeing no point in waiting at least 10 days until it’s voted on, after Easter has passed. I however remain extremely cautious over any modifications that the ministry is supposed to present in relation to the hoodie law or DNA legislation; because the government has already demonstrated how unreliable it is in fulfilling its proclamations.

I participated in the hunger strike with a broken arm, having been injured during my arrest, a fracture that will take some time, perhaps months or over a year, to recover from. The demands which I supported alongside other imprisoned comrades are of a purely political character, because they are aimed against the “anti-terror” and repressive core of the State. I had no illusions from the outset that all of the demands, such as abolition of the 187A anti-terrorism law and the 187 law on criminal organisation, are “realistically” achievable, but they had to be put forward for political reasons.

The course of events showed that the SYRIZA-led government found itself in a very difficult position, but at the same time it’s not as vulnerable to political pressure from the struggle of political prisoners and people in solidarity as some would like to believe. Instead, it is more vulnerable to pressure exerted by the right wing, where there’s a greater sensitivity toward issues of “anti-terror” and repressive policy. Those who, while in opposition, claimed to have “fought” for the rights of prisoners, those who declared themselves against the “anti-terror” laws, such as the current ministers of justice and public order, those who declared themselves against the hoodie law, and have now come to power and lead the government, were faced with the first hunger strike of political prisoners aiming at a vindication of all that.

While in power, having within a very short time refuted everything they had proclaimed before elections regarding the memorandum and the debt, it is expected that they will leave the anti-terrorism legislation intact. Having accepted everything – the memorandum, the debt, the troika, the evaluation – they used to denounce while in opposition, having accepted the dependence on the International Monetary Fund and, by extension, the US – which means that it is impossible to repeal anti-terrorism laws – they chose to employ delaying tactics against the struggle of hunger striking political prisoners, and submitted an already proclaimed bill with whatever amendments only after one month, risking damage to the health and the lives of imprisoned comrades, as demonstrated in the case of comrade [Michalis] Nikolopoulos, who came close to death and may have suffered permanent damage. If this proves out, then this fight will come at a heavy cost; furthermore, it’ll be an “achievement” of the leftist government led by SYRIZA, leaving an indelible mark because no other Greek government in the past let a hunger striker suffer permanent damage.

I will not speak in terms of victory or defeat. Regardless of its outcome, the struggle of political prisoners is of great importance and value. It is the first hunger strike of political prisoners, and as I’ve said before, this struggle goes far beyond its requestive context. It is the only combative political mobilisation that the SYRIZA-led government was faced with so far. This struggle has dispelled the illusions of a leftist facade of Power, a leftist crutch of capitalism, a leftist administration of the crisis. This is the great political legacy left behind by this struggle, and in this respect, we have definitely come out winners.

Nikos Maziotis, member of the Revolutionary Struggle
Domokos [type C] prison

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Greek prisons: Tasos Theofilou, participant in the Network of Imprisoned Fighters (DAK), suspended hunger strike

Anarchist communist Tasos Theofilou, held in Domokos prison, lost 20% of his initial body weight after 39 days of hunger strike.

Today, April 9th 2015, the comrade suspended hunger strike, sending strength to his fellow participants in the Network of Imprisoned Fighters (DAK), eight of whom continue the strike.

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Lamia, Greece: Nikos Maziotis, on hunger strike since 2/3, currently hospitalised

On April 2nd, Revolutionary Struggle prisoner on hunger strike Nikos Maziotis was transferred from the type C maximum security prison of Domokos to the provincial hospital in Lamia due to further deterioration in his health condition. Recall that the comrade was seriously injured as recently as July 2014, after a shootout with his captors.

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Greek prisons: Hunger strike statement by Nikos Maziotis (issued 2/3/2015)

HUNGER STRIKE OF NIKOS MAZIOTIS, MEMBER OF THE REVOLUTIONARY STRUGGLE, IN THE CONTEXT OF THE COMBATIVE MOBILISATION OF POLITICAL PRISONERS

In the past 15 years and especially since the war on “terrorism” was waged, the capitalist system throughout the world has become increasingly totalitarian in order to impose the dictatorship of the markets, the interests of the supranational financial elite, which has emerged from the globalisation of the system after the end of bipolarism. In this context, repression, the reinforcement of the legislative and penal arsenal of states in this new globalised environment against the political enemies of the new order and especially against the threat of armed revolutionary action, is of great significance and is applied for the reproduction of the system, especially in recent years since the outbreak of the global financial crisis.

The Greek state, which is fully integrated into supranational capital, has adopted the neoliberal reforms dictated by the European Union, and has upgraded its legislative and penal arsenal to the demands of the international “war on terrorism”. Thus, in 2001 the state passed the first “anti-terrorist” law, article 187 of the penal code (criminal organisation), in 2004 it passed the second “anti-terrorist” law, article 187A (terrorist organisation), in 2009, shortly after the December 2008 uprising, it passed the anti-hoodie law (a law criminalizing covering one’s face in demonstrations), and in 2010 it modified article 187A rendering it even more repressive. In 2012, by order of the state prosecutor it established the use of violent means in retrieving DNA samples from suspects, and finally, during the summer of 2014, as a logical sequence to its repressive policy, it passed a law establishing type C maximum security prisons for political prisoners.

This gradual upgrade of the state’s repressive attack in these past years has intensified in conjunction to the neoliberal reforms imposed by Greek governments. However, this attack peaked after the outbreak of the global financial crisis, after the December 2008 uprising, and the country’s subjection to the authority of the IMF (International Monetary Fund), ECB (European Central Bank) and EC (European Commission) by signing the first Memorandum in 2010.

In these conditions – where the establishment has lost the social consensus it enjoyed prior to the crisis, due to brutal policies unleashed in the past 6 years – repression and “anti-terrorist” legislation comprise the foundations and prerequisites for perpetuating the system.

Because the de-legitimisation of the establishment in the eyes of the social majority due to the greatest social robbery ever perpetrated against it, where hunger, poverty and misery plague the people, with thousands of deaths from suicides, from diseases, from the lack of basic necessities, with thousands of homeless people and those who eat from garbage or depend on soup kitchens to survive – all of this create the appropriate conditions for the prospect of revolution and of overthrowing a regime responsible for the crisis and all the suffering that has resulted from it.

The takeover of power and of the management of the capitalist crisis by Syriza after the elections of January 25th 2015 doesn’t essentially change anything. Despite the pre-election promises for the abolition of memorandum agreements and the trimming of the debt, the policy that the Syriza government is committed to follow is no different to that of its predecessors. This is obvious from the fact that they requested the extension of the existing bailout program, regardless of their communicative spin to rename the memorandum, or the IMF/ECB/EC troika into “institutions”. The fact is that the Syriza government has accepted both the memoranda and the debt and will sign a new memorandum-bailout program following the extension of the existing one, with all that this entails.

As a member of the Revolutionary Struggle and as a political prisoner in type C prisons, I believe that only the way of subversion and of armed popular and social revolution present a way out of the crisis and can reverse memoranda, loan agreements and erase the debt. As a member of the Revolutionary struggle and as a political prisoner in type C prisons, in the context of the combative mobilisation of political prisoners against the special “anti-terrorist” legislations, special courts and special prisons, I participate in the hunger strike since the 2nd of March, demanding:

1) The abolition of first “anti-terrorist” law of 2001, of article 187 (criminal organisation).
2) Abolition of second “anti-terrorist” law of 2004, of article 187Α (terrorist organisation).
3) Abolition of the anti-hoodie law.
4) Abolition of the law for type C prisons.
5) The release of convicted 17N member Savvas Xiros on health grounds.

Nikos Maziotis, member of the Revolutionary Struggle
Type C prison of Domokos

English translation (slightly edited here) via kraygesapotakelia

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Greece: Tension in Domokos maximum security prison

March 25th 2015 at approximately 13:00 local time

Another prisoner in Domokos has been killed at the hands of the State.

A prisoner of Pakistani origin in Domokos type C prison requested to be transferred to a hospital but instead he was taken from the E2 wing and placed in disciplinary isolation. He reportedly committed suicide in the disciplinary unit cell.

It is the second state murder in Domokos prisons after the SYRIZA party took over and Nikos Paraskevopoulos was appointed justice minister (on February 3rd 2015, a prisoner in Domokos died due to medical negligence).

Currently, there is tension in the E1 wing of type C prison, in which the comrades Nikos Maziotis (on hunger strike since 2/3), Yannis Naxakis and Christos Rodopoulos are being held. Prisoners have taken down the surveillance cameras, and generally, caused extensive damage to the E1 wing of Domokos maximum security prison.

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Lamia, Greece: Kostas Gournas, on hunger strike since 2/3, currently hospitalised

Solidarity with Urban Guerrillas (A)

Since yesterday, March 23rd, anarchist prisoner on hunger strike Kostas Gournas (convicted Revolutionary Struggle member) has been moved from the type C maximum security prison of Domokos to the provincial hospital in Lamia, where the conditions are indescribably appalling, the prisoners are placed in isolation room-cells, and communication with them becomes difficult if not impossible.

In a brief telephone conversation just before his transfer, the comrade said: “The Ministry of Justice urges us to stop the hunger strike and rely on them… How much ‘reliability’ their commitments have as part of this government is demonstrated every day as they rip out the Memorandum and the implementation laws, cancel the ENFIA single property tax, and request a write-off of a large part of the debt… I only rely on the struggle. I continue the hunger strike.”

source: athens imc

Lamia, Greece: Dimitris Koufontinas, on hunger strike since 2/3, currently hospitalised

Since yesterday morning, March 21st, hunger striker Dimitris Koufontinas (convicted 17N member) has been transferred from the type C maximum security prison of Domokos to the provincial hospital in Lamia, where he’s being held in a room-cell with no window. In addition to the miserable conditions, it becomes difficult, if not impossible, for supporters to communicate with any prisoner who may find themselves moved to this hospital.

source: athens imc

Greek prisons: Text of anarchist hunger striker Nikos Maziotis about the CCF members’ hunger strike

NO ONE LEFT ALONE IN THE FACE OF STATE REPRESSION

Political prisoners have currently launched a hunger strike in Greek prisons beginning from March 2nd 2015. Some of them, like me, have a common context of demands regarding: the abolition of the ‘antiterrorism’ legislations, the abolition of the hoodie law and the type C prisons, and the release of the convicted 17N member Savvas Xiros on health grounds.

At the same time, the political prisoners of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire have also begun a hunger strike, demanding the release of their family members who were recently arrested and placed under preventive detention, after it was disclosed that CCF members organised a plan to escape Koridallos prisons.

Regardless of differences in demands, I support the CCF prisoners’ struggle as regards their demand. Despite the political differences between political prisoners and the problems that have arisen among them, despite the different context of the hunger strikes, I believe that people in solidarity, the anarchist-antiauthoritarian space should support all political prisoners. No one should be left alone in the face of repression.

Nikos Maziotis, member of the Revolutionary Struggle
Domokos type C prison

Greece: Angeliki Spyropoulou and Christos Rodopoulos held in pretrial detention

Today, March 5th 2015, Angeliki Spyropoulou was sent to pretrial detention in Koridallos prison, accused of involvement in the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire escape plan. The comrade has been on hunger strike since the day of her arrest (2/3) for the immediate release of the mother and the wife (both remanded since 3/3) of Gerasimos Tsakalos.

Today, 39-year-old Christos Rodopoulos – accused in the same case – also appeared before the special appellate judge and was sent to pretrial detention in Domokos prison.

Greek prisons: Combative prisoners on collective hunger strike as of March 2nd 2015

On March 2nd 2015, combative prisoners launched a hunger strike in various Greek prisons. Their main demands are: the abolition of Article 187 (criminal organisation) and Article 187A (terrorist organisation) of the Greek Penal Code; of the “hoodie law” (acts committed with concealed physical characteristics); of the legal framework for type C prisons; of the prosecutorial provision of forcible taking of DNA samples – and the immediate release from prison of Savvas Xiros (convicted for his participation in the R.O. 17 November) on health grounds.

So far, those who have joined the political prisoners’ mobilisation and collective hunger strike are three urban guerrillas incarcerated in the E1 wing of Domokos type C prison: Dimitris Koufontinas, Kostas Gournas, and Revolutionary Struggle member Nikos Maziotis – and five participants in the Network of Imprisoned Fighters (DAK): Antonis Stamboulos (Larissa prison), Tasos Theofilou (Domokos prison), Fivos Harisis, Argyris Ntalios and Giorgos Karagiannidis (Koridallos prison). The rest of the comrades who participate in the Network of Imprisoned Fighters will join the hunger strike in the coming days.

Furthermore, in the E1 wing of Domokos type C prison, Giorgos Sofianidis has been on hunger strike since February 27th, requesting the abolition of type C maximum security prisons, in addition to his immediate transfer to Koridallos prison in order to continue his studies – and as of today, March 2nd, Mohamed-Said Elchibah also went on a hunger strike.

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Greece: Statement signed by all the prisoners in the E1 wing of Domokos type C prison

Prisoner Giorgos Sofianidis began a hunger strike on Friday 27/2 demanding his transfer to Koridallos prison (where he was incarcerated until News Year’s Eve) so that he is able to attend his studies in the same region where educational institutions to which he has already been admitted are available (besides, one of those schools operates inside Koridallos prison). Below is a statement by all the prisoners in the E1 wing of Domokos maximum security prison.

We, all the prisoners currently held in the E1 special wing in the prison within the prison, the type C prison of Domokos, declare that as of today February 27th 2015 we are going to abstain from prison meals and refuse to enter the cells at noon.

We stand by our fellow prisoner, hunger striker Giorgos Sofianidis, and ask that he be moved back to Koridallos prison, otherwise he risks losing any possibility to study at the TEI (Technological Education Institute) of Piraeus and the IEK (Institute of Professional Training) of Koridallos prison.

We demand that the special conditions of detention as well as the barbaric and inhumane type C prison be abolished.

Our mobilisations will continue until the type C prisons are permanently abolished.

Kostas Gournas
Nikos Maziotis
Dimitris Koufontinas
Giorgos Sofianidis
Yannis Naxakis
Alexandros Meletis
Konstantinos Meletis
Vasileios Varelas
Mohamed-Said Elchibah
Alexandros Makadasidis

Lamia, Greece: Anarchist intervention against maximum security prisons

ALL IDEALS OF THIS SOCIETY ARE MAXIMUM SECURITY PRISONS

On January 20th, in the afternoon, participants of the Assembly of Anarchists/Anti-authoritarians from Lamia carried out an intervention against maximum security prisons (type C) in Eleftherias Square.

We placed a banner, distributed informative texts and threw fliers around the square. Given that this is the first time we present this issue in the city of Lamia, while there are only a few days to go until the general elections, people’s reactions were followed by surprise. Many were those who stood to speak and exchange opinions with us—among them also residents of the nearby town of Domokos that were passing through Lamia—which we consider to be positive.

Of course, an issue so important cannot be addressed with merely a public intervention, especially since a great many of our comrades are locked up in the hellholes of Domokos. We will come back soon with more…

FROM BEHIND THE BARS AND FROM THE STREETS
TOGETHER WE WILL ABOLISH THE STATES AND LAWS

Assembly of Anarchists/Anti-authoritarians from Lamia

Greece: Words from Angeliki Sotiropoulou as regards the new type C prison in Domokos

Once again—as expected, of course—the state and the media of deception are trying to sow fear and terror. All prisons in Greece, other than the agricultural ones, are and have always been maximum-security facilities. Especially the basement in Koridallos women’s prison, where the ‘17 November’ case prisoners have lived over the last twelve and a half years, is demonstrably the most heavily guarded section. Therefore, they have established isolation prisons, rather than maximum-security prisons. Outside a state of rights, they want to make these prisoners invisible. All arguments of the extreme right-wingers who passed and applied the respective law are based on deceit and lies. Christodoulos Xiros [recaptured on January 3rd] did not escape from any prison, no matter if they invoke security reasons or gaps. He left his house. We are thus faced with an outright vindictiveness towards political enemies and mainly a vulgar political exploitation for cheap communication purposes. The new pre-election TV ad of the extreme right-winger Samaras identifies the jihadists with fighters of armed counter-violence organizations, showing the real reasons for the creation of these prisons, as well as their huge panic. I wonder: where else does fascism originate from? Over there—I mean Domokos prison—nothing has changed; all is as it was before, just like at every other prison. All they did differently is discover after twelve and a half years that suddenly these people have become dangerous—one of them is 72 years old—and took them away from their families, as much as possible for the time being, to inflict more problems upon them. We endure it; they might as well send us to the borders.

Words from the former political prisoner Angeliki Sotiropoulou—companion of Dimitris Koufontinas, who is currently held in the type C prison of Domokos—broadcasted during an internet radio show (January 15th, 2015)

Kerameikos, Athens: Photos from the gathering against maximum security prisons

On Saturday evening, January 10th, a PA’s gathering against maximum security prisons took place at Dimosio Sima, in the Athens neighbourhood of Kerameikos. The event lasted almost 4 hours and counted with the participation of some dozens of comrades. We threw fliers in the nearby streets, prepared and placed banners, and we read texts from anarchist and social prisoners.

We do not forget those who have fallen in combat, we do not forget those who have been captured, nor do we forget those who have gone underground.

Anarchists

The banners read:

Immediate cancellation of the transfers of political and social prisoners to the maximum security prisons of Domokos

Not in Domokos, nor anywhere, fire and explosions to all cells

Freedom for the anarchist prisoners and the inmates who struggle

Fire to the prison society

Kerameikos, Athens: PA’s gathering against maximum security prisons

Freedom for those who are in prison cells
Strength to the anarchist captives and combative inmates

We call for a PA’s gathering (mikrofoniki) against maximum security prisons on Saturday the 10th of January 2015, at 17:00, at Dimosio Sima on the corner of Plateon and Leonidou streets in the Athens neighbourhood of Kerameikos.

We openly position ourselves against the new era of repression that the Greek democracy seeks to establish, we stand by our imprisoned comrades and the combative captives of the social war, we fight for the immediate cancelling of transfers of political and social prisoners to the type C prison in Domokos and for the destruction of the prison-society.

NEITHER IN DOMOKOS NOR ANYWHERE
FIRE AND ARSON TO ALL THE PRISON CELLS

Anarchists

Greece: More transfers of prisoners to the maximum-security prison in Domokos

Anarchist Nikos Maziotis, member of Revolutionary Struggle, has been incarcerated for four days in the 5th wing of the new type C prison in Domokos.

On January 2nd, 2015, two more prisoners convicted as members of armed revolutionary organizations, anarchist Kostas Gournas (Revolutionary Struggle) and Dimitris Koufontinas (17 November), were transferred from the dungeon cells of Koridallos women’s prison to the maximum-security facility of Domokos. On the same morning, anarchist prisoners Yannis Naxakis and Grigoris Sarafoudis, both convicted for armed robbery in Pyrgetos-Larissa as well as for—alleged—participation in an armed revolutionary organization (Conspiracy of Cells of Fire), were also taken from the men’s prison in Koridallos to the type C prison in Domokos. Sarafoudis was moved to Domokos even though, for the present, he is co-accused in Filotas-Florina armed robbery case alongside other comrades, whose trial will continue in the special court of Koridallos prison this January.

Meanwhile, since New Year’s Eve until today, several other prisoners have been transferred to the maximum-security prison in Domokos.

Veria, Northern Greece: Action against maximum security prisons

On the morning of December 30th, 2014, they transferred comrade Nikos Maziotis to the type C prison in Domokos in an attempt to officially commence its operations.

Reflexively, the same day at evening, we vandalized the Legal Council of State–Veria’s Judicial Office with paint and slogans sprayed, and sabotaged four bank ATMs.

STRUGGLE, ALONGSIDE THE IMPRISONED COMRADES, AGAINST THE PRISONS.

Greece: Anarchist comrade Nikos Maziotis transferred to the new type C prison in Domokos

Revolutionary Struggle member Nikos Maziotis contacted a comrade, letting everyone know that today, December 30th, 2014 he was transferred from Diavata prison to the type C maximum-security prison in Domokos. The comrade is locked up in a prison wing alone, but his morale remains strong.

NO COMRADE LEFT ALONE IN THE HANDS OF THE STATE.

SOLIDARITY IS OUR WEAPON.

Solidarity Assembly for political prisoners
& imprisoned and prosecuted fighters

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Greece: A few words related to the call for a week of actions in solidarity with anarchist prisoners

Every society you build will have its fringes, and on the fringes of every society, heroic and restless vagabonds will wander, with their wild and virgin thoughts, only able to live by preparing ever new and terrible outbreaks of rebellion!
Renzo Novatore

We are writing this text to all anarchists and rebels, in and out of prison walls throughout the world, in response to the international call for a week of actions for anarchist prisoners (August 23–30). A coordination of actions through calls of this type is needed, all the more so at the international level, urging individualities and collectives to act as they can and feel, and to express and diffuse the anarchist struggle for liberation. However, we should not depend on only these calls to get our voices heard and our actions shown. So, taking for granted that we are at a raging war, and having chosen this side, we are confronted with an enemy who has every means to beat us in our every step of attack. Armies, cops, control technology with cameras, advanced surveillance, storage of DNA samples and fingerprint profiles, the media, and so many other institutions and mentalities constitute domination that we are hostile to. In this war, the only certain thing is that we will have prisoners, or even victims, and that’s where the verification of the battle itself lies.

We are going through a period in which the Greek State has captured dozens of anarchists in its prisons for their acts against domination. Prison has not managed and will never succeed in bending the morale and the fighting temper of anarchists, and this is shown by their daily dignified attitude in the cells of democracy but also the struggles they give behind bars. “Innocence” and “guilt” is a fake distinction that only applies to the arsenal of the State.

Within the framework of generalized repression, the bill on the type C prisons and the new special conditions of detention was passed during the summer, following the American and European standards for crushing the dignity of prisoners. Without losing time, the authorities have already started the first transfers of inmates from the hellhole of Domokos to other prisons, emptying the prison of Domokos to convert it into a maximum security facility, and the first prisoners to be held there will be anarchists and urban guerrilla fighters.

The more the stranglehold of prison is tightened, the more their democracy and correctional system reproduce a death in doses, pulling us into the lethe in terms of our individual freedom and true living.

Cops, judges, prison guards and their throng, troglodytes in bondage to their democracy, enslaved to their own misery, consumers of useless goods which domination offers generously, are going through an everyday death in terms of cancerous life. Holders of senior positions, who take advantage of their authority, are trying to recast a lower kingdom of nationals who dream of grandeur just like them. They forge the human mind to become a suitable mold for casting artificial values and institutions, pushing humans into apathy through the media, the drugs, the generalized consumer culture, through religion and patriotism, holding the individual away from thinking and acting on their desires. Drowned in inertia, humans choose to stupefy themselves, undergo the 8-hour brutalizing slavery, nourish themselves on contrived notions, cling to addictions of the system, and be enslaved to a predetermined life before a certain and idle death.

Rebels who have no horizon beyond the walls of their coercions are also introverts in their nonexistence. Seeing oneself through the perspective of coercions means that one accepts the direction set by Power, thus either accepting or merely repelling it. Insurrection must aim for the total destruction of Power; nothing less than everything is enough for us.

Domination wages war on all fronts, destroying not only human lives but also launching an onslaught to enslave non-human animals and the nature, so our answer must also be on all fronts aiming at total liberation. Partial struggles have their own importance; however, nothing will be free until all are free.

Anarchist fight until the destruction of the last prison
Solidarity with anarchist prisoners throughout the world

Anarchists for total liberation

Greece: Reportback from solidarity intervention at Domokos prison

Against maximum security prisons

On Sunday, April 6th, 2014 comrades from several parts of Greece joined together to protest in close proximity to Domokos prison against the new prison reform bill of the ministry of Justice, and to send strength and warmth to the prisoners held in there.

At around 1pm, buses from Patras and Athens arrived straight to the road leading to Domokos prison, finding there was a police blockade half a kilometer away from the prison, so they couldn’t get any closer from there. Comrades from Karditsa, Volos, Trikala, Larissa and other cities had gathered beforehand in the central square of the village as planned, to march toward the prison. Protesters from Thessaloniki arrived later due to problems at one of their buses.

Some slogans were chanted initially, but people didn’t know whether inmates could hear anything due to the distance, so the cheers went down until there was phone communication with prisoners, who confirmed they were hearing the shouts on the inside. A smaller group of comrades found there was a way to get closer to the prison facilities going through the fields surrounding the prison, and from there they sent their warmth to the prisoners. Soon afterwards, there were small-scale clashes with the cops who were positioned on that side of the building. Tear gases were thrown but the wind did not blow in favor of police squadrons, so the effects were rather small. Intermittent clashes continued for more than an hour, with the rest of demonstrators waiting nearby not to leave others behind.

At about 3.30pm, there was quite a fun moment when comrades attempted to attack a patrol car and a secret police vehicle. When the three cops realized it, they jumped into their cars and drove the hell out of there, leaving a trace of tires on the asphalt.

Slogans against prisons and cops, but also for anarchy were mainly chanted, like:

Neither penal nor political prisoners; fire and explosives to all the prison cells.
Listen up you prison guards, hands off the fighters.
Those whose heads are full of shit cannot understand anything about freedom.
That’s right, that’s right, that’s right, bursts of Kalashnikov to make it stick in your mind.
Not a single teardrop for Tsironis; cops, pigs, murderers. (Giorgos Tsironis is the prison guard who was fatally stabbed by prisoner Ilia Kareli.)
Freedom for those who are in prison cells.

Prisoners announcing protest mobilizations in Greek prisons (March 24th, 2014)

FIRE TO THE LAWS

These days a bill proposed by the Ministry of Justice relating to super-max security prisons and the banning of prison furloughs, is available for public consultation.

The first new measures of the government bill were issued in the media.

1) Special categorization of the prisoners in 3 types (A, B, C). All prisoners accused of robbery or extortion, within organized crime, political prisoners, whoever is considered “dangerous” and has been sentenced to more than 10 years of imprisonment up to a life sentence, or those who revolt inside prisons, will be registered in the type C special category.

2) Type C prisoners will be deprived of the right to furloughs and their visits and phone communication with relatives will be restricted.

3) Type C cells are going to be constructed (in Domokos, as well as in other prisons) aiming at the isolation of the prisoners.

4) Police gets a permanent place inside prisons (cell search, transfer of prisoners inside the prison, etc.) and is assigned confidential jurisdictions and powers, which aren’t even written in the Official Government Gazette.

It is obvious that the government prepares a Greek version of Guantanamo. In a justice system where the principle of proportionality has been torn up and devastating penalties are imposed, Greece fights for the first position concerning multiannual imprisonment and life sentences.

The furloughs and the suspensions of sentence are the only measure that tries to balance this legal extermination. At the moment, cutting the furloughs of most of the prisoners (since each and every one of us can be considered “dangerous” and be categorized as “type C prisoner”), the system creates people without hope. Therefore, prisons become factories of crime recreation, as the prisoner has nothing to lose, because he has already lost everything. Their so-called “correction” becomes a revengeful punishment. At the same time, the continuous invasions of EKAM forces turn prisons to an exercise field of police violence and arbitrariness. Moreover, the prison prosecutor, who doesn’t even know the prisoners because to him they are no more than a numbered file forgotten inside their desk drawer, has complete authority from now on.

We the detainees of all Greek prisons join our voices and claim our rights and our dignity.

We demand the dismissal of the new fascist government bill concerning the creation of a prison inside the prison. A bill which was edited “in the heat of the moment” as an order from the minister of the Police and the Mass Media. Stop the categorization of the prisoners. All the prisoners have equal rights. Preserve the right to furloughs, which in Greece has one of the highest percentages of success (only 2-3% of the inmates on leave do not return to prison). The budget line for the construction-conversion of the super-max security prisons to be used for the amelioration of the conditions of detention (absence of ration, heat, water, medical care).

We the prisoners are organizing and coordinating ourselves, and we will take action against all those who make prisons places of constant punishment and hopelessness.

We urge the minister, and each and every competent, to reflect on their responsibility and to start an open dialogue concerning prisons and the real problems on the inside.

In every other case we are ready to respond dynamically, all together and united, against injustice and the deprivation of our rights.

Source via Flying Theory