Ever since the escape of urban guerrilla fighter Christodoulos Xiros,* the anti-terrorist force, that promotes itself as the police elite of Power, has unleashed a witch-hunt in an attempt to get revenge and restore their wounded prestige.
In parallel, the mainstream media as if they were the exclusive proprietors and manufacturers of truth consolidate their falsehood through a communicational war against our organization. This time the journalists’ propaganda opted to display us as “mafia guys”, “prison leaders”, “doorkeepers”, exploiting an act of self-redress —the beating of slanderer Y.Naxakis— as well as a couple of texts of his comrades which are exposing situations and facts, thus making them available to any prospective enemy —cops, judges, journalists. We won’t talk more about this issue; from now on acts will do the talking if necessary.
Within this context, on January 16th** we were informed that Kostas Sakkas was rearrested, accused in the Halandri case on the basis of fingerprints found in trash bags.
From the very first moment we have made it clear in every way and every tone that none of the individuals arrested for alleged involvement in the CCF, those who never claimed responsibility for participation, have ANY KIND of relation with the organization and our practices. We have stated this fact in courts, we have written the same in texts, and most importantly, it’s evident because of the distinct paths, values and convictions that we have chosen, which contrast with the choices of most of them.
So, we find ourselves back in a period of intensive anti-terrorism campaign against the CCF.
The cops have “randomly” discovered, after 4.5 years, fingerprints of K.Sakkas on a trash bag with residues of an explosive device associated with the CCF case. But the cops themselves know the truth; it just doesn’t serve the purpose of their planning.
The truth is that K.Sakkas neither had nor could ever have any kind of relation with the CCF. His only link to this whole story is the former friendly connection with me personally —as this is anyway known to both the police and the judicial authorities.
Therefore, the reason why fingerprints of the specific individual were found on trash bags —if indeed they ever were found— is that I had personally used these plastic bags, when I took them from the common home where both K.Sakkas and I lived as housemates. So, it is very likely that he could have touched one of these bags, since they were kept in a shared space of that home. Continue reading Koridallos prison, Athens: Open letter of Gerasimos Tsakalos concerning attempted charges against Kostas Sakkas in the CCF case (20.1.2014)
On Monday, May 13th, Roma residents of the Halandri municipality protested the eviction threat against their settlement that is located on Iridos and Sarantaporou streets, a few metres away from the relatively new metro station ‘Nomismatokopeio’ on Mesogeion Avenue.
Dozens of Roma families have been living in this settlement for over 40 years, since 1971. Over the last months, ‘indignant citizens’ (fascists disguised as random residents in the area) have been harassing Roma people, portraying them as ‘carriers of diseases’ and attacking them in their usual cowardly ways. In addition, on numerous occasions fascists demanded that Roma children should not go to the same schools in Halandri as the ones attended by Greek children. These overtly racist ‘complaints’ against the Roma community further increased ever since the rise of the Golden Dawn and its 2012 entry into the Greek parliament.
State authorities have scheduled the demolition of the particular Roma settlement for Tuesday, May 14th, under the orders of Dimitris Kalogeropoulos, Secretary General of Attica Region. Solidarity presence is needed tomorrow, near the Nomismatokopeio metro station on Mesogeion Avenue, to resist the eviction.
Below is a short summary of the events in Zografou, based on raw reports that were transmitted here:
Late in the evening of February 2nd (day that fascists commemorated the ‘Imia conflict’, and particularly the Golden Dawn party held its annual nationalist march), two self-managed social centres were attacked by fascists/cops in the suburb of Zografou.
At first, neo-Nazis smashed the front windows of the social centre Mperntes, trying to violate the space. Immediately neighbours notified people who were gathered nearby, in the occupied Villa Zografou, where an attempted attack by fascists on motorbikes followed. The scum were successfully repelled by combatant antifascists, while one of the fascist attackers who got injured in the clash and was hospitalized, is said to be a cop.
Soon thereafter, heavy police forces made their presence in the vicinity of Villa Zografou. All sorts of cops encircled the squat, besieging it for hours. Nearly 500 people assembled there in factual solidarity and resistance, prepared to prevent a police raid in the space.
At about midnight, the anti-riot squadrons finally left the location. A large assembly took place in Villa Zografou after the cops had left, while people safeguarded the social centre Mperntes, too.
On the same night, small-scale clashes broke out between antifascists and neo-Nazis in the suburb of Halandri. More than 20 fascists were gathered close to the Halandri metro station, and started persecuting one immigrant. They were soon chased off by several comrades who rushed to defend the neighbourhood, while at least one fascist was beaten up.
The new period of repression, which was launched with the police raid in Villa Amalias and followed by the invasion in the self-managed hangout of ASOEE, should mark beginning of the end for state terrorism. Samaras, Dendias, Kaminis, you’ll take the first hoods off us only when your own heads will fall. You have kicked out our comrades of their home, you have seized the printing press machines, you have stolen the radio station equipment; you will pay dearly for it.
Nothing is finished, it’s only just beginning.
We placed an incendiary device at the district court of Halandri (northern suburb of Athens) only to get us started. The main series will follow soon.
YOU WILL NEVER GET VILLA AMALIAS SQUAT.
On October 2nd, 2012, in the last session of the 2nd ‘Halandri case’ trial (with all four defendants absent from the courtroom), Damiano Bolano, Michalis Nikolopoulos and Giorgos Nikolopoulos were each sentenced to 7 years’ imprisonment for their participation in the R.O. CCF and 10 years’ imprisonment for each of four acts of fabrication, supply and possession of explosives. They were also convicted of simple complicity by instigation, and thereby each sentenced to 7 years’ imprisonment for each of three explosions by unknown perpetrators which emanated danger to things and people. To sum up, each received 68 years’ imprisonment. Each sentence was merged into 34 years, but the maximum prison term is 25 years, which are typically served either as a full sentence (or by day wages in prisons), or after the completion of 3/5 of the prison term, when a prisoner can be granted conditional release under specific conditions.
Christos Tsakalos was sentenced to 7 years’ imprisonment for his participation in the R.O. CCF. On 3/10 he released a statement (in English here), explaining that he refuses to accept any judicial discrimination between him and his CCF comrades, and thus throws his ‘softer’ conviction back in the judges’ faces.
The court also ruled that Damiano Bolano (comrade of Albanian origin) must be deported from Greece after serving his prison term.
For all four comrades, the judges’ decision provided for five years’ deprivation of political rights and non-suspensive effect of appeal.
English summaries of all trial sessions here.
Another CCF case trial begins on Monday, October 8th, 2012 to cover four separate accusatory briefs: the sending of incendiary parcels on November 1st, 2010 (claimed by the R.O. CCF), the arrests made during the December 4th, 2010 antiterrorist operation, the arrests made in Volos in March 14th, 2011, and the May 18th, 2011 shootout with police in Pefki (Athens). Nineteen people are facing charges, among whom are the nine imprisoned members of the R.O. CCF, imprisoned anarchist Theofilos Mavropoulos, four anarchists arrested on December 4th, 2010 (Stella Antoniou, released with precautionary measures since June 2012, as well as the imprisoned comrades Giorgos Karagiannidis, Alexandros Mitroussias and Kostas Sakkas), Konstantinos Papadopoulos (released under restrictive terms since March 2011, after being caught in Athens on the same day as the five CCF members in Volos), and the two fugitive comrades Yannis Michailidis and Dimitris Politis. In addition, anarchists Christos Politis and Dimitris Michail are prosecuted on misdemeanor charges.
In the UK, Chile and Greece, Black International Editions released the brochure Mapping the Fire – International Words of Solidarity with the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire as an act of solidarity and confrontation to this court process (in Greek, English and Spanish).
On June 27th, 2012, the members of the R.O. Conspiracy of Cells of Fire and anarchist Theofilos Mavropoulos will stand trial charged with ‘incitement to criminal acts’, according to the provisions of Article 184 of the Greek Penal Code.
The indictment refers to three different texts—of which one does not even belong to those implicated in this prosecution–that repeat the phrase ‘NOT 1 MILLIMETRE BACK; 9MMs IN COPS’ HEADS.’
Beyond the ferocity with which the prosecutorial authorities tackle whatever has to do with this organization, and despite the minor penal significance of the specific criminal prosecution compared to the orgy of repression in the CCF case… this particular trial is of enormous political importance as it paves the way wide open for the criminalization of expression and the oppression of freedom of speech. And it is the road to hell paved with the worst intentions.
Not one step back
Thousands of steps forward against the Power and its expressers
SOLIDARITY WITH THE R.O. CONSPIRACY OF CELLS OF FIRE
AND ANARCHIST THEOFILOS MAVROPOULOS
ATHENS, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27th, 2012
Concentration at Evelpidon courts, at 9am
Assembly of solidarity to imprisoned and prosecuted fighters/Athens
Assembly of solidarity with the R.O. CCF and those prosecuted for the same case/Athens
Mytilini solidarity assembly/Lesvos
Anarchists’ initiative on Zakynthos
Anarchists’ initiative from Cyclades
Self-managed hangout at the University of Piraeus
Kouvelou Mansion squat/Attica
Rabids’ space at the Law School/Athens
Ioannina solidarity assembly
Assembly for the solidarity to imprisoned and prosecuted fighters/Volos
Anarchist solidaritarians from Patras
Comrades from the Self-managed hangout at the Polytechnic School/Athens
Kavala Autonomous Hangout
The aforementioned Article 184 provides that ‘Whoever publicly in any manner incites or stimulates [sic] another to commit a felony or misdemeanor is punishable by imprisonment up to three years.’
Ironically or not, the Revolutionary Struggle case trial was adjourned to the same day, Wednesday, June 27th, and will take place in the courts-martial of Koridallos women’s prisons as always, almost on the other side of the city.
It must be noted that Olga Ekonomidou, one of the imprisoned members of the R.O. CCF, has been in disciplinary/solitary confinement since May 4th, 2012, in Diavata prisons (near Thessaloniki).
On June 22nd, in Athens, during a trial session of the second ‘Halandri case’ Damiano Bolano (in writing, since he didn’t attend the trial in person), Christos Tsakalos, Giorgos and Michalis Nikolopoulos once again pushed for the trial’s suspension because their comrade and sister Olga Ekonomidou was still in a solitary confinement cell, after 50 consecutive days! There, in the courts-martial of Koridallos women’s prisons, after the insistence of the ‘defendants’ it became known that the Central Committee of Prison Transfers of the ministry of Justice had recently convened to discuss the motion filed by Olga’s counsel Frangiskos Ragousis. The presiding judge himself contacted the ministry of Justice to ascertain the committee’s decision, and then announced that Olga’s request had been accepted; thus, he demanded to proceed with the trial. However, the comrades refused the presiding judge’s demand, stating that Olga’s transfer from Diavata prisons back to Eleonas–Thebes prisons wasn’t yet implemented in practice. Indeed, the second ‘Halandri case’ trial was adjourned to Friday, June 29th (updates will follow here).
Despite this prison torture, Olga Ekonomidou is to stand trial at Evelpidon courts in Athens on June 27th, next to her brothers. We will update you further on her situation.
Here follows a call by the solidarity assembly for the CCF case, translated by boubourAs/Act for freedom now!
On Saturday, April 14th, while all decent citizens were in the temples of indolence for Easter, we decided to hit with paints the political office of LAOS and Batsok* in the northern suburbs of Halandri and Holargos, as minimum token of solidarity with Mitroussias, Sakkas, Karagiannidis, who are on hunger strike for 12 days now.
NO PROSECUTION AGAINST THE HUNGER STRIKERS
IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF STELLA ANTONIOU
* PASOK + batsoi (cops) = Batsok
According to your court indictment, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire is a terrorist organization. But words were never, nor are or will ever be neutral. Words acquire the meaning given by the person who uses them. We do not speak the language of the judges and prosecutors. We speak the language of the hunted who have refused the victim’s role, the wanted who have not handed themselves in to the authorities, the prisoners who have not caged their will for freedom, the anarchists who have never kneeled in front of Power. Solidarity, Dignity, Urban Guerrilla Warfare, Anarchy, these are our words, that we unleash as an insult against your system.
Yes, that’s right, we are anarchist urban guerrillas and proud to participate in the rebellion of our desires, under the name Conspiracy of Cells of Fire.
For you, who stand behind your judicial benches, we are terrorists because your soul is a scared shade which only feels safe behind cops and in the books of your dead laws.
We are terrorists against your interests and your Power. Life, physical integrity, safety and property of the judicial clique, the political authority, the oligarchy of the wealthy and the bosses are being targeted by both us and our unarrested comrades.
However, a different terrorism is hovering above the lives of most people. Terrorism is the endless queues in a tax office, in public organizations, in banks. Terrorism is the bosses’ orders to their staff. Terrorism is the heavy hand of the police landing on minor delinquents and poor devils. The worst terrorism, though, is the TERRIFYING ascertainment that no person raises its head. Terrorism is the silence and passivity. Terrorism is the fact that no person undertakes its own life.
We have also seen your terrorism; the terrorism of justice. We have seen tens of prison inmates returning from your courts, having an empty gaze and their lives burdened with several decades in prison. We have seen friends and relatives collapsing from your ‘just’ decisions.
We have seen your expressionless faces and your well-fed bellies fitting into your expensive and armored cars. We have heard and know your hefty salaries and your secret, under-the-table agreements that are of service to your valued buddies, the big publishers, the industrialists and your political supervisors. How many centuries in prison have you truly dished out throughout your career in order to serve a system which itself generates, through exploitation and oppression, those who you consider criminals?
Hence, outside of the books of your laws, if someone wants to seek the meaning of terrorism in real life, where the scared today dreads the threatening tomorrow that’s yet to come, you yourselves and the Power are the terrorists.
As for our terrorism, it is the human will for freedom and anarchy. Apparently, you dread this will, so you vote new terror laws, you establish exceptional courts-martial, you take special security measures, you do not allow us to talk to our relatives and companions during trial recesses, and even when you take us to the detention rooms, ten metres from your court room which is built inside the prison, you handcuff us. This means that you are really scared. This is an honour and pleasure for us, because it shows that a group of people, a circle of anarchist of praxis can terrify an entire State. This shows that, away from the silence and passivity of the mass, the will of only a few people is sufficient for your system to be crushed.
You should know that there are several insubordinate individualities living self-exiled from your society, who prepare and arm themselves, while they collectivize their own desires to overthrow the history of servants and their masters. That’s when you will really sense the concept of anarchist tromocracy; an anarchist tromocracy which is expressed with fire on banks, ministries, police stations; exploded with bombs outside luxurious villas of wealthy people, courthouses, multinational companies and industries of nature and animal exploitation; written with bullets fired on the dictators of our life and freedom; spoken inside court rooms by the mouths of prisoners of war, such as we who are not scared of your convictions and your prisons. This is the anarchist tromocracy. Thus, revise your indictment and add in your documents that CCF is an anarchist terrorist organization.
And all of us, who participate in this organization, are proud to be its members, and our rage is an axe over your heads that’s spinning… spinning… spinning…
As part of the anti-repression commemorations, across Greece and in other parts of the world, for the three years since the assassination of Alexis Grigoropoulos and the December ’08 uprising, a morning rally was held today, December 6th, 2011, in the northern suburb of Halandri, organized mainly by high school students. More than 150 people (mostly youths) attended the protest march. The demo started from the square of Aghios Nikolaos and moved on to the police station which was guarded at the time by at least one squad of YMET forces (in blue uniforms).
Youths attacked the police station throwing stones, reaching its entrance and forcing the cops to retreat and hide inside the building. During this direct action which lasted nearly five minutes, the facade was shattered and a police shield was taken as a trophy. The cops used fire extinguishers and shock grenades to disperse the rioters. The protesters took to the streets again and continued their march, attacking a luxury car parked nearby, but also smashing shop windows and destroying several bank surveillance cameras along their way. The anti-repression demo ended without any report of arrests.
On Friday evening, July 8th, comrades of Prapopoulou squat made a double-purpose intervention during a summer concert in Rematia Theatre (Evripidio). A table with counter-information texts was set for about three hours at the theatre entrance, while a lot of people were urged to get into the concert for free. The squatters’ move has been welcomed, and an amount of financial solidarity was collected, although there were minor conflicts with the concert’s organizers and municipal agents who tried to prevent the intervention.
‘Reappropriation of public space, against commercialization’ and ‘State terrorism will not pass–Factual support of the arrestees of June 28th–29th’ were the two topics of the main text that was distributed and read from a microphone to the audience at the beginning of the concert. A solidarity banner was unfolded on stage.
On the one hand, the comrades of Prapopoulou squat demonstrated their factual opposition to the control, fencing and entrance fees that apply in respect to this municipal open theatre, which is located in the natural landscape of Rematia (‘Stream’). They also took a stand against the commercialization of every aspect of daily life, in the current context of an increasingly tougher attack on society by the State and the capitalists.
On the other hand, their intervention aimed at counter-information regarding the brutally repressive incidents during the 48hour general strike of June 28th–29th. The squatters briefed people about the extortionate penalties that were imposed on the demonstrations’ arrestees. They circulated boxes for financial aid in order to raise a bails’ amount. They also spoke about the need of practical solidarity with those who resist in the streets and squares.