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Greek prisons: Text of Revolutionary Struggle prisoner Kostas Gournas about the hunger strike undertaken by Evi Statiri

(banner in Thessaloniki: Let’s combat states of exception with factual solidarity – Freedom for Evi Statiri)

September 15th 2015:

It is a longstanding as well as an infamous tactic of the State — particularly of the police-judicial mechanism — to use fabricated charges against relatives so as to hold them hostage and put pressure on fighters and political prisoners. It was done in 2002 [against Angeliki Sotiropoulou, wife of 17N prisoner Dimitris Koufontinas], it was done in 2010 [against Marie Beraha, wife of Revolutionary Struggle prisoner Kostas Gournas], and it was done again in March 2015 [against Evi Statiri, wife of CCF prisoner Gerasimos Tsakalos, but also against Athena Tsakalou, mother of the Tsakalos brothers]. This is because the repressive policy applied against imprisoned members of armed organisations is an ongoing process of political extermination by any means.

After its capitulation on February 20th, the SYRIZA-led government was faced with the first class confrontation — that is, the hunger strike of political prisoners during Spring — and was compelled to vote favorably — among others – on an amendment that theoretically opened the way for the relatives of CCF members to be released. Today, after being refused her liberation six times by judicial councils, Evi Statiri, companion of an imprisoned member of the organisation, is still in prison. Her case is the clearest proof, not only of the acceptance of a state of emergency surrounding the memorandum by the government of the Left, but also of the strict application of a state of exception for political prisoners.

For those in society who had the clarity and determination to approach the ‘no’ vote in the referendum in a class manner and to oppose every memorandum, though without being able to take the next step forward, the question of an alternative way other than the one of delegation or relinquishment, which all the bourgeois parliamentary forces are charting, is more pressing than ever. And this is no other way than struggle and solidarity. Evi’s way…

SOLIDARITY WITH EVI STATIRI
on hunger strike since September 14th 2015

Greek prisons – Revolutionary Struggle case: Nikos Maziotis and Kostas Gournas transferred to Koridallos prison ahead of second-instance trial

On May 21st 2015, the Solidarity Assembly for political prisoners & imprisoned and prosecuted fighters reported that the anarchist prisoners Nikos Maziotis and Kostas Gournas were transferred from Domokos prison to the dungeon in Koridallos women’s prison ahead of the second-instance trial on Revolutionary Struggle’s action (2003-2010).

Gournas and Maziotis are currently separated from other prisoners convicted as members of armed revolutionary organisations, who are also being held in the basement of Koridallos women’s prison (i.e. four CCF anarchists, and the convicted 17N member Iraklis Kostaris).

The appeal trial in the Revolutionary Struggle case (2003-2010 action) will begin on Friday, May 22nd 2015, at 9am. The Solidarity Assembly for political prisoners & imprisoned and prosecuted fighters call everyone to express their solidarity with the comrades on trial and attend court proceedings at Koridallos prison.

The comrades who were sentenced in the first-instance court ruling are the prisoners Kostas Gournas and Nikos Maziotis, as well as the fugitive Pola Roupa, who have assumed political responsibility for their participation in the organisation, but also the conditionally released Vaggelis Stathopoulos and Christoforos Kortesis, who have denied their involvement.

A few notes on the Revolutionary Struggle case:

The anarchist urban guerrilla group Revolutionary Struggle (Epanastatikos Agonas) has carried out direct actions in Athens since 2003, targeting structures and organs of the State and the Capital, defending armed and class struggle, and aiming towards social revolution. Their revolutionary action includes a rocket propelled grenade attack, car bomb explosions, bombings and gunshots, among others, against the Finance and Labour ministries, the United States Embassy, the Athens Stock Exchange, anti-riot cops, police stations, court buildings, multinational corporations, banks, as well as a politician implicated in high-profile scandals.

In March 2010, anarchist Lambros Foundas was killed in a shootout with cops. A month later, Pola Roupa, Nikos Maziotis and Kostas Gournas (in pretrial incarceration at the time) claimed political responsibility for their participation in Revolutionary Struggle and explained that Lambros Foundas was also a member of the same organisation.

In no way does the claim of political responsibility mean that these anarchists accept criminal charges such as ‘terrorist association,’ and so forth. Below are short excerpts from a letter of the three members on their reasons for undertaking responsibility after they were caught by police:

“By claiming political responsibility, we wanted to defend the armed struggle, and to highlight its timelessness and importance within the broader struggle for the overthrow and social revolution. (…) Also, by undertaking political responsibility we wanted to restore the memory and honour of our comrade Lambros Foundas, who was a member of Revolutionary Struggle and was killed in an armed battle with cops in March 2010 during an attempted expropriation of a car —a preparatory act of a wider action plan of our organisation.”

The first trial on Revolutionary Struggle’s action (2003-2010) started in October 2011 and reached its end in April 2013. Out of 8 defendants, only three were self-admitted members of Revolutionary Struggle: Pola Roupa, Nikos Maziotis (both of whom became fugitives in the middle of the proceeding) and Kostas Gournas. The three members received sentences of up to 50 years imprisonment.

Two other accused comrades, Vaggelis Stathopoulos and Christoforos Kortesis, were sentenced to (a little over) 7 years, even though they have denied their participation in the organisation. They were then taken to prison alongside Kostas Gournas. In July 2013, Kortesis and Stathopoulos were granted conditional release and walked out of Koridallos prison under restrictive conditions.

In July 2014, Nikos Maziotis – who had gone underground along with Pola Roupa two years earlier – was seriously injured after a shootout with cops in the area of Monastiraki, central Athens, and taken captive. A few days later, he was transferred to a prison in northern Greece. The comrade was the first prisoner to be moved, on December 30th 2014, to the (then) newly-inaugurated ‘type C’ maximum security prison in Domokos.

Nikos Maziotis faces another trial, accused of the bomb attack against the Supervision Directorate of the Bank of Greece at Amerikis Street in Athens, in April 2014, the shootout in Monastiraki, and bank robberies. As a member of Revolutionary Struggle, Nikos Maziotis assumed political responsibility for the bombing at the Bank of Greece, framed within the second period in the ongoing action of the organisation.

Already in 2009, the anarchist urban guerrilla group Revolutionary Struggle was designated a ‘foreign terrorist organisation’ 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. Recently, in April 2015, the State Department issued ‘terrorist designation’ against anarchist prisoner Nikos Maziotis, member of the Revolutionary Struggle.

Beginning May 22nd 2015, the appeal trial on the Revolutionary Struggle case (2003-2010 action) will be held in the special court of Koridallos women’s prison. In Athens, trial sessions in cases regarding so-called ‘terrorist’ organisations take place at courtrooms inside the prison. Each time that visitors and lawyers enter the specific courtrooms, their identity cards are kept upon entry, with all that this entails.

Solidarity with the urban guerrillas Kostas Gournas and Nikos Maziotis, members of the Revolutionary Struggle, and the comrades Vaggelis Stathopoulos and Christoforos Kortesis, who stand trial in the same case.

Solidarity with the wanted comrade Pola Roupa, member of the Revolutionary Struggle.

Lamia, Greece: Anarchist prisoner Kostas Gournas suspended hunger strike

Statement by Kostas Gournas from the hospital in Lamia:

I am no longer able to cope with this demanding hunger strike because I have exhausted my physical abilities to do so, owing to chronic health problems. I consider today’s submission of the bill,* which initiates the fulfillment of some of our demands, to be the minimum threshold for suspending the strike.

Victory to the hunger strike of political prisoners.

Lamia, April 1st, 2015
Kostas Gournas
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* translation note: the prison reform bill was submitted to parliament by the ministry of justice on April 2nd, but it has not yet been referred to the competent committee for consideration of proposed amendments, so it may take long before the bill is debated and voted on

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Lamia, Greece: Dimitris Koufontinas suspended hunger strike

On March 27th, Dimitris Koufontinas (57 years old) suspended hunger strike, after the justice ministry put up for public consultation a prison reform bill.

However, the draft bill has not yet been submitted to parliament, nor has it been referred for voting. Thus, Kostas Gournas (34 years old) continues hunger strike, awaiting further developments around the content and enactment of the bill.

Both prisoners remain in Lamia hospital, outside of which local anarchists-antiauthoritarians have gathered in solidarity (see videos), sending strength to comrade Kostas Gournas, who is on hunger strike since March 2nd, and wishing a speedy recovery to Dimitris Koufontinas.


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

We, Kostas Gournas and Dimitris Koufontinas, political prisoners in the type C prison of Domokos, go on hunger strike as of today Monday the 2nd of March.

We fight for the abolition of articles 187 and 187A of the Penal Code, for the abolition of the entire legislation comprising of special measures with which the Power seeks to criminalise and destroy its political opponents.

We fight for the abolition of special courts, or emergency courts-martial, this extermination factory of people who resist, with their special composition of judges, special unconstitutional laws, special unscientific and fraudulent use of evidence (e.g. DNA), and special fabrication of evidence.

We fight for the abolition of all special repressive laws against protesters and against popular mobilisations.

We demand the immediate abolition of type C prisons, which acts as a symbol of a state of exception for political prisoners and of intimidation of the society that resists.

We demand the immediate release of Savvas Xiros. The authorities, for 13 years now, have been methodically and vengefully exterminating him, resulting in irreparable damages to his health, with the index of his disability reaching 98%.

Because repression is the flip side of austerity, the struggle of the people’s movement against austerity is inseparable from the struggle against repression and particularly against a permanent state of emergency. For this reason we ask for the support of the entire struggling society.

This struggle of political prisoners, their mobilisations and hunger strike, sends a message of resistance to the Greek people: we and only we, assuming the cost of our choices, need to take our lives into our own hands, united and determined. This is our duty for our dignity, for future generations.

Hope comes only through struggle

Type C prison of Domokos
2nd of March 2015

Kostas Gournas
Dimitris Koufontinas

English translation (slightly edited here) via kraygesapotakelia

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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

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.

related posts in Spanish: 1, 2, 3, 4

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

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.

To Whom It May Concern

In August 2014, Radioazione.org [“RadioAzione | controinformazione anarchica in diretta”] translated and transmitted in Italian one of the latest letters of comrade Pola Roupa (Revolutionary Struggle member who is currently on the run, always with a huge bounty on her head). The source of their translation – titled “Grecia: Scritto di Pola Roupa dalla latitanza sull’arresto di Maziotis” on radioazione.org/2014/08/grecia-scritto-di-pola-roupa-dalla-latitanza-sullarresto-di-maziotis – is omitted precisely because it is the English translation effort made by Contra Info that, in this case, also happens to bear the responsibility for the text’s first dissemination to non-Greek speakers: “Greece: Open letter of Revolutionary Struggle member Pola Roupa from clandestinity”. In fact, to never use material spread by Contra Info makes it all the easier to never mention any effort produced within our multi-language translation and counter-information project. However, to use/consume Contra Info’s work repeatedly being determined to silence its existence altogether, is a filthy practice by (not only) RadioAzione – who once again did not miss out on signing their own translation effort: on this occasion as “Tradotto da [Translated by] Erika”.

Non-Italian speakers may have no time to waste to really know about the crap transmitted online against comrade Pola Roupa (who, among other things, is indirectly characterized as fascist-minded in RadioAzione’s introductory note to that Italian translation). Below is a rough translation of their blurb:

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« Note of Radioazione: What follows is the last writing, in chronological terms, of Pola Roupa that comes in the aftermath of the arrest of anarchist comrade Maziotis, and it is the last writing of Pola Roupa herself that appears on this site.
The reason is obvious.
This site does not want to divulge concepts that not only aren’t affine, but cannot be shared even in the tiniest part.
The “Courts of the people” or the “jails of the people” are concepts that should not belong to an anarchist, and reek of Marxist-Leninist theories, whose history differs from that of fascists only in colour.
This is also a point of reflection for the anarchists that go hand in hand with the reds and define themselves as antifascists.
To return to the main topic, the labour is labour, well paid or poorly paid it is slavery, it is the submission of human by human, the elimination of one’s own dignity.
Obviously in an existent like this one, in which we live, all those who do not have the courage to expropriate a bank are “compelled” to work, but still our main objective should always be that of arriving at the total destruction of labour and not the improvement of wages.
Similarly, our objective is to raze all courts and all prisons to the ground covering with their rubble those who have maintained the survival of these structures of death for centuries, and if one day the courts or the prisons will be of the people, our objective will always be the same.
Now the text; it was decided to publish it to make one understand even better why nothing from Pola Roupa will ever be published again; and since nothing of the same tenor has ever been said, or written, solidarity and complicity will continue to be given to the comrades Nikos Maziotis and Kostas Gournas:
»
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Needless to say that RadioAzione’s arrogance of releasing a fugitive’s letter only to denounce the views expressed by her, does not offer anything whatsoever to counter-information but rather distorts any notion of anarchic solidarity. Instead of not bothering to work on a text that they obviously dislike so much and finally zipping up their mouths, these idiots once again assumed the role of ultimate judges of blog posts relevant to purposes of counter-information, going as far as to make “solidarity and complicity” distinctions between self-admitted members of the same urban guerrilla group: the Revolutionary Struggle.

We can only imagine that RadioAzione don’t mind the fact that a great many of the trial updates from Greece, eagerly transcribed and transmitted also by them, actually come from original coverage by eksegersi.gr (after all, the latter communists/reds are hardly ever mentioned as source on various webpages; so, you might ask, how can the poor RadioAzione be aware of the lengths of their hypocrisy?). Incidentally, they decided to take down this blog post radioazione.org/2014/08/grecia-intervista-di-soccorso-rosso-internazionale-a-kostas-gournas – RHI-SRI interview with Kostas Gournas, imprisoned member of the Revolutionary Struggle, which was retrieved from ccrsri.wordpress.com/2014/06/22/intervista-a-kostas-gournas-4 (and, by the way, is full of serious translation mistakes). But how would they actually define self-admitted 17N member Dimitris Koufontinas, prisoner in Greece (see “Atene [Grecia]: Lettera di K. Gournas e D. Koufodinas” on radioazione.org/2014/04/atene-grecia-lettera-di-k-gournas-e-d-koufodinas, a text which originally derives from the Press, and is also published on kufontinas.blogspot.com/2014/03/blog-post_28.html): as a good consumption item corresponding to their notion of “controinformazione anarchica in diretta”?

Full support to our comrades in clandestinity!
Freedom for all imprisoned comrades!

Santiago: Action at the Chilean-Hellenic Institute in solidarity with Nikos Maziotis

SOLIDARITY KNOWS NO BORDERS…
FREEDOM FOR NIKOS MAZIOTIS!

Thursday, July 17th, 2014, Santiago

Anarchist Nikos Maziotis had gone into hiding two years ago, when he did not present himself in court during the trial in which he was later convicted for armed struggle actions as member of the anarchist urban guerrilla organization Revolutionary Struggle (Epanastatikos Agonas), in which he proudly admitted his participation. From counter-information sites of affinity, we learned that Nikos Maziotis was seriously injured the day before, July 16th, in a shootout with police in the area of Monastiraki, central Athens. The comrade was in Evangelismos hospital, and was transferred to Koridallos prison hospital on Saturday, July 19th.

As soon as we were informed of the situation, in the early hours of Thursday, July 17th, we placed a banner in solidarity with the comrade, threw various fliers and painted some slogans outside the Chilean-Hellenic Institute, located in República Street, central Santiago.

From a distance we send a fraternal embrace to the compañeros who are incarcerated for their membership in the anarchist urban guerrilla of Revolutionary Struggle, and also to the compañera who is still on the run. We are aware of all the strength they have, that their morale will not drop, and of the dignity with which they have confronted Power and its prosecution.

Love and solidarity from a distance!
We don’t recognize any border!

Revolutionary Struggle Collective (CLR)
lucharevolucionaria[at]riseup.net

Athens: Nikos Maziotis transferred to Koridallos prison

On Saturday morning, July 19th, 2014, an interrogator visited the room in Evangelismos hospital where Nikos Maziotis was being treated since July 16th, after the armed clash with cops in Monastiraki, which caused his injury and captivity. When the anarchist prisoner was asked what his name is, he did not answer anything. When he was asked what his profession is, he replied: “Revolutionary.” He refused to say anything else. The comrade was discharged from the hospital in the presence of his lawyers. In the same afternoon, he was taken to courts of Athens where the warrants against him were executed. He was then transferred to the ‘hospital’ of Koridallos prison.

Solidarity with Revolutionary Struggle members, Kostas Gournas, Nikos Maziotis and Pola Roupa.

Honour forever to Lambros Foundas, who gave his life in struggle.

Santiago: Action at the Greek embassy in remembrance of Lambros Foundas and in solidarity with Kostas Gournas

Banner and fliers at the Embassy of Greece
Thursday, July 10th, 2014, Santiago

The Bad Times will be lit ablaze…

On July 10th, 2014 we put up a banner outside the Greek embassy, accompanied by a shower of fliers thrown in the streets (of the Republic) that are always clean and tidy in the district of Las Condes.

We chose this date to commemorate comrade Lambros Foundas, fallen on March 10th, 2010 in a shootout with police. We do not forget, our memory is still intact, and our convictions too.

We also chose this date to remind that three months ago, on April 10th, 2014, the anarchist urban guerrilla of Revolutionary Struggle (Epanastatikos Agonas) was reactivated when a car bomb was detonated outside the Supervision Directorate of the Bank of Greece in response to the crisis and in memory of comrade Lambros Foundas.

We dedicate this small gesture of solidarity to comrade Kostas Gournas, who is incarcerated in Koridallos prison (Greece) for his membership in the anarchist urban guerrilla group Revolutionary Struggle (Epanastatikos Agonas), but despite all efforts to stifle his ideas and practices, they have not succeeded as he continues to combat Power, the State and Capital with firm conviction.

We also dedicate this to those who are in clandestinity since 2012; we salute and support their difficult but unwavering decision. We hope that our words cross the cold ocean to reach you; from the other side, we send you a tight embrace and all the strength necessary to continue the struggle, always staying out of reach of those who are under the yoke of Power, and persecute, torture and incarcerate without, however, causing the decline of war.

The bad times will be lit ablaze!
Lambros Foundas present!
Freedom for Kostas Gournas!

Revolutionary Struggle Collective (CLR)
lucharevolucionaria[at]riseup.net

Athens – Revolutionary Struggle case: Anarchist Vaggelis Stathopoulos was ordered released from prison

On Monday, July 15th, 2013 anarchist Vaggelis Stathopoulos was granted his release from prison under restrictive conditions (2,000 euro monetary bail, obligation to present himself twice a month to his nearest police station, ban from exiting the country).

Solidarity with anarchist Kostas Gournas, imprisoned member of the Revolutionary Struggle, and all comrades convicted in the same trial.

Freedom for all prisoners in struggle!

Athens: Contact address of the three anarchist prisoners who were convicted in the Revolutionary Struggle case

Anarchist Kostas Gournas, member of the Revolutionary Struggle, as well as anarchists Vaggelis Stathopoulos and Christoforos Kortesis are being held in Koridallos prison.

They currently receive letters at the following address:

Kostas Gournas
Vaggelis Stathopoulos
Christoforos Kortesis
Dikastiki Filaki Koridallou, Parartima Gynaikeion Filakon Koridallou (Π.Γ.Φ.Κ.), ST Pteryga, Solomou 3-5, 18110 Koridallos, Athens, Greece

Solidarity is our weapon – No comrade will be left alone
Freedom for all imprisoned fighters

Comrades in solidarity

Athens – Revolutionary Struggle case: Five anarchists convicted in first instance

On April 3rd, 2013 the judgment on the Revolutionary Struggle case was a slight improvement of the prosecutor’s proposal. The court’s decision on the Revolutionary Struggle case:

Defendants who have denied participation in the organization

– Acquittal of Marie Beraha, Sarantos Nikitopoulos and Kostas Katsenos of all charges (on benefit of doubt).

– Conviction of Vaggelis Stathopoulos and Christoforos Kortesis for alleged participation in the organization.

Admitted members of Revolutionary Struggle

– Acquittal of Nikos Maziotis, Pola Roupa and Kostas Gournas of the accusation of ‘directing a terrorist organization.’

– Conviction of Nikos Maziotis, Pola Roupa and Kostas Gournas for ‘simple synergy’ with the actions of Revolutionary Struggle (without a shred of evidence concerning their involvement in specific actions, but rather applying the Nazi principle of joint liability).

To sum up, Revolutionary Struggle member Nikos Maziotis was sentenced to 86 years’ imprisonment; his sentence was merged into 50 years. Revolutionary Struggle members Pola Roupa and Kostas Gournas were both sentenced to 87 years; each sentence was merged into 50 years and 6 months. For all three of them, 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).

Vaggelis Stathopoulos and Christoforos Kortesis were sentenced to 8 and 7 years’ imprisonment, respectively. The sentence against Vaggelis Stathopoulos was merged into 7 years and 6 months.

In addition, for all five convicted anarchists, the judges’ decision provided for deprivation of their political rights (5 years for the three admitted members of Revolutionary Struggle, and 3 years for the other two anarchists), as well as non-suspensive effect of appeal.

While Nikos Maziotis and Pola Roupa are on the run, Kostas Gournas, Vaggelis Stathopoulos and Christoforos Kortesis were immediately taken to prison. The militant slogans of the audience and the clenched fists of the three anarchist fighters were the last moments of the trial.

Solidarity with all anarchists imprisoned or persecuted by the Greek State! The battle for freedom is far from over.

Long live Revolutionary Struggle!

Athens: Oral declaration to the court by Pola Roupa, member of Revolutionary Struggle – October 24th, 2011

Let me begin by commenting on the main accusation against us, that we have founded a ‘terrorist organization,’ by which ‘we were targeting the country’s established constitutional order seeking its overthrow or even its alteration.’ I would like to underline this point. This charge by itself is the biggest proof that this is in fact a political trial. There is no better confession that this is an armed group which has turned against the establishment, against the established order. This charge by itself is a confession that we are political subjects, who have shared political objectives, and that the action of our group was clearly political.

However, you do not admit that we are a political organization, because this would in fact be an indirect admission that there is some political rival to this system; namely that Revolutionary Struggle (Epanastatikos Agonas) is a political organization which advocates another type of society; another type of social, political and economic organization. An acknowledgment of the fact that you are facing political adversaries would actually mean you acknowledge that within this society, this system you loyally serve, there are people who are struggling, looking, standing, striving for another type of social organization.

This alone would be a blow to the very same establishment you serve. On the other hand, however, you wish to present this establishment as a one-way; namely that there is no life outside this system; that there is no life outside this society. You would like to convince everyone that any attempt, any struggle to liberate ourselves from this social situation would be disastrous. You would like to convince everyone that the existence of a stateless society, without supervisors and subordinates, is impossible. You would like to convince everyone that the existence of a society without masters and slaves is impossible. You would like to convince everyone that the existence of a society without rich and poor is impossible. Obviously this line of thinking has a political and theoretical background. We know that much. There are theorists such as Thomas Malthus and Adam Smith, and there have been many throughout the history of the capitalist system you serve, who theorized the existence of poverty, who theorized the notion that the existence of a society beyond social divisions is impossible. Continue reading Athens: Oral declaration to the court by Pola Roupa, member of Revolutionary Struggle – October 24th, 2011

Athens – Revolutionary Struggle case: Final trial session on April 3rd

Latest information on the court proceeding that the International Red Aid has disseminated:

The prosecutor proposed the sentencing of the three admitted members of the Revolutionary Struggle, Pola Roupa, Nikos Maziotis and Kostas Gournas, even though no evidence was presented in court that would substantiate their involvement in the specific actions they’re charged with. (We remind you that Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis are currently at large.) In addition and without any conclusive evidence, the prosecutor suggested the conviction of Sarantos Nikitopoulos, Vaggelis Stathopoulos, Christoforos Kortesis and Kostas Katsenos, who deny their participation in the organization. Finally, the prosecutor admitted there was never evidence against Marie Beraha (wife of Kostas Gournas) and said that she should be acquitted of all charges.

Call for solidarity gathering at the special court of Koridallos prisons:

The trial reaches end on Wednesday, April 3rd, at 9am, when the court will issue a judgment on the Revolutionary Struggle case. The judges will announce their final decisions for Nikos Maziotis, Pola Roupa and Kostas Gournas, who have claimed political responsibility for their participation in the organization, and for Vaggelis Stathopoulos, Sarantos Nikitopoulos, Christoforos Kortesis and Kostas Katsenos, the other anarchists accused in the case, as well as Marie Beracha (life companion of Kostas Gournas), who is also accused in the same case.

Let’s all attend this trial session and make our solidarity a fist against the State.
The passion for freedom is stronger than all prisons!

Assembly for the Revolutionary Struggle case
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Athens: Solidarity action for the Revolutionary Struggle case by anarchist comrades of the assembly for the CCF case

Honour forever to anarchist Lambros Foundas, member of the Revolutionary Struggle group
Solidarity with the Revolutionary Struggle members and those prosecuted for the same case
Honour forever to Revolutionary Struggle member Lambros Foundas
Solidarity with the Revolutionary Struggle members and the co-accused in the same case
Every rebellious heart is yet another Revolutionary Struggle

November 24th

In the context of three days of solidarity with the Revolutionary Struggle case, we placed five banners at the Athens University of Economics and Business (ASOEE), the Law School (Nomiki) and the old faculty of Chemistry (Chimio), in downtown Athens.

Solidarity with the Revolutionary Struggle members and those who are prosecuted for the same case

Every rebellious heart is yet another Revolutionary Struggle

Honour forever to Lambros Foundas, slain member of the Revolutionary Struggle group

Pola and Nikos, may you always stay at large!

Assembly of solidarity with the R.O. Conspiracy of Cells of Fire and those prosecuted for the same case

Madrid: Factual solidarity with the eight comrades who are prosecuted for the Revolutionary Struggle case in Athens

Anarchist solidarians in Madrid released two pamphlets which contain translations of summaries of trial sessions in Koridallos women’s prisons and political statements of prosecuted comrades, as well as interventions in the two-day event ‘For the Struggle and the Revolution,’ that was held on June 7-8, 2012 in Athens, and other counter-informative material such as the following poster, wanting to spread the international call for the Revolutionary Struggle case on November 22, 23 and 24, and thus prepare solidarity actions.

All printed material, in Spanish, can be found here.

Terrorism is the lack of basic means of survival, having your wage or pension taken away, your house confiscated by the bank, living among the pollution that kills. Terrorism is living daily with fear of survival. To most of society, the terrorists and criminals are those who govern: the regime’s politicians, the rich, and the privileged castes, which exploit the workers and prosper by simply participating in the economic and political establishment. The enemies of society are those who—after years of stealing, getting rich, and taking advantage of a barbaric and grossly unjust system—are asking us to donate our blood in order to save the life of the regime’s putrid corpse now that the system is going through the biggest crisis in its history.

Political letter to society
Pola Roupa, Nikos Maziotis, Kostas Gournas
Greece, April 2010

Solidarity with the accused in the Revolutionary Struggle case

Social revolution is not a past; it is the present and future of this world

NEVER FORGET LAMBROS FOUNDAS

Athens, Revolutionary Struggle case trial: Statement of Jean Weir in court, 10.9.2012

Click on photo to read the statement of anarchist Jean Weir in defense of the three Revolutionary Struggle members to the terror-court in Koridallos prisons.

You may also read ‘Armed Struggle and the Revolutionary Movement,’ a brief presentation by Jean Weir of Elephant Editions during an international conference called by the Revolutionary Struggle members and the solidarity assembly for the trial case (Athens, 7-8 June 2012): in 325 #10, the latest issue of the infamous and chaotic anarchist-insurrectionary zine available from the Anti-Copyright Network.

More info on the case here

[Greece] November 22, 23, 24: International solidarity call for the Revolutionary Struggle case

Background information and constant updates in English on Revolutionary Struggle Case and Actforfreedomnow!

WE STRUGGLE ARMED WITH ALL OUR R(A)GE

Social revolution is not a past; it is the present and future of the world.

Regarding the call for international solidarity and action

As assembly for the Revolutionary Struggle case and in continuance of solidarity actions for the same cause, we address an open callout for a solidarity campaign at both the local and international level on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of November 2012.

We have decided to break the wall of silence surrounding the RS case, and thus demonstrate that the comrades currently undergoing trial are not alone, that the RS case is everyone’s case in regard to the essence of the struggle itself. We therefore call comrades from across the world to contribute their action and send their own message of Solidarity and Struggle.

Our goal is to diffuse the dynamic resistances under a revolutionary perspective. Our aim is to expand the struggle for the overthrow of the existent, showing its historical necessity and importance in the present, as well as our factual solidarity with the comrades on trial.

The three-day international call for solidarity, counter-information and action for the RS case is part and continuation of the class and social war towards subversion and Revolution. This is how we perceive the RS case and how it can be recorded historically as a whole.

A short background on the Revolutionary Struggle case

On March 10th, 2010, anarchist comrade Lambros Foundas was murdered after an armed scuffle with police forces. Those were the days when Greece was first subjected to the stifling scrutiny of the IMF/ECB/EU Troika, those were the days when Lambros Foundas, member of the Revolutionary Struggle group, lost his life in a shootout with the police during a preparatory action aimed against the political and economic elite that ravages the planet, and plunders and exsanguinates social wealth globally, relegating human life to rock bottom.

After a month and amid a climate of terror-hysteria, in April 2010 the police made preemptive detentions in order to dismantle the Revolutionary Struggle group, and also arrested and imprisoned anarchists Kostas Gournas, Nikos Maziotis and Pola Roupa, who took political responsibility for their participation in the organization.

Simultaneously, anarchists Vaggelis Stathopoulos, Christoforos Kortesis and Sarantos Nikitopoulos were caught and sent to prison. The latter three categorically deny any participation in the organization ever since their arrest, stating that their prosecution concerns their years-long involvement in subversive projects, their political affiliation to the anarchist/anti-authoritarian space and their comradely relationships.

Kostas Katsenos is also charged with participation in the group, and ever since the period of these pretrial incarcerations an arrest warrant was pending against him, too.

The system wanted to deliver a decisive blow to the organization, deeming Revolutionary Struggle as a threat; therefore, it expanded its offensive through the aforementioned arrests so as to crush a wider part of the subversive movement.

After six months, in the context of this expansion of the repressive offensive, dozens of comrades from the anarchist/anti-authoritarian milieu were called to testify and underwent interrogations, along with friends and relatives of the six imprisoned anarchists.

The vindictiveness of repression mechanisms was proved once again, when the State went as far as to charge Marie Beraha—spouse of Kostas Gournas—with participation in the group. This prosecution is a purely vindictive act against Kostas Gournas, in an effort to curb his combatant stance. Continue reading [Greece] November 22, 23, 24: International solidarity call for the Revolutionary Struggle case

Athens: Written declaration to the court by Nikos Maziotis, member of Revolutionary Struggle – October 24th, 2011

This trial is a political trial in which revolutionaries are judged, who chose armed struggle to fight for the overthrow of capitalism and the State, the overthrow of the criminal regime that you, as judges, defend.

Your court is a special court set up under the orders of the American and British imperialists and custodians of the Greek State. They who enforced the lawmaking of special ‘anti-terrorism’ provisions which adjust more criminal charges and maximize sentences; they who enforced the establishment of special courts that sit inside prisons, within a suffocating security environment, and undermine the trial publicity to prevent the people from finding out on the revolutionaries’ political views; they who enforced the implementation of occasional special conditions of detention; and all these with the aim of imposing stricter repression against the armed resistance and the action of armed revolutionary organizations in Greece.

And that’s because the previous repressive regime—which lacked any special provision regarding the ‘formation of a terrorist organization’, and also still had the mixed jury courts with civilians jurors—was disqualified as insufficient and ineffective. By this way you prove that, although you do not recognize political opponents and political prisoners, you do recognize us indirectly as political enemies and dangerous for the economic and political regime that you serve, by applying in practice specific laws and special provisions against us, by putting us on trial in a special court, as opposed to the treatment of all those that your Power considers as ‘common criminal offenders’.

By this way you prove the timeless fierceness of Power towards its political enemies.

Besides, what authority ever officially acknowledged political opponents and political prisoners?

The guerrillas of the Greek People’s Liberation Army (ELAS) during the Axis occupation of World War II, as well as the Democratic Army of Greece (DSE) during the Greek Civil War were taunted and hunted down as ‘brigands’ (symmorites) by the collaborationist and postwar monarch-fascist regime, and were tried by emergency courts-martial.

Members of armed revolutionary organizations are prosecuted as ‘terrorists’ and tried by special courts, like yours. The label of ‘terrorist’ is applied to revolutionary fighters by every authority, whether in the form of military regimes and dictatorships, like the one during 1967–74, or the postwar constitutional oligarchy that by euphemism was named ‘democracy’, or the current junta of betrayers and quislings of the PASOK government that submitted the people to the Power of the international economic oligarchy by signing the treaty of the Memorandum.

All freedom fighters and armed combatants across the world were prosecuted under charges of ‘terrorism’: members of the Red Brigades in Italy, members of RAF, the Movement 2nd June and the Revolutionary Cells in West Germany, members of the Communist Combatant Cells in Belgium, members of Action Directe and GARI in France, the 1st May, as well as anarchists, autonomous fighters and members of MIL in the Francoist Spain and members of GRAPO in the post-Franco regime, Tupamaros fighters in Uruguay, Che Guevara, members of FARC in Colombia, Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) in El Salvador, Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso) and Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA) in Peru, fighters of revolutionary organizations in Turkey, members of PKK, IRA and ETA, and of course here, in Greece, the fighters of the 17 November (17N) and the Revolutionary People’s Struggle (ELA). Continue reading Athens: Written declaration to the court by Nikos Maziotis, member of Revolutionary Struggle – October 24th, 2011

Athens: Solidarity gathering for the comrade Kostas Katsenos, accused for the Revolutionary Struggle case

Kostas Katsenos is still remanded in custody, accused for the case of Revolutionary Struggle, whose trial is underway. On Tuesday, March 27th, the comrade will appear before the Appellate Judges Council that will decide upon the extension of his pretrial incarceration or his release, since he has completed already 6 months in prison.

In April 2010 the anarchist members of Revolutionary Struggle Pola Roupa, Kostas Gournas and Nikos Maziotis were arrested and held in pretrial detention until they reached the limit of 18 months, on October 11th, 2011, when they were released from Koridallos prisons. In April 2010 the State also kidnapped the anarchists Vaggelis Stathopoulos, Christoforos Kortesis and Sarantos Nikitopoulos, who were also held before trial and were ordered released only after the council’s judgment on April 5th, 2011. These three comrades, as well as Marie Beraha (the companion of K.Gournas) are accused for participation in the organization Revolutionary Struggle, but all four have repeatedly denied all accusations. Kostas Katsenos was wanted by the authorities for almost a year and a half; he remained fugitive, until he turned himself in a few days before the start of the trial against Revolutionary Struggle (which officially began on October 5th, 2011). Comrade K.Katsenos has since remained in custody in Koridallos prisons, even though he denies all charges. We demand his immediate release from the hellhole.

Solidarity gathering in the Court of Appeals (Loukareos Street, Athens) on Tuesday, March 27th, 2012, at 9am

IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF KOSTAS KATSENOS

SOLIDARITY WITH ALL COMRADES WHO STAND TRIAL
FOR THE SAME CASE

the original call of the Assembly for the Revolutionary Struggle case here
solidarity poster here

Athens: Revolutionary Struggle case trial – In dedication to Lambros Foundas

LAMBROS FOUNDAS, ETERNAL

Declaration of the members of Revolutionary Struggle on February 6th, 2012, regarding the armed scuffle of Dafni, in which Lambros Foundas was killed in battle with the police

The repressive operation against the Revolutionary Struggle started with an armed scuffle in Dafni on March 10th, 2010, when our comrade Lambros Foundas was killed in battle with the policemen Andreas Haskis and Theodoros Koumarapis.

Even though this incident became the starting point of the investigations which resulted in our arrests, the appellate prosecutor Makropoulos did not summon the two policemen killers of Lambros Foundas to testify in this trial, but only called to the stand the lady owner of the car which the comrades attempted to expropriate, with the aim of using it in an action of the organization.

It is obvious that the two policemen were not summoned by the judicial authorities not for any other reason than to be protected, thus, as we have said before, proving the coalescence of judicial and police authorities. It is obvious that the appellate prosecutor sought to protect the murderers of Lambros Foundas.

This does not surprise us. We have similarly not been surprised by the fact that the circumstances of Lambros Foundas’ assassination were not investigated and will not be investigated by any judge. The role of the judges, as well as this court of course, is to protect the classist interests of the bosses, the wealthy and their lackeys and henchmen, who are none other than the police officers.

And this demonstrates the hypocrisy of the state justice, because when judges and other officials of the regime talk about the value of human life, they mean exclusively the lives of their class peers, those that they themselves are serving, i.e. the same people who comprise the economic and political Power, and those that are protecting them, namely the members of police force.

For the judges and this court, valuable is the life of thugs and praetorians of the regime, such as [the cops] Mantzounis, Margellos, Stamos, all who are trained and paid to assault, torture and kill. And even more valuable for this court is the life of individuals like the former Public Order Minister Voulgarakis, who is hated by the people. According to the classist ‘justice’, the value of human life is measured in terms of class position of every one of us; measured by whether it serves the Power and the criminal regime called capitalism and market economy.

Lambros Foundas will be remembered as a freedom fighter who gave his life preparing for yet another Revolutionary Struggle’s blow against the regime.

He gave his life so the occupation of the Greek government, the IMF, the ECB and the EU could not pass; so the current junta of the State and the Capital could not pass; so the new totalitarianism that the economic and political elite wants to impose worldwide, on the occasion of the global financial crisis, could not pass. Lambros Foundas gave his life fighting to make the crisis an opportunity for the Social Revolution.

On the contrary, Lambros Foundas’ murderers Andreas Haskis and Theodoros Koumarapis shall remain recorded in history as mercenaries and members of an assassins’ mechanism. They shall remain recorded in history as stooges of an unjust and criminal regime, stooges and lackeys of those who loot, oppress and exploit the people.

Just as this court will be recorded in history as a special court that hears revolutionaries and combatants who are fighting for the destruction of capitalism and the State, as a court representing the traitors of the people, the contemporary collaborationists who are at the service of the supranational economic elite.

It is our duty as members of Revolutionary Struggle to vindicate Lambros Foundas in this court of the class enemy. Besides that, the political responsibility claim for our participation in Revolutionary Struggle was a matter of course, in order not only to stand up for our organization, but also to defend our comrade.

For us, his comrades in Revolutionary Struggle, Lambros Foundas is not deceased. He is in our blood and the air we breathe as fighters. He is within our goals and objectives. He is identified with our organization and our struggle. Every day, every moment, he is present. HE IS IMMORTAL.

The members of Revolutionary Struggle
Pola Roupa, Kostas Gournas, Nikos Maziotis

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Athens: Written declaration to the court by Kostas Gournas, member of Revolutionary Struggle – October 24th, 2011

In April 2010, in a joint letter with my comrades Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis, we claimed political responsibility for our participation in Revolutionary Struggle (Epanastatikos Agonas). We declared that we’re proud of the organization and our fellow fighter Lambros Foundas, who was killed by cops in the armed scuffle of Dafni.

Today I’m standing opposite you, in this special court, facing grave charges that draw many years of imprisonment. All this time there’s been a systematic effort on State’s part at my expense, so as to bend my will for struggle: from the torturing and battering in GADA (Athens police headquarters) and my imprisonment far away from my children’s residence, to the committal for trial against my spouse Maria Beraha, who is present here as co-defendant. However, I’m standing here opposite you and I declare that I’m proud of my struggle, my comrades and the history of Revolutionary Struggle.

In no case is my presence here intended to extenuate my place, since I don’t accept any charge that’s been laid against me by the bourgeois regime. It’s not I who is the criminal or the terrorist; neither do I consider that the organization’s actions were by any means harmful to society. The organization’s actions and interventions were profoundly political and beneficial to society, because they were directed solely against the regime, its officials and lackeys. They were directed against the structures and individuals of the capitalist system, which oppresses and tyrannizes the socially weak.

Thus, it is not we who should stand trial here as dangerous to society. Continue reading Athens: Written declaration to the court by Kostas Gournas, member of Revolutionary Struggle – October 24th, 2011