In the early hours of Sunday, September 27th 2015, when Evi Statiri entered the 14th day of her hunger strike, she suffered severe hypoglycemia and presented with symptoms such as intense pallor, orthostatic hypotension and tachycardia on exertion. Additionally, she has experienced malaise, palpitations when making the slightest effort and when standing, and cold intolerance, often accompanied by chills. Later that day, she was urgently transferred from Koridallos prison to the General State Hospital of Nikaia in Piraeus, having lost 11% of her initial body weight.
On April 12th, anarchist prisoner on hunger strike Giorgos Karagiannidis, participant in the Network of Imprisoned Fighters (DAK), was transferred from Koridallos prison to the General State Hospital of Nikaia in Piraeus.
The comrade has now lost 19% of his initial body weight and presents with symptoms such as hypotension, bradycardia, weakness, hypoglycemia and severe dizziness.
I write these lines to express how much I was touched by the widespread and polymorphous solidarity activity of comrades outside the prison walls.
Not only because its extent, imaginativeness, organizing-coordinating, tenacity and aggressiveness so far have surpassed all my expectations, knowing that significant state and capitalist buildings, and radio and television stations have been occupied, organized gatherings and demonstrations have taken place in almost all major cities of the territory, and attacks on the forces of repression as well as all kinds of insurgency attacks have occurred. But also because this is what breaks the solitude of my cell and makes me smile, because I was not imprisoned on Tuesday night, I was among you and felt the warmth of flaming barricades.
Because, whatever the outcome, the very existence of this front of struggle is a victory in itself, both for the immediate prospect of this fight and the legacy it leaves behind.
I know very well that the thousands of comrades involved in this battle that Nikos initiated, having many concerns but lots of determination, have vastly different understandings and practices between each other, but also with us. However, advancement flourishes through diversity. That’s exactly the meaning of anarchic solidarity; it connects without making identical, it unites without homogenizing. And whenever it is an action-oriented solidarity, it works.
Now that the mass deception media exclaim that, so long as the hunger strike is prolonged, it poses a threat to national security, I realize that no struggle goes to waste, and the gaps left by broken thoughts of despair – caused by the prolonged inactivity in the suffocating conditions of incarceration – are painted in meaningful colours again; insurrection is always timely.
Our dreams will become their nightmares.
Combative anarchy is awakened and roaring.
Nothing is over, everything begins now.
SOLIDARITY WITH THE ARRESTEES FROM TUESDAY RIOTS
Brother, hold strong, you have disturbed their celebration quite well so far. You are not backing down, so they will. I’m standing by you until the final victory.
To [the minister of Justice] Athanasiou:
I am very hungry. If you murder Nikos, your throat will be the only thing good enough for me to eat.
A moto-protest in solidarity with anarchist hunger striker Nikos Romanos, who is hospitalized at the Gennimatas hospital in northern Athens, took place on Sunday afternoon the 30th of November. More than 200 demonstrators drove off from the city centre and made a short stop at Syntagma Square, where families of refugees from Syria – many of whom are also conducting a hunger strike – have camped opposite the Greek parliament for days, demanding to be able to work in Greece but, most importantly, to be allowed to travel to other European countries and get asylum there. The welcoming gestures of refugee protesters towards anarchists were an emotional moment of the demo.
About an hour later, the gathering (the third one at the Gennimatas hospital these days) saw the participation of more than a thousand anarchists, relatives and friends. Protesters were able to talk with Nikos behind bars. The comrade wanted to know what was happening on the outside, reaffirmed his uncompromising stance, and clarified that he strictly refused to be visited by a delegation of the Syriza party who had the nerve to make their appearance at the hospital a few days ago. He also asked about the health status of his brother Yannis Michailidis. During the protest, it was made possible to communicate to Nikos messages of incendiary solidarity across borders (from Bristol by his FAI confederates, as well as Santiago).
When this gathering ended, many of the demonstrators on motorcycles headed to the Polytechnic School in Exarchia, while nearly 80 comrades took the initiative of driving also to the Tzaneio hospital in Piraeus, where anarchist hunger striker Yannis Michailidis is being treated under police custody. People in solidarity were able to exchange words with Yannis as well. He was in good spirits, responding to slogans with humor and wit (“I now feel like I’ve eaten,” he said at one point).
Additional footage and reportback from both gatherings in Greek & Spanish
Strength to the comrades on hunger striker, Nikos Romanos (10/11), Yannis Michailidis (17/11), Andreas-Dimitris Brourzoukos and Dimitris Politis (1/12)!
– The Polytechnic School in Exarchia has been occupied as of December 1st by comrades in solidarity with the four anarchist hunger strikers.
– Upcoming action for the same case: Tuesday, December 2nd, at 18:00 in Monastiraki Square; street protest in downtown Athens.
Anarchist prisoner Nikos Romanos is on hunger strike since November 10, 2014, requesting to make use of educational furloughs from prison, to which he is entitled since September 2014. Nikos is currently in Athens general hospital Gennimatas, under a strong custody of the police. Physician Pantelia (Lina) Vergopoulou, who visited him today 28/11, reports that the comrade remains in a critical condition, threatened with life-threatening complications. Late at night over 200 comrades and friends of Nikos gathered once again opposite the hospital to send their direct solidarity (audio).
Anarchist prisoner Yannis Michailidis is on hunger strike since November 17, 2014, as a form of solidarity with the struggle of Nikos Romanos. As of today Yannis Michailidis needed to be hospitalized, too, after he was diagnosed with bradycardia. Yannis is currently in Piraeus general hospital Tzaneio, under a strong custody of the police.
Both comrades stand firm and continue their hunger strike.
On Saturday, May 10th, 2014, at least 50 fascists from the Golden Dawn party made their appearance in the neighbourhoods of Nikaia and Koridallos, and later stormed the self-managed social space Pasamontaña. The fascists tried to invade the hangout, but 5 comrades (women/men) repelled the attack with fire extinguishers. Immediately afterwards an antifascist demonstration was called for 2pm in Koridallos, with protesters gathering outside Pasamontaña, located in 23, Dimitrakopoulou Street.
“And just a little bit below the number of your repression, they had opened a penetrating hole, the same size as a submachine gun, from where the enemy overtly stripped you down day and night in the most ruthless way, and killed whatever you held secret and kept inside you. From there, they fired their murderous bursts incessantly upon you, and raked your body in its most sacred and inviolable moments. It’s the hole through which your enemy vomited out their worst kind of hatred with the worst rabies. It’s the relentless, most tyrannical controller and the worst killer of your private, hidden self. (…)
It’s the spy hole, which tore apart the most unsuspected, the most own or private time of yours; as soon as you saw the glossy, cold eye of the hangman-checker peering through the slot and permeating your inner being. (…)
Oh resentful eye, how I wish to seal you once and for all! To permanently end the sinister stripping and rapine of the soul in the hands of executioners. Oh snitch of my most intimate gestures, how I hate you, and how I yearn for your death! Your destruction! Your doom!”
This company is one of the largest operators of the private parapolice institution worldwide. It operates and manages private prisons in England and America while being responsible for security systems at the “wall of shame” in Palestine. In Greece, it has the largest fleet of armored cash-in-transit vehicles, to safely transport the wealth of banks and other businesses, it has equipped most of the country’s prisons with the latest electronic security systems, and will assume the management and operation of concentration camps for migrants.
Our action is part of the promotion of activities against the Greek government’s intention to pass the new bill for special conditions of detention and maximum security facilities in the Domokos prison.
Solidarity with imprisoned and prosecuted fighters.
Struggle until freedom, against the modern totalitarianism, by any means necessary.
“Woe to those who will accept prison as a life condition”
On Saturday morning, January 25th, in the district of Keratsini in Piraeus (port of Athens), a large assault militia of neo-Nazis desecrated the entire place where Pavlos Fyssas was murdered by Golden Dawn member in September 2013. Shorty after that, nearly 80 Golden Dawn members attacked the Resalto self-organized space. The neo-Nazis were repelled by some 15 comrades, who were inside the Resalto. According to first estimates, the fascists showed up at the neighbourhood in threes, and attacked the outside of the Resalto with stones, bricks and paints under the supervision of police officers. All this lasted a few minutes. The nationalist thugs went away as soon as a cop from DIAS motorcycle team was heard saying to them “you’re done here”… Then the police helped the fascists flee the scene of the attack from Lambraki street. During the fascist attack on the Resalto, windows of the house next door were smashed, and even bricks were thrown into a kid’s bedroom. Some of the fascists were recognized; their force came from the areas of Piraeus, Perama, Nikaia and Athens. The great majority of them were young men, and some had helmets with them. All comrades are in good health, while several fascists were probably hit in the head with various objects. The incident lasted for ten minutes at most, in the presence of DIAS cops who offered protection to the Golden Dawn neo-Nazis the whole time. In the meantime, groups of anarchist comrades and other antifascists from Piraeus and Athens were informed of what happened, and arrived in Keratsini enraged and prepared to chase away the neo-Nazis, but the thugs had already vanished from the area. A half hour after the fascists left, more of DIAS motorcycle units as well as MAT anti-riot squadrons were deployed to the district. The Resalto collective called for a local spontaneous demonstration at Laou square, in response to the attack. The demo, with more than 400 protesters, began after 2pm and moved through the streets of Keratsini, also passing from the place where antifascist Pavlos Fyssas was stabbed to death.
Below is a text (featured in the following video) about the fascist provocations in Keratsini:
Four months after the murder of Pavlos Fyssas in Amfiali by an assault battalion of the Golden Dawn party, approximately 100 bullying fascists made their appearance once again in Keratsini, at the neighbourhoods of Amfiali and Tabouria. Walking down the Tsaldari street, the fascists desecrated the place where Pavlos Fyssas was stabbed to death—a murder which they themselves committed—erasing painted slogans, poems and dedications of dozens of people in his remembrance, and destroying the banner of the ‘Ploumpidis’ local association of school teachers. This was a clear ‘assumption of responsibility’ for the murder on their part, an assassination they had not confessed publicly before, having their ripper Roupakias ‘disavowed’.
In their wake, they torn down several other banners of the teachers local association, they smeared antifascist graffiti and sprayed walls with vomiting fascist-nationalist slogans, and when they reached the Laou square (‘People’s square’) in Tabouria they moved aggressively toward the Resalto self-organized space of solidarity and rupture (situated 100m from that square). Apparently, in their attempt to reemerge in districts of Piraeus over the past few weeks and rerun their offices in Nikaia, they were deeply annoyed by the forceful resistance they encountered from people in struggle (hence they launched their provocations already since the previous week, by painting a slogan on the wall of the Pasamontaña self-managed social space in Koridallos, showing up their faces again in the areas of Nikaia and Koridallos during one of their usual pathetic parades).
Nearly half of the fascists went up Ermou street and attacked the hangout, simultaneously causing damages to homes, cars and motorbikes of dwellers, while the rest of them had blocked the Konstantinoupoleos road, preventing vehicles from passing, and thus securing their assault group. The 15 comrades, both women and men who were inside the Resalto at the time, defended themselves and the project, and after a five minute clash they managed to repel the fascists. They demonstrated that collective comradely fight, without classifications of one’s ‘capacity’ or sex, is able to cope with the Nazi assault battalions when the forces of repression do not actively lend them a hand. Needless to say that the many DIAS police motorcycles, that escorted the fascists after their attack until their withdrawal from Keratsini, made no detention whatsoever, despite the fact that the first police forces arrived at the spot while the assault-clash was underway, and even though many fascists (those who were at the forefront) retreated with paint on their clothes. It is important to note that the principal fact which confirms the antisocial, thuggish and murderous nature of fascists was the destruction of glass windows and facade of the house next door with stones, although the owner was yelling that this is a home and there’s a small child inside. Most of the dozens of stones that were thrown on this residence fell into the kid’s room, so if the small girl had not been quickly moved by her parents, she would have been seriously or fatally injured.
An antifascist concentration was immediately called in Laou square, and more than 400 antifascists held a spontaneous demonstration in Tabouria and Amfiali (taking to the streets where the fascists had made their appearance earlier), wiping out also the fascist slogans from the walls. Many people from the area participated in the march, which was also supported by people in solidarity and struggle from the surrounding districts of Piraeus and various neighbourhoods of Athens.
The fascists are the loyal dogs of the State and Capital—no matter if they continue to play the ‘antisystemic’—who fell into disfavor with their bosses (which is likely a temporary phase) due to standalone tendencies and a series of uncontrollable moves-choices of their own, such as the murder attempt on trade unionists of PAME [Stalinist syndicalist organ] in Perama and the murder of Pavlos Fyssas in Keratsini. We’ll say it once again: in the hoods of refugee population, of resistance, dignity and solidarity, the fascists, their assault battalions and their supporters are not just undesirable but enemies. Fascist murderers, there’s no place for you in our hoods. And we will confirm this every moment, in every way.
Saturday 25.1.2014 Resalto self-organized space of solidarity and rupture
Keratsini autonomous antifascist assembly
Keratsini-Drapetsona square assembly
Below is footage from a neighbour (the neo-Nazis are shouting “blood-honour-golden dawn” and “anarchists, sons of a whore”), footage from inside the Resalto, and moments of the spontaneous demonstration in Keratsini:
Video link: dai.ly/x1abj6v. More photos, showing demonstrators from the anarchist/antiauthoritarian milieu but also from the left-wing spectrum, alongside several neighbours: Social-Revolution
UPCOMING ACTION: Antifascist march in Keratsini — Friday, January 31st, 2014, at 6pm Gathering in Nikis square, on Tsaldari street, Amfiali
“Political act is what really counts, not plain words. There are quite many who use big words, and behave differently behind the scenes doing what they do, and by saying this, I do not mean the politicians—their conduct is well known—, I mean people who generally partake in our milieu, so to speak, and use big words but in practice are completely different. And there are others who do not say anything, and because of what they do, with their attitude in general and the things they carry out, have a more political stance than anyone else. And this has also been my choice; by setting myself in motion, and taking action, to cause each time at least problem to the adversary; at least. Because we bear responsibility not only when we act and do something wrong. Our responsibility is much greater when we see specific things happening around us and we do nothing…” —Savvas Xiros
Savvas Xiros is self-admitted member of the revolutionary organization “17 November”, sentenced to life in prison. He is a polytrauma patient, suffering myriad of serious health problems. Recall that the medical treatment of Savvas Xiros at the AHEPA hospital in Thessaloniki, in July 2012, did not even last ten days despite the fact that the judges had ordered five months suspension of his sentence.
On December 19, 2013 the court of Piraeus ruled on a new application of Savvas Xiros for proper medical treatment outside prison. Although the prosecutor’s office proposed five months suspension of his prison sentence on health grounds, the court accepted his hospitalization only for one month in the hospital of Larissa.
During the night between the 18th and 19th of September 2013 several ATM screens were smashed in Espoo (city of the Helsinki metropolitan area). This act was a response to the murder of Pavlos Fyssas by a member of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn.
Antifascist struggle means also action against capitalism. Fascism is a symptom of capitalism and a growing threat to, among others, the working class, immigrants, and sexual minorities.
“In memoriam of Pavlos Fyssas, the fight continues!” was sprayed on the outer wall. In addition the embassy’s wall was decorated with anarchist symbols and windows of the staircase were paint-bombed, too.
With this act we remember Pavlos Fyssas, murdered by a member of the neofascist Golden Dawn party. Every day, nation states and the European Union are fomenting war against poor and insurgents. Nazis do the dirty work on behalf of the policy makers. Every oppressor is our enemy.
We do not forget our comrades who’ve been targets of attacks and repression. For this kind of action you need only a spray can and willingness to act.
The continuation of struggle is the best way to remember our comrades!
We gathered on Sunday 29.9.2013 in Tampere, Finland at Pispala esker next to the Memorial of the Red Guards to remember and show our solidarity to all antifascists fighting in Greece. The memory of Pavlos shines bright in our hearts, and will continue to feed us in the struggles against oppression, tyranny and fascism everywhere! From Athens to Tampere – not even one step to fascists! Solidarity to antifascists in Greece. Memorial of the Red Guards who died in the Finnish Civil War in Pispala, Tampere. The inscription in the stone reads: “On this Pispala Ridge the red guard in Tampere last stood with weapons in hand defending their cause in 1918.”
The demonstration for solidarity and remembrance, on Friday evening the 27th of September 2013 in Berlin, started by 7pm at Heinrichplatz in Kreuzberg, marched through Neukölln and reached an estimated number of 1,000 people during the whole march. Due to a lot of banners the anger about the murder of Pavlos Fyssas by neo-Nazis got present, as well as solidarity and strength to the migrants.
Chants in English, Greek and German were shouted the whole way, supported by a megaphone. Flyers in English and German were spread on the streets, and several speeches were hold to inform about the racist and fascist attacks.
While some fireworks were lighted during the demonstration, the cops stayed quite calm. However, there was one short arrestment at the endpoint and another at the start in Heinrichplatz, where a person got a fine for ‘violation of the Press Law.’ The cops found flyers in the person’s pockets that didn’t have any signature for the content. So, they also imposed a fine against the unknown author ‘because of slander,’ based on sentences of the flyer stating that Chrissi Avgi/Golden Dawn are rapists and fans of Hitler.
All in all it was a dynamic demonstration even though the time of preparation was short. Another interesting aspect is the fact that it was organized by an open assembly instead of antifa groups as usual. The result was a turnout of anti-authoritarian, leftist and anarchist antifascists.
Attack the fascists and the State! Everywhere! Solidarity to the victims of racist violence! Side by side against fascism!
In memory of Pavlos Fyssas there is a banner at the autonomous center (AJZ) in Bielefeld, which reads: “Athens: Antifascist Pavlos Fyssas murdered by fascists. Another dead! Another reason to fight!”
Also posters appeared in the streets of Bielefeld. The text on it explains how Pavlos Fyssas (Piraeus) and Clément Méric (Paris) were murdered by fascists, and how Ahmet Atakan (Antakya) was killed by a teargas grenade from cops in Turkey. It reads:
“What do these dead have in common? They are only three of the many who died; the many who remain nameless, but whom we do not want to forget. Victims of racist and fascist attacks. Victims of state terror, or both at once.
All three—Pavlos, Clément and Ahmet—were politically active and were killed for that reason.
We don’t want to be scared off by their death. But we want to confer dignity on their death by continuing the struggle against oppression.”
On Wednesday afternoon, September 18th—hours after the assassination of Pavlos Fyssas by parastatal scumbags of the Golden Dawn was made known—an antifascist demonstration took place in the city of Mytilini, on Lesvos Island. The “Assembly for generalized self-determination” held a pre-gathering at Sapfous Square by 6pm. An hour later, the Association of Secondary Education State-School Teachers (ELME), student unions, and Stalinists of the PAME syndicate gathered at the same location.
The bloc of the Assembly for generalized self-determination, carrying the front banner that read “Fascists your days are over!” counted with the presence of 450 persons from the wider antiauthoritarian spectrum, alongside autonomous protesters who did not wish to march with the other blocs (ELME and student unions were nearly 250 demonstrators).
The demo was quite lively. Numerous slogans were chanted, and graffiti or stencils were painted on the streets. Walking through the city centre of Mytilini, the protest march made a stop at the prefecture building, where a municipal council regarding migration concentration camps was underway. Fascists do not maintain official offices on the island, so antifascists paid a visit to the municipal authorities instead, in order to check if Nazis were also present at the anti-migration meeting. As soon as demonstrators verified the complete absence of fascists, the march moved on and ended at Sapfous Square.
This banner was placed on the Petrou Ralli footbridge, located near the TEI in Piraeus. The slogan reads: “Pavlos Fyssas, 34 years old, killed by knife-wielding fascist – Fascist murderers, we will crush you!”
An antifascist gig with local hip-hop bands took place last night, September 23d, in the city centre of Karditsa. The concert was organized by the Antifascist-Antiracist Solidarity Front. Even though everything was hastily prepared for the DIY live, Pafsilypo Square was crowded with people, sending a clear message to the Goldendawners that there is no room for them in the city of Karditsa.
On Saturday the 21st of September there was an unannounced solidarity gathering for the antifascist fighting on the streets in Greece. About 20 people showed up. Such gatherings are illegal in Ghent but there was no police presence.
On Wednesday the 18th September the 34-year Pavlos Fyssas was murdered by a member of the neo-Nazi party in Greece. This is by far not the only murder lately. Freedom-loving people, like Fyssas or the countless migrants who are fighting for a better life for themselves and for all, are on execution lists of the Greek State and its voluntary helpers. But resistance is taking shape: for days, thousands of people hit the streets to halt the rise of fascism.
Let’s take the streets also here! Together against fascism and its breeding grounds! For freedom, for life!
On Saturday, September 21, anarchists and antiauthoritarians called for an antifascist demonstration in the city of Kavala against the programmed inauguration of Golden Dawn local offices on that same evening. Even though the Nazi event was eventually cancelled—due to the wave of protests in various Greek cities in the aftermath of the assassination of Pavlos Fyssas by the Goldendawner Giorgos Roupakias on September 18—the antifascist protest did take place as scheduled.
People started to gather at around 18.00 in the Faliro skate-park, and the march began two hours later counting with the presence of more than 500 demonstrators. Police presence in the city of Kavala was too heavy but the antifascist contingent, mainly composed of locals, was well safe-guarded by groups of comrades. It is worth mentioning that reformists from the SYRIZA opposition party never showed up, although they had initially called for a gathering at the same location.
Eight hours standing in the perimeter of a police bus at the corner of Charilaou Trikoupi with Didotou street in Exarchia, wondering when you’re going to be attacked by “bottles” and stone-throwing. Recipients of hatred and rage that permeate our entire being. For what you are. For what we are. For those whom you serve. For what we’re fighting for.
Eight hours in a row, and now it’s time for the night shift, at 22.00, on September 19, 2013. Fresh pigs have come to replace you. After a chit chat, you enter the mobile pigsty all together.
But you are to confront us when you least expect it, when you sit your ass on a seat of the police bus, exhausted from this filth you call a job.
Two blocks away, at the junction of Charilaou Trikoupi and Dervenion streets, comrades wait for the police bus to get moving. They take positions, wait a bit longer, and then they push trash bins and block the street. The 10-liter jerrycans filled with gasoline are rolling underneath the vehicle. The cops make it just in time, and abandon the bus before watching the first Molotov light the flammable material. They have fear in their eyes.
Some other time, in another place, we’ll be waiting for you.
On September 21st, three days after the assassination of Pavlos Fyssas by a Nazi trash in Piraeus, an antifascist gathering took place outside the Golden Dawn offices in the town of Argostoli, on Cephalonia Island. Approximately 80 protesters (students, leftists, residents, and anarchists) attended the activity distributing texts, throwing fliers, and shouting slogans. At a certain moment, antifascists paint-bombed the facade of the Nazi offices. A Goldendawner then came out on the balcony of the first floor, and started to spray protesters with a water hose. In response, people who got angry threw stones and various objects at him and the building. The antifascist intervention ended with a small march in the town centre, where the crowd dispersed.