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.
Athens: First announcement from the occupied Polytechnic School in Exarchia, 1/12/2014
As of today December 1st, 2014, the Athens Polytechnic School is occupied so as to become another centre of solidarity and commitment to the struggle of anarchist hunger striker Nikos Romanos (since 10/11/2014), as well as the rest of the comrades who are on hunger strike in solidarity with Nikos – Yannis Michailidis (since 17/11), Dimitris Politis and Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos (since 1/12).
Nikos Romanos has been held hostage by the State since February 1st, 2013, after the double expropriation of a bank branch and the ELTA post office in Velventos, Kozani. His act is part of the polymorphous anarchist struggle against all those responsible for the pillaging enforced by the State and the Capital on the entirety of society.
The political choices of Nikos Romanos and his militant commitment to the struggle mark a continuation of the December 2008 revolt. He is struggling for a world without Power, without exploitation and bosses.
The struggle of the hunger striking prisoners for a breath of freedom, against the savagery of incarceration and the ever-increasing repression of the prison system (e.g. suspension and denial of furloughs, widespread use of solitary confinement, construction of new Type C maximum security prisons), goes side by side with the struggle of all repressed people against the subordination and the ravaging of our lives.
This occupation intends/aims to lend characteristics of an open, massive and combative focus of struggle to the liberated ground of the Athens Polytechnic School, alongside any other instance of fight that is directed towards vindicating the claims of Nikos Romanos (educational day release from prison) and towards the social liberation case in general.
TO THE STREETS OF REVOLT
SOLIDARITY WITH THE FIGHTERS ON HUNGER STRIKE
VICTORY TO THE STRUGGLE OF NIKOS ROMANOS
Athens: Second announcement from the occupied Polytechnic School after Exarchia riots, 2/12/2014
On the 2nd of December 2014, a demonstration took place in solidarity with anarchist comrade Nikos Romanos, prisoner on hunger strike since the 10th of November, demanding the granting of educational furloughs. Today’s march saw participation of thousands of people, some of whom later headed for the occupied Polytechnic School.
For us, the occupied ground of the Athens Polytechnic School is not a value in itself. On the contrary, it is yet another piece on the mosaic of dignity and resistance against all those who want to turn society into a graveyard. It is a piece on the mosaic of resistance against the modern-day totalitarianism that spreads its power over our lives; from the anarchists who have gone on a hunger strike, the mobilizations against maximum security prisons, and the hunger strikers from Syria, to all those who are fighting for dignity and freedom across the world.
We call on everyone in struggle to take any necessary initiative towards the vindication of hunger striker Nikos Romanos: from faculty occupations, to production blockades; from breaches of the media omerta, to attacks against the guardians of order.
Let’s rise to the challenge of our time in the face of state repression, contrary to rationales that want us to remain passive spectators and voters. Uncompromising solidarity with Nikos Romanos, who is on hunger strike since 10/11, and hunger strikers in solidarity Yannis Michailidis (since 17/11), Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos (since 1/12) and Dimitris Politis (since 1/12).
IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF ALL ARRESTEES FROM TONIGHT’S CLASHES
THE OCCUPATION STAYS UNTIL VICTORY IN THE STRUGGLE OF NIKOS ROMANOS
Assembly of the occupied Polytechnic School