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
In the adverse condition of imprisonment, where daily life is summarized
in the word subjugation, there are minimal means left to fight with.
Here where the prospect of complete liberation seems far, against the
total surrender they offer you as the only choice, come moments you
consider worthy of negotiation. No matter how foreign negotiating with
authority is to us. In no case however will we negotiate our anarchist
characteristics, we will not make a step back on the integrity of our
words, we will not sell out our struggle for which we are hostages of
Therefore even the self-destructive choice of hunger strike, which
wrinkles the humane facade of the state, is worthy. It consists a threat
to lay bare the murderous nature of the state, against its delusional
well-fed subjects. The murderous and tyrannical nature of authority, as
experienced by every living being that suffers and is murdered in the
factories, the war zones, the mine-trapped borders, the farms,
laboratories and abattoirs, the prisons and psychiatric clinics. And it
is worthy for any demand each hunger striker considers crucial for
themselves, whether it is about their living conditions, dignity, or
freedom. In this case, that my comrade and brother Nikos Romanos, is
putting his body as a barricade in order to demand ways out of the
asphyxiating condition of incarceration, I sought a way to express my
solidarity in practice. From the position I am in this present
situation, I decided to participate in the rotating hunger strike
beginning by us the comrades arrested after the double robbery in Velvedo. As of
today 17/11, I start a hunger strike until his demand is met.
This choice of ours intends to contribute to the further mobilization of
the comrades outside, in order to multiply and intensify the multiform
actions of solidarity, something that opens one more battle front with
the state, therefore also a scope of awareness of new comrades.
The hard times we are going through is another reason to fight harder
and not compromise.
Because the state will always form the social correlations making the
choice of individual or collective insurrection an object of tough
punishment, it is time to disengage from defeatist “realisms” and
“weighed up” decisions of retreat which always give ground to the enemy,
postponing the action for a future which inactivity itself makes it
inevitably more ominous.
It is necessary to overcome ourselves and the entrenched perceptions we
drag inside us.
SOLIDARITY TO HUNGER STRIKERS NIKOS ROMANOS AND IRAKLIS KOSTARIS
SOLIDARITY MEANS ATTACK
ps;(Iraklis Kostaris, imprisoned member of the R.O. 17 November)
Translated by Act for freedom now!
And it is necessary to go forward, to fill all the Voids, even if not
self-destruct, by drawing strength from the past … Every era has
its own inquisition. THE ‘VOID’ EXISTS AS LONG AS YOU DO NOT FALL INTO IT.
A breath of freedom away from the cement of the prison.
A few hours where the glance can travel free without tripping over bars.
A sky without barbed wire. Steps you do not need to count. Moves tuned slightly
On November 10th friend and comrade Nikos Romanos began a hunger strike
demanding a breath of freedom. Having passed into an Athens university
through exams, he is fighting to win something that according to their own
laws he is entitled to: his educational furlough.
We on our side stand next to Nikos Romanos and his struggle, next to
every move he desires and must take to accompany his battle, next to every
expression of aggressive solidarity… Because the stars you see diving
into the void are the ones that carry our dreams, our enraged desires,
our smiles full of meaning… Because we do not exchange a life on the
edge with anything.
IMMEDIATE GRANTING of the demand of comrade Nikos Romanos for the
4th Wing of Koridallos prisons.