The poster reads:
“I am a revolutionary, and I have nothing to apologize for.
Terrorists, criminals, robbers are those who compose the economic and political life; the institutions and governments that, through the memoranda, are waging the most violent, the most heinous attack on the social base in the name of a “way out of the crisis.” Terrorist, criminal, robber is the State and Capital; those whom I fight committed with all my soul to armed struggle, to Revolutionary Struggle; those whom my organization has targeted all these years of our activity.
(…) when the economic and political establishment attacks the social majority in the most merciless way, armed struggle for social revolution is a duty and obligation; because that’s where hope lies and nowhere else. The only hope for a definitive way out of the systemic crisis we are living in this historical period, for a definitive way out of every crisis. It is the only hope towards overturning capitalism, the system that gives birth to crises; the only hope towards overturning the State and Capital.
It is the only hope for an armed counterattack of the social base against a system that crushes them.
It is the only hope towards overthrowing the State and Capital; for Social Revolution.
For a society of economic equality and political freedom for all.”
“I am an anarchist, member of the armed revolutionary organization Revolutionary Struggle. The only terrorists are the State and the Capital.”
Demonstration in solidarity with Revolutionary Struggle members
Saturday January 21st 2017 at 12:00 in Monastiraki (downtown Athens)
SOLIDARITY WITH THE REVOLUTIONARY STRUGGLE MEMBERS
NO EXEMPTION STATUS OF POLITICAL PRISONERS
STRUGGLE AGAINST THE STATE AND CAPITAL BY ANY MEANS
–Solidarity Assembly (Athens)
Full text of callout in Greek.
On February 6th, anarchist comrade Panagiotis Aspiotis is transferred
from Navplio prisons allegedly to Koridallos prisons. In reality they
transferred him to the isolation section of the metagogon (transfer
detention cells bulding). A bit later it became known that the comrade,
while having his arms tied up behind his back, got attacked by the
cowardly hooded thugs of the anti-terrorist force who seriously injured
him during but also after the reason for their visit which was no more
than to extract a DNA sample. Later the comrade was transferred to the
hospital for exams.
The whole story of the comrades’ transfer was a well-staged trap by the
mechanisms of the police and the ministry of justice, who for a while
now were looking for a way to extract a dna sample from him. We would
like to remind that the comrade did not give a dna sample when he was
first arrested since there was a pause in police brutality and violent
extraction, with the clarification in the law that the sample must be
extracted “without violating the dignity of the accused” and “with the
presence of an expert who the accused designates”. This clarification
was made after the hunger strike of the political prisoners
(2/3/15-18/4/15) as a middle ground solution to the demand to forbid the
violent extraction of dna samples, one of the many demands that were
won, each on a different level. This legal glitch was violated during later arrests through
the intervention of the special prosecutors and
interrogators and the special authority the exclusion legislations
(187A) give them. It is also important to remind that the prosecutor in
Grevena had demanded the extraction of dna samples by the hospital of
that city while the comrade was held in prison there.Then comrades were
informed in time in order for them to intervene to a possible torturing
that would take place in the hospital. Solidarians but also medical
staff were on standby but the transfer did not take place after the
comrade refused. Thus after a few months the state, with secretary
general of the ministry of justice Eftihis Fitrakis and special
interrogator Eftihis Nikopoulos as the frontmen, delegates the job to
the anti-terrorist force by setting up the suitable trap for the
torturing to extract a dna sample from the comrade.
The state once more violates its own laws with unprecedented ease.
None of us has the illusion that laws can function as guarantees of freedom no matter how
progressive they are, since they are still laws of the state, rules for
the functioning of a structure that is naturally oppressive therefore
hostile. Especially when their function limits the oppressive ease, they
are placed in the “to-be-modified list” or are bypassed from the windows
or are systemically violated. In this case there is a small obstacle
that limits one of the main weapons of oppression that is the arbitrary
use of dna as incriminating evidence, which was violated blatantly and
with excess violence.
In the hunger strike we had also defined the limitation of use of dna as
a target, exactly because we know what an important piece of
false-evidence it consists in the way its used. Its only use is to hold
comrades in prison as long as possible. From the first moment of that
struggle it became evident that no conquest will be a given and the only
way to maintain our ground is continuous revolutionary anti-state and
anti-capitalist battle. This is confirmed once more today.
Someone accused irrelevantly if they are an anarchist or not has every
reason to refuse the extraction of dna. The labs of EL.AS (greek police)
are kitchens for cooking up cases and false-scientific proof of
evidence. We have seen this in all trials, where without evidence only
with a dna type that resembles that of the accused, the indictment is
evidenced. Cops, whether they wear a white apron or a hood are the same
protection dogs of the industrialists, shipowners, channel owners and
politicians. They are all accomplices in every torturing of a person.
The scumbags of the antiterrorist force and the police are worthy
descendants of Mallios and Babalis* in the times of a left coalition
government. We wish them that their career ends in the same glory.
Those of us who fight have acknowledged that the state continues
regardless if it’s managed by the right or the left. Those who are in
positions of authority must in turn acknowledge that the war from those
below also continues and is consistent.
The neoliberal leadership of Syriza completes the social looting the
previous governments left half completed. They pass in the social
insurance law which will finish off, among other things, the small
producers and redistribute the pie for the benefit of the
farming-industrial capital. They reinforce the banks with cash from the
support packages and tie the economy even tighter on them with most
recent indicative adjustment the mandatory use of plastic money
inaugurating a society of absolute control. They decrease the labour
costs in any way possible trying as they say to create an environment
friendly towards investments, that is to say slave workers, landless
farmers, favela neighbourhoods. In the field of foreign policy the state
remains a member of NATO, the relations with the apartheid state of
Israel and the junta of Egypt are strengthened and they take on the role
of the mercenary border-guard of the E.U. New immigrant concentration
camps are opened to manage the flow the E.U. itself created to a great
degree. In the frames of domestic oppression let’s not forget the
invasion of the riot cops in the occupied deanery building in Athens and
the arrest of the fighters who stood in the way of the extermination of
the imprisoned hunger strikers. With a left government for the first
time an ambush and torturing by the police is set-up against a comrade
who is already a prisoner. The EKAM (greek special forces) enter and
exit the prisons again and the prisoners are transferred and held in the
metagogon in disgusting conditions.
The left management can allegedly do all that could not be carried out
by the governments of classic social-democracy and the right wing
because of social reactions. This is their use, which however is
deteriorating very fast. Through delegation and within the system there
is no future. The solution for the problems caused by capitalism can
only come from revolutionary subversion and horizontal social
organization. The destruction of the state mechanism, the expropriation
of the wealth of the state, church and bosses and its self-management.
Only in this way will there be an end of the looting of nature, our
lives and the lives of our children.
The incident of torture of our imprisoned comrade is one more attack
against those who do not bow the head and as such it deserves similar
responses in the frames of the multiform struggle against the state and
ABOLISHING OF ALL ANTI-TERRORIST LAWS
DOWN WITH THE STATE AND WAGED SLAVERY
TORCH AND BURN ALL PRISON CELLS
Network of Combative Prisoners (DAK)
*Both Mallios and Babalis were cops-torturers during the junta in
Greece, Mallios was executed by the “17November” organization in
December 1976 and Babalis was executed by the “June 78” organization in
Translated by Act for freedom now!
Inter Arma received and translated:
We’ve never fit into the laws, the rules, the habits of this world. Besides, it remains too “small” for us to fit in. We loved real life and freedom and these are what we will always fight for. And if today we’re on the 28th day of hunger strike, with the risk of losing our lives, from now on, it is because a life with no dignity, is simply not life at all. What could be more undignified if we did not defend, if we did not fight for those people who, for no benefit, no political theses and choices, they stood by us morally, all throughout our imprisonment, remaining Humans. So, this time we are fighting for them. To avoid their becoming the side effects of a war that they have never been accomplices in. So, let the arrows of democracy target its real enemies again. Once more, democracy saw to me being away from my comrades, as they all are spread out to different hospitals and prisons. But my heart and my soul is with them, every moment. Their strength is my strength during the struggle we together started and together we will end.
NOW AND FOREVER.
IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF GERASIMOS AND CHRISTOS TSAKALOS’ RELATIVES
SUPPORT AND SOLIDARITY WITH THE DEMANDS OF THE POLITICAL PRISONERS ON HUNGER STRIKE
WHOLEHEARTED COMRADELY GREETINGS TO THE COMRADES ABROAD WHO, ONCE MORE, THROUGH THEIR WORDS MADE TO NULLIFY THE DISTANCES AND STAND NEXT TO US
STRENGTH AND CONTINUATION TO ALL THE MOVES OF SOLIDARITY OUTSIDE THE WALLS
Member of the R.O. – Conspiracy of Cells of Fire – FAI/IRF
The main banner of the demonstration reads: ‘No prosecution against anarchist fighter G.S. – Valveios Autonomous Movement – “Ah dammit, comrade who didn’t betray [us], we are living in the barbarity”[*]’
* verse from a poem by Katerina Gogou
On Wednesday October 23rd , the anarchist Stella Antoniou was arrested in Dimitsana, Tripoli, for “violating” the restrictive conditions which is not true, as Stella has no restriction on going away from Attiki.
Stella contacted some comrades and let them know that despite her denial, 5 cops from the Counter-Terrorism Unit, tried 2 times to take DNA from her. At first, closing her nose so as she opens her mouth and they can take saliva from her with a cotton swab. Then pulling her hair and violently push her and throw her on the ground.
Due to the violent behavior, the comrade has a rupture under her eye and, as a result, she bleeds. This is very dangerous especially for Stella because of the problems she generally has with her eye.
There was a gathering today in the Tripolis court, but the cops didn’t let the solidarians enter the court.
There will be more information soon.
On Friday 17th, October there was a public political event held in the National Technical University of Athens, from the comrades of the Vox Social Center, on “Armed War, Revolutionary Movement and Social Revolution”, during which I was going to speak through the phone from Diavata prison, as a member of the anarchist organization Revolutionary Struggle.
This public political event intended to highlight the huge value of the armed struggle, as an inextricable part of the struggle for the overthrow of the capital and the state, its inseparable connection with the revolutionary movement, the necessity of the armed social revolution under the current conditions, when the system is still in crisis and is illegitimized in the eyes of the society and by the people’s majority. Let me remind that a similar public political event was held on October 9th from the comrades of Terra Incognita squat in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where I had talked through the phone.
One day before the event in the National Technical University in Athens, one of the most known executioners of the Greek people, one of the most zealous submissives of the super-national elite and creditors and fans of the political and social genocide applied in order the capital system to be rescued and a parliamentary representative of the New Democracy, Adonis Georgiadis, asks for an intervention so as the event in the NTU where I was going to speak from the Diavata prison to be forbidden.
In fact, after a political intervention, an order was given to the direction of the Diavata prison and, in particular, to the director Stavropoulos and the warden Valsamis, so as the 8 telephones of the prison’s ground floor where I am detained, were to be switched off, in order for me not to be able to make a phone call and speak to the Athens NTU. The telephones of the prison’s ground floor were switched off from the midday opening of the prison, from 2.15 to 7.45 when the prison is locked for the night, illegally depriving the right of not only for me but for about 200 prisoners as well, to make a phone call. At first, the wardens claimed that the telephones were damaged. The same things were also claimed by the warden Valsamis to the 4-member prisoner’s delegation in which I took part too. In front of the prisoners I answered to him that he was lying and that the deprivation of the right to communicate is illegal. The warden’s response was to terrorize and put pressure on the prisoners not to come in touch with me and not to enter my cell because this is illegal.
This in not the first time that the warden Valsamis has called prisoners into his office in order to interrogate them on what they are talking about with me, or press them not to have any communication with me. At last, the warden Valsamis confessed to a representative of the Albanian prisoners of the ground floor with whom he had a private discussion in his office that he had an order to switch off all the telephones for three hours and he threatened at the same time that in case the prisoners kept protesting, he would put the MAT ([riot] unit for the rehabilitation of order) in prison.
At last, their “democracy” proves to be scared despite their claiming the opposite. Their democracy makes prophylactic policy movements of political censorship just as the fascists regimes do. Because, as Revolutionary Struggle has said, the current regime is a fascist one. We have lived for years in the fascism of Troika, of the International Monetary Fund, of the European Commission and of the European Central Bank. We live in the the fascism of the economical super-national elite. We live in the fascism of the Greek Quisling governments, which bow to the markets and the creditors of the super-national elite.
This action of their switching off the telephones of the Diavata prison’s ground floor so as I am not able to speak proves that the regime is afraid of the Revolutionary Struggle. For 12 years the Greek regime, the Greek state, the local and super-national elite, the political system is afraid of the Revolutionary Struggle. They are afraid of its actions, afraid of its words. They are afraid of its powerful political messages it sends out. They are afraid of the Revolutionary Struggle’s call to the people, for the subversion and the revolution. They are afraid of the Revolutionary Struggle’s call for the creation of a movement which will try out a subversion of Capital and the State. They are afraid of the destabilizing actions of the Revolutionary Struggle which are aimed against the economical and the political system. They are afraid of the prisoners who are members of the organization, they are afraid of me, who is an injured prisoner, with my right hand broken; a one-hand-disabled in fact. However, as the comrade Pola Roupa said through the interventional text she sent to the October 17th event, “besides the number of bullets they are going to shoot us with, we are not going to bend”.
The regime has admitted at least two times to be afraid of the Revolutionary Struggle, it was once in 2010 when we were arrested one day before the signing of the first Memorandum, when they claimed that “A big terrorist attack will end the economy within a few hours” and now with the arrest of the anarchist comrade Antonis Stamboulos, when the Minister of Public Order stated that “The national effort for the termination of crisis for the country significantly requires the consolidation of a security environment, both on a local and on an international basis. The ensuring of that is a national duty and a primary priority of the government”, directly connecting the Revolutionary Struggle’s actions with the destabilizing role they can play. The same thing happened the previous April with the attack to Mario Draghi’s, the Central European banker’s department, to the Supervision Department of the Bank of Greece, where the office of the representative of the IMF in Greece was also accommodated.
The event of the October 17th, despite the fact that I wasn’t able to speak, was held with success, with the participation of hundreds of comrades. Of an equal success was the event in Thessaloniki in October 9th too. Whatever they do, they won’t manage to shut our mouths. Besides the number of bullets they are going to shoot us with, what they prove is that they are afraid of us, besides the number of counter terrorist laws they are going to create, what they prove is that they are afraid of us. Besides the number of maximum security prisons they are going to build, what they prove is that they are afraid of us. They are going to be afraid of us, even when we are dead. Let me assure them, that the comrades will get the words and the political messages I want to send, in October 31st when the event is going to take place again, in the NTU in Athens.
Member of the Revolutionary Struggle
“police headquarters, politicians and newspapers; different names, same swine”
On October 1st, 2014, I was arrested, hooded and taken to an interrogation room of the antiterrorist unit. From 5pm until 1am, a bunch of hooded cops – and while I was handcuffed behind the back – took my DNA sample, fingerprints and (tried to take) my photographs by force, amid ironies, chokeholds, sprains and beatings, and threatened to electroshock me, thinking this would make me collaborate. At 1am, I saw unhooded cops for the first time, who told me that I am accused of terrorism. Until 5.30 in the morning, I remained in a 1×3 holding cell, always handcuffed behind my back. The next day they attempted to photograph me once again.
For my part, I abstained from food and water from the first moment, and demanded to speak with a lawyer. After 24 hours of detention, they eventually allowed me to notify a lawyer, and I managed to meet with her just for a few minutes before being brought to the prosecutor.
I share the above with fellow combatants as a small experience of struggle.
Whether or not the attitude of the State towards us is mild or harsh – this always depends on circumstances – it can never break us, so long as we are conscious of the responsibility that derives from our position as anarchists, in moments of adversity.
Hard times in the struggle are those that temper us with strong consciousness. In these circumstances, each of us upholds the ideals of the society we are fighting to build. A lot of blood has been shed in the struggle for emancipation from the classist society, and therefore only fools would expect us to bend in the face of any bullying of cops. I held a negative stance against the efforts of statist lackeys to extract my personal data for two reasons. First for the sake of my own values, as I believe every anarchist revolutionary should not give even an inch of ground to the classist enemy. And second because I was aware of the gravity of the case in which I am being implicated, so I wanted to protect my comradely and friendly environment from the crows holding me captive. While the Clouseaus were unable to find out my name, I was not at all willing to give it to them. At the time of this writing, two days after the arrest, the police have “finally” identified me.
It is clear that the officers of the antiterrorist squad and particularly their political superiors hoped to make a scoop out of my arrest, hence the leaks to the Press regarding the notebook containing “precisely-timed routes”, targets, bicycles and sausages.* They tailor their made-up story to fit their scenario; a scenario that, in the end, must always make them come out as winners.
The police and prosecutors have no business knowing what I did, who I am and why I was where I was caught; it’s really not their concern but mine. Therefore, I don’t need to offer an apologia to guardians of the bourgeois legality, but only to the revolutionary movement, the comrades and the people who choose not to live like a raya (slave).
I consider this first communication with the outside world to be necessary, since I am under no illusions that I won’t be sent to pretrial incarceration.
For now, I’m being held captive in the hands of servants of the Capital, but my heart still belongs to the camp of revolution.
The struggle continues.
Long live the revolution.
Long live Anarchy.
from the PQ on 173, Alexandras Avenue
early on October 4th, 2014
* Translators’ note: While the comrade – who was arrested in the district of Vyronas, Athens – was still unidentified, the chief of police publicly claimed that one of the most striking “findings” were handwritten notes deemed code words for explosives.
(Reuters) – Thousands of striking Greeks marched to parliament on Wednesday to protest against job cuts and austerity measures imposed by the country’s foreign creditors, including Germany, whose leader will visit Athens this week.
Schools and pharmacies were shut, ships remained docked at ports, hospitals operated on emergency staff, and transport in Athens was disrupted due to the 24-hour strike called by private sector union GSEE and its public sector counterpart ADEDY.
More than 20,000 workers, pensioners, students and the unemployed marched peacefully through the streets of the Greek capital chanting “EU, IMF take the bailout and get out of here!”
Unions said their anti-austerity message was also aimed at German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is due to meet Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in Athens on Friday. Germany has insisted on painful spending cuts and tax hikes in return for international loans.
“It’s time to save people not banks,” said 59-year old economist Eleni Prokou. “Merkel and the troika should stop sticking their nose in our business.”
Turnout at Wednesday’s march, which ended within two hours, was similar to protests held during the last nationwide strike in November.
Unions have staged dozens of strikes since Greece’s first bailout in 2010, with turnout at some rallies topping 100,000 and testing the government’s will to implement reforms demanded by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.
Protesters say the crisis, which many Greeks blame on a corrupt political elite, has only hit the poor.
“They are servants of Merkel,” said protester Aggelos Mikronis, a 60-year old mechanic, of Greece’s politicians as he stood opposite the parliament building. “I’m earning half of what I used to get.”
DISRUPTION AT SEA
Wednesday’s disruption was most keenly felt in maritime transport such as the ferry services to and between the Greek islands and on the railways. Seamen, port and train workers walked out in protest at the planned privatisation of Greece’s largest ports and railway.
Greeks have lost about a third of their disposable income since the debt crisis started and unemployment has soared, leaving more than one in four without a job.
Samaras’ coalition government has been basking in the glow of its latest deal with inspectors from the troika of the EU, ECB and IMF, clinched after nearly seven months of wrangling over issues such as deregulating the milk sector and pharmacies.
The government qualified for further rescue loans after it passed a reform law required by the lenders last month, but it saw its parliamentary majority reduced to just two seats after it had to expel one lawmaker who failed to support it.
Days later, a scandal over the prosecution of far-right politicians helped the leftist opposition halt a rise in support for the government, a poll showed.
Athens said on Wednesday it would return “imminently” to international bond markets for the first time since 2010 by selling a five-year bond to investors.