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Posts Tagged ‘Korydallos Prison’

Medical report about 8 anarchist hunger strikers, participants in the Network of Imprisoned Fighters + Tasos Theofilou suspended hunger strike (Greece)

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Eight anarchist prisoners of the Network of Imprisoned Fighters (DAK) are still on hunger strike in different hospitals and Greek prisons, demanding the abolition of type C maximum security prisons; abolition of the antiterrorist legislation (articles 187 and 187A); abolition of the anti-hoodie law; abolition of forcible taking of DNA samples, abolition of analysis of DNA samples that contain a mixture of genetic material from more than two individuals, access to DNA samples for analysis by a biology expert witness trusted by the accused; and the release of the polytrauma patient, 17N prisoner Savvas Xiros. According to the latest medical report, all comrades are in critical condition. (more…)

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Letter about the end of the hunger strike by anarchist Angeliki Spyropoulou (Greece)

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

Inter Arma received and translated:

About a month ago, the state of law and order, holding the mother of Christos and Gerasimos Tsakalos’ mother and the second one’s companion in custody, tried to send a message. It was one clear message: the exemplary punishment, as well as the projection of the failure and of the vanity of resistance, along with the reconfirmation of the myth of police and judicial mafia’s omnipotence. The target was the emotional exhaustion of the ones who refuse to capitulate and lay down arms, despite captivity, in the cells of democracy. The answer was prompt and clear. Staying forever at the other end of the spectrum, we will steadily be aggressively moving against you. This monotonous world order imposed by the slow and unlimber juridical logic, in front of which everything is razed, leaves me cold. The rebel refuses to accept the offered destiny, so we threw ourselves in the fire of battle, this time with our body as a weapon and death as enemy. Now, “Incapable of accepting the fate assigned to me, my highest perceptions outraged by this denial of justice, I refrain from adapting my existence to the ridiculous conditions of existence here below” (André Breton).

So, therefore, we went on a hunger strike, not choosing an abstract ideal out of emotional poverty and targeting to a bankrupt assertion, but demanding for what cannot be limited inside the idea for the human, to be taken into consideration and I, of course, talk about the emotional bonds which have no political extension. What is of importance, though, is not as much what one says or the way one formulates his own words, but the honesty included. That is to say the reliability of the one expressing them. From prison, watching your comrades flirting with death and while you yourself are exhausted, the dream has no borders and reality stands in the way of nothing. Through this death dance, intelligence loses in translucency what it wins in rage and stubbornness proves inexhaustible. With dignity as guide and consistency as fellow traveler, you keep fighting for them, for you, for the two people who pay the consequences of the choices that are not theirs.

Thus, after 32 days and as the mother of the comrades, as well as the girlfriend of the one of them are due for release, I also end the hunger strike. We gave this battle drawing invaluable strength from the polymorphous movement of solidarity, shaped outside the prison walls. The fiery glances of people who realized the exigency for action, which existed and still exists given that several political prisoners continue their struggle – warmed our hearts. This victory is as much ours as it is yours.

STRENGTH AND SOLIDARITY TO ALL THE HUNGER STRIKERS WHO UNRELENTINGLY CONTINUE UNTIL THE SATISFACTION OF THEIR DEMANDS

UNDER THE DEATH’S BLACK EDGE WE WILL CONQUER LIFE… LAUGHING.

ΝΟΤ ONE STEP OF RETREAT TO THE ENEMIES OF FREEDOM

EVERYTHING CONTINUES…

Aggeliki Spyropoulou
4/4/2015
Women Prison of Korydallos

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Athens – CCF hunger strike: Words of Evi Statiri from prison (Greece)

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

On April 1st, Athena Tsakalou (mother of the Tsakalos brothers) stated that she refuses to walk out of prison until her daughter-in-law is also granted release. The two women, who were remanded in custody over the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire intended prison escape, are currently sharing a cell in Koridallos prison.

The next day, CCF prisoner on hunger strike Michalis Nikolopoulos was admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit in extremely critical condition. The rest of the hunger striking comrades also find themselves facing life-threatening problems.

In the small hours of Friday, April 3rd, anarchists gathered at Evangelismos hospital in Athens, where Damiano Bolano and Michalis Nikolopoulos are being treated. The banner reads: “Not a step back – We break state terrorism in the streets”

On April 3rd, Evi Statiri (wife of CCF member Gerasimos Tsakalos) published an open letter asking the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire prisoners – including Angeliki Spyropoulou – to quit their hunger strike, and urging Athena Tsakalou to accept her release from prison. Below is an excerpt from Evi’s words:

“(…) From the first moment, Gerasimos and the rest of the people from the Organization Conspiracy Cells of Fire assumed the responsibility and emphasised that neither his mother nor I had any relation to the escape they were preparing.

When we were sent to pretrial detention, and despite our objections, these people went on hunger strike demanding our release from prison. Thirty three days later, I think that the legislative provision of the Ministry of Justice provides a solution to the just demand for my release. Knowing their critical health condition (M.Nikolopoulos is hospitalized in ICU, and there are serious health risks for all of them), I URGE them to stop the hunger strike. The moral weight of the damage they cause to themselves is unbearable to me, and the idea of death hovering over their lives overshadows my every thought. I also ask Gerasimos’ mother to accept her release, and it won’t be long until we share freedom instead of prison. (…)”

Summary constantly updated (ContraInfo)

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Solidarity banner-drop in A’ Wing of Korydallos Prison for the hunger strike (Greece)

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

In the context of the actions of solidarity with our fellow prisoners on hunger strike, we hang a banner in the A’ wing of Koridallos prison.

Immediate release of CCF relatives

INITIATIVE OF PRISONERS FROM THE A’ WING OF KORIDALLOS PRISON

The banner says: Immediate release of CCF relatives – Victory to all the hunger strikers – Dignity or death

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Communique by the prisoners of Korydallos prison (Greece)

Monday, March 30th, 2015

We, the prisoners of Korydallos prison, decided to scale up our reactions towards this insanity and injustice evolving in front of our eyes.

For about a month now, the judicial council that deals with the release of a 60-year-old mother and the wife of our fellow prisoner, Gerasimos Tsakalos, ostentatiously turns a deaf ear, playing with the life and the health of the hunger strikers, and the same policy is also followed by the Minister of Justice, which extends the passage of the bill, overtiring our fellow prisoners on hunger strike, whose demands concern all us prisoners and have to be satisfied.

There’s no question of support here, as the problem is that of all prisoners who have a wife and a mother who visit them in prison.

It is the fascistic and discredited police and judges which try to avenge the relatives of the prisoners, because they have a problem with them.

We won’t put up with our families paying for our own choices. They suffer enough pain already.

We have ran out of patience, in the face of this mother, we see our mother, and in the face of the wife, we see our own wives.

From today, Saturday 28/3, we refuse to go back into our cells at night and we let everyone take responsibility.

Those who are playing games with fire will face it and righteousness is on our side.

If anything happens to any hunger striker, those responsible will be held to account.

Whatever is to be, let it be!

VICTORY TO ALL THE HUNGER STRIKERS’ STRUGGLE!

IMMEDIATE SATISFACTION OF THEIR DEMANDS!

Prisoners from Korydallos prison

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Hunger Strike: Four comrades of the CCF are transferred out of Korydallos to hospitals under intense police guard (Greece)

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Comrades on hunger strike (since March 2nd), Haris Hatzimihelakis, Giorgos Polydoros, Gerasimos Tsakalos, Olga Ekonomidou are now transferred to hospitals out of prison, with an intense presence of cops. Τhere will soon be more information about the hospitals they are transferred to.

According to the mass media, it’s expected that there will be a Council decision announced on the release of the comrades’ relatives.

Immediate satisfaction of the demands of the fighters

+ Also read: Athens – A total of six CCF prisoners, on hunger strike since 2/3, currently hospitalised

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Hunger Strike: Update & Letter from Fivos Harisis – Network of Fighting Prisoners (Greece)

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

Today, Saturday 21/03 in the morning, about an hour after midnight, comrade Fivos Harisis, after having suffered a fainting episode in his cell, was initially transferred to the infirmary and then to the “hospital” Saint Paul of Korydallos prison. Although the doctor signed a referral for his transfer to an outside hospital, for unspecified reasons, Fivos remained in a hospital cell for the whole night, although it was at hypoglycemic shock limits with his sugar index reaching up to 45. The suffering of the comrade continued until 10 am, when the procedure for his transfer to “Attikon” hospital begun.

Yesterday, the comrade published a text informing us about his experience in Tzanio hospital:

Today, 20/3, and while being on the 19th day of hunger strike, I was transferred, after three hours of staying in the “hospital” of Korydallos prison, to Tzanio with the suffocating escort of EOM and EKAM (special police squads). My transfer to a tertiary hospital was deemed necessary as during my today’s medical review, my personal doctor Sakkas Spyridon diagnosed low blood sugar values (59), malaise, dizziness in addition to the fact that I’ve lost 9.3 pounds equivalent to 12.8% of my body weight.

During my stay in Tzanio all examinations were taking place under the suffocating presence of cops, a fact that didn’t irritate doctors at all, as they appeared to be very familiar with it. It is worth pointing out that during two medical tests the cops were willing to remove my handcuffs but the doctors did not let them, thus I had to be examined in irons. After all examinations were done and while I was lying handcuffed on a stretcher with four cops above my head, a doctor came in and started to inject sugar water into the tube they were using to get my blood sample, without asking me. When I realized what was happening (because I had my eyes closed at the beginning) I stopped her and removed the injection myself, asking her intensely why was she doing that without asking me while clarifying that the hunger strike I am on is my conscious choice and that I want to control the current decay of my body. After a short debate the doctor clarified in a harsh way that I as prisoner and a patient will do what the doctors say, not what I want and then she left. After ten minutes, the manager of the pathology clinic, Drimis Stylianos, made clear to me that if I do not accept the serum, I can not be hospitalized. To my arguments that the care of a hunger striker in the hospital is not about administrating serum but offering the best conditions possible in relation to the prison hospital and the direct control of vital organs, he repeated that there is no way for me to be hospitalized without serum. Finally, after my refusal to receive serum, to my question if he takes the responsibility to return me to prison with my blood sugar at the limits of a hypoglycemic shock, he replied that he does and that he has even signed the paperwork that would send me back to prison.

The doctors in each case must learn to step up and not work as subordinates of the cops when the patient happens to be a prisoner. The hunger strike is a conscious political choice of resistance. A choice made knowing the risks beforehand. The medical staff must be next to the patient by providing (in agreement with him/her) the necessary care instead of acting in a repressive way, just like another prison guard. From my side, I continue the hunger strike with no intention to retreat, supporting the demands of the Network of Fighting Prisoners:

- Abolition of counter-terrorism laws 187 and 187a

- Abolition of the law concerning special repressive treatment to actions commited wearing a hood.

- Limiting the use of DNA as a evidence.

- Abolition of type C prisons

-Release of the heavily injured urban guerrilla Savvas Ksiros, in order for him to receive the medical treatment he needs.

For every day that passes and for any deterioration of our health condition, the government of SYRIZA and specifically the minister of Justice Nikos Paraskevopoulos are to be held accountable.

IMMEDIATE SATISFACTION OF OUR DEMANDS

UNTIL THE END UNTIL VICTORY

Fivos Charisis

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Translated by Inter Arma

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Medical report about imprisoned members of CCF and Angeliki Spyropoulou (Greece)

Friday, March 20th, 2015

This edited info is from one week ago, translated from Contrainfo. Recall that 10 members of the CCF and Angeliki Spyropoulou are on hunger strike since March 2, 2015. According to the medical report issued March 13;

On the 12/3, Theofilos Mavropoulos, 24 years old, had lost 6.8 kilos, corresponding to 6.76% of his body weight from the beginning of the strike, besides presenting low blood sugar.

On the 12/3, Giorgos Nikolopoulos, 28 years old, has lost 6.5 kilos, corresponding to 7.06% of his body weight at the beginning of the strike.

On the 12/3, Damiano Bolano, 28 years old, had lost 8.6 kilos, corresponding to 9.51% of his body weight at the beginning of the strike.

On the 12/2, Michalis Nikolopoulos, 27 years old, had lost 6.2 kilos, corresponding to 7.89% of his body weight at the beginning of the strike, besides presenting symptoms of bradycardia.

On the 12/3, Panagiotis Argirou, 26 years old, who in the past had faced serious health problems when he suffered a head injury, and so takes medication, had lost 6.2 kilos, corresponding to 8.58% of his body weight at the beginning of the strike, besides presenting low blood sugar.

The anarchists Theofilos Mavropoulos, Giorgos Nikolopoulos, Damiano Bolano, Michalis Nikolopoulos and Panagiotis Argirou are locked down in the male prisons of Koridallos, where a basic nursing exists, but without medical assistance throughout the day.

Moreover, anarchists Haris Hatjimichelakis, Christos Tsakalos, Giorgos Polidoros and Gerasimos Tsakalos are in the special isolation unit in the wing of underground dungeon cells aimed to exterminate the fighters, underneath the cells of the female prison wings in Koridallos where no nursing and conditions are appalling. Specifically:

On the 9/3, Haris Hadjimichelakis, 26 years old, had lost 6.4 kilos, corresponding to 7.56% of his body weight at the beginning of the strike, besides presenting low blood sugar.

On the 9/3, Christos Tsakalos, 35 years old, had lost 5.8 kilos, corresponding to 6.83% of his body weight at the beginning of the strike, besides presenting low blood sugar.

On the 9/3, Giorgos Polidoros, 32 years old, had lost 4.6 kilos, corresponding to 6.13% of his body weight at the beginning of the strike, besides presenting low blood sugar.

On the 9/3, Gerasimos Tsakalos, 29 years old, had lost 5.8 kilos, corresponding to 7.61% of his body weight at the beginning of the strike, besides presenting low blood sugar.

Anarchists Olga Ekonomidou and Angeliki Spyropoulou are locked down in the female prisons of Korydallos, where basic nursing exists, but without medical assistance throughout the day.

On the 11/3, Ekonomidou Olga, 35 years old, had lost 4.5 kilos, corresponding to 8.65% of her body weight at the beginning of the strike, besides presenting orthostatic hypotension.

The 11/3, Angeliki Spyropoulou, 22 years old, had lost 4.4 kilos, corresponding to 7.58% of their body weight at the beginning of the strike, besides presenting symptoms of orthostatic hypotension and tachycardia (140 beats per minute).

Solidarity to the comrades on hungerstrike

Immediate satisfaction of the demands now

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Update on anarchist hunger striker Fivos Charisis (Greece)

Friday, March 20th, 2015

The comrade has been transferred in Tzanio hospital in Pireus. His health has severely deteriorated, as he has lost almost 13% of his body weight, he has various problems because of the strike and has a medical history of bronchial asthma.

InterArma

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Hunger Strike: Vehicles owned by ISS and Vodafone companies torched by FAI-IRF / Fire and Fury (Greece)

Friday, March 20th, 2015

(Athens, 05-14/03/2015)

Inter Arma received and translated:

“The State terrorizes,
It slings mud, it fools, it besots, it pretends
Its omnipotence is now a myth
Our rage, it makes us stronger, its alienation doesn’t touch us
The store windows of authority are smashed by us with stones
The chains of obedience are melted by us with the rebellious flame that burns inside every oppressed one
Our eyes are open
Our ears capture every sound
Our thinking is crystal
Our fury is unthinkable
Our choice is one: Violent, uncontrollable and constant struggle against state and authority
We are angry, we are rebellious,

WE ARE YOUR WORST NIGHTMARES”

Lambros Foundas

After the disclosure of the escape plan of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire from Korydallos prison, for which its members have claimed full responsibility, the counter-terrorism agency, exposed by the complete plan prepared by the imprisoned comrades, unleashed, with the full cooperation of the known snitches of the mass media of deception, a wild pogrom of arrests of their relatives and friends which resulted in the detention of the mother of Gerasimos and Christos Tsakalos and of the girlfriend of the first one, on charges of participation in a terrorist organization. The targeting of relatives and friends of imprisoned anarchists by the slimy judges and the motherfuckers of the counter-terrorism agency is not something new, as we have seen it repeatedly in the past, in cases such as the wife of Dimitris Koufodinas who was imprisoned in the underground isolation cells of Korydallos prison for participation in N17 [November 17, armed group] and the wife of Kostas Gournas, member of Revolutionary Struggle, who was put on trial for the case.

In this [present] case, the ridiculous accusations attributed to relatives of the Conspiracy, signed by the vile Nikopoulos and Asprogerakas (at the same time the latter one signed the prison releases of the members of the [neo-nazi party] Golden Dawn), display the vengeful fury of the repressive authorities against the unyielding and proud attitude of the imprisoned comrades, putting before them the emotional blackmail of the imprisonment of their loved ones. The comrades and anarchist Angeliki Spyropoulou in response to the vindictive detention of their relatives, are since March 2 on hunger strike until death demanding their immediate release. On the same day Maziotis, Koufodinas and Gournas and anarchist prisoners participating in NFP [Network of Fighting Prisoners] started a hunger strike against the counter-terrorism legislation, Type C prisons and demand the immediate release of Savvas Xiros [injured-disabled imprisoned member of N17]. Apart from the different starting points and theoretical perceptions we may have, we believe that the demands for which the anarchists hunger strikers struggle, concern everyone, so we support their struggle.

Through our action we want to send our strength and incendiary solidarity to the imprisoned brothers of the Conspiracy and to Aggeliki Spyropoulou. Brothers and sisters stay strong, our time will come. On March 5 we torched a vehicle in Messologiou street in Dafni owned by ISS company, which among others provides security services and has also undertaken the cleaning of the sterile spaces of mechanized movement of the Subway, and on March 14 we delivered a truck owned by VODAFONE company in Theocritus Street, in Nea Smyrni to the fire.

“Society is the mirror of the absurd part where I am locked up: a prison made by insuperable walls and invisible cells”
Adriano Antonacci

Social control is one of the main consolidation strategies of domination. Its practical applications respond to the historical circumstances that it has to face and they ensure their formal justification for “security reasons”. The feeling of security is referred to as a social good, the common good, ceases to exist as a fundamental achievement of the social structure when it is challenged, when it cracks and the stake of social peace becomes fragile. The destabilization of the social fabric is expressed in the practical challenge, declared by the aggressive actions and the internal hostilities of the anarchist war which develop their own potential, expressing a direct threat to all kinds of authority. Their present and their diffusion are State policy priorities which are articulated basically on two main axes: ‘risk prevention efforts’ and an indefinite extension of the concept of the ‘suspect’.

These two elements are the components of the modern repressive paradigm expressed significantly through the consolidation of a panopticon-like control system. Movements, behaviors, relationships, communication become an observation field from which the mechanisms of authority try to predict by mining information. The security cameras in every corner of the metropolis, targeted searches and area patrols by private security companies and the monitoring of telephone communications are indicative practices of a control policy displayed with the refined image of modernization. The interference in our private moments that aims at extracting and processing information in order to form a more complete profile about an individual, happens through technological progress and its practical applications which especially in recent years seems to grow and target towards that direction specifically. The repressive paradigm is the safety of authority. That’s all it ever was and that’s what it will continue to be.

“Today that the world is rotting and dishonesty and compromise humiliate even the bravest souls, only one tactic is practical and beneficial. To be unflinching.”
Nikos Kazantzakis

Starting from the conclusion that the state and society are inherent elements of this aged civilization, no matter the face and facet they are presented through, being an enemy of individual freedom, we, from our side, welcome to the political foreground the leftist-statists of SYRIZA and the nationalists of ANEL promising to disturb their social peace in every opportunity and with all our strength.

As every herd need its shepherd, so does the majority, which sealed in the elections the perpetuation of its slavery, needs its savior. This time it chose to wait under the governmental table of SYRIZA’s vendors of hope hoping to grab a pittance, waiting the social and economical advancement their Alexis had promised them before the elections. Promises given by SYRIZA were particularly attractive and alleviative for the masses, severely in the regard of the latest period of harsh state politics of the previous governments. Politics implemented by the capitalist states, regardless of ideological differences and colors, aims at the conservation of social peace and that’s why they make sure the resentment and indignation of the masses are absorbed at the source. The digestible left rhetoric and its promises for moderation seemed to have convinced not only the chameleon voters but also a part of the anarchist milieu which rushed to support it, notarizing its flirt with the Left regime. Reality, however, confirms that hopes remain illusions. Humanitarian, reformist or refined authority means nothing more than the assignment of our lives’ administration to others.

The same time that the mob celebrates along with SYRIZA for the so-called victories in the European negotiations, the same time the internal judgments in police [performance] take place while simultaneously a huge terror-show is being organized with invasions into anarchists’ houses, abductions and arrests of people followed by the relevant TV cannibalism, presenting them as products for consumption in favor of society’s TV tastes. It’d be best for the leadership and hangers on of the Ministries of Justice and Public Order to realize that we are not going to stay and watch our comrades and anarchist prisoners being derided. As long as authority exists there will always be rebellious individualities embodying the internal enemy.

“The most important thing, however, is to juxtapose ourselves against society. A behavior that will indicate that we are not going to surrender to society, nor centralize our activities around it, but that we will live by our own terms.”
Feral Faun

We call every rebellious individuality, every anarchist of praxis to increase and escalate our attacks in solidarity with the hunger strikers.

STRENGTH TO THE PROUD MEMBERS OF CONSPIRACY OF CELLS OF FIRE

STRENGTH TO AGGELIKI SPYROPOULOU

STRENGTH TO ALL ANARCHISTS HUNGER STRIKERS – IMMEDIATE SATISFACTION OF ALL DEMANDS

STRENGTH TO ANARCHIST SPYROS MANDYLAS WHO IS ON A HUNGER STRIKE SINCE MARCH 14 DEMANDING HIS IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GREETINGS OF SOLIDARITY TO ALL ANARCHISTS IN THE LAND OF CAPTIVITY WORLDWIDE

ATTACK THE PRISON SOCIETY – DEATH TO THE CIVILIZATION OF EXPLOITATION

FOR CHAOS AND ANARCHY

Informal Anarchist Federation / International Revolutionary Front

Fire and Fury

P.S. To be continued

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Hunger Strike: Updates on the comrades Theofilos Mavropoulos and Giorgos Polydoros of CCF (Greece)

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Comrade–hunger striker Theofilos Mavropoulos (striker since 2/3 – member of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire) was transferred today [March 19] to the hospital of Korydallos prison because of intense dizziness and pains in the belly and kidneys.

He is currently located in the the State General Hospital of Nikea.

Victory to the hunger strikers, immediate satisfaction of their demands.

Not a step back

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Comrade–hunger striker George Polydoros was transferred to a hospital outside prison. The comrade had undergone blood tests and doctors felt that the test should be repeated, because of some of the measurements which were not clear if there was something disturbing or not. So, while at first the comrade was moved to “Saint Paul” prison hospital, the fact that there is no equipment for conducting blood tests there, resulted in him being transferred to a hospital outside prison.

Victory to the hunger strike of our comrades, immediate satisfaction of their demands.

If something happens a hunger striker, nothing will be left unanswered.

People in solidarity with the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire

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Translated by Inter Arma

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Comrade Panagiotis Argyrou transferred to hospital (Greece)

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Update: Panagiotis was not transferred to the prison hospital, he was transferred to another hospital, out of prison.

Comrade Panagiotis Argyrou of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire : Imprisoned Members Cell was today (15th day on hunger strike) transferred to the hospital after a fainting shock. Panagiotis stayed in the hospital as a precaution. We don’t know when he’s going to be coming out yet.

International solidarity to the imprisoned fighters

War to the end

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Update on the comrade Panagiotis Argyrou

In the morning, yesterday (17/3), comrade Panagiotis Argyrou (hunger striker since 2/3 – member of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire), suffered a fainting episode. He was transferred to “St. Paul” prison hospital, where after being diagnosed with low sugar, his hospitalization in a hospital outside prison was deemed necessary thus he was transferred with an ambulance escorted by cops to “Attico” hospital. There, the comrade refused serum administration, told the doctors that he is on hunger strike and then the doctors threatened him that they would seek a judge’s order in order for the comrade to be subjected to compulsory feeding. Comrade held a negative attitude, leaving no room for discussion and negotiation to suppress his hunger strike. Thus, the hospital “Attico” refused hospitalization, and he was moved back to the hospital of Korydallos prison. There, finding that comrade Panagiotis had very low sugar and there was a risk of him suffering a hypoglycemic shock, it was requested for him to be transferred again to a hospital outside prison. At this time, we do not know to which hospital he has moved. There will be a newer update when this becomes known.

Strength to comrade Panagiotis Argyrou who is in discomfort while being on hunger strike for 16 days.

Strength to the hunger strikers – members of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire that are on hunger strike since 02/03, demanding the release of the mother of Christos and Gerasimos Tsakalos and of the girlfriend of the latter.

Immediate and unconditional satisfaction of the demands of the hunger strikers.

People in solidarity with the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire

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Translated by: Inter Arma

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Text by anarchist Aggeliki Spyropoulou (Greece)

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Inter Arma received and translated:

For two months now, after the revelation of the members of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire escape plan, a witch hunt started in any direction. Since my arrest, however, and after that, things have gone out of control, with the counter-terrorism unit dogs going beyond any limits. The constant and unrepentant action of some people, who stubbornly refuse to accept the power of the prison guards, who locks them up in the concrete every night, has outraged all those who cannot understand what it means to live in pride and dignity. They won’t settle for the ones who have openly stood against them but, now, they’re also targeting people who, despite the fact that they have no political connection with us, chose neither to abandon their own people, nor to turn their back on the chased ones. Dirty as they might play, though, they can’t make us back down. To every hit of theirs, we’re going to forcefully answer back and with our heads up. Inertia and passivity are not included in our characteristics. So, since 2/3, I take part in the hunger strike, along with the comrades of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire – Prison Cell, demanding the immediate release of Christos and Gerasimos Tsakalos’ mother and the second one’s girlfriend. We are determined to get to the end…

NOT A STEP BACK

P.S. What needs to be said is much more; however, it is important for someone to be able to dissociate the occasions, and what comes first now is the immediate release of the ones who have nothing to do with the case. All the rest can wait. At the moment, the only thing I have to say is that this is not the beginning and definitely not the end of a story, but it is about the route, and this is where beauty lies.

IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF THE RELATIVES OF THE CONSPIRACY OF CELLS OF FIRE MEMBERS

SUPPORT FOR ALL THE HUNGER STRIKERS’ FIGHT

1. For the abolition of the A’ counter-terror law (article 187),

2. For the abolition of the B’ counter-terror law (article 187A),

3. The abolition of the hood-law,

4. The abolition of the C’ type prisons law,

5. The liberation of Savvas Xiros for medical reasons,

6. The abolition of the Public Prosecutor provision requiring the violent taking of DNA (and generally, the police manipulation with the construction of culprits through DNA).

Aggeliki Spyropoulou,

Women prison of Korydallos

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Text by Nikos Romanos about the hunger strike of political prisoners (Greece)

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Inter Arma received and translated:

On March 2, Anarchists/political prisoners began a hunger strike with demands aiming at the suppressive context of the counter-terrorist crusade that goes on smoothly, despite the left governance of the traders of hope. The anarchist comrades involved in the Network of Fighting Prisoners (NFP) and comrades Maziotis, Koufodinas and Gournas have put in a general framework that depicts the development of repression in recent years. That’s why each one of their demands separately deconstructs the emergency regime and its basic expression which is none other than repression.

After SY.RIZ.A was elected, many comrades -including me- believed that there was a need for provocations from anarchist perspectives in order to force SYRIZA to reveal its real face. The face of capitalism, the face of the managers of modern power, the face of the servants of Capital. Besides, to this masquerade with guests from all historical periods, viewers are forced to discover that beneath all the masks hides the face of power, which can neither be improved nor reformed, only destroyed, with continuous struggle by all means. And let all those anarchists that were dragged to the polls to cast a vote in SY.RIZ.A hear this. (more…)

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Athens: Solidarity demonstrations with the Hunger Strike (Greece)

Friday, March 13th, 2015

CALLS:

MOTORBIKE DEMONSTRATION: Friday March 13th 17:00, Propilea
GATHERING: The same day at 18:30 at Koridallos prisons
GATHERING with P.A. SYSTEM: Saturday March 14th 12:00, Syntagma square
DEMONSTRATION: Tuesday March 17th 18:00 Monastiraki Square

Solidarity Assembly for the Hunger Strikers

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Communique by the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire about the hunger strike (Greece)

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

HUNGER STRIKE: CONSPIRACY OF CELLS OF FIRE – UNLESS WE DIE FOR EACH OTHER, WE ARE ALREADY DEAD

On March 3rd, “justice” decided on the pre-trial detention of the mother of the comrades Christos and Gerasimos Tsakalos and the second one’s girlfriend, with the charge of accession and participation in a terrorist organization.

Behind the obvious ridiculousness of the charge, it is the morbid vindictiveness of the counter-terrorism unit and the judicial authority in hiding, which wishes to blackmail emotionally both the two comrades and all of us. It is not just a vengeance tending to the zillion, it is an attempt to disqualify us. Essentially, they demand an unconditional surrender from us, a silent truce and a farewell to dignity, otherwise there will always be some “hospitable” cells for our relatives in the prisons of democracy.

We will not do them the favor. The war against the power has been indelibly forged inside us and flows like blood in our veins. We will not hand over one millimeter to the enemies of freedom, judges and cops.

We are facing the most vulgar sentimental siege. Beloved ones, who have no political affinity with us, but only a biological and sentimental one, have been kidnapped and kept as hostages by the judicial mafia. In this specific case, the priesthood of justice even abrogates the ridiculousness of its own official rules since, on the pre-trial detention measure, their “holy” law stipulates that «pre-trial detention shall apply only in cases where the defendant is suspected of escape or committing similar offenses».

Which one, even of our enemies, thinks that our relative are “suspected of escape” or “committing crimes” – which they haven’t actually committed? Apparently no one…

This narration of the current affairs is not a part of a personal story or an emotionally charged bracket during the experience of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire.

On the contrary, it is a part of the total repression strategy, coordinated by the high priests of judges, cops and journalists.

The first doors have already started to knock at dawn…

On Saturday, the police operation under the code name “Galatas” (“Milk man”) is made known, in order for the fugitive – member of the R.S. (Revolutionary Struggle) to be tracked down [Pola Roupa], while press reports talk about possible research in the paternal home of the member of R.S., Nikos Maziotis. Moreover, the same day, police and public prosecutors raid anarchists’ homes, after an «anonymous phone call concerning the existence of weapons and explosives».

Although the conclusion of the researches was concentrated into the fucking official paper with two words, «nothing found», in fact, we are in the preface of police and judicial heavy handedness.

Inside this confounded field, where sadness and rage mix with each other, at the same time, with our own hunger strike about the liberation of our relatives, there’s the hunger strike against the C’ type prisons, the terror-law, the 187 law, the hood-law, the fascist police manipulation of the taking of DNA, as well as the liberation of Savvas Xiros taking place. This hunger strike was organized and announced long ago and has our full political agreement. We urgently decided on our hunger strike, as a gag reflex to the captivity imposed to our relatives.

These two hunger strikes are, however, directly linked as they meet as the supplementation of one another. Specifically, the hunger strike about the liberation of our relatives is the physical and political ramification of the terror law application, whose abolition is set as a request of the other political prisoners’ hunger strike.

In our case, we propose the pointed–personal reference to our relatives, because the threat of the constant upgrading of the terror law, from an image of the future, has turned into the fascist current reality, which captivates our own people.

This is why there is no middle way. Either our relatives are released, or there will be the first hunger strikers to die during the last 40 years in Europe, with a left government as a background.

We once more make clear that we don’t ask a thing for ourselves. We have claimed full political responsibility for the whole plan of our escape from Koridallos prison, we have made our self-criticism on our “failures” in public and we keep unrepentant our will for freedom and anarchy, which will only come from our own hands, not by the passive awaiting of the laws.

What we demand is the liberation of our relatives, kidnapped by power.

It would be conscientious and emotional suicide, if we tried to transfuse our political features to this case. No matter how much we hate the logic of victimization, we would be blind if we did not recognize that, in this case, our relatives are the prosecutors’ scapegoats – trophies for our choices.

This is why, when we talk about our relatives, we don’t completely release our words’ roughness, as we do not intend to play political games on the backs of our people. Moreover, nor their legal defense has anything to do with the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire. We will always be by their side, the way they have been by our side, without our political choices intersecting.

The only certain thing is that we maintain our roughness and the absoluteness of our own choices to the decision on hunger strike until death. We move on with the confidence of the ones playing it all for the triumph of the unconquered and free life.

Perhaps it is blood needed for the freedom to grow.
But this is how it is…

We die the way we chose to live; with dignity that won’t capitulate even against death.

Because, genuine freedom only exists in the struggle for freedom.

WE NEVER FORGET – WE NEVER FORGIVE

HUNGER STRIKE UNTIL THE DEATH FOR THE LIBERATION OF OUR RELATIVES

SOLIDARITY AND VICTORY TO ALL HUNGER STRIKERS’ STRUGGLE

1. For the abolition of the A’ counter-terror law (article 187),
2. For the abolition of the B’ counter-terror law (article 187A),
3. The abolition of the hood-law,
4. The abolition of the C’ type prisons law,
5. The liberation of Savvas Xiros for medical reasons,
6. The abolition of the Public Prosecutor provision requiring the violent taking of DNA (and generally, the police manipulation with the construction of culprits through DNA).

Conspiracy of Cells of Fire – FAI/IRF,
Imprisoned Members Cell

-Interarma

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CCF Escape case: Report about the inquisition – 6 March 2015 – Updated (Greece)

Friday, March 6th, 2015

UPDATED

As is known, the CCF imprisoned members are on hunger strike until death. Christos’ and Gerasimos’ mother and Gerasimos’ wife testified to the investigating judge on Tuesday, where they both denied the charge of being members of a “terrorist organization” (which is what they are charged with). The comrades’ mother only accepted the charge of “harboring a criminal”, and she was remanded by the counter-terror state. Gerasimos’ wife was also remanded the same day.

On March 4th, Christos Tsakalos wrote a political claim of his own, concerning the escape attempt, and Giorgos Polydoros published a text as well, as a personal friend of his brother was arrested (he was released along with the woman who was arrested on Saturday).

On March 5th, Aggeliki S. and the 39-year-old comrade Christos R. who was arrested in the neighbourhood of Galatsi on February 28th were demanded to testify. Aggeliki gave a statement saying she did not recognise the court and declared herself as anarchist. Aggeliki was then detained in Korydallos, and she had already began a hunger strike from the point of her arrest with the common aims of CCF. Christos R. also gave a statement, and was immediately remanded to Domokos Type C prison.

On March 6th, Christos Polydoros, brother of Giorgos, voluntarily went to the public prosecutor to speak against the repression of the family and friends of CCF, so the prosecutor vermin ordered his arrest. Currently, Christos Polydoros is being held by the anti-terrorist force in the Athens police headquarters [he is now released, 10 March].

Death to the police – Death to the state

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Combative prisoners on collective hunger strike as of March 2nd 2015 (Greece)

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

via contra-info:

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.

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“Hunger strike until death to protect our relatives and their friends” : Announcement of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire – Imprisoned Members’ Cell (Greece)

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Inter Arma received and translated:

Two months ago our escape plan from Korydallos prison was revealed. It’s something we claimed full responsibility for and made our self-critique. After that, an unprecedented hunt for the construction of guilt has started. The target is our relatives and their friends. We saw, two days ago, Giorgos Polydoros brother’s friend and a personal friend of Christos’ and Gerasimos’ Tsakalos being arrested. They, therefore, started talking about “regional members”, “mailers” and “revolutionary fund”. What for? For a bag of clothes? For some money from contributions and solidarity events? Or for the famous “shooting lasers”? The accused man did not even know that there were lasers in the bag. In addition, the most important is that these lasers are toys being sold for 2 euros in Monastiraki and with which we wanted to create confusion at the time of the attack. Why does the counter-terrorist agency not say it, but, in contrast, presents them as weapons?

So today, we watch the mother of Christos and Gerasimos Tsakalos being arrested along with Gerasimos’ wife, because Aggeliki Spyropoulou was found in their family house. Aggeliki is a rare comrade and we are connected to her with absolute political affinity. The two comrades had told her that if she ever found herself in a difficult position, she could go to their house. Because we don’t abandon neither our ideas, nor our people. Aggeliki had been wanted for so much time and went to their house asking to be temporarily accommodated by their mother. What should their mother do? Close the door to her? She’s not that kind of person and knows the value of humanity for a chased man. In the house stays from time to time due to family relations the wife of Gerasimos Tsakalos, too. That’s why she was there as well.

The whole responsibility is exclusively ours. The relatives and their friends bear no responsibility, having nothing to do with the case and what they’re accused of. As for Aggeliki, we’ll be there for her and she knows she has our support. She’ll be among us, with her head up, in the difficult path we’ve chosen.

But we are not gonna sit here and watch them cannibalizing our relatives and their friends. The counter-terrorism agency crossed the line. We are their opponents not our relatives. So this is it. Since today, 2/3, we go on hunger strike until death to protect our relatives and their friends, so that they won’t end up in jail. The responsibility is ours alone and we are the ones taking it. UNTIL THE END! If they put them in jail, we prefer to choose death. This is what responsibility means and everyone makes their choices…

IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF OUR RELATIVES AND THEIR FRIENDS

THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE CASE

Conspiracy of Cells of Fire – Imprisoned Members Cell

Olga Ekonomidou
Michalis Nikolopoulos
Giorgos Nikolopoulos
Haris Hatzimihelakis
Christos Tsakalos
Gerasimos Tsakalos
Giorgos Polydoros
Panagiotis Argyrou
Damiano Bolano
Theofilos Mavropoulos

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Letter from anarchist comrade Nikos Romanos concerning his hunger-strike (Greece)

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Translated by Act for freedom now!

I am writing this text to critically evaluate the struggle we carried out, as it is an important legacy that needs to be analysed so that we can use it as a strategy compass for the hard days ahead.

The State, aware of the political defeat it suffered, is counter-attacking on other fronts of the struggle, so the continuation of a coordination based on specific agreements is necessary. Not only as a defensive battle position but as a conscious possibility of re-entering the chessboard with assertion as some comrades have rightly said.

During the hunger strike the State weighed up what the political cost of my possible extermination would be; the more the multi-form solidarity movement strengthened, the more the State changed its rhetoric. In brief we can say that the chameleons of government policies changed colour four times. From provocative indifference to superiority, then to a show of power, followed by panic. But let me be more specific. (more…)

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