Posts Tagged ‘Revolutionary Struggle’
Friday, January 16th, 2015
Complicidad y solidaridad más allá de los idiomas, banderas y fronteras.
Con el comienzo del año y aprovechando las celebraciones, el gobierno griego dio comienzo a un proceso de traslado de prisionerxs hacia la Cárcel de tipo C de Domokos, con el claro objetivo de aislar a lxs prisionerxs en guerra e intentar amainar la lucha anárquica que cada día se intensifica en las calles y dentro de los siniestros muros de las prisiones.
El primer prisionero trasladado fue el compañero anarquista Nikos Maziotis miembro de Lucha Revolucionaria a lo que rápidamente de sumaron Dimitris Koufontinas, miembro de la organización 17 Noviembre, Kostas Gournas miembro de Lucha Revolucionaria, Yannis Naxakis y Grigoris Sarafoudis, condenados por atraco a mano armada y por supuesta participación en las CCF. (more…)
Tags: 17 November, Burning Barricades, Chile, Christodoulos Xiros, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, Dimitris Koufodinas, Giannis Naxakis, Greece, Grigoris Sarafoudis, International Solidarity, Kostas Gournas, Nikos Maziotis, Revolutionary Struggle, Santiago, Solidarity Action, Type C prisons
Posted in Direct Action
Letter by Nikos Maziotis, imprisoned member of Revolutionary Struggle from inside Domokos Type C Prison (Greece)
Friday, January 9th, 2015
A few hours after Samaras’s government collapsed, because it was not possible to elect a president of democracy on December 29th resulting in the announcement of elections, my transfer to the C’ type high security prisons in Domokos was carried out. The transfer to the C’ type prisons is the final act of a government which could not take on, like the previous ones, the weight of political social genocide it has been enforcing for the last 2,5 years under the orders of the Troika [IMF-ECB-EC] and the transnational economic elite.
It is the final act of a government that proved that the regime that led thousands of people to death, sunk millions into poverty, wretchedness, hunger and a whole population to humiliation, is afraid of revolutionaries and armed fighters. They fear the armed revolutionary struggle and this is why they want to bury us alive in the isolation of the high security prisons. My transfer to Domokos was their main intention after the shoot-out in Monastiraki on July 16th when I was arrested while injured and they had pre-announced that I would be the first prisoner to be moved there.
C’ type prisons are the natural continuation and consequence of the oppressive policy of the State against armed fighters and the guerrilla warfare. Just like the anti-terrorist laws, the legislation of high security prisons and the recent changes in the penal code by priority aims at armed revolutionary actions. Especially in today’s conditions that the regime is de-legitimized and has lost the social consensus because of the crisis and the storm it has unleashed, dealing with armed struggle or the threat of it, is a high priority for authority since as they themselves have confessed because of my arrest, -for which they also received congratulations from the USA-, security is linked with stability, investment and the continuation of the rescuing program.
I have no illusion on the position of a possible SYRIZA government on C’ type prisons, which they will never abolish, nor will they reverse the transfers, just like they will not abolish the memorandum
NO TRUCE WITH THE STATE
NO TO THE ELECTION ILLUSIONS
THE SOLUTION WILL ONLY BE GIVEN BY ARMED PEOPLE
Nikos Maziotis member of the Revolutionary Struggle
Translated by Act for freedom now!
Letter by Kostas Gournas, imprisoned member of Revolutionary Struggle, from inside Domokos Type C Prison (Greece)
Friday, January 9th, 2015
The coalition government New Democracy-PASOK [right and left political parties] did not only flirt with the extreme neo-liberalism imposed by the Troika [IMF-ECB-EC], it was the biggest supporter and helped in the shaping of the memorandum policies. It not only flirted with the far-right agenda of the Golden Dawn [fascists political gang], it was itself the political and institutional expression of the deeply far-right state that promotes the transformation of society into a fascist one.
C’ type prisons and the legal framework that defines a regime of exclusion for the prisoners is part of the memorandum policies that have messed up the lives of thousands of proletarians. A living prison inside the prison that aims for the political isolation and de-politicization of the political prisoners and their actions, vengeful treatment of the disobedient and is a means of dissuasion for all prisoners.
During its swan song, the government has transferred social and political prisoners to the new C’ type wing in Domokos. Just a few days before the premature elections that were sped up when the government lost the trust of the Troika, the opening of the special wing in Domokos marks the re-ascertainment of the “law and order” dogma with the establishment of its crown. A few days after the partial regression in the Romanos case, the government raises the stakes by imposing its injured power.
The confrontation with the regime of exclusion in the C’type prisons is not simply a confrontation between the prisoners, the solidarity movement and society against the government that is going or the one that will come after the elections. It is a battle we all ought to spread/fight with the deep state in its core and against its indispensable identification with the neo-conservative “antiterrorist” dogmas of imperialism. It is a battle that concerns all of society which is hurting today by the brutal policies of Capital, a battle against the transformation of society into a fascist one.
Against the terrorism of State and Capital
Ahead comrades, for the structuring of the social revolution
C’type prisons of Domokos
Translated by Act for freedom now!
Slightly edited for clarity by 325
Friday, January 2nd, 2015
On January 2nd, 2015, two more prisoners convicted as members of armed revolutionary organizations, anarchist Kostas Gournas (Revolutionary Struggle) and Dimitris Koufontinas (17 November), were transferred from the dungeon cells of Koridallos women’s prison to the maximum-security facility of Domokos. On the same morning, anarchist prisoners Yannis Naxakis and Grigoris Sarafoudis, both convicted for armed robbery in Pyrgetos-Larissa as well as for—alleged—participation in an armed revolutionary organization (Conspiracy of Cells of Fire), were also taken from the men’s prison in Koridallos to the type C prison in Domokos. Sarafoudis was moved to Domokos even though, for the present, he is co-accused in Filotas-Florina armed robbery case alongside other comrades, whose trial will continue in the special court of Koridallos prison this January.
Meanwhile, since New Year’s Eve until today, several other prisoners have been transferred to the maximum-security prison in Domokos.
- via contrainfo.
Tags: 17 November, Dimitris Koufodinas, Domokos, Giannis Naxakis, Greece, Grigoris Sarafoudis, Korydallos Prison, Kostas Gournas, Nikos Maziotis, Prison Transfer, Repression, Revolutionary Struggle, Type C prisons
Posted in Prison Struggle
Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
Revolutionary Struggle member Nikos Maziotis contacted a comrade, letting everyone know that today, December 30th, 2014 he was transferred from Diavata prison to the type C maximum-security prison in Domokos. The comrade is locked up in a prison wing alone, but his morale remains strong.
NO COMRADE LEFT ALONE IN THE HANDS OF THE STATE.
SOLIDARITY IS OUR WEAPON.
To write to him:
Geniko Katastima Kratisis Domokou,
Ε Pteryga, 35010 Domokos,
Text by Nikos Maziotis, of Revolutionary Struggle, for the creation of a Solidarity Assembly (Greece) / Schaffung einer Solidaritätsversammlung (Griechenland)
Sunday, December 28th, 2014
Text below from Nikos Maziotis, member of Revolutionary Struggle, to the open assembly of Anarchists / Anti-authoritarians against the specific Type C conditions of detention, Maziotis proposes the creation of a solidarity meeting for all political detainees and prisoners-fighters. At the same time it is an open call to all comrades and companions of the anarchist / anti-authoritarian domain to participate and support this endeavour.
In the short term the date and location where the first meeting to explore possibilities to set up the Solidarity Assembly will be announced.
The text is sent to all political detainees and imprisoned fighters.
Comrades – companions, this text addresses you concerning Type C prisons, and my proposal for the creation of a meeting as concerns the issue of solidarity.
Comrades – companions, the passing of legislation of the Type C prisons are an expected development in the repressive attack of the State against the armed Revolutionary Organizations and against armed direct action. Subsequently, the legislative changes and reforms that have been under way for about 14 years are directly linked to the political and economic conditions, applicable for years internationally, and none other than the “war on terror” and the neoliberal reforms intended to impose the dictatorship of the markets, and its doctorate of supranational capital.
As Revolutionary Struggle, since the beginning of our activities in 2003, I believe that we properly analyzed the political and economic conditions in the early nineties when we started our activities, conditions relating to the globalization of the capitalist system. Both the “war on terror” launched in 2001 following the attacks on the United States, and the neoliberal reforms that conduced and were designed by the dictatorship of transnational capital is not only the economic and civilian-relevant nature of globalization. The system, therefore, in order to impose the dictatorship of markets proceeds at an increasingly harder crackdown as it tends to become more and more totalitarian.
In Greece, the same year [of 2001] the Greek economy was opened up to transnational capital after the so-called scandal of 1999. The stock market integration in EMU, in the Eurozone in 2002. It is therefore no coincidence that at the same period, even to lag behind Western Europe and the US, the Greek State proceeding to legislate the first anti-terrorism law in 2001, the law drawn up by Stathopoulos [Minister of Justice]. (more…)
Message from the Red Help International Commission / Grussbotschaft der Kommission für eine Rote Hilfe International / Message de la commission pour un Secours Rouge International (Switzerland, Belgium)
Friday, October 24th, 2014
At present, while the imperialist bourgeoisie is attacking on all fronts to enforce their deadly law of capitalism at any time in the life of each person, all resistance must be assessed positively, also armed resistance that leads to an irreducible denial of the system.
As an international force of resistance against repression and for the support of the resistant and revolutionary prisoners, our solidarity is for all those the system lets pay for their resistance – regardless of the form of repression (job loss, police brutality, torture or prison). But in that countless abundance of those who suffer from the violence of those in power because of their political commitment, we especially want to name those who manage to create a liberation project and give it a collective dimension and continuity. (more…)
Text from Nikos Maziotis, member of the Revolutionary Struggle, concerning the event at Athens National Technical University on “Armed War, Revolutionary Movement and Social Revolution” (Greece)
Monday, October 20th, 2014
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. (more…)
Concerning the event “Armed War, Revolutionary Movement and Social Revolution” with phonecall intervention from Nikos Maziotis of the R.O. – Revolutionary Struggle (Greece)
Saturday, October 18th, 2014
Yesterday, Friday 17th, there was a fixed event concerning the “Armed War, Revolutionary Movement and Social Revolution” in Athens, where the anarchist comrade Nikos Maziotis was going to speak through the phone, from the Diavata prison.
Because of a court order, the phones in the wing where the comrade is detained, were closed. This is what the warden named Valsamis revealed to a prisoner of this wing when, at the same time, the direction of the prison said both to journalists and the lawyers that is was a due to a technical problem and efforts were being made for its restoration.
There will be more detailed information about the incident.
Saturday, October 11th, 2014
Translated by Act for freedom now!
Event-Discussion at K*VOX
Topic: “Armed Struggle, Revolutionary Movement and Social Revolution”
Comrade N.Maziotis will speak via phone call.
October 17th, at 5pm, Gini building at the Polytechnic. Athens.
After the event there will be a benefit party for N.Maziotis’ court fees at K*VOX.
SOLIDARITY IS OUR WEAPON
Erklärung des Anarchisten Antonis Stamboulos, inhaftiert in Athens Polizeihauptquartier (Griechenland)
Saturday, October 11th, 2014
„Polizeihauptquartiere, Politiker und Zeitungen; verschiedene Namen, dieselben Schweine“
Am 1. Oktober 2014 wurde ich verhaftet, bekam eine Kapuze über den Kopf gezogen und wurde in einen Verhörraum der Antiterroreinheit gebracht. Von 17 Uhr bis ein Uhr morgens war eine Bande vermummter Bullen damit zugange, während mir die Hände auf dem Rücken gefesselt waren, mir DNA und Fingerabdrücke abzunehmen und mich mit Gewalt zu fotografieren, immer begleitet von höhnischen Bemerkungen, Würgegriffen, Verdrehungen und Schlägen. (more…)
Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
Update 11/10/14: Antonis Stamboulos has stopped the hunger-thirst strike today for specific reasons explained in his latest text which is being translated.
Media Terror-Frenzy: Greek counter-terrorism police arrested Antonis Stamboulos on 1 October on charges of belonging to the Revolutionary Organisation – Revolutionary Struggle (Epanastatikos Agonas: EA). The police said that Stamboulos’s arrest was likely to prevent terrorist attacks, probably planned for 1-4 October, on several targets mentioned in a notebook allegedly in Stamboulos’s possession. The targets are alleged to include Vangelis Marinakis (a shipowner and the chairman of the Olympiakos football team), Theodoros Fessas (the president of the Federation of Hellenic Industries) and his Athens-based IT firm InfoQuest, the premises of the ruling New Democracy (Néa Dimokratía: ND) party, as well as Capital (a Greece-registered ship management company), and German engineering company Siemens.
Following his arrest on the 1st of October 2014, Antonis Stamboulos is currently being held under pretrial detention facing terrorism charges.
On October 6th, with another open letter, the comrade announced hunger and thirst strike denouncing the fact that he is now being held in the prisoner transfer centre of Athens. Furthermore, he protests the ongoing media construct fueled by antiterrorism cops against him.
The terror-frenzy scenarios leaked to the Press have no end, to make it easier for the antiterrorism unit to exterminate him. The captive comrade has been portrayed, among other things, as a leading member of the Revolutionary Struggle urban guerrilla group, as co-perpetrator of a bank robbery in Kleitoria (Achaea, Greece), as alleged successor of slain comrade Lambros Foundas, while the mouthpieces of Power have spread that the wanted anarchist Pola Roupa along with her child was supposedly seen on the steps to his apartment in Kallifrona street in Kypseli (which was deemed a “safehouse”). Meanwhile, wannabe informants and other ridiculous snitches have been all too willing to testify against him (e.g. a neighbor to his parents’ house claimed he had heard explosions from the basement of their home). (more…)
Friday, September 26th, 2014
Nikos Maziotis und Pola Roupa wurden 2012 in Athen besucht. Sie waren damals – nach 18 Monaten Untersuchungshaft – vorübergehend in Freiheit, da in Griechenland eine Maximaldauer an Untersuchungshaft vorgesehen ist. Nach 18 Monaten wurden sie also aus der Haft entlassen, natürlich war diese Entlassung an Bedingungen geknüpft. Sie durften das Land nicht verlassen, mussten sich regelmässig bei der Polizei melden. Die Zeit ausserhalb des Knastes nutzten sie, um das Projekt des “Revolutionären Kampf” bekanntzumachen. Es gab schriftliche Beiträge und Veranstaltungen. Ein Stück dieser Arbeit ist das von der RHI hergestellte Interview mit ihnen, das hier als MP3-Datei und auf deutsch übersetzt heruntergeladen werden kann.
Im Juli 2012 tauchten sie in die Illegalität ab. Kurz vor dem Besuch von Angela Merkel in Athen detonierte dann 2014 vor der Griechischen Nationalbank eine Autobombe. Später übernahm der “Revolutionäre Kampf” die politische Verantwortung für diese Aktion. Im Juli dieses Jahres wurde Nikos danach nach einer Schiesserei in Athen verhaftet. Pola Roupa wurde trotz einer Monsterfahndung der griechischen Polizei noch nicht verhaftet.
PDF: Erstes Interview mit Nikos Maziotis nach seiner Festnahme / Offener Brief aus der Klandestinität von Pola Roupa (Griechenland)
Monday, August 25th, 2014
PDF von RHI-SRI:
First Interview of Nikos Maziotis after his arrest (Greece) / Erstes Interview mit Nikos Maziotis nach seiner Festnahme (Griechenland) / Premier interview de Nikos Maziotis après son arrestation (Grèce) / Prima intervista a Nikos Maziotis dopo il suo arresto (Grecia) / První rozhovor s Nikosem Maziotisem po jeho zatčení (Řecko)
Thursday, August 21st, 2014
(Czech, German, French and Italian versions below)
Here is the first Interview of Nikos Maziotis after his arrest. Published in the Greek newspaper “Efimerida ton Sintaktion”
1. You are a member of Revolutionary Struggle, an armed anarchist organization. Why did you choose armed struggle as a method of action?
Armed struggle is an integral part of the struggle for social revolution. It is an integral part of a revolutionary movement that seeks the overthrow of capital and the state. There is an inseparable connection between the movement and armed struggle to such an extent that a movement to be truly revolutionary needs to include armed struggle in its targets. Throughout history there has never been a victorious revolution that was not armed. Armed struggle or in other words, armed propaganda, is a very powerful tool for the fight and its political messages can be very powerful, as long as there is an overall political conception and analysis about where we act, what we want and what we aim for. In Revolutionary Struggle we believe that armed action aims at dissipating to the greatest possible social and folk classes the necessity of social revolution and of the overthrow of capital and the state. Today, especially in Greece but not only, during the fiercest attack of the imperialist capital, while the Troika and the Greek state implement a policy of social genocide, armed struggle is as necessary and timely as ever. In 2009, at the beginning of the crisis, when it still had the characteristics of a crisis of the financial system and before it became a debt crisis, we had expressed the view that a great opportunity for a revolutionary era had dawned for Greece, because the consequence of the crisis was the end of neoliberal consensus and the de-legitimization of the economic and political system in the eyes of the social majority. Under these these circumstances, targeted armed action against the regime may result in a cascade for a system with advanced interdependence in all areas and activities and acts as a proliferation risk of destabilization. Since the economic and political globalization has advanced significantly, and with it the conditions of interdependence have increased, our view has been reinforced that armed struggle is now more than ever, not only politically necessary and feasible, but also crucial for the incitement of systemic problems and conflicts that will effectively undermine the system, to its final fall. But this requires a revolutionary movement that will resort to arms. (more…)
RHI-SRI: Solidarity from the anti-repression festival in Luzurn to Nikos Maziotis and prisoners in struggle (Switzerland)
Saturday, August 16th, 2014
From the anti-repression festival in Luzern, Switzerland, we send revolutionary greetings to the prisoners and hands off Nikos Maziotis the struggle goes on ….
Red Help Switzerland
Revolutionary Struggle: Nikos Maziotis claims political responsibility for Bank of Greece bombing (Greece)
Friday, August 15th, 2014
News-report from mainstream media:
The detained urban guerrilla Nikos Maziotis recently spoke to Efimerida ton Syntakton and – as a member of the Revolutionary Struggle – has accepted the political responsibility of the bombing of the Bank of Greece in April, noting that the IMF’s offices in Greece are hosted there.
Maziotis also sent a message to his fugitive partner Panagiota Roupa, telling her to “stay free and raise our son” and that “despite the casualties, the struggle continues”. In his interview his expresses his sorrow for the injury of innocent bystanders during the shoot-out in Monastiraki, but noted that the injuries came from ricochets, rather than direct shots.
Finally, the stressed that “anyone who thinks that they are a fighter or an anarchist and believes that they must act within the limits of lawfulness, should better join a legal parliamentary party, to become a part of the system and not pretend to be a fighter or rebel or anarchist”.
Friday, August 15th, 2014
1. Can you talk about the general situation in Greece?
Currently the most multifaceted crisis that the country has seen in peacetime in recent history is in full swing. In the past 5 and a half years such profound upheavals have occurred that one might only expect to encounter in wartime. The global financial crisis of 2008 brought Greece to the top of the European debt crisis. It was set as a model for the imposition of extreme austerity across the Eurozone. In no other country has such an overwhelming “shock therapy” been imposed in such a short time, with such disastrous consequences for society – not even during the first experiments of the neoliberal school in Latin America. A therapy that devastated the economy, reducing the GDP of the country by 25%, creating nearly 2 million unemployed and forcing the majority of people to live a life below the poverty line.
Greek society is experiencing a double default. The financial one developed as follows: A huge fiscal deficit of the government inflated the ten-year bond spreads so that the Greek state could not serve the debt. The Troika’s ( IMF – EU – EIT ) control of the economy – not just the country – inflated the debt to the point that it became unsustainable. Along with the process of debt restructuring (PSI) the exposure of foreign credit institutions was replaced by Greek bonds. They that were subsequently passed on to the people having contracted new loans through transnational EFSF and ESM. (more…)
Open letter of Revolutionary Struggle member Pola Roupa from clandestinity / Lettera aperta del membro di “Lotta Rivoluzuionaria”, Pola Roupa, dalla clandestinità / Offener Brief aus der Klandestinität von Pola Roupa, Mitglied des Revolutionären Kampfe (Greece)
Friday, August 15th, 2014
On July 16th, 2014 the armed dogs of the establishment unleashed a fierce manhunt, and comrade Nikos Maziotis, member of the Revolutionary Struggle, was hit by a cop’s bullet and fell covered in blood. The comrade gave his battle against the cops that were chasing him. The state apparatus in its totality triumphed over the arrest of the “No 1 most-wanted fugitive” in the country. So did the criminal and real archi-terrorist Samaras, whose government took over the reins from the former pro-memorandum governments in a campaign for the biggest social genocide that has ever occurred in Greece in a time of “peace”. Samaras has used the arrest of Maziotis as a means to the stabilization of his faltering government, in order to support a political and economic regime with rotten foundations, which has long been discredited in social consciences.
For the political and economic regime, not only in Greece but also internationally, the arrest of a revolutionary with the political calibre of Nikos Maziotis is a “significant success”, as stated by the United States. That’s because the comrade’s arrest is perceived by our enemies as a blow to the struggle for the establishment’s subversion, as a blow to the struggle for liberation from the yoke of capitalism and the State, as a blow to the struggle for social Revolution. The size of threat that Maziotis poses to the establishment is reflected in the high-pitched nauseating rejoicing on the part of the domestic and foreign political power. Because the comrade and the Revolutionary Struggle, the organization in which he belongs, are intrinsically linked to the systemic political destabilization, to the undermining of a rotten regime; linked to the consistent war against domination and contemporary barbarity; linked to the struggle for the overthrow of the State and capitalism, linked to the social Revolution itself. Comrade Nikos Maziotis was and continues to be committed to the Revolution. This is what he has fought for, this is what he still fights for; this is why they present him as No 1 danger to the establishment. Thus, the political gravity of this case should be the primary parameter in expressing solidarity with the comrade. (more…)
Friday, August 1st, 2014