Athens: Statement from Michalis Nikolopoulos, imprisoned CCF member (Greece)
CCF imprisoned member Michalis Nikolopoulos read the following political statement on the 13th day (Monday, April 2, 2012) of the 2nd ‘Halandri’ Case trial of the Conspiracy Cells of Fire. The statement concerns the attack by the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire against the home of Gerasimos Arsenis. You can also read summaries of the Halandri case court reports from TIOJ.
Translated by Actforfreedomnow!/boubourAs:
Gerasimos Arsenis is a recognized officer of authority. In his long political career he has served as minister of Economics, Defence and Education, while he has also run for the leadership of PASOK. In a few words, across from us is a person of power whose decisions contributed to the formation of today’s reality. No one can forget the infamous “Arsenis law” which showed once more, that schools are nothing more than intensive laboratories of serene and trained subjects.
Institutionalised education is a structural value for the system of authority. Its role is a node for the manipulation and construction of consciences of the young people… It is the second link after family in the chain of submission, which basically teaches the smooth integration of the individual into the social factory of authority. But Arsenic knows very well that insubordination, disobedience, the insurrection does not sit at desks, does not fit in class rooms, does not accept indications. The time when he served as minister (of education) and attempted to realize his law, he met the total black refusal of many troublemakers of the school community.
We could say a lot also about the rest of the actions Gerasimos Arsenis carried out as a institutional political officer. But its time to get to the substance. We did not attack Arsenis, Hinofotis or Katseli for their political work they produced in the past. We attacked their choice to include themselves in the structures of political authority which is one of the founding stones of the authoritarian social machine. We did not attack the symptom, but the illness.
The austerity measures, the economic crisis, the increase in oppression, the changes in education, the economic poverty is nothing more than symptoms of the illness called Democracy.
An illness which brings the existential poverty which flourishes in the metropolises of modern western world, and the main role of which is to function as a cover-up of the monstrous machine of capitalism. Because like our organization had wrote in the communique which followed the hit on parliament: “Capitalism is the boss and democracy is the public spokesperson. We are not naïve to think that three hundred ‘chosen ones’ are in charge on their own in reality. Obviously they are the balance managers, the suppliers of state checks, the ‘honourable ladies and gentlemen”.
This is why as an Anarchist Revolutionary Organization had mentioned many times in the past that we do not seek a better democracy. On the contrary,
we fight democracy just like we fight every authority system. With our weapons we aim at the expressers of dominance, while at the same time with our speech we apply intense critique on every behaviour which reproduces, conserves and perpetuates the existence of the authoritarian society.
The new nihilism which will Exterminate the expressers of the system, will rise the individual from the values of submission, apathy, consumption of wage slavery, the whole spectrum of behaviours located in the larger part of the social total.
The behaviours of compromise, misery, the vanity of a silent crowd. A crowd which has learnt how to fall in love with window fronts, changing their mood with the tv remote, blaming everyone else without ever looking in the mirror and see their responsibilities for the world they built and conserve.
A crowd that only know how to shout when their economic interests are at stake, without even looking at the substance. The substance for real free life. A life guided by the values of respect, solidarity, friendship, understanding. The creation of an anarchist culture which will toss away every form of authority from every human relationship.
These things sound and are in the distance.
But on the paths we take we will remain intolerant in every battle, prouder than ever. Our day will come and until the completion of our target we Will Fight, Will Fight, Will Fight. Because we know, just like you do, that insurrectionist anarchy is and will be the internal enemy of the regime. So you should be sure, all you modern inquisitors of the judicial mafia that no matter how many years you share out through your court-martials, you will never be able to imprison the ideas of the Anarchist Revolution and you will never be able to imprison the C.C.F.
Because a stream of ideas can never be imprisoned.
Tags: Athens, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire : Imprisoned Members Cell, Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire, Greece, Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), International Revolutionary Front, Michalis Nikolopoulos, Second Halandri Trial, Trial
This entry was posted on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 at 10:08 pm and is filed under Prison Struggle.