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November 19, 2012 Court Statement by Theofilos Mavropoulos (Greece)

Received from ‘This is our Job’.

All decisions, when it’s a question of freedom, contain death within them. We, through this death, must attain life: a deep breath before the endless journey.

An armed clash took place in Pefki between two anarchists and the police force.

Two of their dogs, Leontopoulos and Drosos, tried to arrest me and my comrade. Our response was armed resistance and the rejection of surrender, with the goal of preserving our freedom, which—as anarchists—we value so much.

The results are well-known: my comrade escaped by stealing a patrol car, while I was wounded and arrested. Also wounded were the two police officers, whom I fired at first, managing to catch them by surprise. Without any doubt, if the pigs had died and the two of us—my comrade and I—had remained unharmed, we would have gotten away.

Additionally—regardless of the fact that my operational priority was to disengage and escape—it would be an honor for me if at the same time I had the blood of two police officers on my hands, not just because they were going to arrest me, but simply and solely because they were police officers.

All police officers, as direct agents of power—whatever the reason for their becoming pigs—are live targets for armed revolutionary anarchists. Politicians, big-time reporters and businessmen, snitches, fascists, representatives of the clergy, prison staff, and of course you judges, as well as every one of the system’s cowards and henchmen, are in the crosshairs of urban guerrillas.

The generalized attack on the existent certainly becomes more complete when all means are employed: stones and Molotovs, posters and pamphlets, slogans, texts, marches and demonstrations, bombs and bullets.

In the context of multiform anarchist action, and specifically in the context of armed struggle, I had the honor of knowing the nihilist urban guerrillas of the Fire Cells Conspiracy Anarchist Revolutionary Organization. My presence in the Volos and Kallithea apartments wasn’t general and undefined, like that of a “comrade.” I was an active part of the plot against the vile world of power. I consciously made the shift to revolutionary clandestinity, together with comrades, others who are unknown to you, and my fugitive brothers Yiannis Michailidis and Dimitris Politis.

The goal of each one of us is to propagate anarchy right now in opposition to authoritarian society. This goal continues to be a permanent commitment, even for those of us who are in prison, because we do not apologize for either our choices or for the battles we have waged and will keep on waging as anarchists of praxis.

Because we are tired of routine, inhibitions, and that cheap way of life they want us to accept; because we are sickened by the mentality of servitude, ass-kissing, snitching, and the pursuit of social and economic ascent; because we hate all the authoritarian maggots who want to steal our lives from us; and ultimately because we want to take our lives in our own hands here and now, we have now declared anarchist war. Through this war, we are discovering ourselves, developing new anarchist ideas, and revealing new prospects for attack every day. We combat the existent because it is the only way we can exist.

The clash in Pefki began as a random identity check and ended as a battle—in no way random—between free people and the forces of order, a battle of anarchy against power, and one more proof that the “omnipotent enemy” has flesh and blood and is mortal. It was a battle, a conscious choice that I am proud of, and I am also certain that if I could turn back the clock I would do it again. In addition, the most powerful weapon for an unyielding anarchist of praxis is nothing other than his own conscience.

For past battles and for the battles to come. Long live anarchy.
Long live the Informal Anarchist Federation/International Revolutionary Front.
Long live the Fire Cells Conspiracy.
Until the total destruction of the existent and until there is anarchy, the war continues.

Theofilos Mavropoulos

As an addendum to the above statement, we include the following summary of session 29 (Monday, February 25, 2013) of the current Conspiracy of Cells of Fire trial, which sheds further light on Mavropoulos’ intransigence:

The two pigs wounded by comrade Theofilos Mavropoulos’ bullets during the shootout in Pefki took the witness stand. One of them told the story of the clash, saying that never before had he seen such a vehement attack from a perpetrator. He specifically mentioned that he was the driver of the patrol car and that he and his partner initially saw two suspicious-looking people (one of them was Mavropoulos) traveling on a motorcycle (which was stolen). Stopping the patrol car, he and the other pig got out and approached our comrades. Hardly had one of the pigs grabbed one of our comrades in an attempt to arrest him when Mavropoulos took out a 9mm pistol and began shooting at the police officers, actually knocking them to the ground. One of the pigs was shot in the chest while the other was shot in the neck. Despite all that, one of the pigs—since he was wearing a bulletproof vest—managed to open fire and wound Mavropoulos in the leg. Our other comrade was able to get into the patrol car and escape by stealing it. For his part, Mavropoulos said: “A police officer, whether he has his gun in his hand or his holster, represents an obstacle to my own freedom.”

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