Solidarity text for anarchist Babis Tsilianidis (Greece)

* New hearing: October 16, 2013 at Thessaloniki courts

“Those who live are those who fight, those whose soul and mind are obsessed with a constant planning. For them the abrupt ascension symbolizes a huge destiny. Those who walk thoughtfully, absorbed by a great purpose.”

On Wednesday, 18 September in Thessaloniki’s courts the request for an interruption of serving sentence will be examined, concerning a robbery in Ahepa hospital.

The comrade, being imprisoned since January 2011 (for accusations that don’t burden him anymore), he “takes” a third-extra pretrial incarceration, and this time the only “evidence” was a handkerchief, in which, as cops say, DNA that “matches” with Babi’s genetic profile was found.

During his whole incarceration, he refuses any cooperation with the authorities, he doesn’t give his fingerprints and his DNA, he doesn’t apologize to the interrogators, he refuses to be present to the courtrooms.

During the trial, on 22 January, 2013, the prosecutor proposed 10 years and 4 months imprisonment.

Do not get used to fear

We understand that DNA, nowadays, except of another chapter in the biology books, can also become a sufficient element to set up a conviction, which was based on a supposed scientific authority. Beyond the configuration that state, technology and science shakes once again their hands, DNA is an extra addition, among thermal cameras and surveillance cameras, alarms, databases, fingerprint-banks, cops’ and security’s patrols. It is another tool in the authoritarian’s arsenal, it is a part of the total strategic enhancement of the repression and it comes to complement the image of a regime of surveillance and control.

The entrance of new repressive methods in the technological modernization of the state could only be implemented experimentally firstly. So, we see new practices to be tested on more radical parts and then to be expanded on enlarged fighting communities. Recent examples (after the comrade’s conviction) are those of the imposed taking genetic material from the fighting residents in Halkidiki and their imprisonment (some of them), but also the EKAM’s (special police force) draft and not only for the transport of comrades accused for armed action, but also for the repression in demos, squats and strikes.

In that way, on the one hand the domination tries to understand what is happening, and on the other hand to exemplary punish its enemies. And if it aims once to establish the fear inside us, it aims a hundred times to make us get used to the adaptation in a city-prison.

We do not speak, we do not give fingerprints and DNA to cops

In a condition like this, where the control and the imposition of the modern repressive methods are implemented widely on our daily lives, the creation and the spread of struggle communities become more and more imperative. As well solidarity relations will promote our common choice for revolution and freedom.

So by the connection of multiform ways of actions and thoughts, by building structures that will act complementing each other, we will be able not only to stand collectively against the repressive moves, but mainly to create our own moments of attack.

The fact that in the struggle a variety of means, actions, ways of speaking, and also of different viewpoints emerge can’t be a drawback or act opposite to the common attitude that we must have against the enemy. And this happens, because the non-cooperation with the enemy is part of a broader perspective of our own position in the warfare.

So it becomes clear as well as necessary to put forth the refusal of giving DNA, the refusal of giving fingerprints, the refusal of the invasion of repression in our thoughts and our bodies. Clear and necessary to apply these denials, in practice and under any circumstances in order to conserve not only our personal freedom, but also to leave a collective collateral to the people who will stand in the same place with us, in the near and distant future.

No law can define our actions

The choice of refusing to give genetic material on a personal level is a conscious fight position in the war we take part in. Of equal importance is that these refusals should be expressed through common struggles. They should become real through collective processes. The choice of denying the state’s experimentation on us comes to confirm the refusal of reproducing judicial-legalist dipoles around innocence and guilt. It comes to demolish the dichotomy that the enemy structures to divide and absorb our action.

It makes sense to be able to decode this dipole that the dominance has structured, but also to stop reproducing it through our struggle communities. The non-collaboration with cops and judges gives prominence to the apparent power of the bourgeois legality. All these are seen through an immovable value, which says that we don’t give information to cops, which doesn’t accept the state’s omnipotence, which doesn’t wait anyone judge to condemn our action and our existence as guilty or innocent.

The court’s decision was 10 years and 4 months of imprisonment.

This decision was the first conviction of an arrested anarchist on the basis of DNA.

This decision does not focus only on Babis himself, but also comes to open one more road for helping cops and judges to hold or prosecute fighters.

This decision concerns all those who have chosen the road of struggle, reminding us that we should not give an inch of our space or a drop of our saliva.





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This entry was posted on Sunday, October 13th, 2013 at 7:53 pm and is filed under Prison Struggle.