Letter about the end of the hunger strike by anarchist Angeliki Spyropoulou (Greece)
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
Women Prison of Korydallos
This entry was posted on Sunday, April 5th, 2015 at 11:44 pm and is filed under Prison Struggle.