Revolutionary Struggle members Pola Roupa and Konstantina Athanasopoulou arrested in Attica, Lil’ Lambros-Viktoras held hostage, thirst and hunger strike by RS imprisoned fighters (Greece)
Update: According to Athens Indymedia a new order was issued by the prosecutor on 08.01.16 terminating the detention of Lambros-Viktoras Maziotis Roupas, the 6 year old son of Revolutionary Struggle members Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis, and awarding temporary custody of the child to his grandmother. The child has already left the hospital with his relatives. Comrades Pola Roupa, Nikos Maziotis and Konstantina Athansopoulou have ended their hunger and thirst strike. A decision on final custody of the child will take place in six months time.
International solidarity is our weapon
According to Greek media, the comrade Pola Roupa, member of Revolutionary Struggle, has been arrested at a home in the Attica region. Pola is the partner of Revolutionary Struggle member and political prisoner Nikos Maziotis and was one of the most wanted fugitives in Greece. According to media reports Pola was at the house with her young child and a 25 year old woman when police raided. The 25 year old woman was also arrested. There are unconfirmed reports that two more people may have been arrested as well. More information as it becomes available.
Solidarity with Pola Roupa and Revolutionary Struggle!
From our comrades in Greece we have learned that during the arrest of comrade Pola Roupa (member of Revolutionary Struggle and partner of the comrade Nikos Maziotis, also a member of Revolutionary Struggle), that the police kidnapped and detained her 6 year old son.
The child is being held in a hospital room under armed guard and the police are refusing to allow family members or legal representatives to see him. Although we do not know if he is being interrogated it is worth noting that it is illegal under Greek law to interrogate a minor without the presence of a parent / guardian or lawyer.
In response to the state’s vengeful kidnapping and detention of their son, comrades Pola and Nikos have begun a hunger and thirst strike to demand that their child be released from police custody and into the care of close relatives. The 25 year old woman comrade who was arrested with Pola has also begun a hunger strike with the same demands as Pola and Nikos. She is being held under guard in hospital with a serious injury to her arm.
Mobilizations in solidarity with the comrades have already begun on the streets and in Korydallos prison.
Below are the latest reports and social media posts regarding the situation that have been translated into English so far, we will provide more updates as soon as they become available.
INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY WITH POLA ROUPA & NIKOS MAZIOTIS!
END THE STATE’S VENGEFUL DETENTION OF THEIR 6 YEAR OLD SON!
LONG LIVE REVOLUTIONARY STRUGGLE!
Korydallos Prison, Greece: Intensification of prisoner actions in solidarity with the hunger strike of Nikos Maziotis & Pola Roupa
The mobilizations in solidarity with N. Maziotis and P. Roupa, who have been on food and water strike to stop the vengeful detention of their 6 year old child and to give custody of the child to close relatives are intensifying as the prison yard will remain open throughout midday.
The yard will remain open in the wing where the political prisoners are housed and also in A, C and D wing of the men’s section of the prison.
(via Mpalothia & Athens Indymedia, translated by BlackCat)
Photos: Intervention by anarchists in solidarity with Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis outside the home of the Minister of Justice S. Kondonis in Athens. (photos via @GiannisNegris)
Athens, Greece – Statement of anarchist guerrilla Pola Roupa – Starts hunger and thirst strike 05/01/17
I Panagiota (Pola) Roupa declare that I was and will be until I die an unrepentant enemy of the system. They have now put the child in the middle of this war and they punish him in order to get revenge against me. They have kidnapped my child and I don’t know where he is since our arrest in the early morning.
We are at war, it is true. But them fighting against my child, by not allowing me or other close relatives to see him and by threatening to send him to an institution, is the most despicable act in this war. Those who are in the state apparatus are worms because they are fighting against a 6 year old child.
And I want to state that I have now begun a hunger and thirst strike to demand that the child is given to my mother and my sister. As for me I will remain the enemy until I die. And I will never yield. Long live the revolution!
In the early morning hours of January 5th 2017, two Revolutionary Struggle members, fugitive comrade Pola Roupa and anarchist Konstantina Athanasopoulou were captured at a southern suburb of Athens. Anti-terror cops raided a hideout with Pola and her six-year-old son inside, while Konstantina was arrested in another house nearby.
After being forcibly removed from his mother, Lambros-Viktoras Maziotis Roupas—the small son of Revolutionary Struggle members Nikos Maziotis and Pola Roupa—is being held captive inside a children’s hospital guarded by cops(!), without any access to visitations by his close relatives or even the legal representative of his parents.
The Greek authorities, and in particular the public prosecutor for minors Mrs. Nikolou, still refuse to entrust the child to first-degree relatives of Pola Roupa.
In response to this, three Revolutionary Struggle members—the anarchist prisoner Nikos Maziotis, the recaptured comrade Pola Roupa and the newly arrested Konstantina Athanasopoulou—have undergone hunger and thirst strike since January 5th, demanding that the six-year-old be immediately placed with his aunt and grandmother (relatives on his mother’s side).
In an open letter Nikos Maziotis stated, among others, that: “Our son is the child of two revolutionaries, and he’s proud of his parents. We will not succumb to any blackmail. We defend our choices with our very life”.
On January 6th, during the women’s transfer to Evelpidon courts, Pola shouted: “The worms are holding my kid captive at Paidon (children’s hospital in Athens), guarded by armed cops; at the age of six, he is a prisoner of war” and: “Long live the Revolution!”. Furthermore, Pola stated: “I am a revolutionary, and I have nothing to apologize for.”
Below is Konstantina’s statement:
“I am an anarchist, member of the armed revolutionary organization Revolutionary Struggle (Epanastatikos Agonas). The only terrorists are the State and the Capital. I refuse to eat and drink anything until the child of my comrades Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis is delivered to relatives of theirs.
On the inside, anarchist prisoners and other inmates at different wings of Koridallos male and female prisons have mounted a joint protest by refusing lock-up, to claim an end to the captivity of Lambros-Viktoras in solidarity with the Revolutionary Struggle prisoners currently on hunger and thirst strike.
On the outside, comrades in various cities throughout Greece have carried out diverse actions in immediate support of the anarchist revolutionaries, demanding that the first-degree relatives of Pola Roupa be granted immediate visitation and custody of the underage child.
Strength to Konstantina Athanasopoulou, Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis, proud members of Revolutionary Struggle.
Revolutionary Struggle will neither lay down arms nor surrender to the enemies of freedom.
Infos via Athens IMC, insurrectionnews, mpalothia, contrainfo, RHI-SRI and others
08.01.17: Imprisoned Revolutionary Struggle members Pola Roupa and Konstantina Athanasopoulou, on hunger and thirst strike since 05.01.17. have both collapsed and been transferred to hospital.
07.01.17: Two OPKE (Group of Crime Prevention and Suppression) police vehicles ambushed in Exarcheia, Athens with Molotov cocktails, one OPKE vehicle completely destroyed.
07.01.17: 3 ATMs torched in Thessaloniki
06.01.17: Car torched outside the home of Tassos Tsakiridi, Deputy Mayor for Social Policy in the Neapoli-Sykies Municipality in Thessaloniki.
Today, Sunday January 8th 2017, after a new prosecutor’s order, temporary custody of Lambros-Viktoras Maziotis Roupas was given to the grandmother on his mother’s side, so his captivity in the psychiatric unit(!) of the children’s hospital in Athens was finally terminated. The six-year-old child left the hospital escorted by his first-degree relatives.
Meanwhile, there were protests by inmates at Koridallos men’s and women’s prisons, Elaionas women’s prison in Thebes, and Trikala prison.
Revolutionary Struggle members Nikos Maziotis, Pola Roupa and Kostantina Athanasopoulou have interrupted their thirst and hunger strike.
A court will decide on the final custody of the child within six months.
Grecia: dichiarazioni di Nikos Maziotis e Pola Roupa in sciopero della fame e della sete
Nikos Maziotis e Pola Roupa (arrestata questa mattina, 5 gennaio 2017) sono entrati in sciopero della fame e della sete per chiedere che la loro figlia di 6 anni – arrestata pure stamattina contemporaneamente a Pola e tre altre persone – sia affidata alla famiglia di Pola. Le dichiarazioni di Pola e Nikos sono state tradotte sulle reti sociali (grazie al traduttore).
Dichiarazione di Pola
Sono e sarò fino all’ultimo il nemico irriducibile del
sistema. Ora pongono il mio bambino in mezzo a questa guerra e l’utilizzano come rappresaglia per vendicarsi di me maggiormente. Hanno rapita il mio bambino e non so dove si trovi dal mattino che ci hanno arrestati. Siamo in guerra. È un dato di fatto. Tuttavia far fare la guerra al mio bambino rifiutando di portarmelo affinché lo veda, negando di affidarlo subito alla mia famiglia e minacciando di darlo a un organismo costituisce l’aspetto più spregevole di questa guerra. Coloro che sono nei meccanismi dello Stato sono spazzatura perché se la prendono con un bambino di 6 anni. E voglio dire che inizio immediatamente uno sciopero della fame e della sete affinché mio figlio sia affidato a mia madre e mia sorella. Quanto a me rimango loro nemica fino all’ultimo e non mi faranno piegare mai. Viva la rivoluzione.
Dichiarazione di Nikos
Dopo l’arresto di Pola Roupa la giudice per l’infanzia, Nikolou, ha rifiutato l’affidamento di nostro figlio di 6 anni ai parenti di Pola, vietando loro anche di vederla e senza portare a conoscenza del nostro avvocato il luogo dove si trova.
Lo Stato ha sostanzialmente rapito nostro figlio, si vendica di noi per la scelta della lotta che abbiamo condotto, quella della lotta armata. Gli infami organi dello Stato, gli scagnozzi dei creditori, del memorandum legale se la prendono con un bambino di 6 anni per vendicarsi di noi, avendo scelto la lotta armata, essendo entrati in clandestinità e avendo attaccato questa appendice della BCE, la banca nazionale di Grecia e l’ufficio del rappresentante permanente del FMI.
Le pratiche della giudice Nikolou sono simili a quelle di epoche antiche, come avveniva ai tempi dei Paidoupoleis*, della regina Frederika nei confronti dei bambini dei partigiani durante la guerra civile. Il nostro è il bambino di due rivoluzionari ed è molto fiero dei suoi genitori. Nessun ricatto ci farà piegare.
Le nostre scelte le difenderemo con le nostre vite.
Da oggi comincio uno sciopero della fame e della sete con la mia compagna, esigendo che nostro figlio sia affidato alla sua famiglia.
La rivoluzione armata dal basso è l’unica soluzione.
*I corpi Paidoupoleis erano organismi creati dalla regina Frederika nel 1947, dove furono portati, fra l’altro, molti bambini di partigiani
This entry was posted on Sunday, January 8th, 2017 at 12:27 pm and is filed under Prison Struggle.