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Greece, Thessaloniki: Letter from Giannis, Kostas and Dimitra, from the dungeons of the General Police headquarters
Monday, June 17th, 2019
From the dungeons of the General Police headquarters of Thessaloniki, we send comradely greetings to our comrades who once again stand in solidarity in our new adventures with the police-law repressive mincer.
We declare that we remain strong, with our dignity intact, our principles and values guiding our being. We will stand up to the new sufferings that the rulers of this world are preparing for us.
Not a step back!
Terrorism is wage slavery, no peace with the bosses.
Terrorists and bandits are States and capitalists.
Solidarity is our weapon.
Translated by Act for freedom now!
Friday, June 14th, 2019
On Wednesday 12th of June, three of our anarchist comrades were arrested in Thessaloniki, during expropriating a guarded money transport that was about to refill an ATM at the university hospital AHEPA. They were caught from cops of the counter-terrorism unit just when they were getting in their car to leave from the spot.
The two comrades are Giannis Dimitrakis and Kostas Sakkas, that had already paid the price of their political choice to stand against the authorities of this world, being targeted and serving time in prison.
The third comrade, Dimitra, is accused for cooperation in the expropriation.
There have been searches in their houses and many personal thing have been taken. Media create a wave of terror. Also, in the morning of 13th of June, the comrades were took to the prosecutor. Since now, there are no more details about this case.
We stand by our comrades
Dimitra, Giannis, Kostas, be strong
Solidarity is our weapon
Tuesday, June 11th, 2019
The anarchist prisoner Giannis Michailidis [sometimes the name is reported as Yannis and the surname as Mihailidis] escaped a few days ago from the so-called rural prison of Tyrintha (Tiryns), in Peloponnese. He was arrested on 1 February 2013 following the double robbery that took place in Velventos  (Kozani region, in Greece), along with the anarchists Nikos Romanos, Dimitris Politis and Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos (for the same facts on 30 April 2013 were also arrested the fugitives anarchists Argyris Dalios, Fivos Harisis, Giannis Naxakis and Grigoris Sarafoudis — not all of them were convicted of robberies). The comrade, before the escape, was serving a sentence of 16 years and 4 months, imposed with the sentence that followed the trial regarding the facts of Velventos. Furthermore, in 2015 he was sentenced to 15 years for charges linked to an attack on the police on May 18, 2011, in Pefki, during a police check (two policemen were wounded and the anarchist Theofilos Mavropoulos was arrested, wounded as well). Giannis is also known as “the archer of Syntagma” since, in February 2011, in the clashes during a general strike, he was arrested for hitting the riot police that protected the Greek parliament in Syntagma Square (Athens) with a bow and arrow.
The police, according to the press, are already investigating the incident.
Long flight for the anarchist Giannis Michailidis!
 Kozani case tag
Monday, June 10th, 2019
Freedom to all!
Until the last prison has been destroyed!
We support the imprisoned fighters morally, materially, politically.
Solidarity Fund for Prisoners and Persecuted Fighters
Saturday, June 1st, 2019
Athens, Greece: Responsibility Claim for the Arson Attack against Eurobank branch
We were taught that everything is commodity, everything can be exchanged. We didn’t understand the small print of history: that we are commodity too; working power that is exchanged with peanuts, prayers and curses, and a daily reverence to alienation, to the shattering of every human dignity. We referred to the wage slavery as our highest value and intention. We didn’t feel the waves of history carving our skin, we didn’t feel the razor blades of political economy chiseling our motion.
We ‘ve shown discipline to our times’ teachings, which are nothing more than the dominant narrative that wants us producing and consuming machines, that wants for itself the monopoly of the decision about what is included and what is excluded by its normativity. A dominant narrative by a dominant world that leaves its bloody marks on us everyday, fracturing the individual, feeding it with oppression and neuroses, killing every desire for experimentation and vitality and replacing them with miserable micro-rivalries and intrigue, disguising the emptiness. (more…)
Tags: 17 November, Anahi Salcedo, Arson, Athens, Dimitris Koufodinas, Dimitris Koufontinas, Greece, International Solidarity, Mauricio Morales, Revolutionary Solidarity, Sabotage
Posted in Direct Action
Friday, May 24th, 2019
Source of translation + pictures : https://athens.indymedia.org/post/1597841/
Tourism grows like flowers in the spring, security cameras appear like leaves to protect the peaceful citizens. Everything must be clear, beautiful and in developmental path. The appearance of the city should fit into the list of Aegean Airlines. Tourists do not need a lot, some chain stores and hipster coffeeshops, a good guide to explaining which places to avoid, and something that fits into the “authentic Greek experience”. We look forward to the next group of tourists who will take a selfie around the Acropolis.At the same time, our neighborhood degrades slowly. People who can not respond to the increase of rent price are either forced to find another home to stay or are forced to comply with the new rules. At the same time, investors are exacerbating the situation as they buy old houses, which are being demolished and, in their place, they are building luxurious housing estates. Apartments renovated for short-term rent (AIRBNB) as well as public spaces and parks are privatized reducing free and open spaces. The game is as old as the same city is listening to the name of private property . The rule is also simple: whoever does not own, will pay, whoever does not pay will be expelled. People who are not part of the capitalist machine, little illegal sellers and homeless people, illegal graffiti and political posters, life in general, and things that can not be sold will disappear. We know very well that nothing will be given to us because we do not belong to the owners’ side. We know that we do not even fit into this suffocating capitalist context, nor do we want to keep up with the logic of bosses and investors. That is why we are fighting against their expansionist and developmental plans.On Tuesday 9/04, we visited a boutique (as they call it) of luxury apartments, which is in its final stage of implementation, on Kolokotroni street between Koukaki and Petralona. Kolokotroni Street is a street with several old or abandoned houses, and it seems that the crows of the construction company from Glyfada have put it in the goal. During our visit, we put a banner that read: “RICH PEOPLE GET BACK TO YOUR SUBURBS, HOUSING IS NOR A LIFESTYLE NEITHER A PRODUCT, IT’S A NEED (A)”, we throw paint on the freshly painted walls and advertisements of the company, write slogans and open holes or even completely tear apart interior walls. Nevertheless, investors insist on forcing us to a second visit and today they have put cameras thinking that we will stop.
OUTSIDE THE INVESTORS FROM OUR NEIGHBORHOOD AGAINST AIRBNB AND LUXURY APARTMENTS NO ATTACK TOWARDS OUR LIFE WILL STAY WITHOUT ANSWER IF WE DON’T GET ORGANIZED IN ALL NEIGHBOURHOODS, OUR CITIES WILL BECOME MODERN PRISONS
Tuesday, May 14th, 2019
From Sunday, April 21, the anti-fascist prisoner of Bulgarian prisons and president of the Bulgarian Prisoners Association, Jock Palfreeman, is on a hunger strike.
Jock Palfreeman started a hunger strike as a protest against corruption and abuse of power by the Sofia Prison Administration and in particular by the leader Desilav Angelov Traykov. After his transfer from the prison of Kaziceni to the prison in Sofia for medical surveillance, Jock was tortured by the prison guards. (more…)
Monday, April 22nd, 2019
Received by Mpalothia on 22.04.19:
On 24.04.2019, the 5th trial of Revolutionary Struggle continues, concerning the escape by helicopter attempted by Pola Roupa on 21.02.2016 with the aim of liberating Nikos Maziotis and other prisoners from Korydallos prison.
After the political statement of Pola Roupa and the political witnesses for the defense of the members of Revolutionary Struggle, the trial will be followed by the political statement of Nikos Maziotis and the statements of the other defendants.
Comrades in Solidarity with Revolutionary Struggle
Athens, Greece: Grenade Attack Against the Russian Consulate by FAI / FRI Revenge Cell ‘Mikhail Zhlobitsky’
Friday, April 19th, 2019
We assume responsibility for the grenade assault on the Russian Consulate on Tzavella Street in Chalandri [suburb in Northern Athens] on March 22.
Each state seeks continuity, which is of particular importance both for its existence and for the preservation and expansion of its vital space. We define the vital space of a state structure as a concept that raises every economic and spatial interest. Applying this policy to us is what we commonly call imperialism. This policy is not a strategic choice of a state, but it is indistinguishable from its very existence. Automatically, each state applies or follows the imperialist policy of an alliance in that country. This position comes to overthrow the rhetoric of the holy fellowship of the smaller ones in dynamic states towards the more powerful ones, which the left has been trying to make for years and parts of the anarchist space embraces. Over the years, many alliances have been built up and, as a result, many skirmishes, depending on the interests at stake. Under the veil of these inter-axiomatic contrasts in combination with the economic and political conjuncture, discrepancies in the dynamics of each state are created or adjusted. Relationships between states have always been a dynamic condition that is modified on the subject rather than a static situation. (more…)
Tags: Athens, FAI / FRI Revenge Cell ‘Mikhail Zhlobitsky’, Greece, Informal Anarchist Federation, International Revolutionary Front, International Solidarity, Misha Zhlobitsky, Russia
Posted in Direct Action
Wednesday, April 17th, 2019
Panagiotis Argyrou was arrested on November 1st, 2010, following over a year of living in illegality during a campaign by the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire to send parcel bombs to European leaders, offices of European institutions and embassies of foreign countries.
He immediately claimed full political responsibility for his involvement in the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire and remained in prison for 8 years and 5 months with several convictions against him that reached a total of 220 years before the second instance (initial sentences: Halandri Case 37 years, Bombs Case 10 years, Phoenix Project Case 21 years, case involving all actions by Conspiracy of Cells of Fire 23 years, Escape Plan Case 115 years, City Bus Arson Case seven years). After serving 1/2 and 1/3 of his merged sentence (25 years under the sentence cap), the comrade was released on the 8th of April, 2019.
Freedom to all!
Until the last prison has been destroyed!
We support the imprisoned fighters morally, materially and politically…
Solidarity Fund for Imprisoned and Persecuted Fighters
(via Athens Indymedia, translated into English for Mpalothia by Anarchists Worldwide)
Wednesday, April 17th, 2019
At 9:30AM on Friday, April 12th, the trial in the Court of Appeals against Revolutionary Struggle will continue at the special courthouse in Korydallos Prison.
It is worth noting that the prosecutor, as well as condemning the actions and communiques of Revolutionary Struggle, admitted during his speech that the attack by the Revolutionary Struggle cell COMMANDO LAMBROS FOUNDAS against the Bank of Greece, could have led to the overthrow of the government and had negatively affected the economy, tourism and investment.
The goal of the Prosecutor’s Office is to ensure that the sentences do not change, including those of Nikos Maziotis and Pola Roupa who received life imprisonment for the explosive attack against the Bank of Greece in Athens that was carried out in response to the policies of 2 of the three Troika institutions- the ECB and the IMF. Revolutionary Struggle claimed responsibility for this action on April 10th, 2014. At the next trial (we will announce the date once it is known) the decision of the Court of Appeal will be delivered.
Thursday, March 28th, 2019
Two members of Secours Rouge International testified in defense of Revolutionary Struggle at the trial of anarchist prisoners Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis in Athens.
The following is a statement by Secours Rouge:
“It was with great joy that we again met Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis, the imprisoned fighters of the Revolutionary Struggle organization this morning in Athens. Two Secretaries of Secours Rouge International have testified at the trial to defend “Revolutionary Struggle,” the legitimacy of its political-military strategic project, and the means that the organization has set itself to implement its objectives. Our delegates stressed that revolution is not merely a utopia since it is already a reality in Rojava. To the judge’s question “When will the violence end?”, our delegate returned the question “When will your class violence stop?””
Thursday, March 14th, 2019
March 10, 2019
On March 10th, 2010, Revolutionary Struggle was first struck:
Comrade Lambros Foundas fell dead from a cop’s bullet during the expropriation of a vehicle. He fell dead during a time of preparation for Revolutionary Struggle, which constituted the continuation of the organization’s action against the crisis, against capitalism and the state itself, against the policies of the system, which were formed by the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the IMF on the same days. It was an act of opposition to the burdens of borrowing contracts (memoranda) which, two months after his death, were imposed by the supranational economic and political power. It was an action-response to the fascist extortion imposed by the Greek political and economic power: “Memoranda or Destruction.” It was an answer to the dilemma of “salvation of the system or salvation of the social majority.” (more…)
Sunday, February 17th, 2019
Solidarity fund for imprisoned and persecuted militants is a structure from Greece, which for the past 9 years has been actively organizing the political, ethical and material support of imprisoned and persecuted revolutionaries. Due to the immense amount of money we have to collect and send _each month_ to the imprisoned comrades in order to cover their needs inside the prisons, and thus the tough financial situation we’re facing, we decided to use the firefund platform.
Firefund is an online crowdsourcing platform, run by activists, in order to fund radical causes. You can donate safely either by using credit card or with cryptocurrency (ether). Also if you want you can choose to contribute an amount to the team that administrates the platform.
The link of our campaign is this: https://www.firefund.net/prisonsoli
You can find more info about us and why we choose to use firefund in the link.
The contribution of each and every one who wants to help our cause is ESSENTIAL. While we also believe that it’s rather important to forward this initiative to anyone with whom we may not have contact with. To any comrade/collective who stand with solidarity against oppression.
Solidarity fund for imprisoned and persecuted militants from Greece
(for contact: tameio (at) espiv (dot) net)
Friday, February 1st, 2019
What does the lair of a procurer do at Heraklion avenue, uh?
IT’S ON FIRE!
At the dawn of Thursday 20/12/2018 an unpleasant surprise roiled the whole family of Aggelos Giannakopoulos, boss of “Horiatiko” and “Attica Bakeries” baker’s shops, at the family apartment building of 29 Heraklion Avenue in Ano Patisia. Three of the family’s cars were wrapped in flames, the front was damaged and the windows of the ground floor were broken. The forementioned dorm is the same building where, years ago, Giannakopoulos bros were imprisoning, blackmailing and prostituting women from the Eastern Bloc, in their owned lap-dancing clubs, at private appointments, as well as in sleazy “bars” all over Greece.
In the summer of 2007, cops, prosecutors and Department of Financial Crime auditors bust in the said block of flats. In the press, information is leaked that Angelos Giannakopoulos is the head of an international trafficking network. The pimps with the synergy of employment agencies in Eastern European countries were bringing women, withholding their credentials, and selling their bodies to punters. Despite the “coordinated” operation, the two Giannakopoulos brothers get away, while dozens of smaller fish are captured, among them the name of retired cop Konstantinos Kyrou being exposed. The network’s profits were laundered in dozens of “legal” bakeries and shops of Giannakopoulos bros and with the facility of an off-shore company. In addition, those wanted are accused of trafficking of minor and adult women, abduction, injuries, drug trafficking, forgery and money laundering. The next act of the drama is played sixteen months later in November 2008 when a second police operation for the activities of Giannakopoulos is conducted, in cooperation with Interpol (as well as the first time). (more…)