Posts Tagged ‘Hunger Strike’
Text of Revolutionary Struggle prisoner Kostas Gournas about the hunger strike undertaken by Evi Statiri (Greece)
Monday, September 28th, 2015
It is a longstanding as well as an infamous tactic of the State — particularly of the police-judicial mechanism — to use fabricated charges against relatives so as to hold them hostage and put pressure on fighters and political prisoners. It was done in 2002 [against Angeliki Sotiropoulou, wife of 17N prisoner Dimitris Koufontinas], it was done in 2010 [against Marie Beraha, wife of Revolutionary Struggle prisoner Kostas Gournas], and it was done again in March 2015 [against Evi Statiri, wife of CCF prisoner Gerasimos Tsakalos, but also against Athena Tsakalou, mother of the Tsakalos brothers]. This is because the repressive policy applied against imprisoned members of armed organisations is an ongoing process of political extermination by any means.
After its capitulation on February 20th, the SYRIZA-led government was faced with the first class confrontation — that is, the hunger strike of political prisoners during Spring — and was compelled to vote favorably — among others – on an amendment that theoretically opened the way for the relatives of CCF members to be released. Today, after being refused her liberation six times by judicial councils, Evi Statiri, companion of an imprisoned member of the organisation, is still in prison. Her case is the clearest proof, not only of the acceptance of a state of emergency surrounding the memorandum by the government of the Left, but also of the strict application of a state of exception for political prisoners.
For those in society who had the clarity and determination to approach the ‘no’ vote in the referendum in a class manner and to oppose every memorandum, though without being able to take the next step forward, the question of an alternative way other than the one of delegation or relinquishment, which all the bourgeois parliamentary forces are charting, is more pressing than ever. And this is no other way than struggle and solidarity. Evi’s way…
SOLIDARITY WITH EVI STATIRI
on hunger strike since September 14th 2015
September 15th 2015
Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
Against fear and injustice
From today, September 14, the calendar on my cell wall will not change page. This date will remain stuck there until the day of freedom.
Today, September 14, I begin a HUNGER STRIKE for my release; against the fear of power, against the lies of journalists, against apathy, against silence…
Cops, judges and politicians caged my days within the walls of this prison but they cannot cage my dignity or my desire for freedom…
This is my refusal to accept the omnipotence of power that crushes our lives by storing them inside folders filled with police records inside investigative offices, this is the legacy of collective history – the struggles of the oppressed who resisted, who revolted, who bled and still seek justice.
It is the return of the memory of the insurgents, the suppressed and the imprisoned who do not forget that freedom is not given away… but won via struggle…
“You only have power over people as long as you don’t take everything away from them. But when you’ve robbed a man of everything, he’s no longer in your power – he’s free again.” – A. Solzhenitsyn
Korydallos Women’s Prison
Sunday, September 13th, 2015
September 2015 version of the international anarchist anti-prisons newsletter, released with intent to spread info about the hunger strike of Evi Statiri, life companion of Gerasimos Tsakalos of CCF.
1. “Beyond right and wrong” by Conspiracy of Cells of Fire – FAI/IRF.
2. 14th Sept: Evi Statiri starting hunger strike in Korydallos prison.
3. “From the land of the forgotten against oblivion…” by Olga Ekonomidou of CCF.
4. Direct Action Chronology.
5. Chile: Words from anarchist prisoner Sergio Álvarez in memory of Sebastián
6. Malaysia: Police raid anarchist centre Rumah Api.
Tags: “Beyond right and wrong”, Chile, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire : Imprisoned Members Cell, Dark Nights, Evi Statiri, Greece, Hunger Strike, Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), International Revolutionary Front, Korydallos Prison, Malaysia, Olga Economidou, PDF, Rumah Api (social center/house project), Sebastián Oversluij Seguel, Sergio Alvarez, Zine
Posted in Library
Wednesday, September 9th, 2015
Evi Statiri, held hostage by the Greek state at Korydallos Prison for no other reason than being the life companion of imprisoned Conspiracy of Cells of Fire (CCF) member Gerasimos Tsakalos, has announced that she will commence a hunger strike on September 14th.
The announcement came not long after Evi’s latest appeal to be released was rejected by the judicial council.
Here are some roughly translated excerpts from a text by Evi announcing her hunger strike that was posted on Athens Indymedia website…
“The latest refusal from the judicial council in consideration of my release has only confirmed what I already knew from the first day that I found myself in the cells of counter-terrorism. My imprisonment is not just a personal matter. My imprisonment is the reflection of an overall repressive strategy aiming to dominate via fear and to satisfy the vengeful fury of law enforcement against political prisoners and all those whose values are not consistent with the culture of power.”
“I still find myself in prison for the unique ‘incriminating’ element that I am the wife of political prisoner and member of the CCF, Gerasimos Tsakalos. I am still in prison because I refused to sign their ‘certificate of social conscience’ and refuse to disown my partner and our relationship.”
“Anybody standing beside political prisoners may find themselves in the adjacent cell… Anybody who refuses to bow their head, silence their voice or lower their gaze towards the idols of power can be dragged in handcuffs and detained by the courts and their investigation offices. But the solidarity actions carried out last week showed that fear can rule, but it cannot reign in the hearts and minds of free men and women. I send a big thank you to all those who by their actions expose the dictatorship of lies and hypocrisy of justice that keeps me locked in it’s cells. Now a new battle begins… The dismissive ultimatum of the judges leaves me only one answer – the last resort of the captive human – a hunger strike for my release.”
“Monday September 14 I begin a HUNGER STRIKE against fear and injustice.”
SOLIDARITY AND STRENGTH TO COMRADE EVI STATIRI!
Tags: Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire : Imprisoned Members Cell, Evi Statiri, Gerasimos Tsakalos, Hunger Strike, Korydallos Prison, Natalia Collao, Olga Economidou, Tamara Sol
Posted in Prison Struggle
Wednesday, August 26th, 2015
Notre appel en hommage au camarade Cemil.
Élargissons la solidarité révolutionnaire depuis la Turquie, du Kurdistan jusqu’à Palestine !
Les captifs patriotes, révolutionnaires ne sont pas seuls !
L’État fasciste turc et l’État raciste sioniste d’Israël se rivalisent à torturer et à sauvagement attaquer les captifs progressistes, patriotes et révolutionnaires.
Mohammed Alan, captif palestinien en grève de la faim depuis plus de deux mois, est dans un état critique, branché par les fascistes sionistes qui tentent de le nourrir contre son gré. Face à de lourdes conditions d’isolation, des attaques visant les familles des captifs, des fouilles corporelles dégradantes, de lourdes tortures appliquées mêmes en cas de transferts vers les hôpitaux, de centaines de captifs palestiniens, membres de différentes organisations parmi lesquelles AL FATAH et le FPLP, poursuivent la grève de la faim. (more…)
Call for solidarity with internationalist prisoner Stephan Kaczynski who is on hungerstrike (Turkey)
Thursday, July 16th, 2015
TO THE PRESS AND PUBLIC
In the prison for foreigners in Maltepe, the law has been abrogated.
British citizen, Stephan Shah Kaczynski is kept in Maltepe L Type Prison
No.3, which is well-known as a prison for foreigners for already 4
months now. To demand the end to the unlawful actions of the prison
authorities against him, he continues a hungerstrike for 12 days (note:
today 15.07.2015 the hunger strike already reached 21 days).
The prison authorities of the Maltepe L Type Prison No. 3 not only
ignore the demands of Shah Kaczynski, they continue to violate the law
with its actions.
During his 4 months in prison, the prison administration didn’t hand out
any newspapers, books and magazines to Shah Kaczynski. As Shah Kaczynski
made several requests and talked to the prison authorities without any
result, he went on a hunger strike. (more…)
Thursday, June 18th, 2015
To our brothers, comrades, relatives, loved ones and people in solidarity with us, to the public.
In 54/53 (Nataly / Juan, Guillermo) days from the beginning of our hunger strike, on Friday, June 5, we end our mobilization, which was a response to the repressive maneuvers power unleashed this time against us, against our emotional and solidarity environment. We decided to stand on our feet and to publicize our situation, without letting the designs of power to realized, which through legal/police/media/ suppressive tricks seeks to perpetuate isolation, silence and absolute submission. We decided to mobilize through a joint decision, a horizontal agreement, far from levels and hierarchies, which the lovers of power and the law seek to replicate in each and every group of people. It is the most dignified way of being in this world of bowed heads and prizes for any kind of boss.
Wednesday, June 10th, 2015
According to a statement posted by the comrades from the website Coordinadora Anticarcelaria La Fuga, Nataly, Juan and Guillermo decided to end their hunger strike 53 days since it began – this would have occurred on Friday June 7th.
Recall that the comrades have already won two of their major demands from the authorities – the removal of Nataly from solitary confinement and the release from prison of their comrade Enrique Guzmán*.
In the coming days the three comrades will release a communique regarding their situation and explaining their reasons for ending the hunger strike.
Solidarity with Nataly, Juan, Guillermo and Enrique!
* During the morning of June 10th, the competent court of San Miguel ruled in favor of prosecutor Orellana, who revoked the total house arrest for Enrique and demanded he be once again sent to pretrial detention.
Sunday, June 7th, 2015
Here in Germany two communist prisoners from Turkey, who had been sentenced according to the “antiterror-paragraph §129b”, achieved victories by means of long hungerstrikes: Sadi Özpolat starved 43 days and Gülaferit Ünsal 54 days. They fought against censorship, prison clothing and intimidation. They didn’t fight in the prison alone. Together with Gülaferit 6 other prisoners starved as well in solidarity.
Taken from one of our speeches (“Network of all political prisoners”, Hamburg) in front of the Berlin prison, where Gülaferit is jailed: (29.5.2015)
“This is a draconic assault to all prisoners. More than 100 yearly commit suicide, living under similar conditions as Gülaferit, without any hope and unwilling to vegetate isolated anymore.”
9 political prisoners of armed groups like RAF, who organised collective resistance against such conditions, didn’t survive in prison in the seventies and eighties.
Tags: Ahmet Düzün Yüksel, Berlin, DHKP-C (Democratic People's Liberation Party-Front), Germany, Gülaferit Ünsal, Hunger Strike, Muzaffer Dogan, Özgur Aslan, Özkan Güzel, Rote Hilfe, Sadi Özpolat, Sonnur Demiray, Turkey, Yusuf Tas
Posted in Prison Struggle
Comrades Juan Flores, Guillermo Duran and Nataly Casanova in more than 50 days of hunger strike ($hile)
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015
(By Sin Banderas Ni Fronteras)
1. More than 50 days on hunger strike: solidarity inside and outside prisons.
Anarchist comrades Juan Flores, Guillermo Duran and Nataly Casanova
continues their hunger strike, started on April 14, demanding an end of the
harassment on their closest environment; end of aggression towards Juan
and Nataly; end the isolation of comrade Nataly Casanova; end of the
indiscriminate use of DNA testing; immediate release of comrade Enrique
The three comrades remain with integrity in position of confrontation
against power, and solidarious comrades have made polymorphic demonstrations
on the streets and outside prisons. Also, barricades and arson attacks have
been claimed in solidarity with the hunger strike.
Sunday, May 17th, 2015
[By Sin Banderas Ni Fronteras]
On Friday 15 May, anarchist comrades Juan Flores, Nataly Casanova and
Guillermo Duran are in the 32nd day of their hunger strike, demanding:
– the release of comrade Enrique Guzmán.
– the immediate transfer of compañera Nataly Casanova from solitary confinement to a wing/tower where she will be able to have contact/relationship with other inmates and more hours in the yard. (more…)
Conspiracy of Cells of Fire – “Better to be a demon of vengeance, than an angel of forgiveness” / “Mejor ser un demonio de la venganza que un ángel del perdón” – Conspiración de las Células de Fuego (Greece)
Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
Inter Arma received and translated:
A signal of complicity from the Greek prisons, for the international call of solidarity made from Publicacion Refractario, Colectivo Lucha Revolucionaria (Revolutionary Struggle Collective) and Sin Banderas Ni Fronteras, to our brothers and sister Nataly Casanova, Juan Flores, Guillermo Durán and Enrique Guzmán, who are imprisoned in Chile, accused for attacks made by the International Conspiracy of Revenge and the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, Chile.
Nothing is uglier than ugliness repeated twice.
Chile: anarchist Enrique Guzmán is arrested and detained.
The reason: the police say that traces of his DNA were found at a distance from a target where a bomb was placed, which is included in the case for which our brothers and sister Juan Flores, Nataly Casanova, Guillermo Durán were arrested, 6 months ago.
The real reason: Guzmán was a friend of the three imprisoned comrades, who did not abandon them for a moment in the difficult conditions of captivity. He was the friend who despised police looks and checks and visited them often in prison. He was the friend who, with his communication, canceled their exile and loneliness, in the land of the locked up people.
He is the friend who proves that real friends do not flinch, but share both the laughter of joys and the steep hills of sorrows…
The battle, however, is uneven. Anyone who does not comply or does not discipline himself within the limits of the permissible morality of the silent people who bow their heads, is driven to the place of exile, in the cold prison cells. (more…)
Tags: Chile, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire : Imprisoned Members Cell, Enrique Guzmán, Greece, Guillermo Durán Méndez, Hunger Strike, Juan Flores Riquelme, Letter, Natalie Casanova Muñoz
Posted in Prison Struggle
Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
As part of the contribution to the days of solidarity with Chilean Prisoners on hunger strike we offer this poster for printing and redistribution.
PDF: About the case of Juan Flores, Nataly Casanova, Guillermo Duran and Enrique Guzmán – Comrades on hunger strike ($hile)
Monday, May 4th, 2015
No aggression without response
Arrested since September 18th 2014, comrades Juan Flores, Nataly Casanova and Guillermo Duran are accused of involvement in bomb attacks which occurred on July 13th, claimed by International Conspiracy of Revenge, and September 8th 2014, claimed by Conspiracy of Cells of Fire (Chile). They deny charges but claim themselves as anarchists.
On April 6th 2015, Enrique Guzman was arrested, a solidarious comrade and friend who visited the comrades in prison.
On April 14th 2015, the four comrades started a hunger strike demanding:
– the release of comrade Enrique Guzmán.
– the immediate transfer of compañera Nataly Casanova from solitary confinement to a wing/tower where she will be able to have contact/relationship with other inmates and more hours in the yard.
– the end to harassment of their close friends and family.
– the end of assaults and disciplinary sanctions towards Juan and Nataly;
– end to DNA-based prosecutions.
This brochure includes texts by the comrades, about harassment against them and their close friends and family. Also, we include a solidarity call that we have published with other groups. Most of the text was translated to English by the comrades of Act for Freedom!
SOLIDARITY – COMPLICITY – ACTION AGAINST POWER
Sin Banderas Ni Fronteras, (No Borders/No Flags), nucleus of anti-authoritarian agitation.
Chile. 2015 / sinbanderas.nifronteras(at)riseup(dot)net
Monday, May 4th, 2015
UPDATE – 54th day of hungerstrike.
Inter Arma received and translated:
HUNGER STRIKER SPYROS MANDYLAS IN DANGER OF DYING
According to the doctor monitoring the health of the hunger striker Spyros Mandylas, if the total loss of his weight, which has reached 25%, reaches 28% then he will lose his life.
It should be stressed out once again that the life of our comrade is in immediate danger and that the full weight of responsibility in case of any permanent damage or loss will fall on his 39 co-defendants, the judges Lygas, Panagiotakopoulou, Stergoudi, Zografos who trialed him without being present and sentenced him to seven years of imprisonment with a 5,000 euros bail. The judge who will review his demand of not paying the bail on Monday 4/5, will also be responsible if he rejects it, since in this case the comrade will continue his hunger strike and won’t accept the payment of the bail to be made by comrades and friends.
Medical report (in Greek)
FURY AND CONSCIENCE
Anarchist Squat Nadir