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Text of the hunger striker Spyros Mandylas (Greece)

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Inter Arma received and translated:

STARTING…

Today, 12/04, I am on the 30th day of hunger strike. In these 30 days of hunger strike I’ve lost 13 pounds, sugar and pressure levels are at breaking point and I had some fainting episodes. The possibility, after a proposal from the doctors, of me being transferred to a hospital is open in the following days. So, I declare that my hunger strike will continue there too and I make it now clear that it will not accept serum and I do not allow doctors administer it to me even if I fall into a coma. The responsibility for my life is mine alone. The responsibility, however, for my imprisonment falls exclusively on the judges Lygas, Panagiotakopoulou, Stergoudi, Zografos and on my 39 co-defendants.

All this time I consciously chose not to speak my mind with a second personal text, since the demands of other hunger strikes that had started before me were not satisfied at all. So I only published some updates on the state of my health. Besides, anyone who wanted to know what was going on, was able to find out.

All this time my 39 co-defendants, rather than trying to contain their humiliation they have engaged in a cheap game of impressions, online comments and texts filled with lies, while others have chosen the tactic of the ostrich. (more…)

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Words from 8 hunger strikers of the Network of Imprisoned Fighters (Greece)

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Below is an excerpt from an open letter released in the small hours of April 11th 2015 by hunger strikers of the Network of Imprisoned Fighters.

[…] When we started the hunger strike, we knew it would be an uphill struggle that would stretch us to our limits. And it’s true that some of us, after 40 days of tough struggle, run the risk of developing serious health problems. Nevertheless, we’re not going to concede any ground to anyone who’s taking advantage of the government’s strategy in their attempt to wear us down and annul the effectiveness of our struggle. Therefore, we reiterate that we continue the hunger strike until the fulfillment of our demands, despite the visible risks to our health. We owe it to all the comrades who’ve felt we are giving a joint struggle against the state of exception, but above all we owe it to our own selves and to the means of fight that we have chosen. We invite all comrades to reflect on the cruciality of the situation (four comrades have been on strike for more than 40 days) and turn Every Day of Hunger Strike into A Day of Action.

Every fight exhausts its potential only when we give up, and this fight has neither exhausted its potential nor completed its cycle.*

PS.1: Yesterday [April 10th], our comrade Tasos Theofilou stopped the strike as well. We walked together this far, and remain united in our common struggle. Tasos, we wish you a good recovery.

PS.2: We send our solidarity to the revolutionaries from Turkey [incarcerated in Greek prisons], who stand beside us in this battle. We wish Giorgos Inglessis [who suspended hunger strike] a good recovery.**

PS.3: Solidarity with the migrants who went on hunger strike at the concentration camp in Paranesti, near Drama.***

Until the End – Until Victory
Not One Step Back

Network of Imprisoned Fighters
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Translation notes:

* A reference to the opinion expressed by imprisoned comrade Nikos Maziotis.

** According to our information so far, the prisoners who remain on hunger strike are eight anarchists of the Network of Imprisoned Fighters (DAK), Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos, Antonis Stamboulos, Argyris Ntalios, Dimitris Politis, Fivos Harisis, Giorgos Karagiannidis, Grigoris Sarafoudis and Yannis Michailidis, as well as communists from Turkey & Kurdistan incarcerated in Greek prisons.

*** On April 10th, the No Lager Assembly in Thessaloniki, having established ties of solidarity and constant communication with the imprisoned migrants, reported that only one migrant is still on hunger strike in Paranesti camp, also noting that comrades from various collectives in Thessaloniki, Drama, Patras, Athens and other places supported and publicised the strike.

see related updates via contra-info

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Update on the anarchist hunger striker Giannis Mihailidis (Greece)

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

On 10/04, anarchist Giannis Mihailidis (19th day of hunger strike) was transferred to Attico hospital where he is hospitalized guarded. The comrade has lost 8.5% of his initial body weight and has a number of health problems because of the strike. His body was already encumbered as it had not yet fully recovered from the previous hunger strike in solidarity with comrade Nikos Romanos, a few months ago.

+ Also see: Chronicle about the hunger strike of anarchist and political prisoners.


– From InterArma

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Athens: Front line view of the riot in solidarity to political prisoners on hunger strike (Greece)

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

On April 7, 2015 following a protest of 1.500 – 2.000 anarchists in the center of Athens, riots erupted in Exarchia to bring attention to a mass hunger strike of political prisoners taking place in Greece since March 2, 2015. At the moment (April 10) 8 anarchists still continue the hunger strike, some of them for the 40th day.

The political prisoners demand from the so-called left government of SYRIZA:

– Withdrawal of the special anti-terrorist legislation for political activists (laws 187A and 187)
– Withdrawal of the special repressive laws (“anti-hoodie” law)
– Abolition of the “C-type” prisons
– Delineation of the use and processing of DNA as legal.
– Immediate release of disabled prisoner “Savvas Xiros” (98% handicapped)

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Hunger strike termination statement by Revolutionary Struggle member Nikos Maziotis (Greece)

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

On April 5th 2015, anarchist prisoner Nikos Maziotis announced the end of his hunger strike. Below is his statement.

After 35 days of struggle, I terminate the hunger strike that I began on March 2nd along with other comrades. I have decided to do so not owing to the fact that I have reached the limits of my endurance but because I believe that, considering the developments regarding the requestive context, this fight has completed its cycle and has exhausted its potential, taking into account also the solidarity acts that have taken place. I have chosen to suspend the hunger strike now, after the justice ministry’s bill introduction, seeing no point in waiting at least 10 days until it’s voted on, after Easter has passed. I however remain extremely cautious over any modifications that the ministry is supposed to present in relation to the hoodie law or DNA legislation; because the government has already demonstrated how unreliable it is in fulfilling its proclamations. (more…)

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Medical report about 8 anarchist hunger strikers, participants in the Network of Imprisoned Fighters + Tasos Theofilou suspended hunger strike (Greece)

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Eight anarchist prisoners of the Network of Imprisoned Fighters (DAK) are still on hunger strike in different hospitals and Greek prisons, demanding the abolition of type C maximum security prisons; abolition of the antiterrorist legislation (articles 187 and 187A); abolition of the anti-hoodie law; abolition of forcible taking of DNA samples, abolition of analysis of DNA samples that contain a mixture of genetic material from more than two individuals, access to DNA samples for analysis by a biology expert witness trusted by the accused; and the release of the polytrauma patient, 17N prisoner Savvas Xiros. According to the latest medical report, all comrades are in critical condition. (more…)

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Brussels: Soli-graff for hunger strike (Belgium)

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Solidarité avec les prisonniers !
Abolition des lois 187, 187A, anticapuche, et sur les prisons de type-C !
Abolition de l’utilisation de l’ADN comme preuve légale !
Liberté pour Savvas Xiros !
Courage et force à Nikos Maziotis et à tous les prisonniers en grève de la faim !

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Berlin: Soli-banner for CCF and the ongoing hunger strike (Germany)

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

As a small sign of solidarity with the CCF and the ongoing hungerstrike of various prisoners in Greece and their struggle against this prison-society, we dropped a banner in Berlin, at the “Oberbraumbrücke” in Friedrichshain/Kreuzberg:

“Strength and complicity to all CCF / prisoners on hunger-strike in Greece! our hearts are beating for you too”

Victory to the prisoners’ struggle and their demands!

Strength and Freedom for the CCF and their relatives!

Some angry anarchists

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Update on comrade Mihalis Nikolopoulos (Greece)

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

After the victorious hunger strike of the CCF, comrade Michalis Nikolopoulos has returned from the intensive care unit to his room on the 10th floor of Evangelismos hospital where he was before. During the night of hospitalization in the ICU, where he was moved for close monitoring due to the criticality of the situation, his pulse went down to 20 beats per minute(!) and his pressure to 6. The comrade escaped the immediate danger, his moral is good and according to doctors his heart manages to stabilize although everything was hanging by a thread. Still, he will remain in the hospital for several days, so that some more medical tests are made.

Mihalis was a step away from death and at the same time nothing is over, as the hunger strike of the other political prisoners continues while the state of their health IS deteriorating as they are now on the 35th day of the strike.

NO OTHER COMRADE OF US IN THE ICU!

IMMEDIATE SATISFACTION OF THE DEMANDS OF THE HUNGER STRIKERS

– Abolition of the counter-terrorism laws 187 and 187A

– Abolition of the “hood-law”

– Restriction on the use and proccessing of DNA as an evidence

– Abolition of type C prisons

– Release of Savas Xiros for health reasons

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Translated by Inter Arma

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Letter about the end of the hunger strike by anarchist Angeliki Spyropoulou (Greece)

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

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

EVERYTHING CONTINUES…

Aggeliki Spyropoulou
4/4/2015
Women Prison of Korydallos

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Larissa prison: Banner action in solidarity with the hunger strikers (Greece)

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

DAK [Network of Imprisoned Fighters] – 35 Days of Struggle – Victory to the Hunger Strikers

Comrades inside the prison of Larissa raised a banner in solidarity with the hunger strikers who request the abolition of the “hoodie law”, abolition of type C prisons, abolition of antiterrorist laws, delimitation in the use and analysis of DNA, and the release of polytrauma patient Savvas Xiros.

Victory to the struggle of the hunger strikers

-Contrainfo

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Bruxelles: Solidarité avec les prisonniers politiques Grecs en grève de la faim depuis le 2/3 (Belgique)

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

Bruxelles, Rue du Lombard, 4 avril 2015.

Click for video!

RHI

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The hunger strike of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire was victorious (Greece)

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

Inter Arma received and translated:

THE HUNGER STRIKE OF THE CONSPIRACY OF CELLS OF FIRE WAS VICTORIOUS

Today is a day that a crack in the walls of the imprisoned world around us has opened. After 32 days of hunger strike, the mother of Christos and Gerasimos Tsakalos and the girlfriend of the latter will soon pass the exit of prison, free again…

32 days of hunger strike, with eight comrades of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire being hospitalized, balancing between life and death. Mihalis found himself in the ICU the last few days, Olga has reached 40 kilos, Panagiotis had an already compromised health from previous surgeries on his head, George P. has a problem with his heart, with his heart-beats reaching 30 and all of them had medical measurements indicating that they lost 15-20% of their initial body weight.

32 days, the hunger strike became a daily, slow torment of death, in order for us not to make truce with the absolute death of emotional blackmail. An insidious blackmail which authority wanted to impose on us by abducting and keeping our relatives as hostages in prison. 32 days of hunger strike, every fading beat of our heart, reminded us of the promise we made together when we met for the last time, “Let’s go, until freedom …”.

After 32 days of hunger strike, the shadow of repression grew pale, the walls of captivity lowered and prison admitted defeat.

This victory is not only the result of the hunger strike of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire. It’s a victory of a whole world of solidarity, with arson attacks, occupations, sabotage, marches, gatherings, unexpected interventions, which broke the social peace, turned cities into fields of insurrectional moments and occupied buildings into living labs of subversive situations. In an everyday life where the desire for freedom has been suspended indefinitely, life flooded with little and large gestures of liberation, with fires, with slogans and sparkling eyes of persons who wore hoods.

We are flooded with many thoughts that want to fill with words the corresponding meanings. But now, there is neither a day for celebration, nor for accounts of victory. Today we stop the hunger strike, having beaten the scarecrows of authority who wanted our relatives in prison, BUT at the same time, the hunger strike of the remaining political prisoners, for the overall requests that have been set, continues. The days that follow are critical both for their health and for the total wager of anarchist struggle. Therefore, there is no time neither for relaxing, nor for victory celebrations. The die was cast a long time ago… We, as the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, remain on the ramparts and prepare our counter-attack, supporting the struggle conducted within and outside prison.

Authority and it’s scarecrows should know that every judicial coup, every jail, every moment of oppression, every lie of propaganda, every shade of bourgeois morality will return back to its instigators and owners, with multiple power and vehemence. With the power and vehemence of sabotage, fire, explosion, execution… In war, we answer with war. Time for us to attack first…

STRENGTH AND SOLIDARITY with anarchist comrade Nikos Maziotis. member of R.S., and the Network of Fighting Prisoners

VICTORY TO THE STRUGGLE OF THE HUNGER STRIKE

EVERYTHING CONTINUES…

Conspiracy of Cells of Fire – FAI/IRF,

Imprisoned Members Cell

04/4/2015

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Athens – CCF hunger strike: Words of Evi Statiri from prison (Greece)

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

On April 1st, Athena Tsakalou (mother of the Tsakalos brothers) stated that she refuses to walk out of prison until her daughter-in-law is also granted release. The two women, who were remanded in custody over the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire intended prison escape, are currently sharing a cell in Koridallos prison.

The next day, CCF prisoner on hunger strike Michalis Nikolopoulos was admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit in extremely critical condition. The rest of the hunger striking comrades also find themselves facing life-threatening problems.

In the small hours of Friday, April 3rd, anarchists gathered at Evangelismos hospital in Athens, where Damiano Bolano and Michalis Nikolopoulos are being treated. The banner reads: “Not a step back – We break state terrorism in the streets”

On April 3rd, Evi Statiri (wife of CCF member Gerasimos Tsakalos) published an open letter asking the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire prisoners – including Angeliki Spyropoulou – to quit their hunger strike, and urging Athena Tsakalou to accept her release from prison. Below is an excerpt from Evi’s words:

“(…) From the first moment, Gerasimos and the rest of the people from the Organization Conspiracy Cells of Fire assumed the responsibility and emphasised that neither his mother nor I had any relation to the escape they were preparing.

When we were sent to pretrial detention, and despite our objections, these people went on hunger strike demanding our release from prison. Thirty three days later, I think that the legislative provision of the Ministry of Justice provides a solution to the just demand for my release. Knowing their critical health condition (M.Nikolopoulos is hospitalized in ICU, and there are serious health risks for all of them), I URGE them to stop the hunger strike. The moral weight of the damage they cause to themselves is unbearable to me, and the idea of death hovering over their lives overshadows my every thought. I also ask Gerasimos’ mother to accept her release, and it won’t be long until we share freedom instead of prison. (…)”

Summary constantly updated (ContraInfo)

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PDF: Valió la pena intentarlo… Nada ha acabado… Todo Continua – Díptico en solidaridad con la huelga de hambre de la Conspiración de Células del Fuego (Grecia)

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Valió la pena intentarlo… Nada ha acabado… Todo Continua – Díptico en solidaridad con la huelga de hambre de la Conspiración de Células del Fuego (Marzo 2015)

Este breve cuadernillo busca ser una expresión de solidaridad con lxs compañerxs de Conspiración de Células del Fuego. Buscamos rápidamente cubrir la información anterior a la huelga de hambre llevada por lxs prisionerxs para dar un continuo a la lucha y tratar de explicar en algo el contexto. La fuga de C.Xiros, la desarticulación del plan de fuga, la instauración de las prisiones tipo-C , las detenciones de familias y amigxs de miembrxs de las CCF y la huelga de hambre iniciada el 02 de Marzo.

Sabemos que con la rapidez que se están desarrollando los hechos este cuadernillo no estará actualizado, pero si será un documento para señalar parte del comienzo de este nuevo capítulo de lucha.

La información y traducciones las hemos sacado desde ContraInfo, Círculo Nihilista Sparagmos, InterArma, Sin Banderas ni Fronteras.

Toda nuestra solidaridad con lxs compañerxs en prisión a lo largo y ancho del mundo Todo nuestro amor y cariño en revuelta para Olga, Giorgos, Michalis, Gerasimos, Christos, Haris, Panagiotis, Damiano, Giorgos, Theofilos y Aggeliki

-Refractario-
Marzo 2015

publicacionrefractario@riseup.net
http://www.publicacionrefractario.wordpress.com

Valió la pena intentarlo… Nada ha acabado… Todo Continua.

*De Chile a Grecia
*Rompiendo un permiso carcelario
*Desmantelado el plan de fuga, intactas las convicciones
*La cacería ha comenzado
*Breve Cronología

Es por ello que no hay término medio. Cualquiera de nuestros parientes son liberados, o morirán lxs primerxs presxs en huelga de hambre durante los últimos 40 años en Europa

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