Posts Tagged ‘Korydallos Prison’
Friday, January 22nd, 2016
Yesterday on the 20th of January another sudden search was once again conducted inside the cells housing imprisoned members of the anarchist organization Conspiracy of Cells of Fire (CCF) as well as anarchist prisoner Nikos Romanos at Section A of Korydallos Prison.
The search was coordinated by prison official Victoria Marsioni who had previously made threats against CCF members involving disciplinary transfers to other facilities after they hung a banner in solidarity with the hunger strike of anarchist Evi Statiri.
It is most certain that Marsioni is not acting independently but receives orders from above and this recent search is merely another addition to a systematic exercise of pressure against the imprisoned members of the CCF, which is orchestrated by high ranking officials of the ‘leftist’ Ministry of Justice and Counter-Terrorism Police.
Tuesday, January 12th, 2016
February 15th: Trial date for the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire escape plan – Prosecution against relatives of political prisoners
The trial concerning the plan of Conspiracy of Cells of Fire comrades to escape from Koridallos prisons has been set for February 15th. A total of 28 people are accused in this trial. Conspiracy of Cells of Fire comrades have taken responsibility for the escape plan from the outset, defending their choice as a means to continue anarchist struggle.
However, this time the judicial mafia has experimented on our comrades by applying an insidious and vengeful blackmail against them.
In addition to making the heaviest possible indictment against several of the accused, whose relation with Conspiracy of Cells of Fire members was solely limited to friendly contacts, they’ve prepared new guillotines.
The inquisitor Eftichis Nikopoulos (special appellate judge against terrorism) and the judicial councils that followed, have also put forward for trial relatives of political prisoners: Athena Tsakalou (the mother of CCF members Gerasimos Tsakalos and Christos Tsakalos), Evi Statiri (the partner of Gerasimos), and Christos Polidoros (the brother of CCF member Giorgos Polidoros), on charges of “membership in the terrorist organisation Conspiracy of Cells of Fire”!!!
Athena Tsakalou and Evi Statiri were originally remanded in March 2015, and then broke out of captivity.
Athena was released a month after her arrest, following the hunger strike of Conspiracy of Cells of Fire members and anarchist comrade Angeliki Spyropoulou. Six months later, Evi was also released from prison, following the hunger strike undertaken by her and her partner Gerasimos Tsakalos.
During the two hunger strikes, a multifaceted movement developed against the judicial coup, expressing solidarity by means of gatherings, banner drops, occupation of buildings, acts of sabotage and incendiary attacks…
Nevertheless, after the release of Athena and Evi, the solidarity movement gained half a victory.
Judge-executioners “granted” them a crippled freedom. Athena was exiled to Salamis Island, and Evi is restricted to one kilometer from her home by a “freedom distance-meter”.
At the same time, they have been prohibited from any communication with their relatives, thus isolating them behind invisible grids.
We see this strategy of Power of isolating political prisoners being broadened, as is the case with the recent visitation ban against Revolutionary Struggle member Nikos Maziotis [whose friend and comrade was recently prohibited from visiting him in prison].
On February 15th, Power will once again try to erect its guillotines against relatives of political prisoners.
They’ve made their intentions crystal clear by now. According to the accusatory dossier, which is over 10,000 pages, they’ve chosen to call only 20 witnesses to the stand (half of whom are anti-terrorist police officers), with the purpose of fast-tracking proceedings; it seems convictions have already been issued…
February 15th marks the beginning of a new wager for people in struggle, negators of Power, people in solidarity… Our wager is to nullify the Power’s vindictive plans, stand side by side with the comrades, and continue what we’ve started… To subvert the judicial coup and stand against the prosecution of political prisoners’ relatives.
Because this trial prefigures future persecutions. What is being tested today against relatives of political prisoners, tomorrow will be tested against friends, people in solidarity, people in struggle…
For this reason and all the reasons in this world, once again we are preparing to venture into new battles against the laws of cops, judges and the Power’s priesthood.
Our quiver contains many arrows, such as the recent memory of gestures against the fascist persecutions of political prisoners’ relatives, but also the fresh traces of actions for Black December, that have strayed from the silent paths of social peace.
In the face of challenges posed by the State and judicial mafia, we respond with the challenge of insurrectionist action. With the trial on February 15th as a point of encounter, to oppose the persecution of relatives, let’s make this New Year beginning our own restart – with international call-outs, assemblies, counter-information, demonstrations, occupations, acts of sabotage, attacks – for the complete overthrow of the existent. With not even a single moment wasted.
“Stone, iron, wood can be broken… but it is impossible to break a determined human being with a conscience.”
Solidarity with Conspiracy of Cells of Fire comrades and anarchist Angeliki Spyropoulou
Against the prosecution of political prisoners’ relatives
(Christos Polidoros, Athena Tsakalou, Evi Statiri)
Tags: Aggeliki Spyropoulou, Athena Tsakalou, Athens, Black December, CCF Escape case, Christos Polydoros, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire : Imprisoned Members Cell, Evi Statiri, Greece, Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), International Revolutionary Front, Korydallos Prison, Trial
Posted in Social Control
Letter by CCF member Panagiotis Argirou on the occasion of the nearing end of the Phoenix Project trial (Greece)
Wednesday, December 30th, 2015
TO ALL COMRADES WHOSE ACTS HAVE GIVEN ME MOMENTS OF FREEDOM
“Only in those moments when our tension for freedom encounters with praxis do we really manage to live anarchy, here and now. Unfortunately the dream we carry in our hearts is too great to avoid the risk of finding ourselves up against the monstrous wall of authority raised in defense of the state and capital. When we really put our life at stake, inevitably we end up confronting the hardness that’s inherent in the struggle: death and prison.”
Nicola Gai; anarchist comrade held prisoner in Italy, who has assumed responsibility for his participation in the attack claimed by Olga Cell of FAI-FRI (the shooting of Roberto Adinolfi, the chief executive of Ansaldo Nucleare)
Shortly before the end of the trial of the 4th consecutive case against the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, and against me personally as an anarchist who has assumed responsibility for his participation in the CCF, I’d like to say some things not to the court, but rather to all comrades whose action gave impetus and substance to the Phoenix Project.
For obvious reasons, all imprisoned members of the CCF saluted the comrades of Sole–Baleno Cell (a cell of sympraxis between Conspiracy of Cells of Fire and Consciousness Gangs), a gesture which initially cost us our prosecution for incitement [in Greek, moral instigation] to 4 Acts of the Phoenix Project: explosive attack on personal vehicle of the Koridallos prison director in Athens, explosive attack on personal vehicle of a chief warden serving at Nafplion prison, incendiary attack on a hotel unit in Indonesia, and parcel-bomb mailing to a former commander of the antiterrorist police unit in Athens.
The competent authorities realised in hindsight that the accusation of inciting the attack in Indonesia, claimed by Anger Unit/International Conspiracy for Revenge FAI/IRF, would never stand up in court, so the particular charges were dropped even before the stage of court proceedings.
However, as far as the other attacks are concerned, I am offended by the incitement charges brought against me, because as an anarchist I abhor hierarchical relationships of any level; on the other hand, these charges help me understand that domination feels threatened when anarchist guerillas, even from a position of captivity, seek to make their mark and connect with the struggle outside the prison walls by saluting the hostilities waged by their comrades. Domination feels threatened when it realises that the condition of incarceration is not nearly enough to crush the combative energy of anarchist prisoners. This alone is enough for entire indictments for incitement to attacks to be drafted. In no case, however, is it enough to break my morale and my will to connect myself with all comrades holding a combative position. (more…)
Tags: Athens, Black December, Black International of Anarchists of Praxis, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire : Imprisoned Members Cell, Greece, Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), International Revolutionary Front, Korydallos Prison, Letter, Nicola Gai, Nikos Romanos, Panagiotis Argirou, Phoenix Project, Trial
Posted in Prison Struggle
"I do not regret anything…" : Political declaration of Christos Tsakalos for the third CCF trial (Greece)
Friday, December 25th, 2015
In a courtroom inside the prison, full of judges, cameras, cops, secret police, anti-terror police, a few relatives and even fewer friends and comrades, they judge the actions of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire.
But how to fit in a room of a few square meters our actions that tried to challenge the wise and obedient history of our time…
An action which interrupted the eternal sleep of quiet ’peaceful’ people for several nights, agitated through the explosion of the enslaved silences of the metropolis and with our proclamations denied the rules of a life where the bosses’ violence is always present and we are constantly absent…
Through our attacks, we wanted to smash the tyranny of a brutal reality. We intend to overturn the balance of terror of a mechanically routine life. We tried to cancel the compromise with the death of caused by the wage slavery, the technological control, the boredom and empty relationships.
We wanted to make war with the “peace” of the banks, the judges, the rich, the cops, the fascists, the journalists, the politicians, but also with the “peaceful” citizens who instead of crying out, and being enraged and act, they’re hiding in resignation and grow old along with their furniture … These “peaceful” and law-abiding citizens are the most responsible of all, because through their “quietness” they allow ugliness to rule our lives. (more…)
Tags: Athens, CCF Escape case, Christos Tsakalos, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire : Imprisoned Members Cell, Greece, Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), International Revolutionary Front, Korydallos Prison, Letter, Trial
Posted in Cognitive Liberty
Monday, December 7th, 2015
The banner reads: FOR THE ANARCHIST OFFENSIVE AGAINST THE SOCIAL MACHINE – BLACK DECEMBER 2015
For constant anarchist insurgency
Everyone take to the streets of fire
– anarchists at the 1st wing of Koridallos prison
Monday, December 7th, 2015
The banner reads: INSURRECTION IS ALWAYS TIMELY
Everyone take to the streets!
– some anarchists at the 4th wing of Koridallos prison
Monday, December 7th, 2015
Delegation, frustration and the internalisation of inaction are characteristics that gain more and more ground in the world of struggle in its totality. And this is something that cannot be hidden within our milieu either. Although the occasions that arise are many, we feel social peace dominating and increasingly fending off CONFLICT that could shake off apathy. Our perceptions and proposals are dead if not expressed in the STREET, there where conventions are abolished and prospects open up.
Anarchy has always had the street as a privileged field of action, and this is what has made anarchy alive as well as attractive. Demonstrations, clashes with the cops, barricades, attacks on banks and department stores are not just spectacular reflections of our passion for attacking the symbols of domination, but also the best opportunity for us to meet each other and test our proposals in practice. We believe that theory is born through practice, because that’s what shapes people, transforming both the material and conscientive terms of our existence.
When our theorising produces a fragmentation of our forces – and thus also inaction – it means that such theoretical approaches are applicable only on foolish games of rhetorical superiority and constitute a provoking invasion of spectacle culture in our relations, distorting their anti-hierarchical nature.
The wager is not about who owns the perfect theory, because reality cannot fit our mental representations, but can only be approached.
The wager is, through the different idioms of meanings that we speak, to understand each other, exchange rationales and technical know-hows, coordinate with each other and organise our attacks.
We see the call for a coordination of revolutionary forces, the call for a ‘Black December’, as a wager as well. A call that does not have (and should not have) a person-centred tone, seeking to be embraced by the whole of the radical milieu. It does not concern the personal demands of anyone; only the common will for insurrection. And our ability to distinguish this is also a precondition so that political rifts can be bridged in the field of material conflict against the State.
We want this December to cause us rebels to meet, organise ourselves and ATTACK. We are not asking for a resurrection of past rebellions; we seek the opportunity to keep the field of CONFLICT open, there where people in the streets are growing in number, where the passion for liberatory violence meets spontaneity or, better still, an organised plan.
To create moments in space-time that will break the numbness and inaction that disarm us, and will make us realise our possibilities when we take action.
[Koridallos prison, December 3rd 2015]
via Act For Freedom Now!
Friday, November 27th, 2015
via Insurrection News:
According to an article on OmniaTV, the Ministry of Justice did not allow anarchist-communist prisoner Tasos Theofilou to complete his education at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, despite the fact that the prison council had approved his controlled and supervised access to the internet. The ministry justified this decision based on the fact that the program Tasos was enrolled in did not lead to a bachelor degree, however the article states that the law was clearly misinterpreted.
Tasos’ sister, Maria, also remains remanded after being forcibly separated from her two children, on accusations based not on evidence but on her relation to her husband and brother, which in fact constitutes another example of penalization of prisoners’ families in an effort to punish and isolate inmates.
(via OmniaTV, translated by BlackCat)
Friday, November 27th, 2015
“From today, prisoners in Korydallos begin to mobilize in order to assert a series of demands which constitute an integral part of prisoners’ struggles and the solidarity movement”.
Over a month has gone by since the 25th of October, when prisoners announced their intention to protest the current institutional framework of the justice system as well as the conditions of detention inside Greece’s largest prison facility. They initially refused to conform with midday lockdown and thus remained outside but soon escalated their struggle by causing a two hour delay in evening lockdown every night.
The Ministry of Justice has chosen to remain uninvolved so far: no representative has been sent to meet with the prisoners committee and receive the list of demands, while prison staff has repeatedly used various kinds of threats in an effort to stifle the mobilization, such as transfers to other facilities and disciplinary hearings. (more…)
Friday, November 27th, 2015
English language audio interview that was conducted in October 2015 with an anarchist prisoner in Korydallos prison, Greece who is part of the Network of Imprisoned Fighters (DAK). Topics covered include conditions inside Greek prisons, the current struggles of prisoners and the situation of the Greek prison society.
via Frequenz A, Insurrection News.
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
On November 16th 2015, it became known that a total of 27 people are being indicted for the case of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire planned escape from Koridallos prisons. Persons belonging to the immediate family nucleus of captive anarchists are included among the accused; that is, Athena Tsakalou (mother of the CCF members Christos and Gerasimos Tsakalos) and Evi Statiri (wife of Gerasimos Tsakalos) will also stand trial.
Meanwhile, Evi Statiri had filed a motion for the lifting of one of the restrictive conditions imposed on her after her release from prison. She had requested the lifting of the prohibition on communicating and meeting with her imprisoned partner Gerasimos Tsakalos, but her motion was rejected earlier this month (November 3rd).
'For a new combative position of anarchist insurgency – For a Black December' by Nikos Romanos & Panagiotis Argirou of CCF (Greece)
Thursday, November 12th, 2015
Also read: International call for a Black December.
I hate the individual who bends his body under the weight of an unknown power, of some X, of a god.
I hate, I say, all those who, surrendering to others, out of fear, out of resignation, a part of their power as a man, are not only crushed themselves but crush me, and those I love, under the weight of their frightful cooperation or their idiotic inertia.
I hate, yes, I hate them, for I sense it, I do not bow before the officer’s braid, the mayor’s sash, the capitalist’s gold, moralities or religions; for a long time I have known that all of this is just baubles that can be broken like glass.
— Joseph Albert (Libertad)
There are times in history when the randomness of some events can cause dynamic variables, able to almost entirely paralyse the social space-time.
It was Saturday night, on 06/12/2008, when the culmination of a conflict between two worlds took place in just a few moments. On one hand, the youthful, enthusiastic, spontaneous and impetuous insurrectionary violence; on the other hand, the official state institutional organ that, legitimately, claims the monopoly on violence through repression.
No, it was not about an innocent kid and a paranoid cop found in the wrong place at the wrong time, but a rebellious young comrade who attacked a patrol car, in an area where clashes with the forces of repression were common, and a cop who patrolled the same area and, out of a personal perception about the honour and reputation of the police, decided to confront the troublemakers on his own. It was a conflict between two opposing forces: on one Insurgency, on the other Power, with the main protagonists of this conflict each representing their own sides.
The murder of Alexandros Grigoropoulos by the cop Epameinondas Korkoneas, and the large-scale riots that ensued, caused a powerful, high-tension social electroshock, because the image of “social peace” was shattered and the existence of these two opposing worlds was made visible, in the most manifest way, triggering situations from which there was no easy return, at least not without a creation and manifestation of events whose momentum nobody could any longer pretend they did not notice, they did not see, they did not hear, they did not take into account. (more…)
Tags: Alexis Grigoropoulos, Black December, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire : Imprisoned Members Cell, Greece, Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), International Revolutionary Front, International Solidarity, Korydallos Prison, Nikos Romanos, Panagiotis Argirou, Sebastián Oversluij Seguel
Posted in Direct Action
Saturday, October 24th, 2015
“Those who live on 300 or 400 euros a month are not terrorised by Revolutionary Struggle, but by you and your regime.”
In a climate of tension, a new trial for Nikos Maziotis unfolded in the specially designed court in the female prison wing of Korydallos. He is now being accused for acts allegedly committed during the period that he was wanted by police. His co-defendants are his fugitive companion, Pola Roupa, the anarchist A. Stamboulou who is denying the charges, and the recently arrested G. Petrakakos.
The defendants are charged with, among other things, the offenses of membership and participation in a terrorist organization of which the leader is claimed to be Maziotis, an accusation of exploding a car bomb at the Bank of Greece on Amerikis Street in April 2014, for which Maziotis has taken political responsibility, and also for supply and possession of explosives, explosions, and two robberies. Moreover, Nikos Maziotis is accused of attempted homicide in the shoot-out with policemen in Monastiraki in the summer of 2014 when he was arrested.
The manifesto and the banks
The request of the lawyers of Nikos Maziotis for the prosecution to produce representatives of the banks which he reportedly robbed, made the presence of the defense strongly felt. The accused took the floor and said the banks were, “predatory organizations, there was no robbery, expropriation is the reality of the event.”
And when asked by the court to speak in his defense, the accused read a text-manifesto with harsh words against the political system and the judges. “Those who live on 300 or 400 euros a month are not terrorised by Revolutionary Struggle, but by you and your regime,” he said addressing the judges. Nikos Maziotis declared himself an “anarchist prisoner of war”. He described the trial as political, claiming it was a title of honor for him to be armed.
The other defendant A. Stamboulou claimed himself an “anarchist prisoner of war” and denied the charges, claiming that they have no relation to reality as there has, “not been found any evidence against him.” And he called his trial “political” and attributed his persecution to the “rage of repressive mechanisms.”
G. Petrakakos, in turn, denied the charges and reserved the right not to speak in his own defense.
The tone went up further when the presiding judge announced that the court sessions would start at noon and will last until the evening as there is a risk of the expiration of 18 months [of pretrial detention time] for the accused Stamboulou. The legal advocates responded by invoking the “special status” of the trial, accusing the court that it gives priority to the principle of expediency, not of legality.
“Make a trial by yourself, your shame stands revealed!”, cried the packed audience.
“Arrange when we will come not from Pangrati but from the provinces,” complained witnesses.
“We will reach out to the Chief of Appeals, it is humanly impossible to meet,” said the lawyers.
Finally, after these reactions, the President interrupted the schedule for the morning of October 19, clarifying however that the other meetings will be held. . . in the afternoon and then proceeded to call out the the names of witnesses, amid loud protests.
(via The Barbarian Times)
Thursday, October 8th, 2015
Attending to the solidarity call to Evi Statiri we share with you a book which speaks about what was triggered after the arrest of the fugitive Christos Xiros, the discovery of an escape plan to escape from Korydallos prison by Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, Imprisoned Members Cell; the subsequent manhunt against comrade Aggeliki Spyropoulo and her detention with relatives and friends of CCF comrades, and finally, the hunger strike for over 30 days in which they put their lives at risk.
It also has a prologue by CCF, imprisoned members cell.
We are interested that the experiences of CCF`s escape attempt and subsequent hunger strike could be transmitted as an expression of anarchic ability to build our offense in an autonomous way, as a part of our defense and dissemination of every indomitable and antagonist attitude against Power.
The most of the text were taken from the related anarchic webs.
Also, this book has a Spanish version, with translations made by us and other comrades.
Without another word, we share this book with you.
Sin Banderas Ni Fronteras, antiauthoritarian agitation group
Tags: Aggeliki Spyropoulou, Athens, CCF Escape case, Christodoulos Xiros, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire : Imprisoned Members Cell, Evi Statiri, Greece, Hunger Strike, Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), International Revolutionary Front, Korydallos Prison, PDF, Sin Banderas Ni Fronteras, Zine
Posted in Library
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