Posts Tagged ‘Revolutionary Struggle’
Saturday, April 4th, 2020
We are experiencing the deepest systemic crisis that is killing. Covid 19 was created by deep poverty and inequality. Doctors have already spoken out about the new poverty conditions that all kinds of epidemics are hatching in different parts of the globe. Covid 19 is a child of inequality, and as it gets deeper, new viruses may be born that may be even more murderous than this coronavirus. Isn’t it time for political criticism? But it is the very system of capitalism and the market economy of political oligarchy called representative democracy that creates an ever-widening gap between wealth and poverty, resulting in an ever-increasing poverty spreading across many countries on the planet.
A prominent pulmonologist who has publicly raised the issue of extreme poverty as a cause of the pandemic and has said that if inequality is not addressed, we will continue to have such pandemic phenomena, never again appeared on television screens. The way covid 19 is treated is also done according to social and class conditions, although the system is essentially responsible for this development. Covid 19 may not discriminate against who it hits, but not everyone has the luxury of proper care (large homes with compliance with safety and hygiene, good nutrition) and not everyone has the ability to purchase overpriced materials to protect themselves, especially now with the millions of unemployed in Greece, locked in their homes and even exposed to hunger. Patients with covid 19 no longer have access to public hospitals that are already under the weight of the pandemic due to shortages of materials, infrastructure, and staff, while diagnostic tests are limited. (more…)
Tuesday, March 10th, 2020
”There are some people for whom there should have been mountains with their names written upon them for all time. Tombstones are not tall enough..”
On March 10, 2010, in Athens the anarchist and member of Revolutionary Struggle, Lambros Fountas falls dead in an armed clash with the uniformed servants of the state, during a preparatory action of the organization.
Lambros Fountas cannot easily be categorized. He has always been THERE. He fell fighting, as a member of R.S., of an organization that came to question the end of the history of urban guerrilla struggle in Greece in a deafening way. Where the broader radical movement fought with all its force so as not to internalize the imposed defeat of the revolutionary struggle by all means. The burial of the revolutionary perspective. In this repression and media delirium, R.S. with its upgraded operational capability and its anarchist-theoretical elaboration raised the bar for revolutionary organizations.
Lambros died with a gun in his hand, just as he lived: standing up, fighting for a human society of equality and solidarity, without state and exploitation. And for that exactly we will remember the life and death of Lambros everywhere on labour protests, strikes, anti-fascist actions, in solidarity structures, in clashes with the state’s lapdogs, in guerrilla actions. At this difficult point in history Lambros will always be with us there where the barrier against the march of capitalist barbarism is built, where the dignity of human resistance is standing high, where a new world is shaping.
Lambros will always be with us in the struggles for the Social Revolution, for Anarchy.
… in the hard times you never abandon the city, in the good times you didn’t gain any interests, in the desperate times you didn’t fear anything…
LAMBROS FOUNTAS LIVES IN THE HEART OF EVERY FIGHTER
Athens, Greece: Fugitive Anarchist Comrades G. Michailidis & K. Athanasopoulou Captured by Anti-Terrorist Police
Friday, January 31st, 2020
31.01.20202: According to information posted on Athens Indymedia and in the Greek corporate media, anarchist comrades Giannis Michailidis, Konstantina Athanasopoulou and an unnamed woman were captured in an allegedly stolen car in the Athens suburb of Agia Paraskevi on Wednesday.
Anti-terrorism police are claiming they found a Kalashnikov rifle, a submachine gun, a handgun, stolen license plates and other items inside the vehicle.
The comrades have so far been charged with four felonies and six misdemeanors including membership of a criminal organization and illegal possession of weapons.
Comrade Giannis Michailidis escaped from the Tyrintha agricultural prison in June 2019. He was originally arrested in February 2013 for the double armed robbery that took place in Velventos along with anarchist comrades Nikos Romanos, Dimitris Polis and Andreas-Dimitris Bourzokis. He was also serving time for an attack against police in Pefki in May 2011. 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.
Comrade Konstantina Athanasopoulou had been on the run after being released on bail for activities related to the revolutionary organization Revolutionary Struggle. She was sentenced in absentia in 2019 to 35 years and 6 months.
International Anarchist Solidarity to the Arrested Comrades!
via Anarchists Worldwide.
Tuesday, January 28th, 2020
23.01.2020: The prosecution’s proposal for the charges of membership of and participation in Revolutionary Struggle to be dismissed was accepted at today’s hearing of the 4th Revolutionary Struggle trial focusing on bank robberies from 2012 to 2015 and the attempted kidnapping of ship owner Martinos.
In her proposal, the public prosecutor accepted, on the basis of non-existent evidence and the assertion of Comrade Nikos Maziotis that bank robberies from 2012-2015 had nothing to do with Revolutionary Struggle or its funding, and by extension, that those accused of this have nothing to do with the organization. She also proposed to waive the charge of criminal organization, which according to the indictment existed between 2006 and 2012. She also proposed an exemption for the PROBANK robbery cases from 2006 and for the attempted kidnapping of Martinos in 2013.
For the bank robberies and some of the other charges (homicide, possession of weapons and explosives, kidnapping, forgery etc), the prosecution’s proposal as to whether or not the defendants were guilty or not did not differ much other than a few exceptions to the original bill of indictment.
The next hearing was scheduled for February 6th, 2020.
Assembly in Solidarity with the Members of Revolutionary Struggle
Athens, Greece: Solidarity Statement from Imprisoned Members of Revolutionary Struggle to the Koukaki Squatting Community
Monday, January 20th, 2020
SOLIDARITY TO THE COMRADES OF THE KOUKAKI SQUATTING COMMUNITY
Since the end of August 2019, the state has launched a wide-scale crackdown on self-organized structures, occupations of the anti-authoritarian space and against squats, which also housed refugees and immigrants, mainly families with children. The present ND (Νέα Δημοκρατία / New Democracy) government is attempting to level everything left standing by the previous SYRIZA government, which had made more selective progress, with the goal of evicting squats of either immigrants or self-organized spaces of struggle.
The Koukaki Squatting Community is one of these self-organized structures of struggle, which was evicted some time ago, but their comrades in arms recaptured it yesterday which led to a second intervention by the police which resulted in the arrests and beatings of the comrades and those acting in solidarity. The dynamic resistance of the Koukaki Squatting Community who fought against the MAT (Riot Police) and the EKAM (Special Anti-Terrorist Unit) twice during eviction operations for the first time in such cases in Greece, is an exemplary stance to defend the options and practices of struggle that we should never abandon.
SOLIDARITY TO THE COMRADES OF THE KOUKAKI SQUATTING COMMUNITY
SOLIDARITY TO EVERYONE WHO DEFENDS THE CHOICE TO STRUGGLE
Pola Roupa – Nikos Maziotis, members of Revolutionary Struggle
January 12, 2020, Korydallos Prison
[Taken from actforfree.nostate.net]
Thursday, January 9th, 2020
The new trial against Revolutionary Struggle [Επαναστατικού Αγώνα, ‘Epanastatikòs Agonas’] will continue at the special court in Korydallos Prison (Athens) on Friday, January 10th, 2020, at 9:00AM. This ongoing legal proceeding against the organization and its members is part of the wider series of trials that continue to involve and be directed against the comrades, in particular Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis. The charges in this trial relate to a car bomb abandoned and discovered by the police in the summer of 2017, seven months after Pola Roupa’s arrest on January the 5th of the same year. Nikos Maziotis, however, has been in prison since July 16th, 2014. In this trial the comrades are accused of “supplying, possessing and manufacturing explosives”. [The date of the hearing for this new trial was announced on Athens Indymedia here].
Revolutionary Struggle is a revolutionary anarchist organization that – since the night of December 5th, 2003, with a double explosive attack against the 1st degree court in Athens – has carried out countless actions against the state and capital in Greece. The group’s actions and analyses were directed against structures, apparatuses and institutional and repressive representatives of the Greek State (IE: 1st degree court, police stations, riot police, Korydallos prison, ministries of labour and economy, former Minister of Public Order G. Voulgarakis), international capital structures, representatives of Greek and international economic power, multinational companies and structures of other states (IE: Ministry of the Economy, Citibank, Royal Dutch Shell, Eurobank, Athens Stock Exchange, National Bank of Greece, Embassy of the United States of America).
On March 10th, 2010, Lambros Fountas, an anarchist and a member of the organization, was killed by police officers while expropriating a vehicle in Dafni (Athens). (more…)
Wednesday, November 20th, 2019
Note of insuscettibile di ravvedimento: We publish two texts about the recent repressive attack against some anarchists in Greece, in particular about the situation of C. Kortesis.
On 12/7, the anarchists Christoforos Kortesis and Thimios A. attempted to remove some products of meaningless worth from the Leroy Merlin store of Peiraios street, in Athens. Through a complex manipulation on behalf of the OVIT security company and Leroy Merlin, and while they were both held hostages inside the store for 3 hours, an organized attempt took place to involve at the explicit incidence, the employee and a fighting trade unionist, Giannis A. The judicial authorities took advantage of the occasion to payback to X. Kortesis, the many years of consistent and persistent action in the anarchist movement. Keep in mind that the comrade is being held imprisoned since 16/7, followed by upgraded and constructed charges, under the terrorist law for robbery. The same charges are held also for Thimios A. while the employee Giannis A. is being accused for being an accomplice. Pavlos X. that came at the Leroy Merlin store, alongside with 3 more comrades in a solidarity act, is confronted with criminal concealing charges.
The systematic enlargement of the prosecution and the detention of the comrade X. Kortesis is due to his long-lasting political action in the anarchist movement, as well as to his previous conviction, under the accusation of participating in the organization Revolutionary Struggle (E.A.), held by a special political court inside the Koridallos prison. A repression tactic that takes on idiosyncratic features when it comes to fighting comrades, while at the same time law enforcement authorities are exerting all their rigor and legal arsenal on our fighting comrades, to state it exemplarily. At this specific occasion, the detention of X. Kortesis is signalling a very clear and threatening message not only to the dozens of anarchist comrades that have been persecuted, imprisoned or released under restrictions, but also to all those that intend to be present and solidary in the social and class struggles. (more…)
Saturday, October 26th, 2019
US State gives green light for the Turkish military invasion of Northern Syria
October 7th, 2019
After a period of a hypocritical stance by the American state towards the Kurds of Northern Syria and the other rebellious peoples of the region whom they supported militarily as they gave their lives in battle against ISIS (Islamic State) and their armed forces of men and women liberated one city after another by expanding the revolutionary project of Democratic Confederalism, the US regime has shown its true face by giving the green light to the Turkish state for the military invasion of the region. It is the expected development of the “democratic” American state and the “democratic” West in general. (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
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…)
Thursday, December 6th, 2018
On Monday 03.12.18 at 9AM, the 4th trial of Revolutionary Struggle continues in the Korydallos Prison Court for cases of ‘theft’ attributable to the organization with the employees of banks appearing as witnesses.
The prosecution have combined around 9 cases of bank expropriation (dating from 2008-2015) carried out by Revolutionary Struggle with the aim of depoliticizing the organization and deconstructing their actions by adding additional charges and convictions.
Revolutionary Struggle members Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis have previously assumed political responsibility for the bank expropriations that were carried out to finance and continue the actions of the organization.
In this trial, those who are accused of involvement or are being investigated for the expropriations are accused of violating Article 187P.K for membership of a criminal organization as well as 187A for financing a criminal organization. Those being accused and judged in the first instance are: N. Maziotis – member of Revolutionary Struggle, Maria Theofilou, G. Petrakakos, Themistocles and Fotis Assimakapolulos, Marios Seisidis, Kostas Sakkas, Panagiotis Argyros, Grigoris Tsironis and Spyros Christodoulou (During an EKAM / Special Counter-Terrorist Unit operation, Spyros Dravillas shot and killed himself before he could be arrested. Spyros Christodoulou, G. Petrakakos and Grigoris Tsironis were arrested during the same operation).
The next hearing is scheduled for 12.12.18.
Saturday, July 21st, 2018
On Monday, 23.07.18, in the Korydallos Prisons Special Court, another trial against the Revolutionary Struggle continues involving bank robberries attributed to the organization.
According to the indictment, there was a ‘criminal organization’ from 2006-2012 whom seven bank robberies are attributed to and whose members became members of the Revolutionary Struggle from 2012-2015 and committed bank robberies for the organization.
We, as members of the Revolutionary Struggle already publicy stated our position on this issue on October 23, 2017*, and recently the comrade Nikos Maziotis published a similar statement on 06.05.18**.
Nikos Maziotis – Pola Roupa
*Nikos Maziotis and Pola Roupa – ‘The Revolutionary Struggle is a Revolutionary Organization and not an Organization for Robbing Banks’ (Text in Greek language)
**Nikos Maziotis: The New Trial on 25.05.18 Against the Revolutionary Struggle for Bank Robberies (2012-15) Does Not Concern the Actions of the Revolutionary Struggle
(Text in Greek language)
Pola Roupa, Imprisoned Comrade of the Revolutionary Struggle, Sentenced to Life Imprisonment + 25 Years (Greece)
Thursday, July 12th, 2018
The Court has imposed a life sentence plus 25 years on comrade Pola Roupa, adopting the positions of prosecutor Drako in his speech. The life sentence to which Comrade [Nikos] Maziotis was convicted in 2016 for the same attack is not just about rabid revenge against the two unrepentant and consistent rebels who were not delivered to jail in 2013 at the end of the first trial of the Revolutionary Struggle, but who went into illegality in order to continue the actions of the organization. It proves, according to prosecutor Drako’s speech, the dangerousness of the actions of the Revolutionary Struggle as a means of undermining and collapsing the economy and the State.
Let’s remind that prosecutor Drako in his speech had stated that the attack on the Bank of Greece could cause the collapse of the building and that if the building had collapsed, the financial system and the country’s economy would collapse.
The life sentence to Roupa, as for Maziotis, confirms from the enemy’s side, that is, the State, the correctness of the strategy of the Revolutionary Struggle, which considered that the major blows to key structures of an already weakened system in crisis, could cause its collapse.
Solidarity to the Revolutionary Struggle