Posts Tagged ‘Revolutionary Struggle’
Text from Nikos Maziotis, member of the Revolutionary Struggle, concerning the event at Athens National Technical University on “Armed War, Revolutionary Movement and Social Revolution” (Greece)
Monday, October 20th, 2014
On Friday 17th, October there was a public political event held in the National Technical University of Athens, from the comrades of the Vox Social Center, on “Armed War, Revolutionary Movement and Social Revolution”, during which I was going to speak through the phone from Diavata prison, as a member of the anarchist organization Revolutionary Struggle.
This public political event intended to highlight the huge value of the armed struggle, as an inextricable part of the struggle for the overthrow of the capital and the state, its inseparable connection with the revolutionary movement, the necessity of the armed social revolution under the current conditions, when the system is still in crisis and is illegitimized in the eyes of the society and by the people’s majority. Let me remind that a similar public political event was held on October 9th from the comrades of Terra Incognita squat in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where I had talked through the phone. (more…)
Concerning the event “Armed War, Revolutionary Movement and Social Revolution” with phonecall intervention from Nikos Maziotis of the R.O. – Revolutionary Struggle (Greece)
Saturday, October 18th, 2014
Yesterday, Friday 17th, there was a fixed event concerning the “Armed War, Revolutionary Movement and Social Revolution” in Athens, where the anarchist comrade Nikos Maziotis was going to speak through the phone, from the Diavata prison.
Because of a court order, the phones in the wing where the comrade is detained, were closed. This is what the warden named Valsamis revealed to a prisoner of this wing when, at the same time, the direction of the prison said both to journalists and the lawyers that is was a due to a technical problem and efforts were being made for its restoration.
There will be more detailed information about the incident.
Saturday, October 11th, 2014
Translated by Act for freedom now!
Event-Discussion at K*VOX
Topic: “Armed Struggle, Revolutionary Movement and Social Revolution”
Comrade N.Maziotis will speak via phone call.
October 17th, at 5pm, Gini building at the Polytechnic. Athens.
After the event there will be a benefit party for N.Maziotis’ court fees at K*VOX.
SOLIDARITY IS OUR WEAPON
Erklärung des Anarchisten Antonis Stamboulos, inhaftiert in Athens Polizeihauptquartier (Griechenland)
Saturday, October 11th, 2014
„Polizeihauptquartiere, Politiker und Zeitungen; verschiedene Namen, dieselben Schweine“
Am 1. Oktober 2014 wurde ich verhaftet, bekam eine Kapuze über den Kopf gezogen und wurde in einen Verhörraum der Antiterroreinheit gebracht. Von 17 Uhr bis ein Uhr morgens war eine Bande vermummter Bullen damit zugange, während mir die Hände auf dem Rücken gefesselt waren, mir DNA und Fingerabdrücke abzunehmen und mich mit Gewalt zu fotografieren, immer begleitet von höhnischen Bemerkungen, Würgegriffen, Verdrehungen und Schlägen. (more…)
Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
Update 11/10/14: Antonis Stamboulos has stopped the hunger-thirst strike today for specific reasons explained in his latest text which is being translated.
Media Terror-Frenzy: Greek counter-terrorism police arrested Antonis Stamboulos on 1 October on charges of belonging to the Revolutionary Organisation – Revolutionary Struggle (Epanastatikos Agonas: EA). The police said that Stamboulos’s arrest was likely to prevent terrorist attacks, probably planned for 1-4 October, on several targets mentioned in a notebook allegedly in Stamboulos’s possession. The targets are alleged to include Vangelis Marinakis (a shipowner and the chairman of the Olympiakos football team), Theodoros Fessas (the president of the Federation of Hellenic Industries) and his Athens-based IT firm InfoQuest, the premises of the ruling New Democracy (Néa Dimokratía: ND) party, as well as Capital (a Greece-registered ship management company), and German engineering company Siemens.
Following his arrest on the 1st of October 2014, Antonis Stamboulos is currently being held under pretrial detention facing terrorism charges.
On October 6th, with another open letter, the comrade announced hunger and thirst strike denouncing the fact that he is now being held in the prisoner transfer centre of Athens. Furthermore, he protests the ongoing media construct fueled by antiterrorism cops against him.
The terror-frenzy scenarios leaked to the Press have no end, to make it easier for the antiterrorism unit to exterminate him. The captive comrade has been portrayed, among other things, as a leading member of the Revolutionary Struggle urban guerrilla group, as co-perpetrator of a bank robbery in Kleitoria (Achaea, Greece), as alleged successor of slain comrade Lambros Foundas, while the mouthpieces of Power have spread that the wanted anarchist Pola Roupa along with her child was supposedly seen on the steps to his apartment in Kallifrona street in Kypseli (which was deemed a “safehouse”). Meanwhile, wannabe informants and other ridiculous snitches have been all too willing to testify against him (e.g. a neighbor to his parents’ house claimed he had heard explosions from the basement of their home). (more…)
Friday, September 26th, 2014
Nikos Maziotis und Pola Roupa wurden 2012 in Athen besucht. Sie waren damals – nach 18 Monaten Untersuchungshaft – vorübergehend in Freiheit, da in Griechenland eine Maximaldauer an Untersuchungshaft vorgesehen ist. Nach 18 Monaten wurden sie also aus der Haft entlassen, natürlich war diese Entlassung an Bedingungen geknüpft. Sie durften das Land nicht verlassen, mussten sich regelmässig bei der Polizei melden. Die Zeit ausserhalb des Knastes nutzten sie, um das Projekt des “Revolutionären Kampf” bekanntzumachen. Es gab schriftliche Beiträge und Veranstaltungen. Ein Stück dieser Arbeit ist das von der RHI hergestellte Interview mit ihnen, das hier als MP3-Datei und auf deutsch übersetzt heruntergeladen werden kann.
Im Juli 2012 tauchten sie in die Illegalität ab. Kurz vor dem Besuch von Angela Merkel in Athen detonierte dann 2014 vor der Griechischen Nationalbank eine Autobombe. Später übernahm der “Revolutionäre Kampf” die politische Verantwortung für diese Aktion. Im Juli dieses Jahres wurde Nikos danach nach einer Schiesserei in Athen verhaftet. Pola Roupa wurde trotz einer Monsterfahndung der griechischen Polizei noch nicht verhaftet.
PDF: Erstes Interview mit Nikos Maziotis nach seiner Festnahme / Offener Brief aus der Klandestinität von Pola Roupa (Griechenland)
Monday, August 25th, 2014
PDF von RHI-SRI:
First Interview of Nikos Maziotis after his arrest (Greece) / Erstes Interview mit Nikos Maziotis nach seiner Festnahme (Griechenland) / Premier interview de Nikos Maziotis après son arrestation (Grèce) / Prima intervista a Nikos Maziotis dopo il suo arresto (Grecia) / První rozhovor s Nikosem Maziotisem po jeho zatčení (Řecko)
Thursday, August 21st, 2014
(Czech, German, French and Italian versions below)
Here is the first Interview of Nikos Maziotis after his arrest. Published in the Greek newspaper “Efimerida ton Sintaktion”
1. You are a member of Revolutionary Struggle, an armed anarchist organization. Why did you choose armed struggle as a method of action?
Armed struggle is an integral part of the struggle for social revolution. It is an integral part of a revolutionary movement that seeks the overthrow of capital and the state. There is an inseparable connection between the movement and armed struggle to such an extent that a movement to be truly revolutionary needs to include armed struggle in its targets. Throughout history there has never been a victorious revolution that was not armed. Armed struggle or in other words, armed propaganda, is a very powerful tool for the fight and its political messages can be very powerful, as long as there is an overall political conception and analysis about where we act, what we want and what we aim for. In Revolutionary Struggle we believe that armed action aims at dissipating to the greatest possible social and folk classes the necessity of social revolution and of the overthrow of capital and the state. Today, especially in Greece but not only, during the fiercest attack of the imperialist capital, while the Troika and the Greek state implement a policy of social genocide, armed struggle is as necessary and timely as ever. In 2009, at the beginning of the crisis, when it still had the characteristics of a crisis of the financial system and before it became a debt crisis, we had expressed the view that a great opportunity for a revolutionary era had dawned for Greece, because the consequence of the crisis was the end of neoliberal consensus and the de-legitimization of the economic and political system in the eyes of the social majority. Under these these circumstances, targeted armed action against the regime may result in a cascade for a system with advanced interdependence in all areas and activities and acts as a proliferation risk of destabilization. Since the economic and political globalization has advanced significantly, and with it the conditions of interdependence have increased, our view has been reinforced that armed struggle is now more than ever, not only politically necessary and feasible, but also crucial for the incitement of systemic problems and conflicts that will effectively undermine the system, to its final fall. But this requires a revolutionary movement that will resort to arms. (more…)
RHI-SRI: Solidarity from the anti-repression festival in Luzurn to Nikos Maziotis and prisoners in struggle (Switzerland)
Saturday, August 16th, 2014
From the anti-repression festival in Luzern, Switzerland, we send revolutionary greetings to the prisoners and hands off Nikos Maziotis the struggle goes on ….
Red Help Switzerland
Revolutionary Struggle: Nikos Maziotis claims political responsibility for Bank of Greece bombing (Greece)
Friday, August 15th, 2014
News-report from mainstream media:
The detained urban guerrilla Nikos Maziotis recently spoke to Efimerida ton Syntakton and – as a member of the Revolutionary Struggle – has accepted the political responsibility of the bombing of the Bank of Greece in April, noting that the IMF’s offices in Greece are hosted there.
Maziotis also sent a message to his fugitive partner Panagiota Roupa, telling her to “stay free and raise our son” and that “despite the casualties, the struggle continues”. In his interview his expresses his sorrow for the injury of innocent bystanders during the shoot-out in Monastiraki, but noted that the injuries came from ricochets, rather than direct shots.
Finally, the stressed that “anyone who thinks that they are a fighter or an anarchist and believes that they must act within the limits of lawfulness, should better join a legal parliamentary party, to become a part of the system and not pretend to be a fighter or rebel or anarchist”.
Friday, August 15th, 2014
1. Can you talk about the general situation in Greece?
Currently the most multifaceted crisis that the country has seen in peacetime in recent history is in full swing. In the past 5 and a half years such profound upheavals have occurred that one might only expect to encounter in wartime. The global financial crisis of 2008 brought Greece to the top of the European debt crisis. It was set as a model for the imposition of extreme austerity across the Eurozone. In no other country has such an overwhelming “shock therapy” been imposed in such a short time, with such disastrous consequences for society – not even during the first experiments of the neoliberal school in Latin America. A therapy that devastated the economy, reducing the GDP of the country by 25%, creating nearly 2 million unemployed and forcing the majority of people to live a life below the poverty line.
Greek society is experiencing a double default. The financial one developed as follows: A huge fiscal deficit of the government inflated the ten-year bond spreads so that the Greek state could not serve the debt. The Troika’s ( IMF – EU – EIT ) control of the economy – not just the country – inflated the debt to the point that it became unsustainable. Along with the process of debt restructuring (PSI) the exposure of foreign credit institutions was replaced by Greek bonds. They that were subsequently passed on to the people having contracted new loans through transnational EFSF and ESM. (more…)
Open letter of Revolutionary Struggle member Pola Roupa from clandestinity / Lettera aperta del membro di "Lotta Rivoluzuionaria", Pola Roupa, dalla clandestinità / Offener Brief aus der Klandestinität von Pola Roupa, Mitglied des Revolutionären Kampfe (Greece)
Friday, August 15th, 2014
On July 16th, 2014 the armed dogs of the establishment unleashed a fierce manhunt, and comrade Nikos Maziotis, member of the Revolutionary Struggle, was hit by a cop’s bullet and fell covered in blood. The comrade gave his battle against the cops that were chasing him. The state apparatus in its totality triumphed over the arrest of the “No 1 most-wanted fugitive” in the country. So did the criminal and real archi-terrorist Samaras, whose government took over the reins from the former pro-memorandum governments in a campaign for the biggest social genocide that has ever occurred in Greece in a time of “peace”. Samaras has used the arrest of Maziotis as a means to the stabilization of his faltering government, in order to support a political and economic regime with rotten foundations, which has long been discredited in social consciences.
For the political and economic regime, not only in Greece but also internationally, the arrest of a revolutionary with the political calibre of Nikos Maziotis is a “significant success”, as stated by the United States. That’s because the comrade’s arrest is perceived by our enemies as a blow to the struggle for the establishment’s subversion, as a blow to the struggle for liberation from the yoke of capitalism and the State, as a blow to the struggle for social Revolution. The size of threat that Maziotis poses to the establishment is reflected in the high-pitched nauseating rejoicing on the part of the domestic and foreign political power. Because the comrade and the Revolutionary Struggle, the organization in which he belongs, are intrinsically linked to the systemic political destabilization, to the undermining of a rotten regime; linked to the consistent war against domination and contemporary barbarity; linked to the struggle for the overthrow of the State and capitalism, linked to the social Revolution itself. Comrade Nikos Maziotis was and continues to be committed to the Revolution. This is what he has fought for, this is what he still fights for; this is why they present him as No 1 danger to the establishment. Thus, the political gravity of this case should be the primary parameter in expressing solidarity with the comrade. (more…)
Friday, August 1st, 2014
Revolutionary Struggle: Update on Nikos Maziotis / Aggiornamento su Nikos Maziotis / Update zu Nikos Maziotis / Mise à jour concernant Nikos Maziotis (Greece)
Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
As you will know, on July 16 after a random check, Nikos Maziotis was arrested after a gunshot injury to his arm. From the very first moment, the bourgeois media attempted to present the comrade as a “social threat” and to devalue the political action of Revolutionary Struggle. In reality Nikos Maziotis defended his life and his freedom with gun in hand.
The media and the police tried to project a manufactured version of events where Nikos Maziotis was shooting indiscriminately endangering the lives of bystanders, which is far from reality. Immediately after, intense investigations and searches of comrades’ houses began and a manhunt was organized for Pola Roupa who escapes capture.
Nikos Maziotis’ health status is out of danger and around the middle of September he will know if further surgery on his arm is required. He is exhausted from the surgery and takes strong medication for the risk of infection. (more…)
Zug: Coca Cola Hellenic attacked with pyrotechnics in solidarity with prisoners hunger-strike (Switzerland)
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
ATTACK AGAINST COCA COLA HELLENIC IN SWITZERLAND
Today, 13 July 2014, we attacked the seat of Coca Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (HBC) at the Turmstrasse 30 in 6300 Zug with pyrotechnics.
We act in solidarity with the struggle of the prisoners in Greece against a “memorandum of prisons” (citation from Kostas Gournas – Revolutionary Struggle – and Dimitris Koufoudinas – 17th November). The memorandum of prisons is in line with different steps aiming to completely restructure Greek society as part of the capitalist attempt to overcome the crisis since 2008. The conditions of the Troika (IMF, ECB and the EU-Commission) which were attached to the credits did not stop at anything. The public health sector, public welfare, infrastructure – everything was trimmed to their satisfaction, what promised profit was generally privatized or sold to other countries (recently representatives of the Chinese government visited Greece for a shopping tour, they were shown airports and ports), jobs were cut and whatever didn’t return profit was liquidated. (more…)