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Information about the arrest of five anarchists on Tuesday noon, April 30th, the criminal proceedings against them, and the hunger/thirst strike of comrade Dimitris Hadjivasiliadis.
On Tuesday, April 30th, at around 4pm, anarchists Yannis Naxakis and Grigoris Sarafoudis were arrested on Dekeleias avenue in the district of Nea Filadelfeia, as they were coming out of a cafeteria.
At the same time, a large police force stormed the café and caught the anarchist fugitives Argyris Ntalios —who tried to break out of the kettle— and Fivos Harisis-Poulos. Both comrades had arrest warrants pending against them since mid-February 2013 (after the double robbery in Velventos–Kozani and the incarceration of anarchists Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos, Dimitris Politis, Nikos Romanos and Yannis Michailidis).
Anarchist Dimitris Hadjivasiliadis was also arrested inside the same cafeteria in Nea Filadelfeia.
All five were transferred to the anti-terrorism service on the 12th floor of the Athens police headquarters. The two comrades that were caught out on the street, as well as the two that were wanted by the authorities encountered the violence of statist dogs in the anti-terrorist office. The fifth comrade was forced to stand for twelve hours handcuffed tightly behind his back —what officially is considered torture— and when he was taken into a cell (the white cells of the 12th floor), he remained handcuffed for several hours.
The same evening, the Greek security force put out a report that accused all of them of resisting arrest and giving false testimony —because the five anarchists refused to give fingerprints, profiles or DNA samples, which were ultimately taken by force. In addition, Naxakis, Sarafoudis and Hadjivasiliadis were charged with harbouring fugitives.
On Wednesday noon, May 1st, the arrestees were all transferred to Evelpidon courts, where the media crows were lurking, and were met with the comrades’ hostility. The comrades stood before prosecutor and interrogator without any formal indictment and (for some) without being allowed to meet with a defense lawyer in advance that would also be present in the hearing, what perhaps occurred for the first time in the history of similar cases. The judges applied their usual tactic to postpone the preliminary hearing for two days regardless of the arrestees’ wishes. Ntalios, Harisis, Naxakis and Sarafoudis refused to make any statement. On the other hand, Hadjivasiliadis demanded that he be heard immediately with the presence of a defense lawyer. His demand was dismissed, so the comrade stated that he has denied food and water already from the moment of his arrest, and he goes on hunger/thirst strike for as long as he be locked up in the white cells of the antiterrorism torturers. Lastly, he held the judges responsible for his prolonged custody on the 12th floor of the Athens police headquarters, where the cops were attempting only to ‘manufacture’ an accusatory brief against the three anarchists for whom no warrants were outstanding in order to ask for their pretrial incarceration.
On Wednesday evening, preventive detention warrants were executed against the two ex-fugitives, and Fivos Harisis and Argyris Ntalios were transferred to Koridallos prison.
On Thursday, May 2nd, Ntalios, Harisis, Naxakis and Sarafoudis were charged in past robbery cases on the basis of ‘findings’ from DNA samples that were forcibly taken by them. Additionally, an appellate judge who handles such cases issued preventive detention warrants against Yannis Naxakis and Grigoris Sarafoudis. An indictment was presented to all five arrested in Nea Filadelfeia, including the accusation of ‘membership into a criminal organization with a view to committing robbery,’ in accordance with the Greek antiterrorist law, without exhibiting any direct evidence of premeditation or even intent, other than some orange juices served on the cafeteria table…
Meanwhile, on Thursday, the cops staged a psychological war on Hadjivasiliadis to make him stop the strike. They brought water bottles inside the cell, repeatedly ‘offered’ him food and water, and threatened him that he would stay there for many more days. Hadjivasiliadis and his lawyer insisted on his right to medical examination. A doctor came in at night, and assured that there was no immediate danger to him at this stage but his condition could deteriorate any moment. The doctor also told the human-guards to let the transom window of the cell’s door open, to help the striker breath more efficiently.
On Friday morning, May 3rd, the five anarchists were brought to Evelpidon courts once again, where only a few comrades and relatives were gathered in solidarity. Four of the accused insisted upon their refusal to make any statement. Then Ntalios and Harisis read a text in solidarity to striker Hadjivasiliadis, declaring that he is being held without any substantial evidence whatsoever against him. The judges had no basis to press criminal organization charges against the arrestees and set bail conditions instead for all five of them.
Nevertheless, Dimitris Hadjivasiliadis was the only one to be released, and thus stopped his three-day hunger and thirst strike.
Argyris Ntalios and Fivos Harisis were taken back to Koridallos. The Solidarity Fund for imprisoned and persecuted fighters (Greece) released their prison address:
Fivos Harisis-Poulos – Argyris Ntalios
Dikastiki Filaki Koridallou, A Pteryga, 18110 Koridallos, Athens, Greece
In the meantime, Yannis Naxakis and Grigoris Sarafoudis were still held as suspects in bank robbery case, awaiting further proceeding in the city of Larissa. According to mainstream media, these two anarchists were brought before an interrogator on Saturday, May 4th. They are said to be remanded and moved to Koridallos prison.
More updates as they come.SOLIDARITY WITH ALL PRISONERS IN STRUGGLE
The Barbarians are online and inside the gates. The Barbarian, the anarcho-tourist review from Athens is out now. Read here or get it from tasteful book sellers or stores.
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ASF London presents:
the first public film screening in the UK of
‘’The Rise of Thatcherism and the Fall of Thatcher‘’
a peoples’ response to the dominant historical narratives
a sociopolitical documentary
DIY Agitprop Film Crew
in English with Greek subtitles
this Saturday 27.04.2013 at 7pm in London Bridge
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Today Athens Indymedia, 98FM and Edasi FM are calling for demonstartion in solidarity to counter-information media which are under attack the last month. Monastriaki Square, April 25th at 18:00.
“As they are enforcing the silence, our voices are geting louder” – “Not one step back”
People in solidarity with Athens Indymedia and 98 FM raise giant banner at Athens University; police raid the university and detain 69 people in solidarity
UPDATE, 22.50 GMT+2 Of the 69 people detained at the Propylea today (see below), 63 were released. However, six people in total have been charged with misdemeanors (including that of insulting the national emblem – because the greek flag was taken down); the six will stay in detention at the police HQ overnight and they will appear before the public prosecutor tomorrow (25/04).
At approximately 11am, people in solidarity with Athens Indymedia and 98 FM radio gathered at the Propylea of Athens University on Panepistimiou Avenue and raised a giant banner (photo below) reading “raise your voice, fight against state censorship”. A short while later, the entire gathering was surrounded by DELTA and riot police who entered the university grounds and detained everyone. There are 69 detentions in total. As of this moment (22:35 GMT+2), 53 of these people have been released from the Police HQ, where members of the academic community have also gathered in protest, along with the anarchists in solidarity. There are unconfirmed media reports that six of the detainees have been arrested (i.e. charged). More info as it comes.
Published on Apr 20, 2013
Embed this film: http://intothefire.org/embed
Into the Fire is being crowd-released today: All over the internet people are embedding Into the Fire on their website or blog. With everyone who participates the audience and distribution network will grow. Are you participating? http://intothefire.org
A hard hitting documentary which shows the plight of refugees and migrants in recession hit Athens, Into The Fire is a film with a difference.
Shot and edited with sensitivity and compassion, it doesn’t pull its punches and makes for harrowing viewing in parts. It is the product of crowd funding, dedication, self-sacrifice and a burning sense of justice.
On 21 April, Into the Fire is simultaneously released on websites, blogs and other platforms around the internet. The film will be available in various languages, including Albanian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian and Spanish. There are a number of public screenings planned in several countries in Europe and Northern America. To participate in the release or organise a screening see http://intothefire.org/publish
This strategy is being used to maximise the audience, in the hope that the audience will become active participants, commentators and amplifiers when it comes to opposing the conditions visited on the victims in the story.
The premiere of Into the Fire on 29th April, 6:30pm will be hosted by the School of Oriental and African Studies. The filmmakers will be joined for discussion by Habib Rahman of the Join Council for the Welfare of Immigrants.
In times of severe austerity things look bleak for Greek people, but they’re far worse for those who have recently arrived. Without housing, legal papers or support, migrants in Greece are faced with increasing and often violent racism at the hands of the growing Nazi party Golden Dawn and the police in Athens. Many are trapped by EU laws and legislation of other EU countries meaning they’d be returned to Greece if they managed to get to another member state, they are desperate to leave the country.
This film gives incredible insights to the reality faced by people who simply want to lead peaceful, normal lives.
Having been to Athens to shoot footage about austerity in April last year, Reel News video activists started talking and working with a young Somalian refugee, they made many contacts in the migrant world and those contacts gave them access to a huge number of untold and shocking stories.
Funded by small donations from friends and organisations, the film makers are once more turning to their supporters and allies in the UK to distribute the film online and through screenings to grassroots groups across the country. No one has been paid to work on this film.
Since the morning of April 22nd Athens Indymedia and the self-organised radio station 98FM are back again. The Refectory of Athens Polytechnic (NTUA) is occupied by people who set up again the Athens Indymedia server. There is a call for solidarity demonstrations on April 25, 2013 in Monastriaki square at 18:00.
The following statement was issued by the Occupiers:Athens.indymedia and 98fm radio are emiting RIGHT NOW throught NTUA s occupied rector. Athens imc collective called people to come over to the university now “Those who consider themselves as being solidarious with counter-information projects are invited to support us with their physical presence to intervene so as to keep those projects to emit through their physical space, as much as this is possible” the two media that were targeted by the state repression (through the intervention of the rector Simopoulos) from April 11, managed to emit because of the decisive action of solidarity. For the same reason, a solidarity march/ demonstration will take place, starting from Monastiraki square, on Thursday the 25th of April at 18:00 We will win
Athens imc and 98fm online from squatted rector of NTUA
15–21 April 2013: Decentralized action week of international solidarity with Athens IMC and 98FM radio station
15–21 April 2013: Decentralized action week of international solidarity with Athens IMC and 98FM radio station
Since the morning of April 15th, comrades are gathered at Zografou campus in Athens in factual support of Indymedia Athens, which is currently transmitting from temporary addresses via tor, and Radiozones of Subversive Expression 98FM, which is currently broadcasting only on the radio (at 93.8FM).
- Protesters occupied administration offices at the Polytechnic campus in the district of Zografou, while the rector himself (Simos Simopoulos, who cut off internet access to Athens IMC and 98FM radio station in the first place) vanished into thin air… calling in sick for the day.
- Comrades got internet connection from within the occupied offices and re-launched 98FM radio on the web, thus broadcasting live online for a while.
- In retaliation for this direct action, state authorities ordered a complete internet shutdown at the academic facilities: this time, they unplugged the internet in the entire Zografou campus of the Athens Polytechnic School. In other words, not only the two self-organized projects, but the whole campus services are left without internet as of yet (16.00 local time). Internet provider in the campus is none other than the telecommunications organization OTE, which is owned by Deutsche Telekom and the Greek State.
“Taking over responsibility”: statement by the Radio Entasi collective on its repression by the greek government
Taking over responsibility…
We take over responsibility for the explosive ideas, the free spreading and conveyance of those, the formation of a free and direct-democratic radio assembly, the disturbance of domestic peace.
We, the assembly born on the days of the December riot of 2008 –which you would so much like to forget-, broadcasting on 100,1 fm.
In the 5 years of Radio Entasi, we saw the movement passing through many phases, we saw society resisting, instituting, and abandoning the traditional ways of politics. We saw the economic crisis evolving in a crisis of values of a system that can’t represent anybody no more , because there is nothing common anymore to be represented. Whole parts of society are being placed in a condition of exception : from the strikers in the Public Transportations to the villages in Skuries, Chalkidiki, people are being outlawed. Radio Entasi could not be an exemption. After all, we were present. Radio Entasi was there, on the riot of December 2008, on the occupied Syntagma square in 2011, and every time where the heart of the movement was beating, giving the 100,1 fm to the voice of the oppressed.
And while everybody knows that the radiowaves of Entasi are at the disposal of every fighting person, and while we respect our audience even in the KW that we are using, in contrast to the ‘legal’ radio stations and the cell phone antennas, the Law ignores that. As it also ignores the true essence of the university as a public, free space for the communication of ideas . The Law wants to muzzle Radio Entasi.
With an indictment and a lawsuit, the SKAI media company (which broadcasts ‘silence’ from the Parnitha mountain, illegally on 100,6 fm, to ‘protect’ the 100,3 frequency, whose shareholders promote fascists of G.D., openly or secretly), wants for us to shut up. Shut up? So that only the chandlers of solidarity, the grabbers of frequencies, the financiers of the new fascist battalions, the pimps of the environment and the forgers of information could speak on the fm? They are deluded.
Let the SKAI group, it’s advertisers and the authorities know that freedom for us is not a product to sell in a good deal with the customers, nor is it a trick to increase our ratings. Freedom is our value and our project.
Radio Entasi will not silence! ! We continue to broadcast radically on 100,1 fm, interfering in the dominant frequencies.
100,1fm_ in Athens
On April 11th, 2013 the university authorities of the Athens Polytechnic (NTUA) cut off the electricity connection to the servers hosting Athens Indymedia and two radio stations of the antagonist movement – 98FM and Radio Entasi. On the next day, a demonstration was called at the Athens Polytechnic campus in Zografou.
- 25/04, 6pm at Monastiraki, Athens: demonstration in solidarity to counter-information projects
- People in solidarity with Athens Indymedia and 98 FM raise giant banner at Athens University; police raid the university and detain everyone attending solidarity gathering
- Athens Indymedia and 98FM back online
- 15–21 April 2013: Decentralized action week of international solidarity with Athens IMC and 98FM radio station
- An assembly has been called for Saturday, 13.04 at the Gini auditorium of the Athens Polytechnic (Patision Ave).
- The university authorities of the NTUA insist upon their political decision to cut off Athens Indymedia, Radio Entasi and 98FM (as of 22.00 GMT on April 12).
- The story so far
- Statement by the Athens IMC collective
- Statement by Radio Entasi
- April 12, a summary of the events so far (english original):
- Statement by the Athens IMC collective (greek original)
Repression shall not pass!
Three of the mediums of counter-information of the antagonist movement (athens.indymedia.org, 98FM and Radio Entasi/Tension) received the repression of the state on the afternoon of Thursday 11th of April.
Their internet connection was shut down, following pressure by the attorney general.
During a period in which the entire society struggles even to breath due to the financial, political and social repression, the smaller or larger local nodes of resistance, the smaller or larger worker struggles are refreshing and hopeful; they are those that carry along the ignite of the revolution, which inspire and seed the subversive, radical ideas for us to tear down, once and for all, the world of exploitation…
At this exact moment, and because the real terrorists are terrorised by social resistance, authority attempts to impose the communicative darkness of the established media.
The gagging and the repression of the mediums of counter-information shall not pass in the back pages of their dirty papers and their stations.
Our response shall overcome the ridiculous celebrations of the fasistois and those in power. The mediums of counter-information are our own mediums, they are the voice of our own struggles that show us the way for the world that we want.
We call all people in struggle to a gathering on Friday, April 12th at 1pm, at the central square of the Polytechnic campus (Polytechneioupoli) of Zografou.
608 from Akadimias
242 from Katehaki station
from the administrative collective of Athens.Indymedia.org
On Thursday 11 April the Greek extreme right wing government shut down Athens Indymedia and radio station 98fm.
Solidarity to Athens Indymedia and 98 fm.
Urgent call for a protest tomorrow, Friday 12th of April, 13:00, in the central square of Polytechnioupoli, Zografou.
Means of transport busses 608 & 242
Requesting to spread this call!!
For updates in greek visit the temporary page http://indymedia.squat.gr/
On the night of Monday, April 8th a group of comrades who were at the Ipsila Alonia square [in Patras] came under attack by fascists who frequent the Psitalonia grill-house (owned by the Golden Dawn member Sipsas). The attack was sparked by a t-shirt with an anti-fascist symbol wore by one of the comrades. The fascists attacked our comrades with stones, bottles and chairs from the inside of the grill-house. The comrades resisted and then moved toward the Maragopouleio occupation, where they pushed them back despite being fewer in numbers. The neonazis moved toward the occupation, where they were pushed back for a second time, effectively. The intervention of the cops was instant, supportive and salvational for the parastatists, who were causing damage to parked cars for that reason. In the next few hours, and in perfect coordination between them, the cops attacked the gathered comrades with tear gas shots in a straight line and stun grenades onto the heads of those at the occupation’s entrance, while at the same time offering cover to the neonazis who were hurdling stones and flash-grenades into the courtyard of the occupation, from a side street. For two hours Maragopouleio was under siege by the hounds of the riot police, in an attempt to cut off the space from two impromptu demonstrations trying to approach it. The sheer number and the determination of the 200+ comrades averted new attacks until the moment when – first the fascists and then the cops – retreated.
Last night’s attack by the MAT [riot police] an Golden Dawn at the Maragopouleio occupation is nothing other than the continuation of the repressive moves by the state against squats and self-organised spaces, against the world of struggle that keeps resisting the state’s anti-social plans with zeal, against the attempted imposition of impoverishment and social cannibalism. Despite continuous declarations of its supposedly anti-systemic nature, the neonazi organisation in question once again proved – through its cooperation with the forces of repression – what it really is: the faithful hounds of the regime, ready to support its work in any way possible.
Despite the desperate attempts by the sovereignty-controlled mass media to present the events as some clash between the “extremes”, the mass and multiform presence of a multitude of people in struggle outside the occupation space proved that social and class memory is still alive, arming an entire world with determination, ready to defend with all its power the structures and the projects of our struggle, the world of resistance and freedom.
Yet another time, after their similar attempt on October 2012, the fascists of the Golden Dawn retreated disorderly, with the polite accompaniment of the greek police.
FASCISTS BACK OFF, ONWARD COMRADES
THE STRUGGLE FOR SOCIAL EMANCIPATION WILL TRAMPLE OVER THEM!
Patras, April 9, 2013
At approximately 8.30 pm on Wednesday, a bomb exploded outside the house of ship-owner Nikos Tsakos in central Athens, near the Acropolis. A yet unnamed group called a newspaper to warn about the bomb, but has yet to issue a communique.
The footage below is from Bas/ raucouspress.com.
Greek Blues and Cretan Folk Night Saturday 13.04.2013 – from 5pm onwards – South London
We are pleased to invite you and your friends to our Popular Revelry!
Let’s continue resisting…
Let’s create the essential structures for a society of autonomy, solidarity and liberty, together against despair and alienation of modern life.
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