Greece: Anarchist Kostas Sakkas starts hunger strike

Originally published by Blog YY. Translated by Enough 14.

Deprived of several of his fundamental rights for six months in the Korydallos prison, including the possibility of studying, Kostas sakkas wrote this open letter yesterday (December 16, 2019, Enough 14):

“Over the past six months in Korydallos prison, I have been imposed an informal exceptional regime, depriving me of the right for benefits, excluding me from educational programmes, forbidding me to carry out any activity within the prison and anything that could help me to support and improve my situation.

As of today, December 16, I start a hunger strike in order to put an end to the exceptional regime that I am subjected to, as for all the other prisoners and comrades in struggle.

Kostas SAKKAS, December 16, 2019
Korydallos prison, Athens.”

Autonomy Film show in Bridport 17th November 2019: Unsense Me!

Solidarity with Exarcheia! | Statement

Reproduced in full from Organise Magazine

On Monday the 26th of August, the Greek police launched a large operation in Exarcheia, the famous rebel district in the centre of Athens. This is a unique place in Europe for its high concentration of squats and other self-organised spaces, but also for its resistance against repression and solidarity with migrants and the precariat.

Early in the morning, the squats of Spirou Trikoupi 17, Gare, Rosa de Fon and Transito were surrounded by huge police forces: anti-riot police, anti-terrorism police and secret police. The police then launched a large repression operation, leading to over 100 arrests. Migrants have been sent to camps known for inhuman living conditions. More than 15 kids that grew up in Athens and had their life there were deported. The security forces are now walling up the buildings that used to be home to so many.

This operation aimed to directly attack the incredible solidarity efforts that were developed by a network of people, many of them anarchists, to cope with the austerity measures the Greek state and the EU implemented.

It aimed to destroy a neighbourhood that has invented a new world where it has been possible to exist and live regardless of your economical, social or cultural background.

It aimed to keep Exarcheia under the control of a violent state that, like the rest of Europe, is ready to put humans in camps, simply because they were born on the other side of a border.

Exarcheia has many other squats, around 20, but the newly elected Greek prime minister promised a complete “cleaning”. More battles are to come.

The Anarchist Federation is expressing its full support to everyone in Exarcheia.

For a future without state, police or borders. ■

Solidarity! αλληλεγγύη!

Anarchist Federation

Additional from the Editor:-

Since this morning when the evictions took place Spirou Trikoupi 17 put out the call for people to gather and have taken a stand.

” Here, in Spirou Trikoupi 17 we have lived more than 2.000 people, coming from more than 10 different countries, and that we have crossed, at least, 3 borders till here. This wall that the state is building to seal the entrance will never be able to stop us!

See you at 6pm the solidarity assembly towards the squats in Notara 26 “

Since the evictions police have rounded up immigrants who will be dragged through the system and government workers have bricked up the doorways to peoples homes.

As night has fallen the police have taken a aggressive stance against the locals and tooled up with riot gear have taken to the streets for what is sure to be yet another night of horrific state violence.

Follow them & the AF for updates.
Spirou Trikoupi17
Anarchist Federation

External reports on what is happening from the ground.
Enough is Enough
Squat.net

Solidarity with Rouvikonas!

Anarchist Communist Group.

The ACG recently received the following communication from the Greek Anarchist Federation concerning state repression against members of the Rouvikonas (Rubicon) group.

Solidarity with Rouvikonas (group-member of Anarchist Federation – Greece)

STATEMENT AGAINST REPRESSION OF RESISTANCE IN GREECE

After being identified following the attack of the Parliament on May 21st – An action in support of Dimitris Koufontinas, a comrade imprisoned for life on a hunger strike – two activists must collect 60,000 euros before 14 June, otherwise they will spend until 10 years in jail.Links to the financial support below.

The Prime Minister and Ministry of Justice are once and for all trying to put away Giorgos Kalaïtzidis, co-founder of ROUVIKONAS and Niko, both members of the same group and famous Greek resistance fighters. In fact, both are prosecuted not for a civil offense, but this time for a crime. By utilising an old law on the protection of historic monuments of great value – a law almost never used, intended for the likes of the Acropolis or Delphi – the state has found a way to trap our comrades who until now were always careful not to cross this legal boundary into committing criminal offenses.

As a result, Giorgos and Nikos face 10-years in prison and are being asked to pay a gigantic security deposit of 30,000 euros each (60,000 euros in total) by the 14th of June2, that is, three weeks before the legislative elections. The will to use the law to quickly to lock up several well-known members of the group and to offer a resounding media show is clear. The hardening of the repression against the group (whose last sentence in April amounted to 3,000 euros or ten times less) is one of the aspects of the state manipulating public opinion right now. As a part of the European and local elections, Tsipras,- the Greek Prime Minister – has just initiated early parliamentary elections and will play his role on the 7th of July as an outsider facing the right. The right center of the electoral spectrum hates Exarchaia (a district of Athens well known for art and resistance), the Anarchists and other revolutionaries, and is preparing to enable Mitsotakis -the leader of the right – to “evacuate Exarcheia in a month” and to “imprison the red and black bandits”

For the past two months, Tsipras has been striking with all the horrors on the right and flexing his position of authority: six refugee squats have been evacuated, the Exarcheia district daily harassed by the police, a TV show about the district which announces its near end, the political prisoner Koufontinas brutally deprived of his supervised exit permits to see his son, and now members of Rouvikonas about to go to jail.

This attack on the resistance movement in Greece is probably the hardest since Tsipras came to power. No group has resisted so much in recent years as Rouvikonas: daily, like an elixir the against resignation that Tsipras is trying to provoke. Almost every day, we have heard about Anarchy and resistance in the news and in the press. Almost every day, more and more people said that nothing is finished. Because our solidarity is as unbreakable as is our will to fight.We will stand and support our comrades everywhere, by all means, as we struggle.

Support Giorgos, Nikos and all members of ROUVIKONAS!

Call for solidarity actions everywhere outside Greece! – as just happened two nights ago in front of the Greek Embassy in Paris. Please inform us for every solidarity action in Anarchist Federation’s mail: (anarchist-federation@riseup.net)

Call for financial support! If you are unable to donate, please share.
Even if we do not succeed in preventing the imprisonment of Giorgos and Nikos, other members of the group will at least be able to escape other less severe sanctions and continue the struggle.

1. To participate in the call for financial support (before June 14th), Le Pot Commun with all the information is here.

To send cash directly, ROUVIKONAS will soon be on tour in Italy, Switzerland, France and Belgium, from 1 to 9 June. Spiros will take care of it with us. All details of the tour here.

To proceed by transfer, contact : rouvikonas@espiv.net

To proceed by paypal, contact : rouvikonasfrancophone@riseup.net

And if you come to Athens before June 14th:
See you at K*Vox every day, starting at 16:00 (Exarcheia Place).

2. Presentation of Rouvikonas (10 minutes):

International May Day roundup

Anarchist Communist Group

In France there were many large demonstrations in cities and towns, In Paris, there was a march of some 2,000 anarchists on the morning of May 1st. This was followed by the main march with a turnout from the usual unions and left parties, but with also the turnout of both feminists and Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) who are increasingly radicalising. This was met with a massive police presence, who attacked demonstrators with batons and gas.

 Two thousand demonstrated in the centre of Rennes. Several thousands demonstrated at Toulouse, where again demonstrators were attacked with many tear gas grenades by police. There were two thousand demonstrators at Orleans, and between nine to eleven thousand demonstrators at Lyon, with a large anarchist bloc. There was a very large anarchist contingent on the demonstration at Dijon, where two thousand turned out for May Day. A few gas canisters fired by the cops. Two thousand at Cherbourg with an anarchist bloc, ten thousand at Bordeaux and a thousand at Aubenas. On all of these demonstrations, there were turnouts from feminists, climate change campaigners and Gilets Jaunes.

In Colombia, there was a large anarchist presence on the May Day demo in Bogota.

In Chile there were brutal attacks by the police on demonstrators.

In El Salvador, there was a large anarchist bloc on the demo in San Salvador.

There was an anarchist presence on the demonstration in Helsinki, Finland.

In Bangladesh the Anarchosyndicalist Federation organised a large event.

In Sweden twenty anarchists protesting against the government’s plans to clamp down on strikes were brutally arrested.

In Turkey, despite the severe repression there, large numbers of anarchists under red and black flags turned out.

In Bandung in Indonesia, police arrested six hundred anarchists, out of an anarchist bloc of one thousand, stripped them to their underwear and shaved their heads. Elsewhere in Indonesia, police tried to block a large anarchist bloc marching to join the main demonstration, leading to clashes.

In Germany in Berlin, police attacked a demonstration of twenty thousand, who chanted “The streets are ours” and “anticapitalism”.

In Italy, police attacked a demonstration against a transalpine high speed train tunnel.

In Greece there was a 24 hour strike of transport workers, including ferry, tram, train and bus workers.

Short call for May Day from Athens.

Originally published by Athens Indymedia.

May 1 for Anarchy.

Against Bosses & Politicians, for Unrestrained Freedom.

On the course and in the neighborhoods against gentrification, its presence and symbols.

Athens: Patision 11am / Πολυτεχνείο (Πατησίων) 11 πμ pic.twitter.com/NfPuRNKCW9

— Exarcheia Tourism #airbnburn (@ExarcheiaT) 29. April 2019

ON MAY 1ST WE WILL BE IN THE STREETS – POLYTECHNIO (Patission Street) 11.00 / Την 1η ΜΑΗ θα είμαστε στους δρόμους – Πολυτεχνείο (Πατησίων) 11 πμ

MIGRANTS & PROLETARIANS SQUAT THE RICH

THE COMMON STRUGGLE OF THE OPPRESSED IS A THREAT TO AUTHORITY

ON MAY 1ST WE WILL BE IN THE STREETS

POLYTECHNIO (Patission Street) – 11.00

Squatted Gini

Μετανάστες και προλετάριοι, να καταλάβουμε τον πλούτο

Ο κοινός αγώνας των καταπιεσμένων είναι απειλή για την εξουσία

Την 1η ΜΑΗ θα είμαστε στους δρόμους

Πολυτεχνείο (Πατησίων) 11 πμ

Κατειλημμένο Γκίνη

We Shall Overcome Bournemouth homeless benefit.

Last night’s event went really well, a good time was had and we received £300 in donations, which will be used to provide necessities such as clothing and toiletries direct to homeless people in the Bournemouth area, mainly over the holiday period. If you are reading this and you are, or soon to be homeless, please get in touch.

Thanks are due to Iain, D.J. Geeza, W.D.A., the bands: Kickin’ Bambi, Gutter Rats, Trickster, The Meat Sweats, the folks at the Riviera Bar, Shaun, Pawel, Dorset Wobs, and everyone who showed up.

We’ve got only four copies left of the brand new 12 track vinyl album, by Discordance – crust punk/hardcore band from Patras, Greece, kindly donated by Food Waste Records, retails at 8 quid, if you would like one, send us a realistic* donation by paypal to forevertrevorknits [at] gmail [dot] com with your name and address – and choose ‘Send money to friends and family’. First come first served.

* Remember we’ve got to post the bloody thing!

We will itemise what we spend and put it up here, every penny will be accounted for, and we still need volunteers so if you would like to help out, please get in touch.