Archive | July 8, 2010

List of anti-authoritarian and anarchist prisoners in Greece

From Liberación Total (July 4, 2010):

The mailing addresses of the prisons where our comrades are being held are written in Greek, but with Latin letters in order to make it easier for those showing solidarity from other countries to send letters and postcards. The way they’re written should make them understandable to Greek postal employees and civil servants.

Information about particular cases, as well as letters from many of the prisoners, have been translated into Spanish and English and can be found at various websites. Accordingly, this list lays the groundwork for the more frequent publication of news, letters, and updates regarding our comrades.

The following list does not include comrade Symeon “Simos” Seisidis, who was shot by police during his May 3, 2010 arrest and suffered a serious injury to his leg, which was later amputated. He is still in Evangelismos Hospital, under permanent surveillance by the police anti-terrorist squad.

Konstantina Karakatsani
Kleisti Kentriki Filaki Ginaikon
Korydallos

T.K. 18110 Athens
Greece

Karakatsani is charged with participating in the Fire Cells Conspiracy. A warrant was issued for her arrest on September 25, 2009, and she was finally caught on April 22, 2010. Two weeks later, she was transferred from Elaionas women’s prison to the female wing at Korydallos.

Panayiota “Pola” Roupa
Kleisti Kentriki Filaki Ginaikon
Korydallos
T.K. 18110 Athens
Greece

Roupa was arrested with five other comrades on April 10, 2010 and charged with participating in Revolutionary Struggle. On April 29, she admitted to taking part in said group via an open letter co-written with Nikolaos “Nikos” Maziotis and Constantinos “Costas” Gournas. Due to her advanced stage of pregnancy, she has been transferred from Elaionas to Athens, where she is currently waiting to be brought to hospital.

Panayiotis Masouras
Eidiko Katastima Kratisis Neon Avlona
T.K. 19011
Avlona, Attica
Greece

Masouras was arrested on September 23, 2009 and charged with participating in the Fire Cells Conspiracy. He has been in a juvenile facility since the beginning of his imprisonment.

Harilaos “Haris” Hatzimichelakis
Dikastiki Filaki Koridallou
T.K. 18110 Athens
Greece

Hatzimichelakis was arrested on September 23, 2009 and charged with participating in the Fire Cells Conspiracy.

Alfredo Bonanno
Dikastiki Filaki Koridallou
T.K. 18110 Athens
Greece

At 73 years of age, Alfredo might be the oldest prisoner in the entire country. He was arrested with Christos Stratigopoulos in Trikala on October 1, 2009 and charged with being an “accessory to a felony” for his alleged role in a bank robbery.

Christos Stratigopoulos
Dikastiki Filaki Koridallou
T.K. 18110 Athens
Greece

Arrested together with Bonanno, Stratigopoulos has taken full responsibility for the October 1, 2009 armed robbery in Trikala.

Yiannis Dimitrakis
Filakes Domokou

T.K. 35010 Domokos

Phthiotis
Greece

Dimitrakis was arrested on January 16, 2006 after being seriously wounded by police bullets during a bank robbery in downtown Athens. Meanwhile, an arrest warrant was issued for three comrades alleged to be his accomplices. Two of them, Marios Seisidis y Grigoris Tsironis, remain at large. The third, Simos Seisidis, was arrested on May 3, 2010. In June 2007, Dimitrakis was sentenced to 35-and-a-half years in prison. His final appeal opportunity was recently postponed for the second time, from April 28, 2010 to December 6.

Giorgos Voutsis-Vogiatzis
ASKA Filakes Kassavetias
T.K. 37100 Almyros
Magnesia
Greece

Voutsis-Vogiatzis was arrested on October 3, 2007 after a bank robbery in the Gizi neighborhood of Athens. In April 2009, he was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Ilias Nikolau
Dikastiki Filaki Thessalonikis
T.K. 54012 Thessaloniki
Greece

Nikolau was arrested on January 13, 2009 and charged with planting an incendiary device at the Evosmos police station in Thessaloniki. On December 4, 2009, he was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison.

Polykarpos Georgiadis
Kleisti Filaki Kerkiras
T.K. 49100 Kerkyra
Greece

Georgiadis was arrested in Thessaloniki at the end of August 2008 and charged with the kidnapping of industrialist Giorgos Mylonas, which took place earlier that summer. In February 2010, he and comrade Vangelis Chrysochoidis were each sentenced to 22 years and three months in prison. Two weeks later, Georgiadis was transferred from Korydallos in Athens to Kerkyra Prison on the island of Corfu—a 19th-century structure built in the form of a panopticon. It is considered the worst “penitentiary facility” in Greece.

Vangelis Chrysochoidis
Filakes Domokou
T.K. 35010 Domokos
Phthiotis
Greece

Chrysochoidis was arrested on the same day as Georgiadis, and received an identical sentence.

Evangelos “Vangelis” Stathopoulos
Kleisti Filaki Trikalon
T.K. 42100 Trikala
Greece

Stathopoulos was arrested on April 10, 2010 and charged with participating in Revolutionary Struggle. He denies all the charges.

Constantinos “Costas” Gournas
Kleisti Filaki Trikalon
T.K. 42100 Trikala
Greece

Gournas was arrested on April 10, 2010 and charged with participating in Revolutionary Struggle. On April 29, together with Maziotis and Roupa, he admitted to taking part in said group.

Christoforos Kortesis
Dikastiki Filaki Korinthou
T.K. 20100 Corinth
Greece

Kortesis was arrested on April 10, 2010 and charged with participating in Revolutionary Struggle. He denies all the charges.

Sarantos Nikitopoulos
Dikastiki Filaki Koridallou
T.K. 18110 Athens
Greece

Nikitopoulos was arrested on April 10, 2010 and charged with participating in Revolutionary Struggle. He denies all the charges. He and Maziotis are being held in a special wing of Korydallos Prison along with prisoners from the November 17 urban guerrilla group.

Nikolaos “Nikos” Maziotis
Dikastiki Filaki Koridallou
T.K. 18110 Athens
Greece

Nikos was arrested on April 10, 2010 and charged with participating in Revolutionary Struggle. On April 29, together with Gournas and Roupa, he admitted to taking part in said group.

Evangelos “Vangelis” Pallis
Kleisti Filaki Trikalon
T.K. 42100 Trikala
Greece

Pallis is an “ordinary” prisoner who was “politicized” in prison. He has been part of the struggle inside prisons for many years. His letters and other writings often appear in anarchist publications.

Aris Seirinidis
Dikastiki Filaki Koridallou
T.K. 18110 Athens
Greece

Seirinidis was arrested in Athens on May 3, 2010 (the same day as Simos Seisidis) during a random police identity check and initially charged with “weapons possession” (he was carrying a handgun) and “resisting arrest.” The mass media and police immediately began a disinformation campaign, suggesting that Seirinidis and Simos Seisidis perpetrated a “bloody robbery” at a Praktiker hardware store. A day later, the authorities rejected that version of events, and on May 7 they decided to grant Seirinidis a provisional release. However, the pigs weren’t satisfied with that decision, and a new arrest warrant was issued for Seirinidis just before his release. This time, Seirinidis was charged with a police shooting that happened last year. The case in question is a strange one, one of those stories that becomes an “urban legend”: One afternoon at the beginning of July 2009, someone wearing shorts, sandals, a Mexican sombrero, and a surgical mask walked out on to Harilaou Trikoupi Street in Exarcheia and opened fire on a riot police unit guarding the headquarters of the socialist PASOK party. The media called it the “sombrero lunatic” case (obviously, no matter how they may be dressed, we don’t think someone who shoots at the pigs is a “lunatic”), and it became something of a disgrace to the police. The only evidence they found was the surgical mask, and they claim its DNA matches DNA taken from Seirinidis’ wallet. The case is riddled with contradictions, since the testimony of the riot police squad’s commanding officer is not consistent with Seirinidis’ physical description.

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