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The bad news: New arrests in Greece

From Klinamen (various dates):

On October 13, 2010, after torching a number of vehicles belonging to Greek state electrical company DEI in Thessaloniki, 19-year-old comrade Yiannis Skouloudis was arrested. He admitted responsibility for the arson and was locked up in Avlona Prison. The pigs then issued arrest warrants for four comrades—Dimitris Fessas, Dimitris Dimitsiadis, Haralambos Stylianidis, and Sokratis Tzifkas—believed to be  Skouloudis’ accomplices. They chose the dignified path of going into hiding, but during the afternoon of January 13, 2011, the counterterrorism unit raided a house in the Vyronas neighborhood of Athens and arrested all four of them. Another house is the Tavros neighborhood was also searched. According to the police, they found an AK-47, bullets, four false identification cards, and the draft of a supposed communiqué saved on one of the confiscated computers. Based on this “evidence,” and unable to link the four to any attacks other than the DEI arson, the pigs began talking about a “new terrorist organization that still hadn’t gone into action, yet was planning a number of bloody attacks.” Since Skouloudis and the other four were mentioned in a recent Fire Cells Conspiracy communiqué, the police suggested that they had uncovered a “new offshoot of the Fire Cells Conspiracy.”

In any event, Fessas, Dimitsiadis, Stylianidis, and Tzifkas were subjected to terrible beatings, but they refused to enter a plea in front of the pigs or the judges, saying only: “We will not enter a plea. We are revolutionaries and anarchists.” They also refused to have their pictures and fingerprints taken, but the pigs managed to do both by force. Ultimately, all four were brought to Thessaloniki, where the prosecutor decided to confirm their imprisonment for the DEI arson. They were then returned to Athens, where the prosecutor and judge unanimously reconfirmed their imprisonment, adding charges of “weapons possession” and “forming a terrorist group.” Yet again, an attempt is being made to criminalize the comradely and friendly relationships of those who are “tainted” and those who aren’t.

Fessas, Dimitsiadis, Stylianidis, and Tzifkas, who range in age from 21 to 23, were finally brought to Korydallos Prison in Athens. Their contact information will be included in the next updated list of Greek anarchist prisoners.
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At noon on January 26, DIAS squad pigs in Kifissia decided to search two people who they felt looked suspicious. One managed to escape, leading to a multiple-hour helicopter search, while the other—23-year-old Michalis Nikolopoulos—was arrested. In his possession were a Glock 9mm handgun, a spare magazine, a hand grenade, and a false identity card. It was later revealed that, because his fingerprints were among those found at Haris Hatzimichelakis’ apartment, Nikolopoulos had been wanted by the police since September 2009 on charges of belonging to the Fire Cells Conspiracy. He is being charged for the same three attacks that the other 12 comrades are currently on trial for, as well as the November 1, 2010 mailing of package-bombs that led to the arrests of Panayiotis Argyrou and Gerasimos Tsakalos. On January 28, the prosecutor and judges unanimously decided to imprison Nikolopoulos, who refused to enter a plea or participate in the proceedings. The next day, the police raided a house in the Nea Chalkidona neighborhood that was supposedly rented using Nikolopoulos false identity card, but they found nothing. It remains to be seen whether Nikolopoulos will be included in the Fire Cells Conspiracy trial currently underway, but he has already released a statement in which he admits to being a member of the group.

There are still three comrades at large in the Fire Cells Conspiracy case. Nikolopoulos’ brother and another person have had warrants out for their arrest since September 2009, while Gerasimos Tsakalos’ older brother was named in an arrest warrant issued in November 2010, just a few days after his younger brother’s arrest.
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At 1:30 p.m. on January 31, an armed robbery took place in Thessaloniki. Two people entered the (state) Youth Center located in the Neapoli neighborhood, where an auction was being held for vehicles seized by the traffic police, and managed to get away with over 35,000 euros. Minutes later, near the site of the auction, DIAS squad pigs surrounded the motorcycle of 23-year-old comrade Rami Syrianos. In his possession were a loaded CZ 75B handgun, a hand grenade, and a leather case containing loot from the robbery: almost 36,000 euros in cash, two checks (one for 530 euros and the other for 2000 euros), and 83 receipts issued by the organizers of the auction.

Shortly thereafter, undercover police arrested another comrade—28-year-old Kleomenis Savvanidis, supposedly identified as the second “culprit”—near his home. Searches of the homes of both comrades and another woman followed, with the police swiping computers, phone cards, flash drives, an airsoft pistol, “manuscripts and drafts of documents with anarchist content,” etc.

Several mass media outlets ran photos of Syrianos and Savvanidis, as well as a “secure and anonymous” phone number for snitching. Both men are facing the same felony charges of “forming a criminal enterprise” and “armed robbery,” as well as the less serious charges of “weapons possession,” “possession of criminal proceeds,” “fostering criminality,” “resisting arrest,” etc.

Savvanidis’ colleagues released an open letter refuting the police accusations and asserting that Savvanidis was working at Aristotle University’s self-managed cafeteria in Thessaloniki at the time of the robbery. The letter mentions that security guards, cleaning staff, professors, and students can all confirm that Savvanidis was at the cafeteria from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Reference is also made to eyewitnesses who supposedly saw a robber “roughly between 1.65 and 1.70 meters tall” and “positively identified” Savvanidis, who happens to be 1.84 meters tall.

On February 3, Syrianos and Savvanidis were brought before the judges. A number of witnesses took the stand, including a university professor who testified that at the time of the robbery Savvanidis was at the cafeteria. Savvanidis was released without bail, but as a preventive measure will not be allowed to leave the country. Meanwhile, Syrianos refused to enter a plea, saying only: “I put my rejection of wage-labor into practice.” He was placed in pretrial detention at Ioannina Prison.
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Translated letters, statements, and communiqués from and in solidarity with Greek anarchist prisoners, including many of those mentioned above, can be found at the excellent Act for Freedom Now! blog.

Bombing at police station in Mexico State

From Culmine (February 9, 2011):

But who votes for them? Who lowers their head in deference? Who admires them and wants, or at least wants their kids, to be just like them? Who remains silent in the face of the injustices they commit? There is only one answer: SOCIETY.

—Gerasimos Tsakalos

During the night of February 5, we decided to attack our old enemies. The target was a police station located in the Potrero suburb of Coacalco, Mexico State.

At around 8 p.m., we placed an explosive device made from butane gas canisters and gasoline next to a motorcycle parked near the entrance to the station. A homemade delay activated the fuse and detonated the explosive, causing a loud noise to shake the area. The motorcycle was damaged, as was the façade of the station that gives refuge to the idiotic defenders of those who believe they are masters of everything.

Several vans arrived on the scene, full of police imbeciles dressed in their military uniforms. They showed up just in time to get a look at the remains of our explosive.

This attack was specially planned and designed to occur when the police were most vulnerable in their “workplace.” A police van with its siren on right in front of us didn’t stop our operation.

They should know that, yet again, they haven’t stopped us. They should know that these attacks won’t cease. It’s as easy for us to leave behind a bag filled with explosives as it is to make an attempt on their lives. We don’t care if they might be fathers with families, or any of that shit. They are police, and the only things they deserve are bombs, fire, stones, and death. Do they think we haven’t seen them extort? Do they think we haven’t seen their convoys, taking note of their lack of courage as they terrorize with their rifles and covered faces? Do they think we haven’t seen the bastards from the Coacalco Special Rapid Reaction Squad (GERI-C) making the rounds in their armored trucks, deluding themselves into believing that they are the heroes of Coacalco? Do they think we haven’t seen their extreme megalomania as they ride around in their black trucks? They are more like shock troops or paramilitaries than loyal servants of the capital-state’s orders. They should know this: The only thing they evoke is not fear, but disgust and revulsion at their righteous authority as well as their uniform.

We don’t care if this kneeling, submissive society respects or fears them. It doesn’t matter to us if people cheer them or get scared when they pass by. We are not a vanguard, here to defend the “poor little exploited ones.” We are not avengers of the “oppressed people.” We are sickened by all those leftist causes that only make the system reexamine and repair its flaws. We aren’t fighting for a humane ecocide. We’re fighting for ourselves as individuals, for the animals, for the earth, for autonomy, and for wild nature.

It’s worth saying again: We won’t sit around waiting to attack, since we are not part of this cowardly society. We will go to their headquarters and their guard posts, and when they hear an explosion or see something engulfed by flames, every policeman in Mexico and the rest of the world will be reminded of us.

Anytime and anywhere, we will continue to attack despite all the security cameras they’ve put in the streets and avenues, despite their military-police routines, despite their operations, despite their threats. Now we’ve made it clear.

The war continues. With or without our imprisoned comrades, the bombs will keep exploding and the fire will continue to light up the night sky, because chaos is not dead!

Direct solidarity with Adrián Magdaleno Gonzales: You’re still standing, so go ahead and laugh at the prison authorities who think they’ve crushed your spirit!

Direct solidarity with Braulio Arturo Durán: You keep smashing the cells that hold you captive, and we’ll keep shattering reality on the outside!

Direct solidarity with the “bombings case” prisoners in Chile: No set-up lasts forever!

Direct solidarity with Walter Bond in the United States: Even the FBI can’t eradicate your wild conviction!

Direct solidarity with Silvia, Costa, and Billy in Switzerland, and Leo in Italy: Avanti with anticivilization and eco-anarchist ideas!

Direct solidarity with Panayiotis Argyrou, Gerasimos Tsakalos, and the others charged with being members of the Fire Cells Conspiracy in Greece, who are now on hunger strike: Antisocial, nihilist, and anarchist until the end!

—Earth Liberation Front (Informal Anarchist Federation/Global Network)

Update on Fire Cells Conspiracy and recent arrests in Greece

From Culmine (December 29, 2010) via Indymedia Barcelona (December 28, 2010):

On November 1, two anarchist comrades—24-year-old Gerasimos Tsakalos and 22-year-old Panayiotis Argyrou—were arrested in Athens after attempting to mail package-bombs to various embassies. While Tsakalos was known to police simply because he is an anarchist, Argyrou had a warrant out for his arrest since October 2009 on charges of belonging to the Fire Cells Conspiracy, and he was also awaiting trial for allegedly torching a public bus two years ago. On November 22, Tsakalos, Argyrou, and Harilaos “Haris” Hatzimichelakis—who has been in pretrial detention since September 2009—released letters (Tsakalos and Argyrou’s letter, Hatzimichelakis’ letter) in which they admitted to being members of the Fire Cells Conspiracy.

On November 25, the Fire Cells Conspiracy claimed responsibility for mailing the package-bombs.

On December 4 and the days that followed, a massive counterterrorism operation took place in and around the Athens metropolitan area. Pigs raided and searched a number of homes and arrested several comrades. Among the six people (five men and one woman) later imprisoned were Giorgos Karagiannidis and Alexandros Mitrousias, both of whom had warrants out for their arrest since September 2009 on charges related to the Fire Cells Conspiracy case. Karagiannidis was arrested at an apartment in Piraeus. Mitrousias and another comrade, Constantinos Sakkas, were arrested as they were leaving a garage in the Nea Smyrni neighborhood. They allegedly had a bag in their possession containing two Glock pistols, a Skorpion submachine gun, and a hand grenade. In the garage, police also found three submachine guns, seven pistols of different manufacture, 50 kilograms of ANFO explosive, four hand grenades, three AK-47 assault rifles, a silencer, a large quantity of bullets, and 200 grams of TNT. At another location, the pigs found more than 30 fake ID cards, as well as other “contraband.” Karagiannidis and Mitrousias both denied having any relationship to the Fire Cells Conspiracy. Their arrest warrants, as well as warrants for others, were issued at the end of September 2009 on the basis of fingerprints found at Hatzimichelakis’ home—the notorious “safe house” in the Halandri neighborhood, where everything began. Since all the weapons were clean, the authorities were unable to link the six people arrested on December 4—some of whom don’t know one another and were arrested in different places—to any specific attacks, so they are now talking about “a new terrorist organization.” Due to our not wanting to release news based exclusively on police statements and articles in the bourgeois press, we consciously avoided writing anything about these events in the hope that those arrested would speak for themselves. A week ago, one of those arrested—well-known anarchist Christos Politis—released a letter that we intend to translate as soon as possible.

On December 22, Hatzimichelakis, Argyrou, and Tsakalos released a statement saying that Karagiannidis and Mitrousias have nothing to do with the Fire Cells Conspiracy.

On January 17, the first Fire Cells Conspiracy trial will take place in the courtroom at Korydallos Prison, and the group has called for solidarity. The thirteen people facing trial are: Panayiotis “Takis” Masouras (in pretrial detention since September 2009, he denies membership), Harilaos “Haris” Hatzimichelakis (in pretrial detention since September 2009, he recently admitted to membership), Konstantina “Nina” Karakatsani (at large since September 2009 and in pretrial detention since April 2010, she denies membership), Panayiotis Argyrou (at large since September 2009 and in pretrial detention since November 2010, he admitted to membership), Alexandros Mitrousias (at large since September 2009 and imprisoned on December 4, 2010, he denies membership), Giorgos Karagiannidis (at large since September 2009 and imprisoned on December 4, 2010, he denies membership), Emmanouil “Manolis” Yiospas (arrested in September 2009 and released on probation in April 2010), Nikos Vogiatzakis (imprisoned in February 2010 for one month and subsequently released on probation), Errikos Rallis (at large since November 2009, arrested in March 2010, and released on probation a few days later), plus four people who have warrants out for their arrest (three since October 2009, with the fourth being Gerasimos Tsakalos’ older brother, whose arrest warrant was issued a week after Gerasimos was arrested for the package-bombs). Absent from the list is Gerasimos Tsakalos, who will likely be tried at a later date.

Updates on anarchist/antiauthoritarian prisoners in Greece (November 26, 2010)

From Culmine (November 26, 2010) via Indymedia Barcelona (November 26, 2010):

Another imprisoned comrade

Panayiotis Giannos was arrested on October 7 for “possession of an incendiary device,” a charge that in the past has sometimes landed people in pretrial detention, and sometimes not. History is also very ambiguous when camping gas canisters are involved. There have been trials in which they were considered “incendiary devices,” but there have been plenty of cases in which they were designated as “explosive devices.” In any event, our comrade is currently imprisoned.

The Fire Cells Conspiracy case

The recent weeks have been full of crucial moments for the Fire Cells Conspiracy. On November 1, Panayiotis Argyrou and Gerasimos Tsakalos were arrested for mailing package-bombs. On November 22, Argyrou and Tsakalos released a letter admitting their participation in the Fire Cells Conspiracy, and Harilaos “Haris” Hatzimichelakis released a similar letter the same day. Hatzimichelakis, who was arrested on September 23, 2009, had been maintaining a position similar to Konstantina “Nina” Karakatsani, Panayiotis “Takis” Masouras, and the other two people in pretrial detention for the Fire Cells Conspiracy case: always claiming a revolutionary anarchist political position while denying all the charges. Since his arrest, Hatzimichelakis has released two letters on his own, plus a third written with Karakatsani and Masouras two weeks ago.

On November 25, the Fire Cells Conspiracy released their latest communiqué. It comprises three parts: a communiqué regarding the arrest of Argyrou and Tsakalos on November 1, a claim of responsibility for the mailing of 14 package-bombs in the context of an international solidarity campaign (for example: targeting the Chilean embassy in solidarity with Freddy Fuentevilla, Marcelo Villarroel, and those arrested on August 14; targeting the Swiss embassy in solidarity with Marco Camenisch, Luca “Billy” Bernasconi, Silvia Guerini, and Costantino “Costa” Ragusa; etc.), and a call for international solidarity ahead of the Fire Cells Conspiracy trial scheduled for January 17, 2011. The communiqué is 14 pages long, and an attempt will be made to translate it as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Tsakalos mother has appealed to the prosecutor in an attempt to improve conditions for her son. Tsakalos is currently locked up in Malandrino High-Security Prison, which is usually reserved for people who have already been sentenced to lengthy prison terms. He is in solitary confinement along with four others who are serving sentences of dozens of years. The prosecutor’s cynical response to his mother: “Tell your son to change his views!” This clearly demonstrates the vindictive nature of choosing this particular prison for Tsakalos.

The authorities aren’t standing still, as they want to attach even greater importance to the entire Fire Cells Conspiracy case. On Monday, November 22, a special meeting was held between the chief of police and the main prosecutor for the highest court in the country in order to discuss the location of the January trial. It will almost certainly take place at the courtroom within Korydallos Prison, where the trials of the leftist November 17 and ELA armed groups were held.

Some solidarity actions

In the early morning of November 15, a strong explosion was heard coming from the lavish Professional Journalism School building located in the Kolonaki neighborhood of Athens. The action was claimed by Terrorist Complicity/Combatants from the Abyss in solidarity with Panayiotis Argyrou and Gerasimos Tsakalos. In their communiqué, the group talked about “a gleaming series of 30 explosions,” which seems to be a reference to the number of camping gas cylinders used in the attack. Also from the communiqué: “Our objective, apart from sabotaging this particular school for the formation of snitches, was to demonstrate the effectiveness of terrorist violence in the center of the metropolis. The only weapons in our arsenal are conspiracy and our point of view, expressed through the collaborative practice of individuals. We thus invalidate the conviction that the only legitimate revolutionary violence is the violence of the masses or the movement.”

In the early morning of November 16, devices made out of camping gas canisters caused fires at three Thessaloniki locations: a municipal services office in Menemeni, a New Democracy party office in Toumba, and a van belonging to the Sikies district council. The actions were claimed by the Urban Warfare Formation and dedicated to Yiannis Skouloudisimprisoned a month ago for torching two Public Power Corporation (DEI) vehicles—and the four others named on arrest warrants pertaining to the same case.

Additionally, there was a series of solidarity arsons in Athens: several DEI vehicles in the Nea Ionia neighborhood (in solidarity with Skouloudis and the four people wanted in connection with the same case), the personal cars of two pigs in Nea Ionia and Ambelokipi (also in solidarity with Skouloudis and the four others), a UPS van (in solidarity with those charged in the Fire Cells Conspiracy case), and the Interoperability Systems International Hellas SA (ISI Hellas) headquarters in Argyroupoli (in solidarity with the Chilean comrades arrested on August 14). ISI Hellas is a military contractor that recently took part in an international aerospace industry show held at a Chilean military base. Their corporate headquarters was attacked using a suitcase filled with gasoline and activated by a fuse. All these arsons were claimed by Disreputable Conduct for the Diffusion of Revolutionary Terrorism/Anarchist Action Cell via a lengthy communiqué analyzing the current situation of the Greek anarchist milieu and strongly emphasizing international solidarity. The communiqué contained greetings to several groups in Chile and Argentina, and mentioned that the group itself would be releasing its own translation of the text.

Changes to the prisoner list

Alfredo Bonanno can thankfully be removed from the list, but we must sadly add another name:

Panayiotis Giannos
Dikastiki Filaki Koridallou-D pteryga
T.K. 18110 Korydallos
Athens – Greece

Updated list of anarchist/antiauthoritarian prisoners in Greece (November 16, 2010)

From Culmine (November 16, 2010) via Indymedia Barcelona (November 16, 2010):

People are being transferred very frequently. Therefore, this list will continue to be updated as needed. 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 the addresses are written should make them understandable to Greek postal employees and civil servants.

At the moment, there are pending arrest warrants for 12 people from the anarchist milieu: six related to the Fire Cells Conspiracy case; four suspected by authorities to be accomplices of Yiannis Skouloudis; plus Marios Seisidis and Grigoris Tsironis, who have been in hiding since January 2006 (with prices on their heads) and are accused of the same bank robbery as Yiannis Dimitrakis.

Konstantina “Nina” Karakatsani
Katastima Kratisis Ginaikon Eleona Thivon
T.K. 32200
Elaionas Thebes
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 ultimately caught on April 22, 2010. Her trial is on January 17, 2011.

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 Constantinos “Costas” Gournas and Nikolaos “Nikos” Maziotis. On July 24, she gave birth to her and Maziotis’ son Lambros-Victor.

Panayiotis “Takis” 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. His trial is on January 17, 2011.

Harilaos “Haris” Hatzimichelakis
Dikastiki Filaki Koridallou-A pteryga
T.K. 18110 Korydallos
Athens
Greece

Hatzimichelakis was arrested on September 23, 2009 and charged with participating in the Fire Cells Conspiracy. His trial is on January 17, 2011.

Panayiotis Argyrou
Dikastiki Filaki Koridallou-A pteryga
T.K. 18110 Korydallos
Athens
Greece

Argyrou had a warrant out for his arrest since October 2009 on charges of participating in the Fire Cells Conspiracy. He was arrested on November 1, 2010 in connection with the mailing of a number of package-bombs. His trial for the Fire Cells Conspiracy charges is on January 17, 2011, while a trial date for the package-bombs has yet to be determined.

Gerasimos Tsakalos
Katastima Kratisis Malandrinou
T.K. 33053
Malandrino
Greece

Tsakalos was arrested on November 1, 2010 in connection with the mailing of a number of package-bombs.

Yiannis Skouloudis
Eidiko Katastima Kratisis Neon Avlona
T.K. 19011
Avlona, Attica
Greece

Skouloudis was arrested in Thessaloniki on October 13, 2010. He has taken responsibility for torching two vehicles belonging to the Public Power Corporation (DEI).

Thodoris Delis
Kleisti Filaki Alikarnassou
T.K. 71601
Alikarnassos
Greece

Delis was arrested on the island of Rhodes in August. He is charged with robbing a bank.

Alfredo Bonanno
Dikastiki Filaki Koridallou-A pteryga
T.K. 18110 Korydallos
Athens
Greece

The 73-year-old Bonanno 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. His trial is scheduled for November 22.

Christos Stratigopoulos
Dikastiki Filaki Koridallou-A pteryga
T.K. 18110 Korydallos
Athens
Greece

Arrested together with Alfredo Bonanno, Stratigopoulos has taken full responsibility for the October 1, 2009 armed robbery in Trikala. His trial is scheduled for November 22.

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 and Grigoris Tsironis, remain at large. The third, Symeon “Simos” Seisidis, was arrested on May 3, 2010. In June 2007, Dimitrakis was sentenced to 35-and-a-half years in prison. After two postponements, his final appeal opportunity is now scheduled for December 6, 2010.

Polykarpos “Polis” 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.

Vangelis Chrysochoidis
Dikastiki Filaki Komotinis
T.K. 69100
Komotini
Greece

Chrysochoidis was arrested on the same day as Polykarpos “Polis” 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
Dikastiki Filaki Koridallou-ST pteryga
T.K. 18110 Korydallos
Athens
Greece

Gournas was arrested on April 10, 2010 and charged with participating in Revolutionary Struggle. On April 29, together with Nikolaos “Nikos” Maziotis and Panayiota “Pola” Roupa, he admitted to taking part in said group via an open letter.

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-ST pteryga
T.K. 18110 Korydallos
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 isolated in a special wing of Korydallos along with certain prisoners from the November 17 leftist urban guerrilla group.

Nikolaos “Nikos” Maziotis
Dikastiki Filaki Koridallou-ST pteryga
T.K. 18110 Korydallos
Athens
Greece

Maziotis was arrested on April 10, 2010 and charged with participating in Revolutionary Struggle. On April 29, together with Constantinos “Costas” Gournas and Panayiota “Pola” Roupa, he admitted to taking part in said group via an open letter.

Alexandros Kosivas
Dikastiki Filaki Koridallou-A pteryga
T.K. 18110 Korydallos
Athens
Greece

Kosivas was arrested on September 17, 2010 and charged with a bank robbery that took place on the same day in the town of Psachna. He denies the charges.

Michalis Traikapis
Dikastiki Filaki Koridallou-A pteryga
T.K. 18110 Korydallos
Athens
Greece

Traikapis was arrested together with Alexandros Kosivas and a female comrade who was later released on probation. Along with Kosivas, Traiikapis is charged with robbing a bank in the town of Psachna. He denies the charges. He is also scheduled to face trial for his alleged participation in the riots during the 2003 EU summit in Thessaloniki.

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

Pallis is an “ordinary” prisoner with antiauthoritarian leanings 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. A few days ago he was finally granted leave for the first time in eight years.

Aris Seirinidis
Dikastiki Filaki Koridallou-A pteryga
T.K. 18110 Korydallos
Athens
Greece

Seirinidis was arrested in Athens on May 3, 2010 (the same day as Symeon “Simos” Seisidis) during a random police identity check and initially charged with “weapons possession” (he was carrying a handgun) and “resisting arrest.” Using his DNA sample as the sole piece of evidence, he was later charged with a police shooting that happened last year.

Symeon “Simos” Seisidis
Nosokomeio Kratoumenon Koridallou
T.K.18110 Korydallos
Athens
Greece

A warrant was issued for comrade Seisidis’ arrest on January 16, 2006. He is charged with seven total robberies, one of which is the same bank robbery that Yiannis Dimitrakis is charged with. Seisidis was shot by police during his arrest on May 3, 2010 and suffered a serious injury to his leg, which later had to be amputated. He is currently in the prison hospital at Korydallos.

Updates on anarchist/antiauthoritarian prisoners in Greece (November 16, 2010)

From Culmine (November 16, 2010) via Indymedia Barcelona (November 16, 2010):

The package-bomb case

At midday on November 1, two anarchist comrades—22-year-old Panayiotis Argyrou and 24-year-old Gerasimos Tsakalos—were arrested in the Pagrati neighborhood of Athens. Their arrest took place a few minutes after a package addressed to the Mexican embassy exploded at a nearby shipping office, leaving an employee with minor injuries to her fingers. Argyrou and Tsakalos were waiting at a bus stop when they were suddenly surrounded by motorcycle police from the DIAS squad. Although prepared for this kind of unwanted encounter—they were wearing bulletproof vests and carrying Glock 9mm pistols with spare magazines—it seems our comrades were caught very much by surprise. From all the defamatory, misleading, or just plain stupid articles, analyses, columns, etc., that have appeared in the press since then, we’re only interested in mentioning what’s relevant to the “practical” aspects of the arrest. So, according to police sources, what mistakes did the “bombers” make? To begin with, one of them walked into the shipping office in question a few days earlier, wearing the same disguise (a wig, etc.) and asking about shipping information. This aroused the suspicions of the employee, who recognized our comrade immediately. Then, unaware that the package left at the first shipping office had exploded, the two comrades went on their way and mailed another package from a second shipping office located just 500 meters from the first. They also aroused suspicion at this second shipping office: The one who went in to mail the package refused to give the name of the sender, he walked out while talking on his phone, he wore gloves despite the day being quite warm, and after paying he left without waiting for his change. Additionally, during the first few days of each month there is an even greater police presence throughout the entire Athens metropolitan area due to robberies, which are especially frequent during those periods, as well as the floods that usually occur at the beginning of November.

In any case, the 15 package-bombs mailed that day from different Athens locations (according to the pigs, there were at least one or two other groups that mailed packages) were very low-strength and marked with the return addresses of real people or organizations that had relationships with corresponding embassy staff. For example, the package-bomb deactivated at the Dutch embassy was marked with the return address of a well-known criminologist, while the one sent to the Chilean ambassador was marked with the return address of a labor union.

Photos of Argyrou and Tsakalos ran for several days on the front pages of most newspapers. Argyrou has been awaiting trial for a city bus arson that happened two years ago, and since October 2009 he has had a warrant out for his arrest on charges of belonging to the Fire Cells Conspiracy. A day after our comrades’ arrest, the police released photos of the remaining five people with arrest warrants pertaining to the Fire Cells Conspiracy case, accompanied by a phone number for snitching. Most newspapers published the photos, once again demonstrating the democratic complicity of organs of repression and disinformation. A week later, a photo of Tsakalos’ older brother was also published, thereby adding his name to the list of Fire Cells Conspiracy arrest warrants. All the mass media outlets went into a literal delirium, portraying the arrested comrades as “enemies of society,” “heartless psychopaths,” “failed saboteurs of stability,” “those who humiliated our country in front of the whole world,” etc. While the yellow press continued to reveal new details about the private lives of those arrested and at large, the “more serious” reporters began to “analyze the psychological profile of the new generation of terrorists,” talking about their “antisocial nature,” “disregard for established values,” “political and moral degeneration,” and sometimes even using strange semantic constructs like “nihilist nihilism.”

In response, there were a few solidarity actions. During the night of the arrests, some luxury cars were torched in Exarcheia. Then, a number of vehicles belonging to the Public Power Corporation (DEI) were set on fire. Finally, on Saturday, November 6, ten vehicles belonging to Telefónica burned in the Aghia Paraskevi neighborhood, with Terrorist Complicity/Combatants from the Abyss claiming responsibility. In addition, on November 4 a small group of 20 gathered in solidarity in front of the courthouse, which was literally crawling with every kind of pig and goon from the department whose Spanish equivalent is the Intelligence Squad. When Argyrou and Tsakalos—escorted by blowhards from the counterterrorism unit, masked and armed to the teeth—were led inside the building and taken away two hours later, they were greeted with cheers and slogans. Also, on Wednesday, November 10, a group of 40 anarchists occupied the local office of the Newspaper Editors’ Union (in other words, the safe house for paid snitches) in Thessaloniki and sent all bourgeois media outlets a communiqué denouncing the role of reporters as the repressive organs’ media arm.

After their arrest, both Argyrou and Tsakalos refused to participate in proceedings requiring their testimony in front of judges and prosecutors. On November 4, it was unanimously decided to imprison them on charges of four felonies (“explosives possession,” “causing an explosion that endangered the public,” etc.) and four misdemeanors. Argyrou is at Korydallos Prison in Athens, while Tsakalos was brought to Malandrino Prison. Argyrou is also facing the same charges as all the others charged in the Fire Cells Conspiracy case.

The Fire Cells Conspiracy case

The trial of the 13 people charged with participating in the Fire Cells Conspiracy will be held on March 17, 2011. That number includes the four who are already being held in pretrial detention (Konstantina “Nina” Karakatsani, Panayiotis “Takis” Masouras, Harilaos “Haris” Hatzimichelakis, and the recently arrested Panayiotis Argyrou); the three who were arrested and released on probation; the five who have warrants out for their arrest; plus Gerasimos Tsakalos’ brother, who is also in hiding. All are charged with “membership in a terrorist organization,” as well as charges (“explosives manufacture, possession, and distribution,” “causing an explosion,” etc.) stemming from three specific attacks claimed by the Fire Cells Conspiracy: against the Athens apartment building of former Interior Minister Panayiotis Hinofotis on July 10, 2009; the Macedonia-Thrace Ministry in Thessaloniki on September 2, 2009; and the Athens home of PASOK political couple Louka Katseli and Gerasimis Arsenis on September 23, 2009.

The Revolutionary Struggle case

The four people subpoenaed by the prosecutor to testify as “members of Revolutionary Struggle”—among whom are Constantinos “Costas” Gournas’ partner and a well-known anarchist (the two others are not connected to the anarchist/antiauthoritarian milieu and were most likely subpoenaed because of nothing more than fingerprints found at the homes of some of the accused)—were not arrested, but they were subjected to conditions like being “prohibited to leave the country,” and they will have to sign in at a police station each month.

Meanwhile, the three who have taken responsibility for participating in Revolutionary Struggle (Gournas, Nikolaos “Nikos” Maziotis, and Panayiota “Pola” Roupa) published a letter that explains their decision to take that step and reveals their positions on the topic of solidarity, the term “political prisoner,” etc. The letter is quite long, but an attempt will be made to translate it as soon as possible.

The Simos Seisidis case

Symeon “Simos” Seisidis is facing several trials. You’ll recall that he had been in hiding since January 2006, charged with participating in the same bank robbery as Yiannis Dimitrakis, before being arrested on May 3, 2010 after being shot by the pigs, the consequences of which meant the amputation of one of his legs.

Seisidis is charged with seven armed robberies, all of which took place while he was at large and all of which are unsolved, with little or no related evidence. It’s therefore easy to charge an anarchist whose photo, along with those of his brother Marios and friend Grigoris Tsironis, “decorates” the walls of police stations and other such places. Simos’ case exemplifies the principle of “guilty until proven innocent.” He will next appear before the Athens Supreme Court on November 19 and 24, and solidarity demonstrations in front of the courthouses have been called for both dates.

In a great display of solidarity, and thanks to the money raised by comrades (in Greece and abroad), a high-quality artificial leg was finally bought for Simos (at a cost of 39,000 euros) just over a month ago.

The trial of Alfredo and Christos

Comrades outside Greece often ask: Why is nothing going on with Alfredo Bonanno and Christos Stratigopoulos? From the moment of their arrest on October 1, 2009, there have been many attacks in solidarity with them, as well as posters, graffiti, etc. However, due to their decision to refuse a specific “political campaign” (in other words, massive turnouts in the form of marches and demonstrations), the usual public displays have not taken place. Their choice—which has a lot to do with Bonanno’s fragile health, along with other factors—has been respected, but that shouldn’t stop anyone from supporting them economically.

Bonanno and Stratigopoulos recently published a little note regarding their trial, which is coming up a few days:

Thanks to all the comrades everywhere for the solidarity you have shown us thus far, but we ask you to not come to our trial, which will be held in Larissa on November 22, 2010.

—Alfredo & Christos

This gives us an opportunity to “publicize” a new Italian website at which there are a number of interesting texts, some of which have already been forgotten, like this article by Stratigopoulos.

Yiannis Dimitrakis’ final appeal hearing

On December 6, Yiannis Dimitrakis will appear in front of the second circuit court of appeals. It will be the final legal chance for him to reduce his sentence. Dimitrakis was sentenced by the first circuit court to 35 years in prison for a bank robbery.

In the days leading up to his court date, different solidarity actions will take place at the national level and—depending on comrades outside Greece—perhaps internationally, like last April.

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