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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.

Updated list of anti-authoritarian and anarchist prisoners in Greece

From A Las Barricadas (October 15, 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 prisoners themselves are being transferred frequently. Therefore, this list will continue to be updated as needed.

It should be pointed out that right now three of the comrades charged in the Revolutionary Struggle case (Constantinos “Costas” Gournas, Christoforos Kortesis, and Evangelos “Vangelis” Stathopoulos) are in Korydallos Prison, but it’s not known whether they will be transferred together to the same prisons in the future. Additionally, Evangelos “Vangelis” Pallis—after he was found seriously wounded (with a glass shard stuck in his carotid artery) in his cell at Trikala Prison over a month ago—is currently in an Athens hospital, and his condition is improving. He is able to speak with the aid of an appliance that had to be implanted. Also missing from the list are the addresses for comrades Alexandros Kosivas and Michalis Traikapis, who are charged with a bank robbery in Psachna, and another two people (one of whom is Thodoris Delis) arrested in Rhodes this past summer.

Konstantina 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 finally caught on April 22, 2010.

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.

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.

Alfredo Bonanno
Dikastiki Filaki Koridallou-A pteryga
T.K. 18110 Korydallos
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. 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. His final appeal opportunity was recently postponed for the second time, from April 28, 2010 to December 6, 2010.

Ilias Nikolau
Agrotiki Filaki Kassandras
T.K. 63077
Kassandreia Chalkidiki
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.

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

Chrysochoidis was arrested on the same day as Polykarpos 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 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 being held 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.

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-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 being charged with the same robbery as Yiannis Dimitrakis. Seisidis was shot by police during his arrest on May 3 and suffered a serious injury to his leg, which later had to be amputated. He is currently in the prison hospital at Korydallos. In accordance with exemplary Greek judicial tradition, which burdens those at large with every possible unresolved “juicy case,” Seisidis is now being charged with a series of crimes including the two-year-old murder of a guard. However, in Seisidis’ case, the legal surrealism goes even further. Since the law doesn’t allow anyone to be tried for a felony in absentia, Seisidis (when he was still at large) was tried only for his alleged misdemeanor participation in the January 16, 2006 bank robbery. And for that misdemeanor he was given seven-and-a-half years in prison. The (rhetorical) question is: How could he be sentenced for a misdemeanor without the court recognizing his “guilt” for felony participation in said robbery?

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Revolutionary Struggle update

From A Las Barricadas (October 15, 2010):

All six comrades imprisoned in the Revolutionary Struggle case were recently “invited” to testify in front of the prosecutor, so they were all transferred to Athens. The three who deny the charges (Christoforos Kortesis, Sarantos Nikitopoulos, and Evangelos “Vangelis” Stathopoulos) asked for a postponement of the hearing, while the three who acknowledged their participation in Revolutionary Struggle (Constantinos “Costas” Gournas, Nikolaos “Nikos” Maziotis, and Panayiota “Pola” Roupa) refused to attend.

Maziotis: “I refuse to accept the prosecutor’s subpoena for additional testimony regarding the case involving the revolutionary organization called Revolutionary Struggle, of which I am a member. I do not accept the subpoena because I have nothing criminal to declare. Revolutionaries do not testify in front of State criminals.”

Roupa: “I am in prison for being a revolutionary and struggling against the current criminal system. I do not recognize your charges and I have nothing to declare or apologize for. Revolutionary Struggle is a revolutionary organization that I am proud to be a part of. The terrorists are all those who constitute the modern regime of representative democracy, capitalism, and the market economy.”

Gournas: “As a member of Revolutionary Struggle, I refuse to attend the appeal hearing in Athens. I consent to no interrogation, whether by the torturers of the Anti-Terrorist Squad or the authorized servants of the regime.”

The prosecutor said he will be “visiting” all six in prison. On October 14, an independent committee of prosecutors and appeals court judges discussed whether or not to extend the period of preventive detention for the accused. According to Greek law, this occurs in every case, more or less six months after the initial arrest. There has already been a demonstration in front of the appeals court, and there was also one in front of Korydallos Prison on October 19. Both demonstrations were in keeping with the slogan: “If the innocent deserve our solidarity, then the guilty deserve it even more!”

Hunger strike

On Saturday, October 9, Gournas began a hunger strike to demand his permanent transfer to Korydallos in Athens and thus ease—at least a little—the situation he and his family find themselves in. Despite the fact that Gournas is the father of 22-month-old twins, after his arrest he was immediately transferred to Trikala Prison, more than 400 kilometers away from Athens. Maziotis has begun a hunger strike of his own in solidarity with Gournas. As a further gesture of solidarity, the anarchists currently locked up in Korydallos (Nikitopoulos, Stathopoulos, Harilaos “Haris” Hatzimichelakis, Alexandros Kosivas, Aris Seirinidis, Christos Stratigopoulos, and Michalis Traikapis) plus Yiannis Dimitrakis in Domokos Prison and some “social” prisoners—among them the famous Albanian “bandit” Alket Rizai, famous for having escaped Korydallos twice by helicopter alongside Vassilis Paleokostas, the most wanted bank robber in Greece—have been refusing prison food since October 9. Alfredo Bonanno is also supporting our comrades’ initiative, but his frail health doesn’t allow him to abstain from eating.

A birth

On July 24, Lambros-Victor was born. His parents are Roupa and Maziotis. After Maziotis’ hunger strike this summer, he is now able to visit Roupa and his son every Sunday. Maziotis is in a special block at Korydallos, while Roupa and the baby boy are in the women’s block at the same prison. Their son’s name is an homage to comrade Lambros Fountas, who was killed by police last March, and Roupa’s father, who was an antifascist guerrilla saboteur during the German occupation and subsequent civil war.

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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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