Hunger Strike | 20.03.2015 10:21 | Repression
There are several demands of the hunger strikers, among which the abolition of various anti-terrorist laws (e.g. the infamous ‘hoodie law’), the end to taking and use of DNA for fabricating cases, release of imprisoned family members of revolutionaries, liberation ofSabbasXeros, a prisoner in severe ill-health, etc.&c.As things may very well heat up in Greece, stay tuned. . .
An excerpt from their communique: “We of the occupation of “Kokkino 105.5″ are taking things into our own hands and making counter-information a weapon! This action is a part of the polymorphous movement of solidarity with the imprisoned hunger strikers. For the victory of the hunger strikers! Destroy all prisons!”
The government has not met all of the demands of the hunger strikers with their recent parliamentary bill, thus as of now the hunger strikers will continue the hunger strike.
More updates as they come. . .
In addition to the previous post, via Contrainfo
. . .On March 19th, another CCF prisoner on hunger strike, Theofilos Mavropoulos, needed to be hospitalised outside the prison because of severe dizziness and abdominal and kidney pains.
Victory to the struggle of the hunger strikers
Since 2nd March 2015 onwards dozens of political prisoners are fasting in protest of the “anti-terrorism crusade”, materialized in the form of the special suppressive/legal foundation that has been consolidated in recent years and the now-permanent “constant state of emergency” regime, as well as the detention of their family members.
We, as the Assembly in Solidarity with the Hunger Strikers, support with the entirety of our strength the struggle of the political prisoners and fight with them for:
- Withdrawal of the special anti-terrorist legislation and specifically the terrorist and criminal organization laws (laws 187A and 187)
- Withdrawal of the special repressive laws (anti-hoodie law).
- Abolishment of the “C-type” prisons that constitute the finalization of the separation and exemption status of political prisoners.
- Delineation of the use and processing of DNA as legal
- Immediate release of Savvas Xiros who is being slowly exterminated over the past 13 years by the vengeful state despite his 98 % disability savvas Xeros
- Immediate release of family members of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire (CCF).
The political prisoners’ hunger strike is inseparably connected with yesterday’s and tomorrow’s struggle.
The political prisoners are prisoners of war waged against the state and capitalism, whilst remaining at the frontline of this struggle.
Struggle until the demolition of every last prison
Freedom to the political prisoners
Assembly in Solidarity with the Hunger Strikers
The comrades on hunger strike, after 2 weeks, are beginning to experience health problems. Collated are reports from various sites, translations in English of the various developments.
On the health of the strikers in Domokos
P. Argyrou, CCF member, suffered a fainting attack and then was transferred between various hospitals.
In the evening of Tuesday, 3/17, a few thousand people attended the solidarity demo organized for the hunger strikers. After the demo ended at Propylaia, there were clashes with the riot police in Exarcheia, with burning barricades and luxury cars set on fire.
Greece: prison hunger strike goes on, as comrades hospitalised
rabble.org.uk A round-up of recent developments in the mass hunger strike of anarchist and other rebel prisoners in Greece. Sources: Act for Freedom Now, ContraInfo, 325, InterArma. Also check this new updates blog: http://hunger-strike.espivblogs.net.
Anarchist and other Greek rebel prisoners have been on hunger strike since the end of February, demanding the abolition of the new “Type C” maximum security prison regime and other repressive measures. The hunger strike started with prisoners in the new “Type C” maximum security prison of Domokos on 27 February. Captives in a number of prisons joined on 2 March, and issued a shared set of demands. Since then further prisoners have joined, including communists from Turkey imprisoned in Greece who began a rolling hunger strike on 11 March. hospitalisations begin After several weeks without food, some of the fighters are now starting to fall seriously ill, with a number of people hospitalised in the few last days. Here is a report from 13 March of the medical state of the 10 hungers strikers from the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire (CCF) group, held in Koridallos prison (via 325).
And here is a report from 17 March, nearly a week a go now, on the health condition of four hunger strikers in Domokos Prison. At that point the comrades examined had each lost 9% or more of their body weight and were developing numerous health conditions. On 17 March, two of the CCF prisoners were hospitalised. On 20 March, anarchist Fivos Harisis, participant in the Network of Imprisoned Fighters (DAK), was taken to hospital. He had lost 12.8% of his body weight.
When the comrade refused to take in intravenous drip, he was returned to Koridallos prison, only to be readmitted to another hospital on 21st March after a fainting episode. Here is his letter about these events. Also on 21 March, Dimitris Koufontinas (convicted 17N member) was transferred from Domokos to the provincial hospital in Lamia, where he’s being held in a room-cell with no window. Demands reaffirmed Last week the Greek government started to make some concessions. SYRIZA, the leftist party that is the main government coalition partner backed up by rightwing ANEL, had made noises before the election about reversing the introduction of Type C prisons.
It has now put forward a parliamentary bill which includes proposals for closing Type C prisons and for the release of heavily disabled prisoners. The comrades on hunger strike say that these concessions are not enough, and they will continue their struggle. On 19 March, the “Combative Prisoners Network” issued a statement (translated by Act for Freedom Now) which begins: “After the deposition of the legislation of the Ministry of Justice, there appears to be a first conquest of the political prisoners’ hunger strike.
The abolition of the legal frame that defines the operation of the C type prisons, and the beneficial provisions for patients and disabled prisoners that lead to the release of multi-injured guerilla of the revolutionary organization 17 November Savvas Xiros, would fail (or at least not so soon) without the struggle that is being carried out. But there is much more to happen. “We do not care for any governmental statement or any promise coming from state employees.
Every authoritarian mechanism that deals with a hunger strike by its stated enemies will go onto a deterioration war that will include promises, negated deadlines, vague statements and anything that could wear us down physically or and psychologically. Especially Syriza, who all during its political life as a major or minor opposition demeaned and de-politicized the hunger strikes carried out by anarchist hostages, has great experience in the systemic managing of such situations.
“Now, the government disclaims its responsibilities transferring the granting of our demands to a (vague) future. From our side we continue the hunger strike without a thought of retreating until the granting of our demands […]” The statement then restates the main demands shared by the hunger strikers. These are: – Withdrawal of the special anti-terrorist legislation and specifically the terrorist and criminal organization laws (laws 187A and 187) – Withdrawal of the special repressive laws (“anti-hoodie” law) – Abolition of the “C-type” prisons – Delineation of the use and processing of DNA as legal. – Immediate release of the heavily injured Savvas Xiros – Immediate release of family members of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire (CCF) Solidarity outside
The hunger strike has been supported with demos and actions outside in the streets. These have included: Athens, 8 March: Occupation of the Syriza party HQ; Berlin 10 March: cop car burnt for the hunger strikers as well as for Lambros Foundas (killed by cops on March 10th 2010 in Athens). Athens 17 March, Solidarity demo: The march of around 1,500-2,000 people started from Monastiraki Square, passed through Athinas and Stadiou Streets, Syntagma Square and ended at Propylaea.
After the end of the demo barricades were erected around Exarchia, clashes erupted with cops and luxury cars were set ablaze. Solidarity gatherings outside Koridallos and Domokos prisons and in Greek towns. See some translated reports here, and here some calls and posters for solidarity events. Tagged greece, prison revolts, prisoner solidarity. Bookmark the permalink.