Monday, August 2, 2010

Prisons in Greece. Stories of shame and horror.

1 of august 2010

After good morning, take of your underwear, sit down, turn around, bend, cough, the ultimate humiliation.
Prisoner D. Proestos describes how they search for the smuggling of drugs into Greek prisons.
Shame and horror ...
He first went to prison in 1984, came out in 1994 and returned in 1995, where he has been held until now with a life sentence. Overall,

this man has served nine years in the diciplinary section: "Diciplinary, pissed dirty mattress, you don't eat, you don't get to drink water, no smoking. They have you in a concrete cage,
handcuffed", he recalls.
"They tore out my soul"
Diavata Prison. Thessaloniki
There "I was tied up in the diciplinary for six weeks. I got beat up a lot. I pissed and I shat on the mattress I slept on. It was so bad I got

sick with hepatitis.
Sergeant Mitsios and Director Eftihidou, after they had severely beaten me, I remember them begging me to leave the diciplinary cell and go to the Infection hospital in Thessaloniki, so I don't die."
For Proestos there are incidents that have "torn" his soul, as he says. "Extreme events only with some staff are in my mind and
occurred where there was no "third eye"... solitary cells, dungeons, tie-downs, cross, torture and humiliation "...

Another prisoner, G. Makis, reveals: "Faced with eight members of the prison staff I had been asked to lean over and cough (naked). I

refused to because I felt that my dignity was being insulted and undermined. Based on the penal code it's any inmate's right to refuse

anything that lowers and undermines his dignity. " Small print for some ...

Many are the letters we've received from prisoners in prisons all over the country. Human stories scattered on four sheets of paper
with a blue pen.
People who for whatever reason were sentenced and today are in custody. But it seems that the blaming stops with the sound of the
iron prison door opening.
Then there is no blaming but on the prisoner.
And when the balance is not kept, given that many social services are broken down, the game becomes dangerous and he comes

back seeking revenge on society itself.
So this is why the issue of prisons should concern us all. Several of our prisoners complain that even the benefit of wages provided is

only "to serve some particular balance within the prison."
Indeed, in some cases, the internal mechanism of each prison goes beyond even the power of the appropriate ministry. "The

Secretariat of the prison affects even the Appeal Council in the manner that they present the cases and all this creates a strange and often lawless behaviour and relationship," he says. It seems that
even a transfer to a prison farm is considered a "buyable benefit". Literally an impossible dream for some. While most prisons are

overcrowded, there are prison farms that are 'empty' and
could accept prisoners.
"And this situation continues because no Minister of Justice until now, even if he has the will - which is rare - has had the power to go

against the establishment of prisons" says a prisoner, whose data is available to the newspaper.

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Solidarity Poster for Polykarpos Georgiadis and Vaggelis Chrisohoidis (greece)

did anyone speak of a
“…A handful of capitalists
have organized a criminal gang
and have kidnapped the proletarians,
demanding for ransom
their labor force,
merchandising their human activity,
their time (which is turned into money),
their own being itself…”
to vaggelis Chrisohoidis and Polykarpos Georgiadis
who the persecuting authorities, exactly because they denied to betray values and people,
accuse them as participators in the kidnapping of industrialist Milonas
anarchists from Serres from north-greece

Anarchists solidarity protest outside Korydallos prison, the main prison in Athens, at the time of the change of the year. This protest happens every New Year's Eve for the past six years. This year more than 400 people took part in the protest that interacted with the prisoners inside through shouting mutual slogans and fireworks. The main slogan was "The passion for freedom is stronger that your prisons".
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A society that punishes/the condition of incarceration/the prison of the mind/the prison as punishment/the rage of the damned will sound on the ruins of prisons/those denying obedience and misery of our era even within its hellholes/will dance together on the ruins of every last prison/with the flame of rebellion avenging whatever creates prisons.

To the prisoners struggle already counting one dead and thousands in hunger strike across greece, we stand in solidarity and anger until the destruction of every last prison.



Keny Arkana - La Rage English Subtitles

1976 - 2000 Greek Anarchists Fight for Freedom

(December Riots in Greece)