Thursday, January 27, 2011

2 letter from the Imprisoned Comrade Christos Politis

Stylianos Glykofrydis must have been a really prominent man during time he served as director and general supervisor of prisons. He had been calling for the government to fight against communism "directly or indirectly imitating the acts of Hitler" when in 1936 he proposed that Communists awaiting trial have their visiting and excercise period limited (to avoid contact with other prisoners "that lead to well-known and undesired consequences").
The thoughts, perception and proposals of Stylianos Glykofridis have certainly not been left untapped by the modern state.

  After our kidnapping, that of myself and Kostas Barlis', from Exarcheia on the 4th of January, we get taken to the offices of the antiterrorist unit. While my comrade was set free, after 48 hours they announced my arrest. At the same time, the chief of the Greek Police cynically states that I was arrested "because I was set free in the appeals court case".

Namely a case for which I was called and examined by the 8th regular investigating judge and was released following her decision. The truth is that they are interested in keeping me as a hostage precisely because I am an anarchist.
 Because for the past 15 years I have been active in this radical political area. In my case, it is not simply an attempt at upgrading but also the development of the repressive method of criminalizing relations of friendship and comradeship, which dozens of fighters have experienced lately.
 In my case, the antiterrorist unit has constructed relationships that do not exist in reality as I do not even know my co-defendants personally.
 After being put on remand, while masked antiterrorist units were talking with the investigating judge more often than my lawyers, I was taken to Grevena prison, a C Type detention establishment. Despite the fact that, according to the penal code, "In C Type prisoners are held without communication with prisoners of other categories, prisoners serving life sentences or at least ten years' imprisonment and are considered particularly dangerous for smooth co-existence in other types of prisons".

 An isolated prison, with law buildings and high walls in order to cut anything from the surrounding area from view, with cameras and electronic security systems everywhere. A static and stony construction that wants to deprive any exoteric stimulus, to flatten your personality, to destroy you mentally. Obviously, following orders they put me in a "security" sector, without that having been asked for me, without anyone being threatened and despite my continual application to get out of here. The result of this deliberate persistence is to impose on me an aberrational status quo of absolute isolation, trying to - up to a point - erase my request for my transfer to Korydallos prison.

  The economic policy definitely includes a new "quality" of state repression as a supplement. Today now that capitalism cannot hide its real face, social consensus can only be reached through violence. Through the courts' decision that judges the workers' strikes illegal, through water cannons, threats for levy en masse, through tear-gas, through "antiterrorist" operations. Through calls for self-control and through the screaming of the journalists. Only through these methods and these methods alone, will the Greek state become a successful experiment, turning the country into a region of fortress Europe and making it an economic paradise for the bosses.

 With a population kept holding on, waiting for someone to come and save them and the people who are considered left-overs crowding in front of prison food or inside the prisons. Already, from the beginning of the 70's, the " anti -terrorist" policy has overcome the traditional anticommunist one. It has become the answer coming straight from the status quo, into the repression of an enemy who was present everywhere, diffused, flexible and not specific and static like the formal Communistic Parties or the Soviet Army in Eastern Europe. Already, the new enemy has been found among the dynamic and polymorphic movements, among the proletarian areas that do not get homogenized, among the urban guerilla. So today, when more and more actions and political practices are the target of the Counter Authority for Crimes of Special Violence, the "antiterrorism" for the Authorities is something to be commanded in order to keep the people's rage caged within the limits of a claimed realism and conformism.
 That's the reason for the persecutions with doubtful DNA samples, for the cascade of upgrades on the "terror-law", of the "wanted" calls, of the special offences against comrade and social relationships, of the continued surveillance, of the hundreds of fighting persons who are judicial hostages and the dozens of persons who are kept inside the prisons, of the mass media propaganda that talks about "terrorists" and "co-transporting vessels". All these, in order to lend fake meanings to words, to isolate and finally smash the internal enemy. To smash all these people who stir up class hatred and escalate national division, all those who boost solidarity, self-organized action and clash with the status quo.

  The wager for us at this time is, more urgently than ever, to determine the line of history. Because Capitalism, its total poverty and misery that are imposed, is not a one-way direction.

Christos Politis
Grevena closed  prison
8th January 2011

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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)