Statement Against Repression of Resistance in Greece
After being identified following the attack of the Parliment on May 21st –
An action in support of Dimitris Koufontinas, a comrade imprisoned for
life on a hunger strike – two activists must collect 60,000 euros before
14 June, otherwise they will spend 10 years in jail.
Link to the financial support1:- https://www.lepotcommun.fr/pot/mjj83sy2
Prime Minister and Ministry of Justice are once and for all trying to
put away Giorgos Kalaïtzidis, co-founder of ROUVIKONAS** and Niko, both
members of the same group and famous Greek resistance fighters. In fact,
both are prosecuted not for a civil offense, but this time for a crime.
By utilising an old law on the protection of historic monuments of
great value – a law almost never used, intended for the likes of the
Acropolis or Delphi – the state has found a way to trap our comrades
who until now were always careful not to cross this legal boundary into
commiting criminal offenses.
As a result, Giorgos and Nikos
face 10-years in prison and are being asked to pay a gigantic security
deposit of 30,000 euros each (60,000 euros in total) by the 14th of June2,
that is, three weeks before the legislative elections. The will to use
the law to quickly to lock up several well-known members of the group
and to offer a resounding media show is clear.
The hardening of
the repression against the group (whose last sentence in April amounted
to 3,000 euros or ten times less) is one of the aspects of the state
manipulating public opinion right now. As a part of the European and
local elections, Tsipras,- the Greek Prime Minister – has just initiated
early parliamentary elections and will play his role on the 7th
of July as an outsider facing the right. The right center of the
electoral spectrum hates Exarchaia (a district of Athens well known for
art and resistance), the Anarchists and other revolutionaries, and is
preparing to enable Mitsotakis -the leader of the right – to “evacuate
Exarcheia in a month” and to “imprison the red and black bandits”
the past two months, Tsipras has been striking with all the horrors on
the right and flexing his position of authority: six refugee squats have
been evacuated, the Exarcheia district daily harassed by the police, a
TV show about the district which announces its near end, the political
prisoner Koufontinas brutally deprived of his supervised exit permits to
see his son, and now members of Rouvikonas about to go to jail.
attack on the resistance movement in Greece is probably the hardest
since Tsipras came to power. No group has resisted so much in recent
years as Rouvikonas: daily, like a elixir the against resignation that
Tsipras is trying to provoked.
Almost every day, we have heard
about Anarchy and resistance in the news and in the press. Almost every
day, more and more people said that nothing is finished.
Because our solidarity is as unbreakable as is our will to fight.
We will stand and support our comrades everywhere, by all means, as we struggle.
Support to Giorgos, Nikos and all members of ROUVIKONAS!
Call for solidarity actions everywhere outside Greece!
– as just happened two nights ago in front of the Greek Embassy in Paris.
Call for financial support!
– if you are unable to donate, please share.
if we do not succeed in preventing the imprisonment of Giorgos and
Nikos, other members of the group will at least be able to escape other
less severe sanctions and continue the struggle. ■
1. To participate in the call for financial support (before June 14th), the Pot Commun with all the information is here: www.lepotcommun.fr/pot/mjj83sy2
To send cash directly, ROUVIKONAS will soon be on tour in Italy,
Switzerland, France and Belgium, from 1 to 9 June. Σπύρος will take care
of it with us. All details of the tour here: www. lamouretlarevolution.net/spip.php?rubrique34
proceed by transfer or paypal (or cheque, but it is a bit long and
complicated compared to the other possible forms), contact in French:
email@example.com or only for a transfer, by
communicating in English: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you come to Athens before June 14th:
See you at K*Vox every day, starting at 16:00, place Exarcheia.
2. Presentation of
Rouvikonas (10 minutes):
(Original translation edited by Organise!)