Greece: Anarchist prisoner Giannis ..”16 months after our arrests on 29/01/2020, after all the media propaganda that followed and our isolation in different prisons, we are being put on trial on 31/5 at Loukareos Court”..
”Αs an anarchist I oppose this procedure as I refuse to be judged by the chosen caste of judicial authority. But we are facing an extended indictment that composes a narrative which distorts the events and has as its main aim the extension of our imprisonment.
Briefly, we have been charged with ‘criminal organization’ as well as possession and transportation of heavy weaponry (the comrades also face this charge, whereas from the first moment I stated to the investigators that the weapons found in closed bags in the back seat where I was sitting, were my own), forgery, use of forged documents, force against officials and judiciaries, and disobedience.
”Furthermore, I have also been charged with the bank robbery of the Piraeus Bank in Erimanthia, Achaia, robbery-abduction of a policeman in Thessaloniki, and escape from the rural prison of Tirintha.
Giannis was finally arrested after a long escape, due to his continued activism. He is taking part in the trial to defend two friends who were with him when arrested.
”From my side, despite my known detestation of the boring and devious language of the law, I have the obligation to fight the cops’ allegations in the court, to fight the plans of the state that aim for the extension of the captivity of the two comrades, as well as the defamation of our relationships.
Because by giving us specific hierarchical roles in a ‘criminal organization’, the charge is not only false but affronts in total our choices, our positions, and above all the relationships of solidarity and equality that we try to promote.
”A charge that is based on zero evidence since the only event connecting all three of us is the event of our arrest, as neither Konstantina or Dimitra are in any way connected with the robberies and thefts written in the case documents.
For these reasons, the fabricated story of the police is not going to be left without a response.
To end this update text, I would like to express how much the solidarity actions around our case warm my heart.
Solidarity is our weapon”
from Act for Freedom Now
On 30/1/2020, comrades Dimitra Valavani, Konstantina Athanasopoulou and Giannis Michailidis were arrested in a stolen car in Agia Paraskevi following an anti-terrorist operation.
Giannis was originally arrested in 2013 for bank ‘expropriation’ but escaped from the Tyrintha agricultural prison in June 2019. Konstantina was also on the run, she had been sentenced in her absence to 35 years jail.
Dimitra Valavani was not a fugitive although she was awaiting a trial for allegedly resisting the violent taking of her DNA sample by the police see: https://enoughisenough14.org/2021/04/02/dimitra-valavani-trial-..
Weapons were found inside the car, which was driven by Giannis Michailidis. He and Konstantina Athanasopoulou were wanted, the first as fugitive from the rural prisons of Tirintha and for participation in the E.A. , R.O. REVOLUTIONARY STRUGGLE the second for bank robbery.
All three comrades are being tried on May 31 in the courts in Athens , Loukareos Street, room D80ST, 2nd floor.
The robbery of Piraeus Bank in Achaia on 29/8/2019 has been added to the case, as well as holding a police officer hostage in Halkidiki on 30/12/2019.
All three are also accused of forming a criminal organization.
TO BE ALL NEXT TO THEM
HANDS OFF THE FIGHTERS
NO HOSTAGE IN THE HANDS OF THE STATE
by Act for freedom now!
To send letters to the comrades:
Dimitra Valavani (Δήμητρα Βαλαβάνη)
Dikastiki Fylaki Korydallou
Gynaikeies Fylakes, (women prison)
Kostantina Athanasopoulou (Κωσταντινα Αθανασοπουλου)
Eleonas Women’s Prison
Giannis Michailidis (Γιαννης Μηχαιλιδης)
Malandrinou prisons (Κ.Κ. Μαλανδρίνου)
”From the magnitude of the workers’ exploitation and abolishing of labour rights to the stranglehold of animals in meat production units.
From the intensive repression against protests and the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment from anti-terrorist services around the world, to deforestation and the disappearance of wildlife.
From the financial exclusion of a growing social segment to the violent marginalization of most of the earth’s population to the murders of the poor, the excluded, of all who are leftovers in the world of the mighty.
From the provocative economic and business elite to the peoples being bombed, shot and uprooted. Where the interests of the powerful mean death, danger or a life drowned in submission.
Nature, animals and humans mean nothing more than units generating profits and wealth. These and many others led us to choose the anarchist struggle, a choice that challenges the existing social order.
”Our initial focus is on creating authentic and sincere relations, while at the same time there is the lasting need of our participation in the multiform struggle.
After all, the anarchist struggle does not differentiate its means or support a hierarchy of forms of struggle. It is imperative and adjusts according to the conditions of each era, placing its bet on collectivization and diffusion on the social fabric…….
…..All the time until our arrest – though not all of us were under the same ‘legal’ conditions – we realized that the antiterrorist forces were tightening their grip around people close to us with the known-unknown methods of surveillance, the open secret that officially the Greek State denies exists.
No matter how much they scream about the legitimacy they are supposedly defending, they invade every aspect of our families and friends’ personal life in the most outrageous and depraved way. Telephone surveillance, 24-hour physical surveillance behind every step of our people, tracking devices, people waiting in cars outside houses. No matter how they try to convince of the supposed legitimacy of their ways, the Counterterrorism Service uses illegal practices.
Let us remind them that bourgeois democracy used the method of terrorism against its rivals to establish its authority.
Our life-attitude seeks to collectively defeat the fear that the State mechanism dispenses and overthrow this oligarchic regime calling itself democracy.
”We fight every day against State and capitalist terrorism. At the same time during the media management of our case sexist terms are clearly used, both undermining the stance and attitude of women and highlighting the patriarchal model of a male leader of a “criminal organization” that used women around it. This is more than offensive to our relations and stance in general.
The repressive operation that was carried out against us is not one isolated police operation but the persistence of the State in an attempt to exterminate and crush all forms of resistance, every rebellious heart beating in freedom.
”It comes as a moment of the State’s absolute resolve against the evicted squatters, the refugees in the concentration camps, broken heads at protests, sexist violence against women in Exarchia, restructuring of the legal arsenal of the State”.
‘Some final conclusions: Sure it was worth it. Every free day expropriated from prison slavery is priceless’.
”Confrontation with a mechanism that is becoming more and more powerful is getting harder and harder to uphold. Protection is also required in matters where until recently we did not imagine, while it is imperative that we don’t repeat ourselves and are insightful.
Luck plays a decisive role but the odds were against us. At this last point, it is worth pointing out that there is so much at stake here. Every repressive operation sends a message of power. This message is intended to terrorize people who actively resist the State machine.
This has the effect of reducing the actions and subjects that act, which results in focusing the mechanisms on the remaining few. Exactly this is asymmetrically increasing their chances against us. That is why it is necessary to defeat fear, to re-popularize direct action.
To not give up the street, to not give up the hostilities with the State and capital.
Solidarity finds meaning through the development of multiform subversive action. Let us oppose their upcoming trial-parodies, on the overloaded charges, on the anti-terrorist ‘s scenarios-fiascos.
STRUGGLE WITH NO RETREAT UNTIL TOTAL LIBERATION ”
Translated by Act for freedom now! ————————–
Giannis was originally arrested in February 2013 for the double armed robbery that took place in Velvendós, along with anarchists Nikos Romanós, Dimitris Politis and Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos.
He was also serving a sentence for an attack against the police in Pefki in May 2011 . And Comrade Konstantina Athanasopoulou had been on the run after she was released on bail for activities related to the Revolutionary Struggle organization. She was sentenced in
absentia in 2019 to 35 years and 6 months.
International anarchist solidarity with anarchist comrades arrests!
”Free all political prisoners in Greece and the world!
”From the International Network for the Liberation of the Political Prisoners of the World and Justice to Our Martyrs, we raise our voice of solidarity and fight for the freedom of Giannis Michailidis and all the political prisoners of Greece. They are dozens of young anarchists who fought against fascism and the starver anti-worker regime of the Troika and its adjustment plans”.