Freedom for Giorgos Kalaitzidis and Nikos Mataragkas.. State ‘frameup’ case collapses as prosecution witnesses change sides
Nov 29 2021 0 comments By thecollective
Back from the Tribunal, we have just met at the K*Vox with members of the group and the support committee.
ANARCHISTS 7-0 GREEK STATE ? THANKS FOR ALL THE SUPPORT!
Today we witnessed a magnificent, complete and final victory in this trial which has revealed itself to be a plot of the state against two members of Rouvikonas.
Giorgos and Nikos risked life imprisonment this morning for murder, on the basis of false testimony.
But the prosecution witnesses exposed the police manipulations and the prosecution changed sides: power was exposed in its desire to violently neutralise the Greek anarchist group by classifying it among criminal organisations.
Today, Giorgos and Nikos are free and the Rouvikonas group is strengthened. As the many messages that reach us show, the entire social movement recognizes itself in this victory, which is also its own, in the face of a Machiavellian and unscrupulous power.
This victory has no borders either: it is also yours, you who, at more than 2,000 km distance, are mobilised in various ways, in support of this crucial struggle.
A big thank you to all the support we received from all over the world, proof once again that we are everywhere!
Our utopias are alive, resistant and persevering! A day will come when the thieves of life will be stripped of their pedestal and the common interest will guide our thoughtful and concerted choices.
A day will come when we will move from the noun “power” to the verb “can”, from the domination of others to the ability to freely choose our lives. A day will come when collective intelligence will put an end to the agony of the Earth and those who inhabit it.
Only those who give up have already lost. There is no need to despair, but to act decisively to denounce the absurdity of authoritarian society and the collective suicide that is capitalism. We are the side of life against that of death. It is we who authentically carry the motto Liberty-Equality-Fraternity, and not the political leaders who usurp these words, because we offer concrete freedom, real equality and universal fraternity.
This morning, at the end of the three sessions of the trial, the 3 judges and the 4 jurors all declared Giorgos and Nikos innocent: our comrades in the struggle were acquitted unanimously. This 7-0 victory allows us to rule out any possibility of an appeal by the prosecution. The victory is therefore
final. We will celebrate this evening and tomorrow with you in mind!
Thank you again! The struggle continues !
The international support committee of Giorgos and Nikos, Exarcheia on November 25, 2021.
Sep 30th 2021 Report of their arrest
Greece: two members of Rouvikonas threatened with life imprisonment (call for support)
World, Sep 30th 2021
Two members of anarchist collective Rouvikonas are facing a potential life imprisonment if convicted in a trial that was described as Kafkaesque.
In June 2016, a drug dealer was murdered, execution-style, in the Athens neighborhood of Exarcheia. A few days later, the responsability for the execution was claimed by a group called “Armed People’s Militia”. The group stated “We claim responsibility for the execution of the mafioso Habibi, who for years has been the driving force behind incidents of violence against locals and regulars in the Exarchia area, culminating with the murderous attack on three comrades in the occupied Vox social center in March.”
Then, three years go by, and no member of Rouvikonas is targeted by the investigation in relation to the execution. In July 2019, the right wing governnment of Kyriakos Mitsotakis came to power and promises, among other things, to end “by all means” the anarchist group Rouvikonas, renowned throughout the country for its actions of solidarity and its resistance. In March 2020, an investigating judge takes over the case and indicts two Rouvikonas activists: Nikos Mataragkas and Giorgos Kalaitzidis, respectively for homicide and incitement to murder.
In June 2020, after their hearings at the prosecution, Mataragkas and Kalaitzidis were released without bail and the proceedings were dropped.
However, in April 2021, despite lack of supporting evidence, the autoritities decided to prosecute Mataragkas and Kalaitzidis and their trial was scheduled for October 13 2021. The aim of this action of the state is seemingly to destroy the two activists politically and physically and to damage the image of Rouvikonas and further criminalise the social movement in Greece.
The open letter in support of Nikos Mataragkas and Giorgos Kalaitzidis states:
“Faced with this Kafkaesque trial, we give our support to political and solidarity militants Giorgos Kalaitzidis and Nikos Mataragkas and we demand an immediate end to the proceedings.
We call for strengthening the international support committee: email@example.com (send your name, first name and position to join the signatories).
We also invite support for them financially in this showdown, which is not limited to this trial of the Rouvikonas group: the group is frequently the subject of legal proceedings for less serious reasons, but no less costly (in total, for all actions currently being judged and in the months to come, the group’s legal costs amount to several tens of thousands of euros):
Finally, we call for those who can, for a rally of support on the day of the trial: Wednesday October 13 at 9:00 a.m. at the Efeteio Courthouse, 4 Degleri Street in Athens. Photos of remote support actions are also welcome.”