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Letter by Kostas Gournas, imprisoned member of Revolutionary Struggle, from inside Domokos Type C Prison (Greece)

10/01/2015 in General

The coalition government New Democracy-PASOK [right and left political parties] did not only flirt with the extreme neo-liberalism imposed by the Troika [IMF-ECB-EC], it was the biggest supporter and helped in the shaping of the memorandum policies. It not only flirted with the far-right agenda of the Golden Dawn [fascists political gang], it was itself the political and institutional expression of the deeply far-right state that promotes the transformation of society into a fascist one.

C’ type prisons
and the legal framework that defines a regime of exclusion for the prisoners is part of the memorandum policies that have messed up the lives of thousands of proletarians. A living prison inside the prison that aims for the political isolation and de-politicization of the political prisoners and their actions, vengeful treatment of the disobedient and is a means of dissuasion for all prisoners.

During its swan song, the government has transferred social and political prisoners to the new C’ type wing in Domokos. Just a few days before the premature elections that were sped up when the government lost the trust of the Troika, the opening of the special wing in Domokos marks the re-ascertainment of the “law and order” dogma with the establishment of its crown. A few days after the partial regression in the Romanos case, the government raises the stakes by imposing its injured power.

The confrontation with the regime of exclusion in the Type-C prisons is not simply a confrontation between the prisoners, the solidarity movement and society against the government that is going or the one that will come after the elections. It is a battle we all ought to spread/fight with the deep state in its core and against its indispensable identification with the neo-conservative “antiterrorist” dogmas of imperialism. It is a battle that concerns all of society which is hurting today by the brutal policies of Capital, a battle against the transformation of society into a fascist one.

Against the terrorism of State and Capital
Ahead comrades, for the structuring of the social revolution

4/1/2015
Kostas Gournas
C’type prisons of Domokos

Translated by Act for freedom now!
Slightly edited for clarity by 325

Letter by Nikos Maziotis, imprisoned member of Revolutionary Struggle from inside Domokos Type C Prison (Greece)

10/01/2015 in Prison Struggle

A few hours after Samaras’s government collapsed, because it was not possible to elect a president of democracy on December 29th resulting in the announcement of elections, my transfer to the C’ type high security prisons in Domokos was carried out. The transfer to the C’ type prisons is the final act of a government which could not take on, like the previous ones, the weight of political social genocide it has been enforcing for the last 2,5 years under the orders of the Troika [IMF-ECB-EC] and the transnational economic elite.

It is the final act of a government that proved that the regime that led thousands of people to death, sunk millions into poverty, wretchedness, hunger and a whole population to humiliation, is afraid of revolutionaries and armed fighters. They fear the armed revolutionary struggle and this is why they want to bury us alive in the isolation of the high security prisons. My transfer to Domokos was their main intention after the shoot-out in Monastiraki on July 16th when I was arrested while injured and they had pre-announced that I would be the first prisoner to be moved there.

C’ type prisons are the natural continuation and consequence of the oppressive policy of the State against armed fighters and the guerrilla warfare. Just like the anti-terrorist laws, the legislation of high security prisons and the recent changes in the penal code by priority aims at armed revolutionary actions. Especially in today’s conditions that the regime is de-legitimized and has lost the social consensus because of the crisis and the storm it has unleashed, dealing with armed struggle or the threat of it, is a high priority for authority since as they themselves have confessed because of my arrest, -for which they also received congratulations from the USA-, security is linked with stability, investment and the continuation of the rescuing program.

I have no illusion on the position of a possible SYRIZA government on C’ type prisons, which they will never abolish, nor will they reverse the transfers, just like they will not abolish the memorandum
conventions.

NO TRUCE WITH THE STATE
NO TO THE ELECTION ILLUSIONS
THE SOLUTION WILL ONLY BE GIVEN BY ARMED PEOPLE

Nikos Maziotis member of the Revolutionary Struggle
Domokos prisons

Translated by Act for freedom now!

Nikos Maziotis transferred to C Type prison in Domokos (Greece)

01/01/2015 in Prison Struggle

via actforfree:

After Nikos Maziotis’ communication with a comrade, we are informed that as of today 30/12/14 he has been transferred to the C Type prison of Domokos.

The comrade is in a wing on his own. His moral is high.

NO COMRADE ALONE IN THE HANDS OF THE STATE

SOLIDARITY IS OUR WEAPON

Assembly of Solidarity for political prisoners, imprisoned and persecuted fighters

Nikos Maziotis
Geniko Katastima Kratisis Domokou,
Ε Pteryga, 35010 Domokos,
Fthiotida, Greece

Text of Nikos Maziotis for the formation of an Assembly of Solidarity (Greece)

28/12/2014 in Letters from Prisoners

In the text below Nikos Maziotis, member of Revolutionary Struggle, suggests the creation of meeting of solidarity for all political detainees and prisoners in struggle. At the same time this is an open call to all comrades and companions of the anarchist / antiauthoritarian domain to participate and support this endeavor.

The text is also sent to all political detainees and imprisoned fighters.

Comrades, companions- this text addresses you concerning the Type-C prisons, and my proposal for the transformation of that meeting as much as it concerns the issue of solidarity.

Comrades, companions- passing legislation of the Type-C prisons is an expected development in the repressive attack of the state against the armed Revolutionary Organizations and against armed action. Subsequently it brings into legislation changes and reforms that have been under way for about 14 years and is directly linked to the political and economic conditions, applicable for years internationally, including none other than the “war on terror” and the neoliberal reforms intended to impose the dictatorship of the markets with its doctrine of supranational capital.

As Revolutionary Struggle, since the beginning of our activities in 2003, I believe that we properly analysed the political and economic conditions in the early nineties when we first started our activities: conditions relating to the globalisation of the capitalist system. This includes both the neo-liberal reforms that led to the economic and civilian-relevant nature of globalisation and were designed by the dictatorship of transnational capital and the “war on terror” launched in 2001 following the attacks on the United States. The system, therefore, in order to impose the dictatorship of markets proceeds with increasingly harder crackdowns and tends more and more towards the totalitarian.

In Greece that same year the economy was opened to transnational capital after the so-called “scandal” of 1999. This resulted in the stock market integration in EMU (economic and monetary union) in the Eurozone in 2002. It is therefore no coincidence that in the same period, even whilst lagging behind Western Europe and the US, the Greek State is proceeding to legislate the first anti-terrorism laws in 2001, the Organised Crime and Terrorism Bill facilitated by Justice Minister Michalis Stathopoulos. The law was passed after pressure from the US and Britain and targeted members of the armed Revolutionary Organizations and more specifically N17 which was the only guerrilla organization active at that time. This law was named the “law against organized crime” and it was done with the obvious purpose of serving the tactics of the state: to deconstruct the political characteristics of armed revolutionary organizations, to depoliticize and clean them of the language of ideological action and to present them as a ordinary criminal offenders . All those accused and on trial for N17and ELA actions in 2003 and 2004 respectively are on the receiving end of this law.

Despite the fact, however, that this law originally targeted members of the armed Revolutionary Organizations, the state also uses it for the hardening of general law enforcement regarding illegal incriminations. They are aggressively utilising the provision of “criminal organization” using the device of “conspiracy” and this has resulted in an increase of total sentences. However, do not confuse cause and effect: the law ‘Stathopoulos’, the first anti-terrorism law, was made primarily for members of the armed revolutionary organizations, but the result has been generalised and increased in scope to also apply to cases of organized delinquency. Read the rest of this entry →

About the event “Armed War, Revolutionary Movement and Social Revolution” with phone call intervention from Nikos Maziotis of Revolutionary Struggle (Greece)

18/10/2014 in Prison Society

Yesterday, Friday 17th, there was a fixed event concerning the “Armed War, Revolutionary Movement and Social Revolution” in Athens, where the anarchist comrade Nikos Maziotis was going to speak through the phone, from the Diavata prison.

Because of a court order, the phones in the wing where the comrade is detained, were closed. This is what the warden named Valsamis revealed to a prisoner of this wing when, at the same time, the direction of the prison said both to journalists and the lawyers that is was a due to a technical problem and efforts were being made for its restoration.

There will be more detailed information about the incident.

Anarchist prisoner Antonis Stamboulos goes on hunger and thirst strike (Greece)

08/10/2014 in Prison Struggle

via contra info:

Following his arrest in Athens on the 1st of October 2014, Antonis Stamboulos is currently being held on remand facing terrorism charges.

On October 6th, with another open letter, the comrade announced a hunger and thirst strike denouncing the fact that he is now being held in the prisoner transfer centre of Athens. Furthermore, he protests the ongoing media construct fueled by anti-terrorism cops against him.

The terror-frenzy scenarios leaked to the Press have no end, to make it easier for the anti-terrorism unit to exterminate him. The captive comrade has been portrayed, among other things, as a leading member of the Revolutionary Struggle urban guerrilla group, as co-perpetrator of a bank robbery in Kleitoria (Achaea, Greece) and as alleged successor of slain comrade Lambros Foundas, while the mouthpieces of Power have spread that the wanted anarchist Pola Roupa along with her child was supposedly seen on the steps to his apartment in Kallifrona street in Kypseli (which was deemed a “safehouse”). Meanwhile, wannabe informants and other ridiculous snitches have been all too willing to testify against him (e.g. a neighbour to his parents’ house claimed he had heard explosions from the basement of their home). Read the rest of this entry →

First Interview of Nikos Maziotis after his arrest (Greece)/ Erstes Interview mit Nikos Maziotis nach seiner Festnahme (Griechenland) / Premier interview de Nikos Maziotis après son arrestation (Grèce)

21/08/2014 in Interviews, Prison Struggle

Via 325 and RHI-SRI:
(German and French versions below)

Here is the first Interview of Nikos Maziotis after his arrest. Published in the Greek newspaper “Efimerida ton Sintaktion”

1. You are a member of Revolutionary Struggle, an armed anarchist organization. Why did you choose armed struggle as a method of action?

Armed struggle is an integral part of the struggle for social revolution. It is an integral part of a revolutionary movement that seeks the overthrow of capital and the state. There is an inseparable connection between the movement and armed struggle to such an extent that a movement to be truly revolutionary needs to include armed struggle in its targets. Throughout history there has never been a victorious revolution that was not armed. Armed struggle or in other words, armed propaganda, is a very powerful tool for the fight and its political messages can be very powerful, as long as there is an overall political conception and analysis about where we act, what we want and what we aim for. In Revolutionary Struggle we believe that armed action aims at dissipating to the greatest possible social and folk classes the necessity of social revolution and of the overthrow of capital and the state. Today, especially in Greece but not only, during the fiercest attack of the imperialist capital, while the Troika and the Greek state implement a policy of social genocide, armed struggle is as necessary and timely as ever. In 2009, at the beginning of the crisis, when it still had the characteristics of a crisis of the financial system and before it became a debt crisis, we had expressed the view that a great opportunity for a revolutionary era had dawned for Greece, because the consequence of the crisis was the end of neoliberal consensus and the de-legitimization of the economic and political system in the eyes of the social majority. Under these these circumstances, targeted armed action against the regime may result in a cascade for a system with advanced interdependence in all areas and activities and acts as a proliferation risk of destabilization. Since the economic and political globalization has advanced significantly, and with it the conditions of interdependence have increased, our view has been reinforced that armed struggle is now more than ever, not only politically necessary and feasible, but also crucial for the incitement of systemic problems and conflicts that will effectively undermine the system, to its final fall. But this requires a revolutionary movement that will resort to arms. Read the rest of this entry →