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. (more…)