The Greek anarchist prisoner Nikos Romanos as a contemporary Bobby Sands is on hunger strike for more than 3 weeks now. His main request is his educational furloughs which are being refused by the Greek state. Albeit the personal implication it has to be highlighted that this action consists a political activism against the new law concerning the rights and furloughs of the prisoners in Greece.
Nikos Romanos is one of the four who were arrested in their attempt to expropriate a bank (based on their anarchist beliefs), and were convicted of bank robbery last year. It is worth mentioning that during their arrest and the first days of their captivity he and his comrades were severely injured by the police forces. The severity of their deformed faces from the injuries and bruises was of such extent that the photographs released to the press were modified (by photoshop), in order to hide the results of the police brutality. Whilst imprisoned, Nikos Romanos attended the school unit in prison and he was successful at the national exams. As a result, he was granted the right to continue his studies at university level. His right to educational leaves is now being refused however due to restrictions of the novel law and under the excuses of high dangerousness and a high risk of escape.
All of the above is taking place in an ambience of radical political activities in Greece: The previous month the university students’ protests against the law and amendments in education which are aligned with the Neoliberal view of privatised education took place. All the protests were accompanied and stigmatised by the brutal and violent interventions of the riot police towards one of the most peaceful protests of all times in Greece. The hunger strikes of 4500 (the highest number was during July, 2014) prisoners for the annulment of their furloughs and the conditions of imprisonment. The hunger strike (still in progress) of the Syrian war-refugees who are trapped in Greece because of the European Union’s “Dublin-2” treaty, whilst they want to move to an EU country where they may commence their lives from scratch. A few days ago, the Lamentation-Anniversary of the murder of Alexis Grigoropoulos, a close friend of Nikos Romanos (who was one of the carriers of his coffin during the burial ceremony) and victim of the Greek Police, who died by the gunfire of policeman Korkoneas on the 6th of December 2008. In the process of the protest, riot police injured a great number of protesters. Furthermore, many experienced journalists witnessed (they have provided photos and video) the activity of almost 200 undercover policemen. The journalists observed, filmed and photographed the undercover policemen (dressed like anarchists) originally among the riot police (whilst taking orders) and later provoking the riot police by throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails, thus giving them the “right” to use excessive violence. Methods of a totalitarian dictatorship are applied, in the place where the concept of democracy was introduced to humanity.
Consequently, it is evident that the Greek government desires to send a clear message that anyone who stands against it will be brutally crushed. This can be seen by the following:
- In the case of Romanos where the violation of his human rights by forced feeding was ordered, a technique which is legitimate only in Guantanamo, though this action is forbidden by the Helsinki agreement on human rights since 1975.
- The police tactics during protests in Greece.
- The neglect to tackle and satisfy the demands of the Syrian refugees. Instead, their removal from the Syntagma square where they camp and protest was proposed.
- The oppressive stand towards the prisoners in Greece who are in a degraded quality of imprisonment, victims of the brutality of guards, with all theirs furloughs being cancelled, which had been acquired by personal effort and signs of good behaviour.
Hence, while raising awareness on the above serious issues of the human rights violation, we demand:
A priori the permission to Nikos Romanos whose life is in great danger by the long hunger strike, to study as he was supposed to, based on the Greek legislation.
A posteriori an immediate response and satisfaction of the requests of the Syrian Immigrants, the Prisoners and the Students by the Greek State. Responses which will be in consistency with the human rights declaration.
Liberty or Death.
The passion for freedom is stronger than all prisons!
REAL DEMOCRACY NOW EDINBURGH (GR)
Bruno Davert, an engineer worker in the papermaking industry, is a victim of the relocation of his company. He has been on the dole for almost two years, alternating between moments of self-awareness and depression, and confronting the humiliation of job interviews. One day he has a somewhat drastic idea: to treat the labor market like any other market, in other words to do everything possible to eliminate all competition. He obtains the names of the unemployed engineers living in his region and, therefore, potential rivals for a job
at the Arcadia factory and kills them one by one.
A timely film by Costas Gavras showing the despare of unemployment, a marathon of surviving into a system that exploits the people’s working power. No one should miss it!!!
At the very centre of the European crisis, in 2013 Greece, after 5 years of extreme depression and severe austerity measures, racism, sexism and generally fascist ideas have reached an intense climax. Finding a political representative in the form of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, fascists repeatedly commit beating ups, even cold blooded murders of immigrants, activists, or anyone they suspect of being LGBT or left wing, often in front of cameras, covered by police’s indifference.
It was only after the murder of a 34 year old Greek anti-fascist activist rapper, Pavlos Fyssas, from members of GD -in front of unconcerned policemen, just a week after the brutal assault of Greek Communist Party unionists by 50 GD thugs- that the official state tried to show signs of reaction. Crammed by the strength and popularity of the anti-fascist movement, the coalition government of Greece gave the order for the arrest of 4 of the key members of GD, including its founder.
However, the ruling parties are the neoliberal extremists who have imposed measures of violent pauperisation and created the widespread perceptions of decay, victimisation and feelings of national humiliation which fuel the rise of fascism. They are now trying to persuade us that they condemn fascism, while the mainstream media that have been cultivating chauvinism, racism, sexism and anti-immigrant hate for decades now claim that they were unaware of GD crimes. It is an urgent need to create a movement that understands fascism for what it is; the long arm of the system, and will fight it together with its root cause. If we tolerate this, our children will be next!
Let’s fight back together against the rise of fascism; against the neo-liberal politics that give birth and support it!
Join us on Sunday October 27, 2013 at 5pm to the open discussion/video presentation and photography exhibition at Teviot Row House-Dining room.
Our next assembly is going to be held at Teviot New Amphion (13 Bristo Square) today 08/10 at 20.00. We will be talking about an antifascist event we are organizing highlighting the rise of fascist violence in Greece that led to the murder of Pavlos Fyssas by Golden Dawn. Fresh ideas are welcome, see you all there!