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(en) Australia, Melbourne, Article and call to action in support of the thessaloniki prisoners still incacerated since the june 2003 E.U summit.

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Date Thu, 20 Nov 2003 10:57:39 +0100 (CET)

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The prisoners in thessaloniki are now in a very critical state. It is vital
that we continue the actions of international solidarity that have started
worldwide. We need to mobilise ourselves and continue to take action in our demand
that all charges against the prisoners are dropped and they are immediately released.
Protest outside the greek consulate in melbourne. Monday the 24th of november
at; 37 Albert Rd. melbourne at 11. am Solidarity with the Saloniki 7
The bi-annual summit of the European union was held in Thessaloniki, Greece in
June 2003. Delegates from each E.U member country met to make decisions on such
issues as war, immigration and the continuing development of fortress Europe
and a European common army.

Whilst the politicians and bureaucrats met behind fences, security and a
massive police presence; more than 100,000 people took to the streets. Over
3000 anarchists/ anti authoritarians demonstrated together.
Of the original 100 arrested on the 20th of June, 7 have been refused bail and
are still in prison. The charges they are facing are riot, resisting authority
and possession of explosives. These carry sentences of 7-25 years, if found
guilty. They are being held in a maximum security prison and are continuing to
be denied justice despite overwhelming evidence that they are being framed. The
evidence presented by the police is outrageous, for example they claim that
British activist Simon Chapman carried a black bag full of weaponry including a
hammer, pick axe and Molotov cocktails on the demonstration. Yet, images have
been taken of Simon when he was attacked by the cops proving he was wearing a
blue and purple bag. The existence of this blue and purple bag is denied by the
cops, and has since disappeared. Whilst Simon was nursing his head injuries
Greek television unwittingly filmed the cops collecting weapons and placing
them inside a black bag. They beat Simon until he accepted this new black bag.
It seems that all of the 7 who were refused bail have been similarly fitted up,
although at this stage there are only details of Simon's evidence. 5 of the
seven have been on hunger strike for almost two months.

All of the prisoners are in critical health and very weak. They have been
transferred to a prison hospital and minor demands for improvement of
conditions were met after a two day thirst strike.
Sukeman Dakduk, the Syrian activist (who if deported faces the death penalty)
is unable to move from his bed. Simon, who has had his head shaved, can’t
sleep. Fernando Perrez-Goraiz from Spain is passing blood. On the 3-11-2003
Carlos Martin- Martinez also from Spain, and one of the five hunger strikers,
was taken to a hospital 8 km’s out of Thessaloniki with an entourage of 50 cops
some wearing balaclavas. At the hospital he was forced to sit in a chair with
his hands tied behind his back all night and beaten by the cop’s continuously
throughout the night. The next day he was returned to the prison without having
received any medical attention.

"In a period where war is legitimized and resistance criminalised where a
demonstration is considered as guilt and felony the movement has to choose
either resistance or compromise
.. solidarity must be shown to all hostages of the state."
- excerpt from a letter written by Sukeman Dakduk from prison.

They’re inside for us, we’re outside for them.

Letters of support can also make all the difference to those in prison. Knowing
that others on the outside are thinking about you is one of the most vital
things for remaining strong whilst on the inside.
To find out the full names and adress of the saloniki 7 and details of what
they can and cannot receive via post, check out:
HYPERLINK "http://www.brightonabc.org.uk/thessaloniki.htm";

Write letters of protest to the Greek embassy in Canberra and the consulate in
Melbourne: 37-39 Albert Rd. 3205 Vic.
fax :0398664933.
For more information contact "mailto: thessalonikiprisoners@yahoo.co.uk" to
join the email group. Or check out HYPERLINK "http://www.uk.indymedia.org

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