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(en) Greece, Athens, Celebration of TheSaloniki 7 releace

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Date Fri, 28 Nov 2003 15:02:13 +0100 (CET)

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Wednesday,26th November at 4pm,council of judges in Thessaloniki decided
to release all 7 activists imprisoned since 21 June for taking part in
Black Block demonstration against EU summit,which was held this days in
Halkidiki Penisula near Thessaloniki.
Here,in occupied building of University Administration in central Athens
after hearing this news we all sprung from joy,shouted slogans at the
cops(for which it was very bad day anyhow) and against the state.We
decided to keep squat at least one night more,for reasons of party but
also security issues.Some comrades proposed to keep bulding until greek
state will go down,but for that we must do more... More comrades arrived
soon,short assembly was held and it was decided to make spontaneus
motorbike demo to Nikaia hospital and Koridallos prison.Over 150
comrades joined(ca.70 motorbikes and few cars)and followed by some
motorized cops we made slow trip ,holding black flags and screaming
slogans,through streets of Athens.Many passer-byes waved and cheered
us.At Nikaia we saw still MAT(riot cops)units blocking all the entrances
of hospital,but also we could see through the window Carlos,Fernando and
Spiros waving to us,as we shouted slogans ,also in spanish together with
mothers of both spaniards.Afterwards we visited from the back hospital
of Koridallos prison,where through the wall we could communicate and
scream together with prisoners"Cops,pigs,murders"...As we all left and
went back direction city center,cops got panicked and tried to block us
few times,terrified by thought that we could try,as our mood was very
festive,to visit again (like several days ago) house of prime minister
Simitis .Back at squat,again assembly was held,where newest infos and
some precautions been discussed,later whole night party took place on
Propylea Square,in front of the building.2 young greeks released from
minors prison in Avlona joined us soon.In the night repetitevily there
been cops provocations(area was completelly surrounded),smaller
incidents with teargas and stones happened,yet they didn't dared to get
very near us.Last people left building in the morning.
Still,whole campaign for freedom of 7 isn't finished yet.They are not
free of any charges yet,all will face trial in some months.Foreigners
are not allowed to leave Greece until then,Greeks cannot leave too and
must present themselves at the cop station every 2 weeks.Health
condition of 5 ex-hungerstrikers isn't critical now,but hard to say if
they will have some long-lasting damages .Regarding this much depends
also on their own self-discipline concerning slow proccess of physical
On political level,we can say,that we won.All this time,through all
diverse solidarity actions we stressed:"They didn't been in Thessaloniki
by chance.They are fighters from our anarchist movement.Not victims,but
fighters..."No self-humiliating statements of own"innocence" or
distancing from Black Block actions been done by prisoners. All
anarchist initiatives of solidarity stayed coherent in their ideas
rejecting any cooperation with media,political parties,etc.,spreading
only through our own means information and pressing state though diverse
actions,from demonstrations&occupations to firebombs and other sabotage
acts.Social understanding of our fight got wider.Greek state made an
attempt to scare us out ,also in order to save their beloved and long
expected Olympics 2004 unspoiled by voices of dissent.Yes,we won the
battle,but now war starts.For 7 ,for all anarchists and for freedom of
Passion for freedom is stronger than their cells!

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