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(en) Greece, SOLIDARITY ACTION IN ATHENS FOR THE PRISONERS' STRUGGLE AGAINST THE OLYMPIC STATE OF EMERGENCY, DISCRIMINATIONS AND TERRIBLE LIVING CONDITIONS

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Date Sat, 31 Jul 2004 15:09:18 +0200 (CEST)


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Friday, July 30. About 70 anarchists and anti-authoritarians made a
demonstration with motorbikes to the front gate of Koridallos prison, taking
by surprise the cops and prison-guards. People chanted solidarity slogans
for the prisoners who are refusing for more than a week to take food -in
most prisons of the country- as a protest for the state's decision to
deprive them of the five-day leaves (exits of prison), a measure that will
last all August because of the Olympic Games security state of emergency.
The prisoners' protest is also for the living conditions inside the
penitentiaries, the exterminating penalties they are convicted, the
discriminations that immigrant prisoners are suffering and the new isolation
cells.
After leaving the central prison gate, comrades made the round of the
facilities and stopped again in a back street where eye-contact with the
prison cells is possible. Many flyers were thrown up from the walls inside
the prison yard and prisoners came at the iron-cladded windows of their
cells shouting together with the demonstrators: THE PASSION FOR FREEDOM IS
STRONGER THAN ALL PRISONS, FREE ALL PRISONERS, SS-COPS AND JUDGES, FIRE TO
THE CELLS, RIGHT ARE THOSE WHO REBEL AND NOT THOSE WHO COLABORATE AND
SUBMIT...
All the way from Koridallos suburb back to the centre of Athens, flyers were
given to passers-by and there were slogans against prisons and the olympics
of repression.

A short note for the olympic police state and the myth of "tolal control":
Despite the zeppelin spying airship flying above us, the hundreds of
surveillance cameras and the police army patrolling the streets in view of
the olympic games, the surprise the cops experienced was absolute! Riot cops
outside the prison started running, dropping their sandwiches and beers and
rushing to their van to put on helmets and take their shields. Police in
patrol cars were confused which direction they should follow, resulting in
running up and down, trying to wear their bullet-proof vest and
simultaneously grab their machine guns when a comrade started firing a
flare-pistol and while the watch-post of the prison guards was under a rain
of stones. The riot cops in the central streets of Athens had exactly the
same ridiculous reactions when seeing the motorbike demonstration stopping
in front of them and shouting COPS PIGS ASSASSINS, with some comrades
placing trash-cans in the middle of the streets...

PICTURES FROM THE ACTION:
http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php?lang=el&article_id=250534


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