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(en) International statement of solidarity to the 51 antifascists who were arrested in Thessaloniki, Greece, at 16/9/2020. (ca, de, fr, it, pt)

Date Wed, 30 Sep 2020 09:10:30 +0300


In the evening of 16/9/2020 at Thessaloniki, Greece, during a social intervention, antifascists comrades were collectively erasing fascist slogans and graffiti, which were written a few days earlier by the members of the new neo-nazi party "Greeks for homeland", found by Ilias Kassidiaris, an ex-representative of the nazi party "Golden Dawn". The nazi graffiti were replaced with antifascist graffiti and slogans. Around 22:30 at night our comrades were surrounded by heavy police forces that attacked them without reason. 51 comrades were taken into custody to the Police General Headquarters in Thessaloniki and kept there 2 to 4 days under the most deplorable conditions. In total, 15 of them were injured while another 2 were even admitted to the hospital due to their heavy injuries caused by the police. During the arrest and the custody the cops never stopped provoking and abusing their power that is given to them by the state, in order to break the spirit of our comrades.

The 51 arrested were presented before the prosecutor and the investigator where the following outrageous and untrue accusation were made against them: i) disobedience because they refused to have their fingerprints and photos taken; ii) breach of the public peace (this is a very common charge that is given every time someone is protesting); iii) destruction of public site, for the antifascist slogans they wrote in order to cover the fascist ones. Apparently, for the greek court of bourgeois "justice" only the fascist's hate speech is permitted on the walls; iv) violation of the law on the protection of antiquities; v) illegal possession of weapons, because the antifascists wielded anarchist flags and helmets; vi) criminal prosecution for "monument damage". That claim was made through the curator of the antiquities, which has no problem to support this obscene lie, even though the "monument" which was damaged is actually the benches near the actual historical monument of Thessaloniki, the "White Tower". What is interesting is that the construction of those benches in 2008, which were part of Vasilis Papageorgopoulos's (former city mayor and member of the now ruling right wing party "New Democracy", who was set free from prison after embezzling 30.000.000 euros from the municipal funds) plan for the business regeneration of the area, was the one that actually destroyed the area around the historical monument of the city. Needless to say that the antifascist slogans were easily cleaned the next days by the city's street cleaners, of course leaving intact the fascist ones. Finally, the antifascist comrades who were arrested are now forced to be present once per month at the police station, as such restrictive conditions were imposed on them by the court.

This provocative attack against the members of the antifascist movement demonstrates the true colours of the capitalist oppression and the state's tolerance towards the fascists, whom they are constantly nourishing as their most reactionary reserve. This oppressive attack to our comrades is for us clearly an open provocation by the state and the cops only a few days away from the annual antifascists demonstration on the anniversary of the assassination of Pavlos Fyssas (antifascist hip hop musician who was murdered by the fascists of Golden Dawn) and from the completion of the trial of the criminal neo-nazi organisation Golden Dawn (for which the prosecutor's suggestion provides a more favourable treatment for the nazis). And yet, at 18/9/2020 massive demonstrations all over the country gave a strong message of resistance and fight against the state, the capitalists and fascist's "deep state". At the city of Thessaloniki 3000 protestors filled the streets of the city for the antifascist demonstration.

We will not let our comrades or any member of the anticapitalist and antifascist movement into the hands of the state oppression. Our solidarity towards those antifascists arrested that day is given and unending. It's our collective obligation to create a safety net to defend them before the vindictive prosecution of the state and its mechanisms. The political support and solidarity to our comrades is part of our duty as members of the international antifascist movement. As anarchists and antifascists we will stand by them in any way, continuing unwaveringly our collective fight for class and social emancipation and for the contribution of proletarian justice.

NO CRIMINAL PROSECUTION TO THE 51 ANTIFASCISTS WHO WERE ARRESTED IN THESSALONIKI, GREECE, AT 16/9/2020

UNCOMPROMISING INTERNATIONALIST AND CLASS STRUGGLE AGAINST THOSE WHO OPPRESS THE WORKING CLASS

DEATH TO FASCISM

SOLIDARITY IS OUR WEAPON

Anarquist Federacion (Greece)

Federación Anarquista de Rosario (Argentina)

Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement (New Zeeland)

Federación Anarquista Santiago (Chile)

Federación Anarquista Uruguaya (Uruguay)

Coordenaçao Anarquista Brasileira (Brazil)

Organización Anarquista de Córdoba (Argentina)

Die Plattform-Anarchakommunistische Organisation (Germany)

Libertaere Aktion (Switzerland)

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland)

Anarchist Communist Group (United Kingdom)

Grupo Libertario Vía Libre (Colombia)

Alternativa Libertaria / FdCA (Italy)

Organisation Socialiste Libertaire (Switzerland)

Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (South Africa)

Union Communiste Libertaire (France)

https://www.anarchist-federation.gr/archives/2298
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