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(en) Melbourne, solidarity with Greek anarchists Arrested, tortured and silenced!

From "dr.woooo" <dr.woooo@nomasters.org>
Date Thu, 24 Jul 2003 09:33:53 +0200 (CEST)

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> by Anarcho-Syndicalist Federation, Thursday July 24, 2003 at 12:37 AM asfm@xchange.anarki.net
Support union CNT-IWA militant Carlos Martinez and anarchist activist Fernando
Perez Gorriaiz, charged with “terrorism” for protest action in Greece.
On the 3rd weekend of June, a massive protest took place in Thesaloniki,
Greece, against the EU Congress. The process of the EU is leaving most
Europeans without any representation; it is making decisions that are obviously
hostile to general public opinion such as spending more money on "security" and
repression rather than on employment, health and education, and allowing the
production and trade of genetically modified products when 98% of the
population is against it. The EU is organising, behind people’s backs, a Europe
for business, capital, bureaucracy and power, and not for political and social
participation and distribution of wealth and resources among all Europeans and

During the protest, in the early morning of Saturday 22 June, an intense fight
occurred with anti-globalisation groups and anarchists against the Greek police
and army, after which many activists where arrested. After being interrogated,
tortured and threatened they all were released, except for two Spanish
activists: Fernando Perez Gorraiz, (Burgos anarchist group member) and Carlos
Martinez Martin (CNT union member of Aranjuez).

The status of the two detainees is still unclear; the information that we do
have is the following:

Both have been brutally tortured in the police station and the prison;

Fernando has a broken tooth and several wounds over his body;

Police pulled out pieces of Carlos’s hair, and gave him wounds and bruises over
his body as well.

The reason for their detention given by the police is property damage,
resistance to authority, public disorder, and disturbance of the peace and the
possession of explosives and weapons.
Apparently police had planted molotov cocktails and slingshots in their bags,
when all they carried were masks and clothes.

Both are now facing charges of participation in an armed group, which, if
convicted, could mean 18 months in a Greek prison.

Lawyers have made allegations and now we are waiting to see what the judge has
to say.
A network has been created to support the detainees which is organising
different activities such as fundraisers, coordination of lawyers and
broadening awareness about Fernando and Carlos’s situation. All around the
world different groups are co-ordinating actions centered around Greek and EU
interests, demanding freedom for detainees and against the repression of the
Greek State in the spirit of the protest they were arrested. Here, in
Melbourne, ASF-IWA is calling for the first action to occur here on:

in front of the
37 Albert Rd., Melbourne
@ 12 PM.

What else can you do?

Spread the word.

Boycott Greek and EU multinationals

Make a donation to the support network:
Name of the bank:
La Caixa
Account number:
Account name:
Juan Antonio Lopez
S. Juridica y pro-presos
Comite Regional Centro CNT-AIT

Organise your own protest in your city: in the embassy, in the Greek
consulates, in commercial offices of Greece and EU.

Send to the addresses a protest letter as a fax. The suggested text is:
"We demand the immediate freedom of our comrades and friends Carlos Martinez
Martin and Fernando Perez Gorriaiz, as we consider the actions of the Greek
police and justice system to have been unjust and disproportionate. We consider
the arrest of Carlos and Fernando another example of the repression of
dissenters, of globalization that brings about war, injustice and misery. We
won’t stop until we have justice among our people, we won’t stop until we rid
the world of this barbarity and violence imposed daily upon us by those with a
monopoly of power."

Consulate General
366 King William Street,
Adelaide 5000,
South Australia
Tel: 00618-2118066
Fax: 2118820

16 St. George's Terrace
Perth, W. A. 6000
Tel: 00619-3256608, 3257706
Fax: 3252940

Consulate General
Level 20,
15 Castlereagh St,
Sydney N. S. W.2000
Tel: 00612-2212388, 2211423
Fax: 2211423

Consulate General
37-39 Albert Road
Melbourne Vic 3004
Tel : (03) 9866 4524
Fax : (03) 9866 4933

9, Turrana Street, Yarralumla,
Canberra A.C.T. 26000
Tel: 006162-733158, 733011
Fax: 732620
Telex: 0071-62724 Gremb aa

The European Commission's Delegation to Australia and New Zealand General
correspondence can be sent to:
18 Arkana Street
Yarralumla ACT 2600
General Tel: + 61 2 6271 2777
General Fax: + 61 2 6273 4445
Information Office: Tracy Meade Tel: (02) 6271 2721
New Zealand: Tim Hurdle Tel: +61 2 6271 2743

Media Contact: Roger Camilleri
Tel: +61 2 6271 2744 (business)

Send the detainees a solidarity letter to:
54012 – GRECIA
Long live Anarchy!
Long live the IWA!




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