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(en) Greece, Update on Prisoners from the Thessaloniki Anti-EU Actions

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Wed, 25 Jun 2003 14:44:00 +0200 (CEST)

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> Prisoners charged with silly illusions - Expertise in international terrorism!
We have just been informed that the comrade (F), is suffering
tortures, having health problems and propensity to anaemia. And now
he is portrayed in the media as a "basque libertarian, sought
internationally..."(!!!), expert in "international terrorism" (!!)...and
presenting him as little less than, as a species of "subcomandante"(!!)

The media campaign, according to Greek comrades, compares to
nothing. But they suspect that the message that they want to transmit
is that of control of "the dangerous and autononous elements " and
that all events of this weekend are due to foreign elements... And also,
deviate public attention from of the use of gases that are prohibited by
Greek laws, gases used in Vietnam by the USA (Cn, Cs).

The comrades with whom we are in contact are still suffering
symptoms like discomfort in lungs and eyes.

Twenty-eight persons have their hearing today. The comrade (F) is
has it tomorrow, and it seems that want they want to charge him with
possession of weapons (!!), so as to hold him for 18 months in
preventive prison.

The charges on this companion are very serious, it seems they want to
put as "scapegoat" and he could be condemned to up to 15 years of

Another companion that is in a very delicate situation is the comrade
from Syria, who, as we informed before, will be condemned to the
death penalty if he is extradited to his country of origin.

They all have suffered tortures, and continue to suffer tortures at this
moment. The comrade (C.) has had his arms completely bruised and
he has lost part of his hair, because they pulled it out of his head as

We expect to offer a bank account in support for the comrades shortly.


THE LATEST SO FAR 24.06.2003 16:34


Fernando, the activist from Burgos, Spain, detained on the 21st of June
in the demonstration against the EU of Thessalonica, is now in a
serious situation, according to information that his lawyer gave to La
Haine , www.lahaine.org.

Eleceodeotipia, one of the main corporate Greek newspapers, has
mounted a media campaign against him with headers like " Basque
anarchist sought internationally" and has published that "has pending
court cases in 23 Countries".

The judge, who in principle accused him of " possession of incendiary
appliances" (a flare a molotov cocktail), has arbitrarily changed the
charges, accusing him of "membership to armed band". The press
media have created the social opinion that during the demonstrations
the police had acted "passively, while the demonstrators destroyed
the city", and are using this case to stress the fact that among those
demonstrators there was an "international leader of armed band". The
lawyer of F. believes it to very possible that they give him preventive
prison of 18 months and a prison sentence of various years. It is
urgent to develop an extensive campaign of solidarity in the Spanish
State and internationally for his support.

La Haine expects to be able to offer more details on the case in the
next hours. In the same way, they will open a space so that
organisations of solidarity can upload their calls for support for the
victims of repression in Thessalonica. The two activists frm Austria
who were also arrested on the 21st of June have been released today
at 12.30 o'clock.

translation from www.la haine.org

(this is a translation from http://www.alasbarricadas.org/

Greek anarchist comrades have opened a bank account in solidarity
with the arrested people in salonika. We need approximately 30,000
euros for trial, bails and so on. the account is:

Banco Pireos 5209-0164-58-443

Name: Ieropoulos Ioannis. INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY!!!!!!


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