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(en) Thessaloniki 5 hunger-strikers transferred to Athens prison hospital - Direct solidarity actions.

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Date Wed, 12 Nov 2003 14:23:56 +0100 (CET)

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Suleiman Dakduk "Kastro" is today (november 12) on the 53nd day of hunger
strike, Simon Chapman, Carlos Martin Martinez and Fernando on the 39th and
Spiros Tsitsas on the 36th. Their health situation is getting crucial.
> News from the past week: - On November 4, spanish anarchist Carlos was first transferred
from Diavata prison to "Ag.Pavlos" Thessaloniki hospital. During the night he spent there
he suffered psychological and physical tortures by the police armed escorts.
They let him handcuffed and naked in a chair all night, in a room with open
windows and were hitting him every time he would fall asleep. A doctor has
certified a number of bruises on his body. A day after, 40 comrades
"visited" the hospital and occupied the manager's office.

- Saturday (nov. 8) the five of them were transferred to Thessaloniki
hospital "Papanikolaou. Fernando and Carlos were spitting blood, "Kastro"
has lost more than 25 kg and Tsitsas is less than 50kg. They were in the
same room, under heavy police surveillance, hooded "anti"-terrorist police
commandos in full gear and guns at hand among them, and they were not let
have any contact with their lawyers or make phone-calls. Resisting this form
of terrorism and isolation they started a "water-strike" (they refuse to
drink any water) which lasted a day (nov.9), risking more of their lives for

- Monday (nov.10) authorities decided to transfer them to Athens prison,
claiming "security reasons", without informing their lawyers. The operation
started after midnight, with a large police mobilization in all the
Thessaloniki-Athens national highway. Two of the hunger-strikers were put in
ambulances and the rest in police van, where they were intimidated by the
cops. They arrived in Athens Koridallos prison in the dawn of Tuesday (nov.
11). Police arrested two indymedia activists for filming their arrival and
the police cars. Doctors from Thessaloniki expressed fears that their
transport to a prison hospital may facilitate the torture of "feeding them
with force". Later that day, spanish anarchist Fernando was taken to a
hospital in Nikaia (suberb of Athens) where he is kept in a room-cell.

In Avlona prison for minors, the two other prisoners arrested in the
demonstration against the E.U. summit last June in Thessaloniki, Dimitris
and Michalis have also started a hunger strike from Nov. 10 to Nov. 17, in
solidarity with their five comrades.

After these developments there were immediate solidarity actions:
- Occupation of the rector's office in Panteios university (athens)
- Occupation in the University of Crete in Rethymno
- Occupation of the Technological University in the city of Kavala
The same night, 80 anarchists-antiauthoritarians gathered for a few minutes
outside Nikaia hospital where Fernando is, and shouted solidarity slogans in
greek and spanish. The hospital is guarded by riot police squads who tried
to push away the demonstrators the time they were leaving.

Today, (nov. 12) anarchists organize a demonstration with motorbikes and
cars from the center of Athens to Koridallos prison and Nikaia hospital.




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