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(en) Greece & more, SOLIDARITY ACTIONS FOR THESSALONIKI 7 November-October 2003 [EXCERPT]

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Date Thu, 13 Nov 2003 13:32:02 +0100 (CET)

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200 anarchists-antiauthoritarians made a demo with motorbikes and cars,
crossing the center of Athens. The first stop was Koridallos prison, where
Carlos, Simon, "Kastro" and Tsitsas are held. The prison was guarded by
strong riot police forces. Comrades waving red and black flags shouted loud
solidarity slogans to be heard inside prison. Next stop was Nikaia hospital,
where Fernando is. People were shouting LIBERTA! in front of dozens oF cops
cutting the access to the hospital. The demo returned to the center of
Athens, followed by two riot-police vans and motorcycle-police force "Z". In
the most bourgeois area of the center -Kolonaki- the cops' vans stuck in the
small streets and comrades managed to get outside prime minister's
residence! PM's security got panicked and started running around, while
anarchists closed the street in front, shouting really loud "FREE THE 7 -
STRONGER THAN ALL PRISONS". All passers-by and neighbors were taken by
complete surprise as something like that had never happened before. After a
while the riot cops (those stuck in traffic) managed to come to the spot (on
foot) and started tear-gasing. But comrades were already leaving, so
practically cops tear-gased other cops!! Leaving the rich Kolonaki area,
anarchists stopped in front of the cafes, shouting the good-old
"ROASTED WITH POTATOES". The event got huge coverage on radio and television
and the case of the Thessaloniki 7 and the hunger strike of the 5 was

11. Occupation of the rector's office in Panteios university, Athens
- Occupation of the Technological University in the city of Kavala
- Occupation in the University of Crete in Rethymno
- 80 anarchists-antiauthoritarians gathered 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.

10. Occupation of radio stations "Antenna" and "Sport Fm" in Patras.
- London. A person infiltrated a reception by the greek Ambassador and the
Hellenic Foundation for Culture and threw stink-bombs inside. Was thrown out
by the embassy's security when he attempted to interrupt the speech of the
Cultural Attache of greek embassy.
- Thessaloniki. Attack with molotov against PASOK (socialist -governing-

9. 20 comrades gathered outside Papanikolaou hospital in Thessaloniki, where
the 5 hunger strikers had been transferred. Demonstrators were surrounded by
riot police.

8. 1.000 people in the demonstration called by several anarchists groups and
collectives in Athens.
(photos: http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php?lang=el&article_id=155308
http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php?lang=el&article_id=155422 )

- 150 anarchists-antiauthoritarians blocked the railroad tracks outside of
Athens for 45 minutes, opened a banner and distributed flyers, delaying the
departure of the intercity train from Athens to Thessaloniki.
- 80 persons demonstrator outside the house of the greek ambassador in
- public discussion organized by Sheffield indymedia.
- solidarity and benefit event in Cardiff, Wales.
- The Assembly of Libertarians in the Basque Country organized solidarity
actions and demo on november 8&9 in Bilbao. There will be symbolic hunger
strike in the arena of the city nov. 14-16.

7. 1.500 people participated in solidarity demonstration in Thessaloniki.
- Occupation of a department of Aristotle university in Thessaloniki.
- solidarity rally by the assembly or anarchists in Kerkyra island.
- Comrades from Crete Solidarity Initiative occupied the city-hall of
- Occupation of the city-hall of Kavala by 30 anarchists-antiauthoritarians.
- solidarity demo in Patras.

6. 40 anarchists-antiauthoritarians occupied the office of "Athens 2004".
- Public discussion in Macedonia university organized by solidarity
committee in Thessaloniki, with members of CNT Aranjuez and Wombles-London.
Same discussion took place in Athens, nov. 8.
- In Athens, demo called by anti-authoritarian movement group and left
groups and parties (including the Social Forum). Majority of anarchists
didn't participate for the role of the Forum in thessaloniki repression,
their cooperation with police forces, their condemning statements about the
events of resistance by the black bloc and their total silence about the
prisoners from June since now.
- Demonstration in Heraklio, Crete.
5. 40 comrades occupied the manager's office of Ag. Pavlos hosital in
Thessaloniki, where Carlos Martin Martinez, as an immediate response to
Carlos' tortures in the hospital by the cops.

4. Solidarity demo in Mitilini island.
- Solidarity demo in Rethymno, Crete.

3. solidarity week for the 7 prisoners of Thessaloniki EU summit, with demos
outside the city-hall, distribution of flyers and symbolic hunger strike
organized by anarchists in Norwich, Britain.
1. solidarity rally in Volos.

31. Antonia, Milen and Nerea, the three comrades of "Kastro", Simon and
Carlos started a symbolic hunger strike in Thessaloniki.
- Occupation in the Secretariat of the University of Communication and Media
in Athens.
- Solidarity rally in Patras.
30. Solidarity and counter-information rally in Propylea, Athens, by
Anarchist Initiative.

29. 40 comrades occupied "Rock Fm" radio station in Athens and transmitted a
"solidarity-program" for an hour.
- Larisa. 40 people opened banners in solidarity with the 7 prisoners and
against athens olympic games 2004 in an official fiesta for the olympics,
during the speech of the under-Secretary of Athletics.
27. Demonstration outside the greek embassy in London.
25. Demonstrations outside the greek consulates in Barcelona and Coruna,
20-24. solidarity week in Vienna, Austria.

- Anarchists from CNT Madrid continue symbolic hunger strike that began
october 5, outside the foreign ministry in Madrid.

21-22-23. solidarity concerts, discussions and film shows organized by Villa
Amalias squat - Athens.

23. The legal demands of the seven Thessaloniki prisoners for temporary
release were rejected.

22. Comrades occupied "En Lefko" radio station in Athens.

21. Solidarity demo with motorbikes and cars in Thessaloniki.
- Film show and counter-information rally in Evagelismos squat - Heraklio,
- Anarchists in Athens gathered outside Economic University, distributed
flyers and spray-painted buses passing from central Patision street with
solidarity slogans. Same action took place in Law School, october 23.
17. Thessaloniki. occupation of an infromation center of the General
Secretariat for the New Generation (state organization).

15. Occupation of the Journalist's Union in Athens by

10. Solidarity concerts in Chania and Kavala.

9. - Heraklio-Crete. 40 comrades occupied the radio station "Radio Kriti"
and read letters of the prisoners and solidarity messages.
- Thessaloniki. Anarchists from several collectives occupied the Macedonian
Press Agency and cut off the electricity.

8. 50 anarchists occupied the state radio station 9.58fm in Thessaloniki.

6. Demo outside greek embassy in London.

5. Solidarity action, Thames bridge, London.

Many solidarity actions took place since June in several countries. So, this
list is not complete.
It was made to present only a spirit of solidarity that is spreading and
that needs to get stronger now, that the 7 comrades are all in hunger
strike, the 5 of them facing already severe risk of their health. Yesterday
they filed new legal demands to be temporarily released due to their health
Today, November the 13th, "Kastro" is on hunger strike 54 days, Simon,
Fernando and Carlos for 40 days and Tsitsas 37 days. Fernando is in Nikaia
public hospital in Athens and "Kastro", Simon and Carlos in Koridallos
prison hospital. Michalis and Dimitris, in Avlona juvenile prison, started a
symbolic hunger strike nov.10th.




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