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(en) Greece, APO: One year has passed since the state crime against Vassilis Mangos [machine translation]

Date Wed, 21 Jul 2021 09:31:30 +0300

Banner hanging at the Municipal Theater (Georgiou Square) in Patras ---- 13/7/2020 - 13/7/21 ---- Blood is not water. Memory is not rubbish. ---- The death of Vassilis Mangos was another state crime. ---- Not a step back against state repression! ---- On June 13, 2020, a nationwide march was held in Volos against the burning of garbage by AGET-Lafarge. The AGET plant, owned by the multinational Lafarge-Holcim, burns rubbish (RDF) in order to generate energy for the operation of the cement kilns, with the result that the region has become a champion in cancer. For years, the residents of Volos, with a series of mass mobilizations have been on the road to the struggle against the destructive - for man and nature - plans of the state, capital, municipal and regional authorities.

In a march involving thousands of people, families, children, people with disabilities and militants from different parts of the country to defend their lives and health against the interests of the bosses, the cops attacked with unprecedented brutality, beating dozens and arresting two people. They did the same and then, the same night, in front of the Volos police headquarters. They opened their heads and sent solidarity to the hospital where they were outside to support the detainees.

The next day, June 14, a rally of solidarity was held with those arrested outside the courthouse in Volos. There, the police attacked the crowd of supporters , whilebrutally beating the fighter Vassilis Mangos, known to the local authorities for his participation in the movement against garbage burning and his wider involvement in the struggling society of Volos.After being taken to the police station, he was retaliated against, following the repressive orgy of the previous one, and provocatively left outside the building - on the opposite end of the city hospital - with seven broken ribs, a fractured liver and a gallbladder. without even calling an ambulance.

The beating that was organized against the protesting residents of Volos on 13 and 14 June 2020 demanded the blood of protesters and it was another moment of the generalized repressive campaign of the state against those who resisted, another episode of the social war unleashed by the state and capitalist system in which the death of thousands, the condemnation of even more to poverty and misery, the totalitarian looting of the natural world. About a month later, on July 13, 2020, Vassilis Maggos was found dead in his home by his mother. The criminal practices of the state mechanisms, however, do not stop here, since during his necropsy various unexplained methods are carried out, his body is abducted and transferred to Thessaloniki, while the government, through Minister Pro. ??. Chrysochoidis, hurries to anticipate the forensic investigation and acquit Vassilis's torturers.

The torture and death of Vassilis Mangos are the culmination of an organized repression plan by the state that aims to suppress social resistanceto promote the most destructive investment plans and even greater anti-social policies throughout the country. Policies that focus first and foremost on the struggling world, the poor, the vulnerable, the refugees and immigrants, the entire natural world from one end of the territory to the other.

From our side, we stood in solidarity with the residents of Volos against the murderous plans of AGET. We demonstrated with Vassilis Mangos and thousands of other people up to the factory gate and experienced first hand the repressive rage of the cops. We know very well the circumstances in which Vassilis Mangos was beaten and subsequently tortured the next day, as well as the mafia practice of the local police to leave him bloodied and helpless on the street, while he had caused damage to vital organs. a year after the majestic demonstration to AGET, we demonstrated again in Volos together with hundreds of fighters from different parts of the country not forgetting the murder of Vassilis.

The death of Vassilis Mangos is another crime of the state and its mechanisms. Do not forget! Do not be left unanswered!

And a promise: We continue the struggle for a life with dignity, for a society of equality and solidarity, for Earth and Freedom with even greater force... Vassilis Maggos. Present!

anarchist group "bad horse"

Patras, 13 July 2021


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