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Published on Jan 17, 2007
On January 17 2007 following a demo against the privatisation of public universities in Greece, thousands of students with many anarchists amongst them, returned to the Polytechnic University of Athens that has been taken over by anarchists on January 13 in solidarity and as an act against the silence that has been imposed by the media and the State about the case of 2 imprisoned comrades, namely Tarasio Zadorozni and Gerasimos Kiriakopulos who are currently on HUNGER STRIKE. Throughout all the demo the police was extremely provocative and intimidating while when everybody returned to the University they surrounded and isolated the place showing how it is to live in a pseudodemocratic society. To the masses of tear gas and smoke bombs thrown by the riot police inside the university grounds, the anarchists responded with dozens of petrol bombs, stones and whatever was possible to defend themselves and force the police to retreat.
Tarasio Zadorozni and Gerasimos Kiriakopulos have already been on hunger strike for 52 and 34 days respectively (on 18 January 2007) and were transferred from Koridalos prison to a secure unit in Nikea hospital on January 9 as their condition had deteriorated. They have been held in prison since May 6 2006 along with another demonstrator, Kostas Kachadouras, accused of rioting during the international antiwar demo of the European Social Forum in Athens.
The imprisoned demonstrators of May 6 are 3 of the thousands of people that took to the streets that day when riots erupted between the forces of repression and anarchists and young rebels and attacks were made against State and capitalist targets. The police arrested 17 demonstrators who were accused on trumped up heavy charges and 3 of them have been held in prison awaiting trial without any evidence against them (with the political consent of the traditional leftist parties and groups) so that they can be punished as an example for those who choose to resist without mediation or institutional representation. The struggle that those on hunger strike began for their freedom, using their body as a weapon, has now become the terrain where a general conflict between the State and those who fight it is being expressed.
It is about an attack in which the State, using all the repressive mechanisms of propaganda and control in its power, is attempting to isolate and eliminate anarchists and anti-authoritarians, who are the most radical part of social resistance, with the surrender of the whole of society as its final objective. Under these conditions of intensifying State terror, every action of solidarity to the imprisoned fighters has been under attack. The aim of this repression is not only to keep the 3 in prison as long as possible, it is also to eliminate the very dynamic of solidarity, self-organisation and resistance against the plans of the State and the bosses.
SOLIDARITY TO THE HUNGERSTRIKERS TARASIO ZADOROZNI (SINCE NOV 29 2006) AND GERASIMOS KIRIAKOPULOS (SINCE DECEMBER 15 2006)
SOLIDARITY TO ALL IMPRISONED AND ACCUSED SOCIAL FIGHTERS
THE PASSION FOR FREEDOM IS STRONGER THAN ANY PRISON CELL