On March 8 and 9, 2020, four comrades were arrested following a state ''anti-terrorist'' operation. Unique element the alleged visual "identification" of the first arrested, in a video of an attack on the Mitsotakis institution, by cops. Because of their friendly relationship and the other three are arrested. All four are on trial for a huge case involving 54 attacks. And under law 187A, they are accused of forming and joining an alleged terrorist organization called "Comrades".
A few words about the construction of the so-called organization "Comrades", from the position of one of the persecuted comrades, /… / So, the state, trying to sell the ideology of the "war on terror", is constructing Organisations. The terrorist organization they created, under the name "Comrades", is as they claim, an organization which operates from 2016 until today and carries out attacks on Athens. This logic goes beyond the limits of the normal and the real in a way that can only be described as ridiculous. Essentially the name of this famous organization, is no more than a signature that has been used by the anarchist/antiauthoritarian movement for years now. They used it in past, use it in the present and will use it in future. Everyone will find hundreds of texts with the same signature all over Greece, most likely and international. This new methodology, the use of a wider signature and its conversion in a terrorist organization is something unprecedented only aims to target a large, diverse and diverse scope of action of the wider anarchist movement as well as intimidation of those who belong to it. A series of next terrorist organizations are: "solidarity", "anarchists", "Communists" and the laughter has no end./… /.
After a week of detention in the central police mansion, the comrades are released free with harsh restrictive conditions (present 3 times a month in police station, prohibition of communication and intercourse between them, prohibition of participation in any political gathering or procession, prohibition of entry into the Exarcheia area, prohibition of leaving the country, seizure of all their assets and bank accounts), while the comrade who was "recognized" in the video is additionally required his relocation to his birthplace city. These restrictive terms have a lot specific effects on the lives of the four accused, as their purpose is the dissolution of their social life and their political action and also their financial extermination. In addition, the condition of the permanent establishment of the first arrested comrade away from the city where he lived for years, completely cuts him off from his social relationships and his job, making it obvious that this whole persecution is a ''personal revenge'' from police against the comrades.
From the very beginning of this ridiculous conspiracy, the four comrades deny all the accusations, stating publicly that they are being persecuted exclusively for their anarchist political identity. As part of the investigation - based on the usual "ways" of persecuting anarchists - and seven months later, no evidence has been found (DNA, fingerprints, calls, messages), to connect the four with an attack. In addition, the only element of the case file collapses in September, as the official expertise from the police laboratories and an independent technical expert rules out the existence of the comrade in the video of the attack on Mitsotakis Foundation . The police themselves admit that the comrade who was initially arrested and -because of this- the others are being persecuted, is not identified in the video of the attack on the Mitsotakis institution. So right now, with absolutely no evidence or indication of guilt, four anarcists are exterminated in every spector of their lives by the State.Only because they stood their ground. Cause they found their place among the oppressed of this world and they fought against state and capitalism, against the systematic pauperization of billion people, against fascism and patriarchy, against the destruction of nature and the extinction of non-human beings.
On the dates, Monday November 2, Wednesday November 4 and Monday November 16, the comrades are called from the state investigator for additional "deposition", in case of an additional attack, waiting for the ending of the investigation process. We call on the whole movement of struggle to support solidarity rallies in the courts of ''Evelpidon''.
It is a fact that the persecution of comrades by the police, is one more attempt at political, social and economic extermination of anarchists. These persecutions, however, face the relentless struggle for freedom and dignity. Solidarity will defeat the darkness of totalitarianism.
IMMEDIATE LIFTING OF RESTRICTIVE CONDITIONS
STRENGTH AND SOLIDARITY TO THE 4 PERSECUTED ANARCHISTS COMRADES