The Thessaloniki 7 are free!!
από Ilias Z. 26/11/2003 4:50 μμ.
Just half an hour ago, at 4.00 p.m. Greek time, the Council of Deliquencies of Thessaloniki (i hope the translation means something, it is a council of 3 judges that decides on petitions for the release of prisoners :)) ruled that the Thessaloniki 7 are to be set free!! Without any bail, but with the following terms:
1. That the 4 non-greeks are not to leave Greece until the trial.
2. That the 3 Greeks should not leave Greece until the trial and should present themselves to a police station twice a month (or something like that).
Earlier in the day, a public prosecutor had ordered compulsory feeding for the 5 hunger strikers. That move quickly turned against the state's side, as people were outraged with what reminded of totalitarian regimes. The media started putting pressure on the government, and even members of the governing PASOK party came out to demand the release of the 7. And it was true that last week the solidarity movement in Greece had put great pressure on the government, with lots of occupying buildings, demonstrations, actions and informing the public.
Today also saw the release of a new photo that proves the innosence of Simon Chapman.
This is a victory of the struggle for dignity and freedom by the 5 hunger strikers, of the other 2 prisoners, but as well of the thousands of people that stood up for them all over the world!! It is an outright defeat for the greek state-repression complex, and for the global "anti-terror" mechanisms.
We are so happy for that! The passion for freedom was finally stronger than their prisons!!