On Friday night, July 8th, we carried out a raid with hammers on the policed, touristic and “gentrified” centre of Thessaloniki on Tsimiski Street. We chose to attack a central store of the AB Vassilopoulos chain, which, apart from its constant stance on the implementation of the most neoliberal dictates in the labour regime of the chain’s branches, has taken the current intensity of the capitalist crisis as an opportunity to make a fortune at the expense of society by blowing up the prices of basic goods. We also attacked a branch of elpedison, which, respectively, is ensuring a rapid increase in its profits in the context of the current crisis, bringing poor households to their knees. Finally, we hit a Eurobank branch by breaking its ATMs.
This raid was carried out in solidarity with the anarchist hunger striker G. Michailidis. The comrade is on the 47th day of his hunger strike and while his health condition is getting worse day by day, the state and the judicial mechanisms continue to prolong his vindictive detention. The comrade has been entitled to be released from prison since December and yet every request for his release has been repeatedly rejected. Thus, while a state murder is in full swing, the establishment media are concealing both the struggle of G. Michailidis’ struggle and his just demands, as well as the movements of the solidarity movement, reinforcing the state’s death policy, paying off their political debts for the Petsas list*.
We are going through a period when dozens of people are committing suicide, unable to pay the electricity bill, unable to cope with the unbearable cost of living and meeting their basic needs, and the first homes of poor families are being auctioned off, those who are fighting to defend university asylum are beaten, migrants are murdered by the security forces at the borders, political prisoners barricade their own lives in order to claim their rights. At the same time, the state and capital demonstrate every day in the most violent way that they are not only indifferent to the social base, but that the bleeding of the social base, together with the repression of those who resist, are necessary conditions for ensuring their domination.
We therefore stand against the “preventive detention” of G. We stand against the G. Michailidis’s “preventive detention”, which demonstrates the real intentions of the state: the vengeful and exhausting treatment of those who struggle and at the same time the preventive terrorizing of those who will inevitably be radicalized in the face of the oppression of their lives by the state and the bosses. That is why we have to realize that the struggle of G. Michailidis’ struggle is a struggle of the whole society and we must show our solidarity by every means, from marches and rallies to occupations and attacks. Because the defense of political prisoners and their struggles should and can be another stone, a driving force in the direction of the struggle for the total overthrow of the capitalist system.
IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF THE ANARCHIST HUNGER STRIKER GIANNIS MICHAILIDIS
IN THE FACE OF THE DETERIORATION OF THE COMRADE’S HEALTH WE WILL RESPOND WITH VIOLENCE AGAINST THE VIOLENCE OF CAPITAL AND STATE DEATH POLICY
WE SUPPORT THE NATIONWIDE SOLIDARITY MARCH IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE COMRADE, SATURDAY 9/7 – 18.00 IN LAMIA
* Petsas list, a corruption case involving a list of 1,232 media outlets that received moneyfrom the Greek state as part of the coronavirus public awareness campaign “We Stay Home”.