August 16, 2022
Here is some news about the situation of Ivan, the anarchist comrade arrested on June 11 near Paris for arson and currently in pre-trial detention in the Villepinte prison.
He is well. After two weeks in a cell on his own between late July and early August, he is back in a cell with another detainee.
While Ivan was in detention, the SDAT (Sous-Direction Anti-Terroriste of the Central Direction of the french judicial police) interrogated his partner. A few weeks later, they also summoned his daughter (who is 12 years old) and mother for questioning. The cops wanted to question the girl, but the mother refused to leave her alone.
The comrade has not yet had access to the investigation files. The magistrate standing in for the judge in charge of the investigation explained the refusal by the fact that Ivan did not say anything during the interrogations. The lawyer will appeal against this decision.
Since July 19, the comrade no longer receives mail (there was only one exception). Maybe because the judge is on holiday? So do not be surprised if your letters remain, for the time being, unanswered. In any case, Ivan has always answered every letter he has received.
We continue to write to him and show our solidarity, through any means necessary.
Long live the fire, long live the attack!
The address of the comrade:
n. d’écrou: 46355
M. A. de Villepinte
40, avenue Vauban
93420 – Villepinte
Intervention in solidarity with the anarchist hunger striker G. Michailidis took place in the context of the nationwide day of action on Thursday morning 2/6 at the radio station “Sto Kokkino” in Thessaloniki.
During the intervention, leaflets were thrown and texts were distributed on Venizelos Street, while the programme was interrupted to play a recorded text of solidarity.
Immediate release of hunger striker G. Michailidis
Victory in the – since 23/5 – hunger strike by
All and everyone at the microphone solidarity meeting Thursday 2/6 at 19.00 Gounari & Tsimiski
Below is the text of the intervention:
Giannis Michailidis, has been in Greek prisons since 2013, and has been arrested in the past during clashes in anti-war and anti-state/anti-capitalist demonstrations. From his participation in anarchist student groups in his teenage years to the student struggles of 2006-2007 and December and from the struggles against the memoranda to a series of prisoners’ struggles, the comrade has fought and continues to fight against the state and capitalist dystopia without renouncing his ideas, without repenting for his choices.
Giannis continues to be imprisoned even though he has served the required sentence for his conditional release and the disciplinary sentence as well as the detention sentence (which is not merged) for the disciplinary offence of escape, and since Monday 23 May he has been on hunger strike against his vindictive treatment, demanding his freedom, putting his health and life at risk. Continue reading “Thessaloniki, Greece: Intervention in “Kokkino” radio stationand Avgi as part of the nationwide day of solidarity actions against Giannis Michailidis”
10th DAY OF THE HUNGER STRIKE OF GIANNIS MICHAILIDIS
Update from today’s intervention at ESIEA
The assembly in solidarity with the hunger striker Giannis Michailidis, who has been on hunger strike since 23/5, held an intervention today at the ESIEA building, in order to give visibility to the struggle of his comrade. As soon as the intervention started, the vice president of ESIEA was negative even with the hanging of the banner. We made it clear to him that we had come with the specific purpose of highlighting the hunger strike and that we would leave when we felt that the comrade’s hunger strike had been sufficiently highlighted. He threatened us that he would call the police and we replied that we would not leave the building until we had left safely and had achieved our purpose. He ordered all the telephone lines and computers in the building to be shut down to prevent the propaganda of the action.
We are not in a position to know if the vice president ultimately called the cops or if they came on their own. Two Delta groups (Motorcycle cops) came to the scene and even without any legitimacy they entered the ground floor and threatened us with arrest. We re-stated that we would not leave unless the police forces left.The determination of the solidarity groups to remain in the building made it clear to the president that in order to end the intervention the cops had to leave.
The banner was hung from the rooftop and leaflets were thrown.
About the choice to intervene in the ESIEA
We have no illusions about the mainstream media. However, against the constant tactic of the state apparatus to silence the hunger strikes, we had to intervene in order to make the demand for the immediate release of Giannis Michailidis heard. The regime media that wrote about the intervention did not post the text. Continue reading “Athens, Greece: Intervention at ΕΣΗΕΑ (Athens Daily Newspaper Editors Union) in solidarity with the hunger strike of anarchist comrade Giannis Michailidis”
GR: Γιάννης Μιχαηλίδης: Ανακοίνωση έναρξης απεργίας πείνας με στόχο την αποφυλάκιση μου
After 8.5 years in prison, after all these arbitrary actions against me, I decided to put an end to my 11 years of suffering, by putting a stop to the practice of pre-trial detention, or the additional punishment of escape through legal loopholes. After 5 more months of pre-trial detention, I start a hunger strike for my release. This choice, with the deep motivation of the much desired freedom, I intend to support it with the same consistency that I have supported my choices so far and for which I am being persecuted.
“Woe to those who will accept prison as a condition of life, and from the brightest sunlight, the smallest ray” – The rallying cry of the Alikarnassos prison uprising
For 11 years I have experienced state vengeance against choices in line with my values and ideas. The difficult journey, from which I choose to share some blatant vengeful acts of arbitrariness against me, began in the distant 2011, when an arrest warrant was issued against me for the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire case, for which I was eventually acquitted as there was not the slightest connection between me and the charge against me. It was the incrimination of a relationship of solidarity with wanted anarchists that put me in their place when they were arrested.
After 2 years of being on the run, I too am now walking through the heavy doors of prison, as the existence of a warrant that entails a decade of incarceration has led to certain choices and consequent mistakes. The comrades who were arrested at the time in the bank robbery in Velvento, Kozani, were tortured by the police, which is common, and then the Ministry of Public Order published photos of our swollen faces, provoking a public reaction. Of course, no police officer was accused of this by the blind Greek justice system. Continue reading “Greece: Giannis Michailidis – Announcement of a hunger strike for my release GR, EN, DE, IT, FR, ES”
This morning, comrades held an intervention at the Athens Bar Association in solidarity with the anarchist hunger striker Giannis Michailidis. A banner was hung from the floor, banners were thrown, and texts were distributed to inform about the comrade’s hunger strike.
“The comrade’s demand for his immediate release is a struggle to break the vindictive practice of preventive incarceration and acquires special weight because political prisoners, due to their political choices, are the frontline of the social – class war. The struggle of the comrade for his release is therefore not a narrow struggle that concerns him exclusively. It is a militant choice as a whole against a regime of exclusion arbitrarily and abusively imposed against any prisoner who has a decent attitude, but more specifically against the regime of exclusion against political prisoners, anarchists or communists. It is an integral part of the struggle for a world without prisons and barbed wire, without borders and concentration camps, without the plundering and destruction of the planet by the multinationals, without class exploitation, without rich and poor, without gender and racial oppression.
THE INDEFINITE DETENTION OF THE HUNGER STRIKER MUST BE ENDED IMMEDIATELY
IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF THE ANARCHIST HUNGER STRIKER FROM 23/5 GIANNIS MICHAILIDIS
GIANNIS STAY STRONG UNTIL LIBERATION
Assembly of solidarity with the anarchist hunger striker Giannis Michailidis
The militant and conscious start of the struggle that comrade Giannis Michailidis began on May 23, as a hunger striker, claiming his freedom from the prison hellholes, can only find me in solidarity with him, and, to the extent possible, with every means and way by his side. Unfortunately, my state of health does not allow me to unite words with action, so that I can accompany his struggle, for a short or long period, with a hunger strike.
I want to hope that the knowledge and experience gained a year ago from the movement, when it clashed with the same state mechanisms to justify D. It has left those who participated with a qualitative basis on which to recombine thought and action in more effective ways, leading collective solidarity to rise again as our weapon against the authoritarian rodents, like a sharp blade, cutting the state chains that vindictively hold a comrade captive and opening the way to freedom.
Good strength, all of us together have nothing and no one to fear.
The fear for freedom is stronger than all the others (fear in the heart belongs more to the bosses)
SOLIDARITY IS OUR WEAPON
Domokos Prison 27-05-22
We use simple means to sabotage the enemy’s infrastructure. That the car rental company Hertz is an enemy became known not only after an attack on their branch* and further fires of their vehicle fleet in Athens. Not only the Greek police is equipped by Hertz with vehicles at preferential conditions, but also in other states active and former cops and military are supported according to self-advertisement.
Hertz is one of the companies that force the constant need for mobility. Everything and everyone must always be immediately available everywhere. Delivery services, rental vehicles and Uber now dominate traffic in cities. Along the way, they create data collections about moving things and people for the police’s tracing computers, Hertz also by filming drivers while they drive.
In the social war and in the war state against state, we stand flagless on the side of the oppressed against the oppressors and Hertz stands on the side of power, sometimes under the Greek flag in the jeeps of OPKE, sometimes under the US flag on the trucks of the National Guard or under the flag of capital on their vans, with which they profit in Germany from the compulsion of the citizens to constantly move to another place from expensive apartments.
On the night of May 25, we set fire to a Hertz truck in the northern Berlin district of Reinickendorf as a minimal sign of our solidarity for Giannis Michailidis, who has been on hunger strike in Malandrinos prison since May 23.
We also wish Lina, who has been in pre-trial detention for 18 months, much strength and freedom.
At the same time, our action is in the framework of similar acts around the world that burn to ashes everything that can be useful for the war.
… until the destruction of the last cage. (A)
Continue reading “Berlin, Germany: Burning of Hertz truck – not only for hunger striker Michailidis”