Statement by prisoners in Chania Prison (Greece) who will start a protest on the 9th of September.
Originally published in Greek by Athens Indymedia. Translated by Black Cat.
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Prisoners in Chania Prison are starting a protest on the 9th of September.
We refuse to abide by the rules on midday lockdown and plan to postpone the evening lockdown to 9 o clock because the prison clinic does not have what’s necessary for prisoner’s healthcare.
There is no doctor after 14:00,there has never been an ambulance available for emergency hospital transfers(450-500 prisoners are housed in this prison) and the lack of medicines is forcing prisoners and the prison service to buy these medicines with their own money. We are asking the ministry to respond to its responsibilities towards the prisoners in this country.
Prisoners in Chania Prison, September 8, 2017.
Update: Today on thursday 7th of september in the AB section of Chania prison, another prisoner lost his life behind bars. Prison remains a place of torture and all of us who happen to be locked inside are treated like second-class citizens. It was the complete lack of healthcare that led our fellow prisoner to death, since the prison service did not even provide him with the oxygen that he requested again and again in his final moments. The response of the authorities was that the doctor had taken time off work.
The prisoner had been asking for his heart medication recently but the authorities refused to provide them. He had warned them that he was not feeling well. He had a heart disease and wanted to go to the hospital which is only a 15-minute drive from here but they only took him there after his death.
He was serving an 8-month sentence and was going to be released on September 15th. The officials at the MoJ have blood on their hands once again. As a first response prison lockdown will be delayed until 9 pm. (Info from the comments section: the prisoner was a Romanian native named Costache.
Source for this update: Athens Indymedia. Translated by Black Cat.
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