Greece: Apart from the situation in Korydallos prison (we reported earlier today), prisoners in Larissa are also protesting.
Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.
Greece: Prisoners Protesting for Furloughs in Larissa Prison Face Threats for Riot-Police Intrusion
The following announcement was sent by the prisoners of the C section of Larissa prison to the Initiative for Prisoners Rights.
The Initiative stands by prisoners and their fair struggle for furloughs, denounces the practices of the prison management which has used threats and blackmail in order to supress the mobilization and condemns violence against prisoners.
The prisoners of C section in Larissa prison are amidst a mobilization for the following reason: The refusal of the prison council to grant furloughs to prisoners who fulfill all the requirements, as they always find a reason to reject appeals to furloughs, especially those of immigrant prisoners. This is the main issue, apart from all the other difficulties we are facing.
Our protest began on Tuesday 13th of Feb, when we kept the prison yard open from 8am to 9pm. If things don’t change we will escalate our struggle by going on hunger strike until the removal of the prison manager Demetris Papadopoulos and the social worker Agathi Loukidou, who has failed to provide any support for prisoners. Today, the prison manager threatened, among others, that he would call the riot police who would force us inside with the use of violence.
We are also protesting against the stance of the vice-prosecutor of appeals Vasilios Tsiardakas regarding furloughs. It is incomprehensible that a state correctional facility has been turned into a privately-run prison which disregards the penal code. Our protest will only stop when we see actions not words.
Prisoners housed at the C section of Larissa Prison, February 2018.