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Berlin: Call for solidarity-manifestation with Dimitris Koufontinas

International Day for Solidarity with the Hungerstriker Dimitris Koufontinas. Friday, 12.02.2021 | 12.30 | Greek Consulat, Mohrenstraße 17, Berlin, Near metrostation U-Bhf Stadtmitte

Originally published by Indymedia DE.

Once again the greek state is targeting the communist revolutionary Dimitris Koufontinas (member of the revolutionary organization 17th of November-an organization that was acting against the Greek, American, Turkish and British state and the organization was focusing a lot on the struggle against imperialism). Under a recently introduced law restricting the permits of prisoners and blocking prisoners with life-sentences from serving them in agricultural prisons1), Dimitris Koufontinas was abducted without announcement from the agricultural prison where he was serving his sentence. Instead of transferring him first to the prison of Korydallos (high-security prisons in Athens), as prescribed by the same law, the greek state under the order of the secretary of the anti-crime policy (who actually does not even have the jurisdiction of such a decision), directly transferred him at the prisons of Domokos (high security prisons -type C as they are called- in which prisoners with the “antiterrorist” law will convict their penalty. Prisons that after a lot of fights were actually abolished.)

Demanding his transfer to the prisons of Korydallos, Dimitris Koufontinas is choosing once again to resist, by starting a hunger strike on the 8th of January.

While the greek state is becoming more and more authoritarian, by forcing cops in the universities, by limiting the freedom of every person living and acting in this country, is making the prisoner’s lifes even more unbearable. For us its clear. In the face of the communist revolutionary Dimitris Koufontinas the greek state is unfolding it’s revengeful strategy against an ideologically and practically consistent, unrepentant revolutionary. After 18 years of detention in the cells of their bourgeois democracy, Dimitris Koufontinas is still a member of the movement, inspiring and fighting against the oppressors and the exploiters of this world. And he is never alone. Besides him, two more anarchists prisoners were in hunger strike (Nikos Maziotis – member of the anarchist Revolutionary Struggle, and Giannis Dimitrakis, hunger strikers from 16/1 till 4/2) and two more political prisoners in custody (Vagelis Stathopoulos and Polykarpos Georgiadis) were in a 5 days symbolic hunger strike.

During a pandemic the states worldwide are showing their most authoritarian faces making clear that profit comes first. Lockdowns, omnipresent police, precarious working conditions, racists policies are some of the few examples of their policy strategies. The same time when the society is being oppressed, the invisibles of this world are suffering in overcrowded prisons under precarious health conditions facing isolation and alienation. And in these moments our solidarity is more necessary than ever. Through decentralized actions, manifestations and collective moments we show our solidarity to Dimitris Koufontinas and everyone facing state repression!

That’s why we respond to the international call and we call for a manifestation on Friday the 12th at  12.30 in front of the Greek consulat at Mohrenstraße 17- metrostation U-Bhf Stadtmitte showing that solidarity is borderless and noone is alone in the hands of the state.



1) Agricultural prisons are rural prisons where prisoners can work in the fields with less restrictions.

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