Berlin. Call for Day X – In case the greek state chooses to murder Dimitris Koufontinas not fullfiling his demand, we meet the same day. Spontaneous demo in solidarity with Dimitris Koufontinas. 8:00 pm (20:00) – Hermannplatz, Berlin!
Originally published by Indymedia DE (Tor Adress).
Political prisoner Dimitris Koufontinas is on hunger strike since the 8th of January 2021 and on thirst strike since 22th February 2021. He is fighting against his transfer from the agricultural prisons near Volos to the high-security Domokos prison, a decision based under a new “targeting” law which the current right-wing government of New Democracy party has voted. According to this law, prisoners with life-sentences lose the permit of serving their sentences in agricultural prisons. His demand is to be transferred to Korydallos prison in Athens where he is legally supposed to.
This hunger strike is already the fifth he is going through so far in 18 years of incarceration. He is 63 years old and already in poor health condition due to the previous hunger strikes, the long period of imprisonment and his age.
As his doctor already made clear on 2nd of March, we are reaching point zero as the hunger striker’s health gradually deteriorates by the long hunger and thirst strike. It’s possible that he dies within the next 24 hours.
The state deliberately exhausts and murders D.Koufontinas by not accepting his demand.
The current ruling party New Democracy, has clearly created a fascist regime by limiting of press freedom, suspending the university asylum, by establishing police units inside the public universities, racist anti-immigration policies, evicting squatted houses and social spaces and the tightening of anti-terror laws.
Their political decision to murder D.Koufontinas has a personal background as well. The hunger and thirst striker was a member of the communist armed organization of 17N that was formed after the end of greek dictatorship in 1974. The 17N represented the part of the movement that was not satisfied with the transition to democracy and considered it a superficial regime change that did not alter the actual structures of the junta (dictatorship). In practical terms, the transition from dictatorship to democracy was without significant change in the state apparatus and this was the reason that led to the continuation of the armed struggle. The main targets of 17N were people involved in the dictatorship as well as the CIA chief , police officers, industrialists, publishers. The brother in law of the current greek prime minister Mitsotakis, a politician named Bakoyiannis, who has been involved in huge political/ financial scandals in Greece in 1989, was then executed by 17N.
D. Koufontina since 2002, when members of 17N were arrested, has taken full political responsibility for their actions, self-surrender into the hands of the state. In the prisons he was and is fighting for the rights of the prisoners and as already stated prior this hunger strike, he has done four more, not only for personal benefit, but has been involved in hunger strikes for better conditions of imprisonment, against the antiterrorist law, for the freeing of other members of 17N etc. His current request is to be transferred to the prison he should be in.
As he stated the previous days- he doesn’t want to die but he also does not want to live if he is being treated as a human garbage.
He chooses to fight till the end with dignity.
In case the greek state chooses to murder him by not fullfiling his demand, we meet the same day at
HERMANNPLATZ (Berlin) | 20.00 (08:00pm) for a spontaneous demo
Let’s take to the streets. Rage for the murder of Dimitris Koufontinas.
Let that to be the beginning and not the end…