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Greece: Update on the Trial of Comrades Dimitris Chatzivasileiadis and Vangelis Stathopoulos

Greece. On the 17th of March, the trial began of the case of the expropriation of a casino in Cholargos neighborhood of Athens, during which comrade Dimitris Chatzivasileiadis was injured (21st of October 2019), along with the case of the armory that was found afterwards by security police (November 8-9, 2019). The accused are Dimitris Chatzivasileiadis, who is tried in absentia, since he is evading the intensive efforts to capture him, comrade Vangelis Stathopoulos, who is in pre-trial detention since November 2019, and one more person.

Originally published by Athens Indymedia. Translated by Act For Freedom Now!

Comrade Dimitris Chatzivasileiadis immediately took the political and practical responsibility for participating in the robbery and the exclusive responsibility for his own injury ( Also, he took the exclusive political and practical responsibility for the entire armory and other material that was found with it. The comrade stated that he had assumed the political responsibility for the reorganization and continuation of guerilla struggle, based on the strategy and experience of the Organization of Revolutionary Self Defense ( From the first moment, he described his relation with the two captives and he explained that they don’t have and could not have any relation with the story of the specific rebel organization and with the subsequent political and practical responsibilities that he alone assumed and he alone knew about.

Comrade Vangelis Stathopoulos is persecuted fiercely because he provided first aid to a wounded comrade. Moreover, as a former political prisoner, he becomes a target of more intensive persecution.

The three accused are presented by the mechanisms of political terrorism as the constitutive and active nucleus of the rebel organisation Revolutionary Self-Defense, with the aim to magnify the charges and to produce the fake ‘work’ of dismantling the organisation, even though no fighter of Revolutionary Self-Defense has fallen into the hands of the state.

The repression operation that followed the comrade’s injury involved many home raids, abductions and the persecution of comrade M.S., who is charged with misdemeanors and is tried on April 14th, 2021.

The unleashing of the bosses’ terrorism on all fronts, and the new struggles confirm the urgency of the proposals and paradigms of rebel libertarian organizations. Let’s build the solidarian self-defense structures that our times command.


Let’s raise the flag of revolutionary struggle even higher

Let’s crush the terrorism of the state and bosses

Immediate release of the detained, no persecution against Vangelis Stathopoulos

Solidarity in deed with persecuted comrade Dimitris Chatzivasileiadis

Anarchist Collective for the Combative Proletarian Reconstruction

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