Call to international campaign for freedom of Giannis Michailidis.
Originally published by Athens Indymedia.
Immediate freedom for Giannis Michailidis, a political prisoner in the prisons of Greece, on hunger strike for more than 40 days
Since May 23, Giannis Michailidis has been on a hunger strike in Malandrinos prison. Giannis is a political prisoner, like the dozens of political prisoners in Greece, from the youth who rose up against the Troika that imposed the worst adjustment plans against the workers and the people. Giannis fought for the Syrian refugees when they arrived on the Greek shores so that the borders were opened, the concentration camps ended and they were given all rights. Moreover, from behind the bars where the Greek bourgeoisie and its state keep him imprisoned, he fought for the victory of the Syrian revolution.
Giannis is a political prisoner. They have sentenced him to long years in prison, fabricating all kinds of causes and maneuvers, making false trials to keep him in “pretrial detention” and taking advantage of this or that legal aspect to deny him parole over and over again and even revoke his right to study and to take exams, even though he has already been in prison for more than 8 years and has served 3/5 of his 20-year sentence and 2/5 of his sentence for escaping. They have been merciless to Giannis to the point that after 48 days of hunger strike, having lost 21% of his weight and with his health in serious danger, they deny him the possibility of the medical attention he needs. We reproduce the letter that Giannis has written from prison starting his hunger strike denouncing the attack of the Greek bourgeoisie and his state.
A great solidarity from all over Greece has stood up for the freedom of Giannis. Other political prisoners have also started a hunger strike and marches and other activities are taking place. This solidarity has crossed the Greek borders reaching other countries such as Spain or Germany.
From the International Network for the Freedom of Political Prisoners we join this fight for the freedom of Giannis and we call for it to be taken into the hands of all labor, human rights, militant student organizations, etc. of the planet. Giannis Michailidis is a political prisoner of the working class, a hostage in the hands of the exploiters and the fight for his liberation is imperative, even more so in his current state of health.
As echoes in all the streets of Greece: The passion for freedom is stronger than all the cells!
Let’s take to the streets in solidarity with Giannis! Let’s march to the embassies of Greece!
Free Giannis Michailidis and all political prisoners in Greece!
International Network for the Freedom of world political prisoners