Athen: Anarchist Kostas Sakkas im Hungerstreik

Kostas Sakkas

Kostas Sakkas wird vom griechischen Staat seit 30 Monaten in Untersuchungshaft gehalten, normalerweise müsste er nach 18 Monaten freigelassen werden, wenn es dem Gericht nicht gelingt das Verfahren fristgerecht zu führen. Mit einem Trick umgeht die Justiz ihre eigenen Gesetze. Kostas Sakkas wird der Mitgliedschaft in der Gruppe "Verschwöruung der Feuerzellen" beschuldigt. Im Gegensatz zu anderen Gefangenen bestreitet er die Mitgliedschaft, bezeichnet sich aber als Anarchist.


Solivideo aus Kreta:


Da es der Justiz nicht gelingt ihn für einzelne Vorwürfe zu verurteilen, wird für immer neue Anklagen jeweils ein neuer Haftbefehl nach Fristablauf des vorherigen erlassen. Seit dem 4.Juni befindet sich Kostas Sakkas im Hungerstreik, am 25.Juni verlängerte das Berufungsgericht seine U-Haft erneut um 6 Monate. Sakkas befindet sich inzwischen in einer Krankenabteilung und soll 10kg Gewicht verloren haben, sein Gesundheitszustand wird als "kritisch" beschrieben.


In Griechenland gibt es momentan eine Anschlagswelle für ihn:


Bekennerschreiben zum Brandanschlag auf Geldautomaten einer Bank im Zentrum Athens:

"Seit 30 Monaten befindet sich der Anarchist Kostas Sakkas in Untersuchungshaft. Der Genosse ist seit dem 4. Juni im Hungerstreik für das Offensichtliche, seine sofortige Freilassung aus dem Knast. Donnerstagnacht, am 13. Juni, haben wir als minimale Geste der Solidarität, vier ATMs in der Nähe des Canningos Platz in Brand gesetzt. Halte durch, Genosse!

Sofortige Freilassung des Hungerstreikers Kostas Sakkas."


Athen – Bekennerschreiben zu einer Reihe von Brandstiftungen:

"Der Anarchist Kostas Sakkas ist seit dem 4. Juni 2013 im Hungerstreik, seine sofortige Freilassung aus der Untersuchungshaft fordernd, in der er sich seit mehr als 30 Monaten durch einen juristischen Staatsstreich befindet, während er bereits zwei Untersuchungshaften abgesessen hat. Wir stehen hinter unserem Genossen, und so gehen in die Offensive, was wir unter den gegebenen Umständen für angemessen halten.

So haben wir während vier Tagen, vom 15. bis 18. Juni folgendes angezündet:
- das lokale Büro der Regierungspartei Nea Demokratia in Keratsini,
- zwei Geldautomaten in Palaio Faliro,
- einen ATM in Ano Kypseli,
- das private Motorrad eines Bullen in Zografou,
- das private Auto eines Bullen in Ano Glyfada,
- das private Motorrad eines Bullen in Ano Petralona.

Sofortige Freilassung des Anarchisten Kostas Sakkas. Alles geht weiter…"

Veria , Nordgriechenland – Aktion aus Solidarität mit Kostas Sakkas:

"In den ersten Stunden des Mittwoch, 19. Juni, haben wir im Zentrum von Veria als minimales Zeichen unserer Solidarität für den Anarchisten Kostas Sakkas, der sich seit dem 4. Juni im Hungerstreik befindet, sechs Geldautomaten mit Farbbomben markiert.

Widerstand – Solidarität – Angriff
Wir leben um auf den verrotteten Ruinen dieser Welt zu tanzen (A)"


Exarchia, Athen – ATM angezündet:

"Seit 30 Monaten befindet sich der Anarchist Kostas Sakkas in Untersuchungshaft. Der Genosse ist seit dem 4. Juni im Hungerstreik für das Offensichtliche, seine sofortige Freilassung aus dem Knast. Samstagnacht, den 22. Juni, haben wir als minimale Geste der Solidarität, einen ATM in der Vatatzistraße in Neapoli angezündet. Halte durch, Genosse!

Sofortige Freilassung des Hungerstreikers Kostas Sakkas! Der Kampf geht weiter."


Weitere Anschläge wurden inzwischen auf Indymedia Athen begründet, sind aber noch nicht übersetzt.


Erklärung von Kostas Sakkas:


"On the 4th of December 2010 I was captured along with the comrade Alexandros Mitroussias in the district of Nea Smyrni, Athens, while I was leaving a rented warehouse where arms were being stored.

Since the beginning, I have admitted my connection with this place as well as the weapons found there. I have stated, since the first moment, that I am an anarchist and that my presence in this specific place was related to my political identity and the choices I make as a consequence of this. 

On the 7th of December 2010 they brought me before the head investigator and I got in pretrial detention on charges of participation in an unknown terrorist organization as well as aggravated possession of weapons.

On the 12th of April 2011, when I had already been in the prison of Nafplion for more than four months, I was called upon again by the investigators Baltas and Mokkas, and without any new evidence, nor even any new developments on the investigation, I was remanded for participating in the R.O. CCF. It was obvious that this was because the principal investigators realized that a case against an unknown organization that hasn’t any registered actions, doesn’t have any bombs, nor communiqués, that has not used guns, an organization without a name, couldn’t stand up in a courtroom.

I have clarified in the past —as did the R.O. CCF for their part— that I’m not a member of this organization. I didn’t do this to avoid the vengeful, punitive odyssey that the bourgeois justice reserves for all those accused of being members of that organization, but simply because that’s how it is. I ought to set the history straight; not only for me but also for the R.O. CCF.

The initial charge of participation in an unknown terrorist organization attributed both to me and my two comrades (Alexandros Mitroussias, Giorgos Karagiannidis) and the rest of the people arrested in the same operation —although they had nothing to do with it— showed up at a time that was political expedient for the DAEEV anti-terrorist force (the so-called Special Violent Crime Squad of the Greek police), on account of the ex-minister of public order named Christos Papoutsis, who desired —like all his counterparts— to dismantle, at all costs, a terrorist organization during his mandate. It is known that this minister directly supervised the operation, and even evaluated the information that the anti-terrorist force had, and finally gave the order to make arrests. Anyone who watched the mass media during that time remembers the scenarios and evaluations of various journalistic parrots about which organization we belonged to, what we intended to do, etc., obviously being fed by the DAEEV, until the results of the ballistic tests made them shut up… Later, Mr Papoutsis, in an attempt to apologize for the fiasco, gave an interview to a well known magazine stating that the ‘anti-terrorist force has tricked him’ (!).

On the 6th of April 2012, still in jail awaiting trial and reaching the limit of 18 months (the maximum pretrial incarceration period), I was put again in pretrial detention for committing 160 incendiary and bombing actions claimed by the organization CCF. It’s worth comment that in this particular case file there is neither any evidence against me —they didn’t even bother to frame me this time— nor any reference to my person except in the execution of the indictment. It’s a case file that could be served, without exaggeration, to anyone, according to the logic of the intransigent investigators Baltas and Mokkas. The prosecutory purposes of this are evidenced by the fact that the principal investigators had their hands on this specific file from the very first moment of my arrest, and were obligated —that is according to the law— to give it to me along with the first accusatory file. To put it simply: these gentlemen detained me on charges of participation in the same organization twice, consecutively (!).

Today, after being jailed for two and a half years, for simple weapons possession (to clarify: aggravated possession of weapons means that the weapons were intended either for trade or for equipping a terrorist organization, something which is neither evident, nor something I have admitted to), the primary institutional defenders of justice and law, who hold me for breaking it, decided to ignore even their own Constitution —which defines maximum time of 12 months for each subsequent to the first pretrial detention— since that is not enough for their political needs. Therefore, they decided to hold me hostage for six more months.

In fact, they intend this prolonged and excessive captivity to offset their makeshift, lazy accusations. Whatever they may do it is not enough to prevent the ‘deflation’ of the charges in any courtroom, despite the special regime that characterizes the terror-courts (in every way). Anyone who has ever set foot in them even for a while knows it very well.

Their tactics and vengeful intentions are clear by now. Yes, it’s true; the State avenges its political opponents; avenges but never acknowledges them. It never has, as a matter of fact. In the past they were treated as foreign agents and traitors, and now as terrorists and enemy of the society.

The fact is that, due to the domestic consequences of the global capitalist crisis, the political system is going through what is both the most critical and the most unstable period since the dictatorship. It is also a fact that repression, and the generally authoritarian attitude of the State, is the ‘last card’ in its hand, the last thing it can do to ensure a subordinated social peace and prevent a generalized reaction from being expressed in organized and substantial insurrectionary forms.

The finance minister himself has confessed that this is the first time that a government is asked to implement such extreme measures in peacetime. The laws have always reflected the will of the powerful, but today not even these laws are enough for the political representatives of the system in the face of what they need to implement so as to loyally serve the establishment.

Because of my political view and position, that the road to individual and collective freedom is full of struggle and resistance, I decided on Tuesday 4/6 to go on hunger strike; the date when, according to the current laws, the maximum time limit of my pretrial custody is expired. I would like to clarify that, for me, the choice to go on hunger strike is not a gesture of despair, but a choice to continue the fight, a fight that my comrades and I have made since the first moment of our captivity; a resistance to the unprecedented and vindictive treatment of the judicial mechanisms, which decided in our case to take a break from their cash collection duties to defend society from its supposed enemies and the laws from the outlaws. They are the same mechanisms, and the same persons behind them, who are actual perpetrators of the legitimacy of forced return to work for strikers; the same who are primary responsible for the thousands of property auctions and the homeless, for the abolition of labour demands, for the unemployed, for the abolition of social benefits, for the thousands living below the poverty line, for hundreds of suicides every year by those who, unable to cope decently, put an end to their lives; they are actual perpetrators of the legitimacy of declaring people illegal and piling them up in camps; responsible of classifying tortures and beatings at police stations, accidental gun discharges, the silencing of anti-regime media as legitimate…

They are responsible for creating a cemetery society in the name of law, and when it’s necessary, for establishing a cemetery society outside the law… Steeped in hypocrisy and nastiness, despicable to both the devotees of bourgeois justice and its detractors and ideological enemies."


“Slowly dies who does not risk certainty for the uncertainty to chase a dream, those who do not forego sound advice at least once in their lives, … Who does not find grace in himself, dies slowly, … Let’s try and avoid death in small doses, reminding oneself that being alive requires an effort far greater than the simple fact of breathing.”
—Pablo Neruda

Kostas Sakkas, first wing in Koridallos prison


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Am 29. Juni findet in Athen eine Demonstration für Kostas Sakkas statt.

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Ein gutes Interview zu dem Fall mit dem Griechenlandkorrespondenten Ralf Dreis gibt es auf


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