Gr: Letters from Political Prisoners, etc

Poster from the military junta's years.

Stylianos Glykofrydis should have been a really prominent man during his times, while he had served as director and general supervisor of prisons. He had been calling the government to fight against communism “imitating straightly or in a milder way the acts of Hitler” while in 1936 proposed for the Communists waiting for a trial to limit their rights during the visiting and the courtyard time (to avoid contact with other prisoners “that lead to the well-known and unwanted results”). The thoughts, the perception, the proposals of Stylianos Glykofridis certainly were not left untapped by the modern state.


 Letter from the Imprisoned Comrade Christos Politis: 


 Stylianos Glykofrydis should have been a really prominent man during his times, while he had served as director and general supervisor of prisons. He had been calling the government to fight against communism “imitating straightly or in a milder way the acts of Hitler” while in 1936 proposed for the Communists waiting for a trial to limit their rights during the visiting and the courtyard time (to avoid contact with other prisoners “that lead to the well-known and unwanted results”). The thoughts, the perception, the proposals of Stylianos Glykofridis certainly were not left untapped by the modern state.


  After our kidnapping, mine and Kostas Barlis’, from Exarcheia on the 4th of January, we get led to the offices of the antiterrorist unit. While my comrade was being set free, they announce the arrest of mine after 48 hours. At the same time, the chief of the Greek Police states cynically that I was arrested “because I was set free about the case of Efeteio”. Namely for a case for which I have been called and examined by the 8th regular investigator judge and I have been released after her decision. The truth is that they are interested in keeping me as a hostage exactly because I am an anarchist. Because during the last 15 years I am active in this radical political part. In my case, it is not simply attempted only the upgrading but also the development of the repression method of criminalizing friend and comrade relationships, the results of which are experienced lately by dozens of fighters. In my case, the antiterrorist unit moves to build up relationships which do not exist in reality while I do not even know personally my co-defendants. After my pre-jailing, while the hooded antiterrorist units were talking more often with the investigator judge than my lawyers were, I get led to Grevena jailhouse, a detention establishment of C Type. Despite that according to the penal code “In C Type jailhouses are kept without communication with prisoners of other categories, prisoners who serve penalty of life-time imprisoning or temporary imprisoning for at least ten years and are accounted as particularly dangerous for the smooth co-existence in other types of jailhouses”. An isolated jailhouse, with lοw buildings and high walls in order to cut from sight anything from the environment, with cameras and electronic security systems everywhere. A static and stony construction that wants to deprive any exoteric stimulus, to flatten your personality, to destroy you mentally. Obviously, while following orders they put me in a “security” sector, without being asked for something like this from mine, without being threatened by anyone and despite my continues applies to get out of here. The result of this deliberate persistence is to impose on me an aberrational status quo of absolute isolation, trying to – up to a level – to raise my request for my transfer to Korydallos jailhouse.


 The economical policy definitely includes as a supplement also a new “quality” of state repression. Today that capitalism can not hide its real face, the social consent can be approached only through violence. Through the courts’ decision that judge the workers’ strikes as illegal, through water cannons, through threatens for levy en mass, through tear-gases, through “antiterrorist” operations. Through the callouts for self-control and through the screams of journalists. Only and only through these methods, the Greek state will become a successful experiment, that will turn the country into a region-part of strong Europe and make it an economical paradise for the bosses. With a population keeping holding on, waiting for someone to come and save them and the persons who are counted as left-over crowding in front of soup-kitchens or inside the jailhouses. Already, since the beginning of the 70’s, the “antiterrorist” policy has overcome the traditional anticommunist policy. It has turned into the answer coming straightly from the status quo, into the repression of an enemy who was everywhere present, diffused, flexible and not specific and static like the formal Communistic Parties or the Soviet Army in Eastern Europe. Already, the new enemy was found among the dynamic and polymorphic movements, among the proletarian parts that do not get homogenized, among the urban guerilla. So today, when more and more actions and political practices are under the targeting of the Counter Authority for Crimes of Special Violence, the “antiterrorism” for the Authorities is something to be commanded in order to keep the people’s rage encaged inside the limits of a pretended realism and conformism. That’s the reason of the persecutions with doubtful DNA samples, of the cascade upgrades on the “terror-law”, of the “wanted” callouts, of the special offences (ιδιώνυμο) against comrade and social relationships, of the continues surveillances, of the hundreds of fighting persons who are judicial hostages and the dozens of persons who are kept inside the jailhouses, of the mass media propaganda that talks about “terrorists” and “co-transporting vessels”… All these, in order to lend fake meanings on words, to isolate and finally smash the internal enemy. To smash all these people who stir up the class hate and escalate the national division, all those who boost solidarity, self-organized action and clash with the status quo.


 The bet for us on the time of our seasons is, more urgent than ever, to determinate the line of history. Because Capitalism, its total poverty and misery that are imposed, is not a one-way direction.


 Christos Politis

 Grevena Isolation Jailhouse

 8th January 2011






 Text from Dimitris Michael


 On the 4th of December, in the frame of the political “witch-hunting”, took place a Hollywood-type production having as producers the (anti-)terrorist unit, the Mass Media and as guest-stars five anarchist comrades and mine. During a movie-show, while houses turn into “hide-outs”, books to “illegal press”, the friend and comrade relationships to fabrication “of terrorist organizations”, the struggling people to “monsters thirsty for blood”. And of course the following recipe is simple. There is no need for real evidences to put someone in a “great democratic” cell. Any anarchist-struggling person that has a friend, comrade, relative relationship or has ever stepped in the house of a supposed “terrorist” becomes her/himself guilty until and if the opposite will be proved. By the way, they did not hang back from reaching the point of creating fake relationships and contacts. I refer to the arrest and pre-jailing of the anarchist comrade Christos Politis.


 More analytically, the chronicle of my arrest until my pre-jailing:


 To start with, at 20:00 on Saturday 4th of December I get led to the Police Station of Siteia town under the pretense of verifying my identity. After two hours, they inform me that some of their co-operators have arrived from Athens and ask to give them a DNA taste, thing that I was negative to. After some time, eighteen police officers lead me to the house where I used to live in order to collect evidences (cigarette filters, straws for drinking, empty beer bottles, note-books, mobile-phones etc). During all this period I was asking to be informed if I was accused for something and so to communicate with a lawyer. Their continuously answer was that “it will also happen, we will tell you later”. After the finish of the investigation in my house I get led again to the Police Station of Siteia, where they announce that there is an arrest-warrant against me without telling me for which certain reason I am accused for and from there they transfer me handcuffed to Athens and specifically on the 12th floor of the Antiterrorist Authority at 09:00 on Sunday 5th of December. Inside there they keep me as a hostage handcuffed on my back and standing still staring at the corner of a wall for five up to six hours. Sometime, they take me in another room to take my finger-prints, where I refuse to give them. Back again the office I was before, this time with the presence of two men without full-face hoods in order to have “a friendly discussion”. They were asking me about several indefinite things, about my past, about several persons familiar or unknown of mine. My answer was that I do not want to discuss with them and that I want a lawyer next to mine. After an hour, appears a man who was named as chief from the rests and he starts throwing an amount of moronic lies against my face according to the style “that are everywhere finger-prints of mine in several houses and on many weapons”, places and items that about their existence I never knew before, and “that it would be good for me to speak out, after my comrades had already pleaded guiltiness for my participation in the organization” and several other bullshit. Of course, my answer was “Say whatever you want, I do not have anything for you to tell”. Then, I get led to an office in the near, from where they wrote a ridiculous paper-sheet with the heaviest fake-constructed accusations and from there I took the direction to the courts.


 After I took a double two-days-delay of apologize, since my trial-graph came at the last holdup moment in my hands, came the moment to recognize the forwarder roles of the investigator and the prosecutor who were deaf to all what I was refusing or saying since the methodized scenarios of the cops (5 telephone conversations and three dates with friends) joint to the tele-cannibalism of the Mass Media were enough for my pre-jailing in Trikala’s jailhouses.


 Of course, the event above is not either first-appearing or surprising to mine. It is a standard tactic of the ruling class with the Mass Media as allies for backbiting, disfiguring, revenging and illegalizing the social struggles, the friendly and comrade relationships of struggling persons but also the wider Movement for the over-thrown of capitalism from anarchists in which Movement I do participate in. Especially in times like the present ones! While the government, the state, the capital, the mass media, the mechanisms of guidance, enforcement and repression are fiercely agonizing for safeguarding the social peace and consistency opposite to the perspective of a massive social revolt or revolution, in times like the ones today while it is taking place the biggest looting-transfer of the social wealth from the base to the top of social hierarchy under the coverage of the global economical crisis and under the stipulations of the memorandum imposed by the global loan-sharks of International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank.


 During a season while the government-rob-gang is methodically approaching day by day the looting of the workers’ income, the abolition or scorn of the working and insurance vested interests which have been brought in reality by bloodshed struggles during the past, always after the orders of foreign and local forces of the capital in Greece and the European Union and in the meanwhile legalizing the violence against protesters, the arrests and pretrial jailing, the mass media’s campaign that is targeting persons and holding them up for public ridicule, struggling people who never learned how to bow their head and are keeping offensive position against the system.





Dimitris Michail

Trikala Jailhouses





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