Solidarity with greek antifascists victims of police brutality

No-Gods-No-Masters.com supports the Greek anti-fascists!

No-Gods-No-Masters.com reiterates its commitment to support comrades in struggle and prisoners victims of state repression. With the income from the t-shirt sales, we will send at least $500 to imprisoned Greek comrades within 1 month.

These comrades were imprisoned after an anti-fascist protest where the police intervened to protect the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn. The activists were subsequently tortured by the Greek police who is well known for its corruption and collaboration with neo-Nazis.

They have already paid for their legal fees amounting to € 15,000. But now they need your help to raise € 45,000 (USD $58,311.00) more to cover the guarantees in order to stay out of jail.

Below, here are two articles on the subject.

Call for solidarity

Events come thick and fast these days in Greece. While the attacks on immigrants, their houses and shops are still going on, the last months showed more and more antifascist activities like manifestations, leaflet distribution and direct answers. Last week, the state power showed once again on which side it stands.

In Volos (29/9), during a gathering of Chrissi Avgi (Golden Dawn), an MP of the fascist party pulled his gun against protesting antifascists before the nose of the police, however at the precinct they were not willing to record the formal complaint of eye witnesses due to “lack of time”.

In the same weekend, there was an antifascist motorbike manifestation in Athens (30/9), to inform the public about the unbearable conditions for immigrants because of the state operation “Xenios Zeus” and to show presence in the streets of Athens. After it clashed with a group of neo-Nazis, police forces started to act brutal against antifascists, whereby some of them were seriously injured. 15 demonstrators got arrested. A solidarity gathering the day after to the court where the prisoners were held was attacked, too. 25 antifascists got arrested, 4 of them were released Friday afternoon. The 19 detained persons reported inhumane conditions and police brutality in custody. They met others that have been “forgotten” there for since 3 months. Costs of any arrest like that are high: only for the arraignment 15,000 euro must be paid. On Friday 5/10 the last 15 arrested persons were released on bail (3,000 euros each).

Besides the aggravation of the situation through Nazis and the police, the government shows once more on which side it stands. So the press office of the public order ministry let it be known (after an announcement of the “leftist” party Syriza), that the government will prompt more measures to enforce law and order. Furthermore they throw leftists in the same pot with the fascists and announced they would contain such antidemocratic tendencies. In reality one makes common cause with the Nazis: while priding themselves with obvious crimes in the media and getting away with it, antifascists are covered with repression.

At the same time, the racist state action “Xenios Zeus” is still going on, with 27,500 custodies of non-Greek persons and approx. 2,600 arrests of people who did not have the necessary papers by now. Everything points to an exacerbation of the situation for immigrants, antifascists and everyone who does not fit into the racist and fascist ideology. The interaction between neo-Νazis and police with the backing of the government and the enforcement of racist laws of deportation are alarming and must be interpreted as prefascist tendencies.

It is an unbearable situation for all forces that are resisting. Thereby, the other European governments certainly do not care about who is governing Greece – as long as the public order is maintained by ten thousands of cops, that guarantee a trouble-free procedure of monetary business. The constant resistance and the anti-repression activities bind capacities again and again. Moreover, sums of money for processes in the actual financial situation are hard to procure.

Solidarity with the antifascist fight in Greece!
United we stand!

Antifas, anarchists and anti-authoritarians in October 2012

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Greek anti-fascist protesters tortured by police after Golden Dawn clash (National Post)

Fifteen people arrested in Athens says they were subjected to what their lawyer describes as an Abu Ghraib-style humiliation

Fifteen anti-fascist protesters arrested in Athens during a clash with supporters of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn have said they were tortured in the Attica General Police Directorate (GADA) – the Athens equivalent of Scotland Yard – and subjected to what their lawyer describes as an Abu Ghraib-style humiliation.

Members of a second group of 25 who were arrested after demonstrating in support of their fellow anti-fascists the next day said they were beaten and made to strip naked and bend over in front of officers and other protesters inside the same police station.

Several of the protesters arrested after the first demonstration on Sunday 30 September told the Guardian they were slapped and hit by a police officer while five or six others watched, were spat on and “used as ashtrays” because they “stank”, and were kept awake all night with torches and lasers being shone in their eyes.

Some said they were burned on the arms with a cigarette lighter, and they said police officers videoed them on their mobile phones and threatened to post the pictures on the internet and give their home addresses to Golden Dawn, which has a track record of political violence.

Golden Dawn’s popularity has surged since the June election, when it won 18 seats in parliament; it recently came third in several opinion polls, behind the conservative New Democracy and the leftwing party Syriza.

Last month the Guardian reported that victims of crime have been told by police officers to seek help from Golden Dawn, who then felt obliged to make donations to the group.

One of the two women among them said the officers used crude sexual insults and pulled her head back by the hair when she tried to avoid being filmed. The protesters said they were denied drinking water and access to lawyers for 19 hours. “We were so thirsty we drank water from the toilets,” she said.

One man with a bleeding head wound and a broken arm that he said had been sustained during his arrest alleged the police continued to beat him in GADA and refused him medical treatment until the next morning. Another said the police forced his legs apart and kicked him in the testicles during the arrest.

“They spat on me and said we would die like our grandfathers in the civil war,” he said.

A third said he was hit on the spine with a Taser as he tried to run away; the burn mark is still visible. “It’s like an electric shock,” he said. “My legs were paralysed for a few minutes and I fell. They handcuffed me behind my back and started hitting and kicking me in the ribs and the head. Then they told me to stand up, but I couldn’t, so they pulled me up by the chain while standing on my shin. They kept kicking and punching me for five blocks to the patrol car.”

The protesters asked that their names not be published, for fear of reprisals from the police or Golden Dawn.

A second group of protesters also said they were “tortured” at GADA. “We all had to go past an officer who made us strip naked in the corridor, bend over and open our back passage in front of everyone else who was there,” one of them told the Guardian. “He did whatever he wanted with us – slapped us, hit us, told us not to look at him, not to sit cross-legged. Other officers who came by did nothing.

“All we could do was look at each other out of the corners of our eyes to give each other courage. He had us there for more than two hours. He would take phone calls on his mobile and say, ‘I’m at work and I’m fucking them, I’m fucking them up well’. In the end only four of us were charged, with resisting arrest. It was a day out of the past, out of the colonels’ junta.”

In response to the allegations, Christos Manouras, press spokesman for the Hellenic police, said: “There was no use of force by police officers against anyone in GADA. The Greek police examine and investigate in depth every single report regarding the use of violence by police officers; if there are any responsibilities arising, the police take the imposed disciplinary action against the officers responsible. There is no doubt that the Greek police always respect human rights and don’t use violence.”

Sunday’s protest was called after a Tanzanian community centre was vandalised by a group of 80-100 people in a central Athens neighbourhood near Aghios Panteleimon, a stronghold of Golden Dawn where there have been many violent attacks on immigrants.

According to protesters, about 150 people rode through the neighbourhood on motorcycles handing out leaflets. They said the front of the parade encountered two or three men in black Golden Dawn T-shirts, and a fight broke out. A large number of police immediately swooped on them from the surrounding streets.

According to Manouras: “During the motorcycle protest there were clashes between demonstrators and local residents. The police intervened to prevent the situation from deteriorating and restore public order. There might have been some minor injuries, during the clashes between residents, protesters and police.”

Marina Daliani, a lawyer for one of the Athens 15, said they had been charged with “disturbing the peace with covered faces” (because they were wearing motorcycle helmets), and with grievous bodily harm against two people. But, she said, no evidence of such harm had so far been submitted. They have now been released on bail of €3,000 (£2,400) each.

According to Charis Ladis, a lawyer for another of the protesters, the sustained mistreatment of Greeks in police custody has been rare until this year: “This case shows that a page has been turned. Until now there was an assumption that someone who was arrested, even violently, would be safe in custody. But these young people have all said they lived through an interminable dark night.

Dimitris Katsaris, a lawyer for four of the protesters, said his clients had suffered Abu Ghraib-style humiliation, referring to the detention centre where Iraqi detainees were tortured by US soldiers during the Iraq war. “This is not just a case of police brutality of the kind you hear about now and then in every European country. This is happening daily. We have the pictures, we have the evidence of what happens to people getting arrested protesting against the rise of the neo-Nazi party in Greece. This is the new face of the police, with the collaboration of the justice system.”

One of the arrested protesters, a quiet man in his 30s standing by himself, said: “Journalists here don’t report these things. You have to tell them what’s happening here, in this country that suffered so much from Nazism. No one will pay attention unless you report these things abroad.”

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/oct/09/greek-antifascist-protesters-torture-police

Fighting the Fascist Phenomena in Greece (video)

Watch video here: http://vimeo.com/52590945

The increasing threat of Greece’s Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party is punctuated by their violent acts against political opponents, immigrants and others. The Greek government and Police have shown their sympathy with Golden Dawn by persecuting journalists who speak out against them and people who show public opposition to their fascism. This video aims to communicate the underlying tension of these forces by using images to contrast the way Greece appears on the surface with voiceover by an anonymous anti-fascist motorcycle patroller who, as reported by the Guardian UK, was one of 15 people arrested and tortured by police for participating in a motorcycle demonstration against Golden Dawn.

Produced, Filmed and Edited by Chris Spannos
Music by Godspeed You! Black Emperor, song: “Strung Like Lights at Thee Printemps Erable”
Length: 17:09

This video is produced by The New Significance to help raise money for those 15 anti-fascists who were arrested and tortured. They have already paid for their legal fees amounting to € 15,000. But now they need your help to raise € 45,000 (USD $58,311.00) more to cover the guarantees in order to stay out of jail.

The international press have reported extensively on their important case and the rising threat of the Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party in Greece (links below). News has spread that Golden Dawn has recently tried to open offices in the U.S., Canada and Australia. The Greek anti-fascists need your support to raise € 3,000 each, which amounts to five or six times the average monthly wage in their country. Fundraisers and concerts are being organized in Greece to help them. But they need your support too. Help fight against Golden Dawn by supporting those struggling against this fascist movement at it’s root in Greece:

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More resources about the Athens’ Anti-Fascist Motorcycle patrol:

The Guardian: “Greek anti-fascist protesters ‘tortured by police’ after Golden Dawn clash
The Guardian: “Golden Dawn party infiltrates Greece’s police, claims senior officer” (video)
The Guardian: “Fear and loathing in Athens: the rise of Golden Dawn and the far right
Golden Dawn and the Antifascist Movement in Greece (video)
3rd Anti-Fascist Motorcycle Patrol: Video of Patrol
4th Anti-Fascist Motorcycle Patrol: Video of Patrol

Posted on: October 13, 2012 Last update: September 19, 2017