Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Anarchist prisoner Nikos Maziotis goes on hunger strike

July 19, 2010 occupiedlondon.org

Nikos Maziotis, an anarchist imprisoned in relation the Revolutionary
Struggle case , has gone on hunger strike. Below is a translation of his
letter announcing the commencing of the hunger strike.

The treatment reserved by the state for the imprisoned revolutionaries
and its political enemies is standard: Revanchist actions, sadism,
physical and psychological violence, disrespect toward human dignity,
indifference for health, for bodily integrity, for human life itself.

Because the security of the state and the regime, the denial of
freedom is above all – above life itself and “human rights”.

For the state officials, the political and financial elite and the
rich, “human rights” only concern themselves and their class-alike.

They do not concern the people, the poor, the impoverished, the
workers, the unemployed, the veterans of work, the migrants, those
digging through the garbage of street markets to eat.

Nor do they concern the imprisoned -social- prisoners, the vast
majority of which comes from the poor, popular classes and the lives
of which is worth absolutely nothing for the system.

And of course, [human rights] do not concern revolutionaries or
political prisoners either, for which the system has always attempted
their physical and ethical extermination.

In this context, my partner and comrade Panagiota Roupa and myself,
both of which are members of Revolutionary Struggle, are denied the
right of prison visits thanks to the attorney of the prison of
Korydallos, who rejects “for security reasons” my visit to the
maternity clinic “Alexandra” to visit my partner, who will bring our
son to the world – the youngest political prisoner of the greek

She is also rejecting for the same “security reasons” my application
to visit the female prisons of Korydallos, as my comrade is unable due
to her condition to visit the male prisons herself, as it is
supposedly customary until now.

Demanding, therefore, the “obvious”, as a partner and father to visit
my partner-comrade and our sons, I am going on hunger strike from July
15th in order for my following two demands to be met:

1. To be transferred for a visit to the maternity clinic “Alexandra”
on July 25th, in order to visit my partner Panagiota Roupa and our
son, since the childbirth has been planned with a Caesarean for July
24th, while she will remain in the clinic for a few days after that

2. That it is me who gets transferred for visits to the female prisons
for the first period after the childbirth due to the unavoidable
inability of my partner and our son to move.

As much as the repressive mechanisms believe that by imprisoning us
they will get done with us, they are wrong. Either inside, or outside
prisons the struggle for us is a matter of honour and dignity; it will

Revolutionary struggle continues.


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