Communique of Network of Fighting Prisoners about the continuation of the hunger strike (Greece)

Translated by Actforfree:

After the deposition of the legislation of the Ministry of Justice, there appears to be a first victory of the political prisoners’ hunger strike.

The abolition of the legal framework that defines the operation of the C’type prisons and the beneficial provisions for patients and disabled prisoners, that lead to the release of multi-injured guerilla of the revolutionary organization 17 November, Savvas Xiros, would feel (or at least not so soon) without the struggle that is being carried out. But there is much more to happen.

We do not care for any governmental statement or any promise coming from state employees. Every authoritarian mechanism that deals with a hunger strike by its stated enemies will go into a deterioration war that will include promises, negated deadlines, vague statements and anything that could wear us down physically and/or psychologically. Especially Syriza, who all during its political life as a major or minor opposition demeaned and de-politicized the hunger strikes carried out by anarchist hostages, has great experience in the systemic managing of such situations.

Now, as a government disclaims its responsibilities transferring the granting of our demands to a (vague) future.

From our side we continue the hunger strike without a thought of retreating until the granting of our demands and specifically:

The abolition of articles 187 and 187A, in other words the first and second terror-laws. These articles consist the core of the regime of exclusion we experience at a penal level as political enemies of the state. This exclusion regime is not limited to political prisoners but extends to 30% of the prisoners and includes: special court rooms, special lotteries for judges and prosecutors, special transfers, fragmentation of the cases, penalization of belief and solidarity, and mainly the excessive increment of the sentences. We consider the subversion of concepts which introduce these articles as a basic stake
of our struggle.

The abolition of the imposing provision of an act carried out with a covered face, in other words the hoodie-law. A law voted in after the insurrection of December ’08 and has been repeatedly applied on demonstrators arrested during the clashes, upgrading the indictment to a felony case. Also various acts (robberies, kidnappings etc) are penally loaded independently of the individual characteristics (weapons, use of violence etc) with the existence of the hoodie-law.

The limitation of the legal framework concerning the way DNA is collected, processed and analysed. The displacement of how crucial this demand is from the public sphere is not accidental. The forensic use of DNA is right now the epitome of this oppressive onslaught in the field of proving evidence. The expansion of its use is organically connected with the expansion of use of articles 187 and 187A.

The insistence of police in creating bases of bio-records lead to the obligatory taking of DNA which unavoidably lead to the torturing of prisoners if they resist, as their conscience and dignity orders.

Persecution through analyzing and processing DNA takes place in a completely irrational way since the method that is used to identify it, was invented to work as presumption of innocence and not as proof of guilt. And this, because contrarily to the misunderstandings, it is not the genetic code which unique to every person, that is compared but the genetic type (i.e. the measuring of the length of some parts of the DNA) which could correspond to more people. Therefore if the genetic type is not identified, it can be said with some certainty that the DNA sample is not from one specific person, but if the genetic type is identified it can only be presumed from who the sample came from. And the already stretched persecution through identifying genetic types, is extended to the analyzing of a DNA blend of more than two people where the blended genetic types cannot be separated,thus giving more possible combinations of genetic types.

In this way, in DNA blending, there can be a large amount of genetic types, basically making anyone a possible suspect.

Calculating also the factors of contamination by the cops who collect it, the opaque operation of police laboratories, the knowledge of the name of the suspect to the bio-cops in advance, the lack of protocol etc, is obvious because DNA analysis consists of a super-weapon of modern scientific oppression. With this approach the accused is incriminated in every way. Additionally they are deprived of the access to the sample by professionals they trust. In the end, the detailed evidence vagueness coming from police laboratories is validated from the penal vagueness of the terror laws.

The hunger strike we are carrying out does not seek the ease of the legal framework. What it seeks is to place the revolutionary movement in a position of attack overturning the attack carried out by authority. With the hunger strike as our weapon we seek the forging of our relations with the comrades outside the walls, the strengthening of our public resonance, the intensification of the attacks against state and capitalist targets with all means.

Now is the time to strengthen our position even more in the war we are carrying out.

Until the end, until victory…



Hunger strikers:

Antonis Stamboulos, Tasos Theofilou, Fivos Harisis, Argiris Dalios, Giorgos Karagiannidis, Grigoris Sarafoudis, Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos, Dimitris Politis.