The very long and bloody history of police brutality has had a recent chapter in Nea Smyrni, Greece, on early March where, after repressing a demonstration (against police brutality, no less) and having a police officer wounded, the “Anti”-Terrorist Unit of the police initiated a savage vengeance campaign against several people, present or not at the demonstration.
Aris P., a member of the Masovka anarchist collective, was abducted on the street on March 10th, brought to the General Police Directorate (GADA), and beaten up, tortured and even suggested suicide for days.
The government of Kyriakos Mitsotakis, of the right-wing New Democracy Party, first denied it happened ; then, when pressure began to mount, they have called Aris to testify for these horrific events.
This is hardly something new – George Floyd, Rafael Braga, Théo L., Sarah Everard, Camilo Catrillanca are some examples from other countries, but the list is far longer than anyone could ever type down. Police has always been a tool of the ruling class to submit the exploited and oppressed, and in times of social, economic and health crisis such as 2020-21 (mainly due to the Covid-19 pandemic but not only that), this function is even clearer.
The Greek police was an essential part of dictatorship of Metaxas, and it is no surprise that the officers overwhelmingly voted for the fascist Golden Dawn party, but the Brazilian police, for example, is no different with its many murders of unarmed Black people and support of far-right would-be dictator Jair Bolsonaro. Even countries supposedly ruled by leftists or progressists are no different and persecute, wound and imprison political activists – the shooting of Michael Brown, the false charges against Sebastian Romero, and the jailing of Pablo Hasél are but some examples.
Now Aris P and the Masovka collective have taken a rather large step. They have decided to sue the Greek “Anti”-Terrorist Unit, not expecting the judiciary system to actually be fair, but as part of a campaign to raise awareness of police brutality in Greece and force the Greek democratic state to acknowledge its issues.
They are receiving death threats, being stalked and suffering a smear campaign, and they need solidarity. Political solidarity, money to fund the legal campaign, and helping in spreading the word of what is happening. And we have decided to answer that call.
We are musicians, journalists, activists, and producers ; we hail from black metal, dungeonsynth, hip-hop and slam poetry ; we are Marxist-Leninists, Anarchists, Trotskysts, or simply concerned ; we come from the States, Brazil, Greece and New Zealand. We are many, and we have many differences – many of us do not even agree that Aris’ and Masovka’s tactics are the best in this circumstance – but today we come together to state unanimously :
— DOWN WITH POLICE BRUTALITY IN GREECE AND THE WORLD !
— SOLIDARITY WITH ARIS P., MASOVKA AND ALL THOSE WHO STRUGGLE IN GREECE AND THE WORLD !
Anarchist Collective Masovka – Call for solidarity for financial assistance
On February the 12th, Silvio Kullolli and Aris Papazacharoudakis, anarchists and members of Masovka Anarchist Collective are arrested by the Greek national security services with the collaboration of the Greek anti- terrorist unit. The previous day, masovka had protested against a new declaration made by the Greek alternate minister of foreign affairs, M. Varvitsiotis. The minister’s declaration said tha countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan are now considered safe, thus making it easier for thousands of refugees too be deported back to these countries.
Masovka has also dedicated this activistic protest to D. Koufontinas, who was on hunger strike at the time. Silvio and Aris were arrested using information from their personal accounts on social media. During their detainment in the police headquarters, new evidence was fabricated, using earlier Masovka protests, so that the comrades were accused of participating in a criminal organisation.
So a political activist group is now being accused of being a criminal syndicate. Not even a month later, on March the 9th, Aris was kidnapped by the Greek anti-terrorist unit, a day after a huge demo protesting police violence was held in Athens. The kidnapping took place after the police had intercepted his phone calls, admitting they keep track of him since January, for “reasons of national security”.
Ari’s was taken to the police headquarters in Athens, where he was beaten and tortured physically and verbally for many hours. He was held there for four days, even facing charges of attempted intentional manslaughter (a police officer was beaten during clashes following the demo).
These charges were later dropped, due to a complete lack of evidence. Ari’s was charged with three felonies and was not taken into custody, although he had to pay 1000 euros as bail. We call on our brothers and sisters around the world for their financial aid, in order to cover the expenses of the ongoing trials and the ones the Greek state is setting up for Masovka.
No one will be left alone during this fight.
Send your signature : firstname.lastname@example.org
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