On the morning of October 28, 2017, comrade Konstantinos ‘Dinos’ Yigtzoglou was captured by the anti-terrorist police. The arrest order, issued by Special Prosecutor E. Nikopoulos, was based on accusations of belonging to a terrorist organization and attempted murder for the letter bomb attack against former-Prime Minister Papadimos. The accusations are based on a mixture of genetic material that was allegedly collected and stored from objects following clashes with law enforcement during a demonstration in 2011, in which the comrade was arrested. This mixture, supposedly related to the explosive attack, is alleged to have been found by the police in the remains of the letter bomb, along with the DNA of Papadimos. The charges against the comrade, combined with the material allegedly found in his possession during his arrest have led to him being prosecuted under the ‘anti-terrorism law’ (187A).
On the same day, a comrade from Konstantinos’s circle of friends was arrested. It is a constant tactic of the anti-terrorist unit to target people from an arrested person’s family or circle of friends as a form of intimidation, and as an attempt to politically and physically isolate detainees. On October 29, Dinos was brought before the investigating judge for a continuation of the detention order, and was warned that he only had 3 days to prepare for his hearing.
On November 1, after his hearing before the prosecutor Nikopoulos, it was decided that he would be transferred and placed under special detention in the prisons of Larissa, far from his place of residence, his family and friends, with a clear intention to exterminate him politically and physically. Commissioner E. Raikou, having developed for himself a profile of an ‘ethical and incorruptible’ state official via serving as an anti-corruption prosecutor, is a vivid example of the hypocrisy of bourgeois morality, as he becomes more and more notorious for his vengeful actions against the anarchist combatants.
Of course the terrorism investigative expert Eftihis Nikopoulos is playing a key role in the case, acting as an ‘honorable’ political expression of the state’s objectives and as an agent of anti-terrorism, exercising political persecution against comrades who remain defiant or who have chosen the path of armed struggle. This is typified by his participation in cases such as the persecution of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire members and their families, as well as the educational leave permit for Nikos Romanos. In Nikopoulos, along along with the constant indication of judicial decisions, all the characteristics of the anti-terrorist crusade are concentrated.
It is not the first time that the State has vengefully persecuted comrades under 187A and transferred them to remote prisons immediately following their arrest. This is now a standard practice that has become a state policy that aims to create a zone of ‘sterility’ around the comrades, in order to eliminate the political and solidarity environment, in addition to trying to break them morally.
Aimed at comrades, the State’s ‘anti-terrorist’ law (187A), marks them as candidates for their ‘guillotine’, not only to attack the armed struggle politically, but also attacking every activity that recognizes the need for an armed rupture with the State. At the same time, the participation of comrades in solidarity movements has been an aggravating element in the persecution of 187A, as in the case of Konstantinos. The repressive apparatus use the visits the comrade made to Korydallos prison, within the context of solidarity with comrades accused of participating in the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, to try and link him with the organization.
This method of poisoning the opinion of the masses is totally in line with the strategy of creating a broader definition of terrorism, cultivated by the police and the judicial mechanisms of the State in order to terrorize and therefore pacify society, and make accusations even before the indictment of charges against Konstantinos.
They create the profile of a ‘ruthless terrorist’ to undermine and depoliticize the armed struggle, which still represents a threat to the monopoly on violence that the State wants to maintain. Over time, and especially in times of crisis, this tactic serves to target those who resist and to intimidate society in an attempt to strengthen the regime.
As the Assembly of Solidarity with Konstantinos Yigtoglou, we perceive the armed struggle, and by extension, revolutionary solidarity, which is a necessary condition for it, as integral parts of the anarchist movement in the war for the destruction of the State and capital. For this reason we stand in solidarity with Konstantinos and every comrade whose body and soul are always in struggle, since these are our weapons that they will never manage to seize or stop.
BEYOND THE DICHOTOMY OF INNOCENT / GUILTY SOLIDARITY IS OUR WEAPON STRUGGLE WITH ALL MEANS FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF THE STATE AND CAPITAL THE STATES ARE THE ONLY TERRORISTS
Assembly of Solidarity with Konstantinos Yigtzoglou
(via Mpalothia and Sin Banderas Ni Fronteras, translated by Insurrection News)