Summary of day 21 (Friday, June 8) of 2nd Halandri Case trial (Athens)

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The court martial session at Korydallos Women’s Prison lasted just 15 minutes, since comrades Damiano Bolano, Christos Tsakalos, and Giorgos and Michalis Nikolopoulos walked out of the courtroom for the second session in a row, staying faithful to the statements they made at the last session. Those statements made it clear that as long as comrade Olga Economidou remains locked up in a solitary confinement cell in the dungeons of Diavata, the defendants—as a display of solidarity—will walk out of every trial session and push for the trial’s suspension. Comrade Haris Hatzimichelakis, a witness in the case, followed suit by sending in a written statement explaining that he will not be testifying as long as Economidou remains in solitary confinement.

It must be emphasized that Economidou, who is a member of the Fire Cells Conspiracy/Informal Anarchist Federation/International Revolutionary Front, has been in a Diavata solitary confinement cell since May 4 because she refused to submit to the degrading body cavity search required by the guards as a prerequisite to placing her in the general prison population. Comrade Economidou’s transfer from Thebes Prison to Diavata was a disciplinary measure imposed on her after she beat up another prisoner—a snitch serving the prison authorities. More than a month later, they keep applying consecutive punishments of 10 additional days each in solitary confinement for the same “minor offense,” all in an attempt to crush her resistance. It’s an attempt that continues without bearing any fruit. With her unbending attitude, Economidou has even managed to cover up the surveillance camera in her cell.

HANDS OFF COMRADE OLGA ECONOMIDOU.

SOLIDARITY WITH THE MEMBERS OF THE FIRE CELLS CONSPIRACY REVOLUTIONARY ORGANIZATION AND THE OTHER DEFENDANTS IN THE SAME CASE.

The trial was adjourned to Friday, June 22.

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