Political statement from Nikos Vogiatzakis
On 23/9/2009, at 19.30, while coming out of the house of comrade P.Masouras we were surrounded by 15-20 people of the anti-terrorist force, wearing helmets and hoods and aiming at us with their guns, immobilized us and led us to the cop car. Then a cop speaking on his mobile phone said “we got them, we are coming.” Ofcourse when we asked them where we are going and what happened, we got no answer. When we got to GADA (athens police headquarters) they led us to the 12th floor and put us in two different offices, where they told us to stand facing against the wall. After a few arguements and tension the one in charge came in screaming ecstaticly :”this is how the state fucks” and “we are at war”. Three-four hours later after his delirium he invited me to his office for a “friendly chat”. He began by saying that i am a good kid and im getting in trouble for no reason, that my friend gave me up and all i have to do is tell him everything i know and then i will be free.
He continued by intensely questioning me about situations i did’t know of.
Because I kept on asking why i am there and to communicate with my lawyer, he took me to the office i was in earlier.
After a few hours, around 13.00 or 14.00 on 24/9, they announced to me that i am free and if they need me they will call me again. To my questions where Panagiotis is and why was in GADA for so many hours, they replied that Panagiotis is arrested and i will learn the rest from the tv when i get home.
From there on began a continuous surveillance of the anti-terrorist force at an annoying level, until the 1st of February, when they arrested me outside my house. When they led me to the 12th floor, they informed that there is a warrant for my arrest since the 13th of January which idid not know of desoite that they knew where i live. The evidence of my prosecution were a blue plastic bag with a french pamphlet, that were found in the house on 25 Martiou street in Halandri. When i was led to the mafioso of the appeals court i was imprisoned with quick procedures. They told me i don’t have a permanent residence although i was arrested outside my house. They told me also that i could end up murdering someone with the books i read.
I was led to prison and was released 1,5 month later. Whoever understands, understands.
In September 2009 cops of the anti-terrorist force raid a house on 25 Martiou street in Halandri. There they find an explosive device in a closet of one of the rooms in the house. Comrade Haris Hadjimihelakis is arrested as well as M.G. and M.P. and warrants go out for 6 more people. Panagiotis Masouras is arrested in Galatsi and is imprisoned. Comrades who deny the charges are imprisoned with sole evidence a fingerprint in a house or their friendly and comrade relations. This case has as a target the penalization of friendly and comrade relations. The arrests of the comrades and the warrants, were in the frames of dismanteling or causing a wound to the R.O. C.C.F. in September 2009. They were the desperate attempts of the government to reverse the the climate for the upcoming elections of October 2009. After the elections PASOK continued the relay race and the ministry of public order was taken over by sheriff Chrisohoidis, who being “experienced” in the matter of “terrorism” (17th November case, Revolutionary Popular Struggle case) continued his work by targetizing political spaces. The next step was the 600.000 euro bounty on comrades (S. and M.Seisidis and G.Tsironis). A move that would tempt a society thirsty for intrigue and money. The warrants based on this logic, continue, people get involved in the case without any evidence against them, even without knowing their co-defendants. The clouzeausof the anti-terrorist got to the point of claiming that parents of an accused were members of the RAF, even that her father died in a shoot out with cops which of course is not true. The media parrots contribute to this. The circulation of photographs of wanted or arrested comrades like an icon in the windows of tv-trials and police stations. The arrests, the raids from the muts of the anti-terrorist force, the dozens of un-confirmed infromation on the police snitching phone lines, the surveillance. Even the photographs of personal moments or vacations are publicized in newspapers from a snitch journalist known for his collaboration with the police. The specific photographs were part of the court papers and should not have access to them. The prosedure of information is filtered, creates wrong impressions, darkening of the truth, partial information of the real dimention of the events as well as partial use of it.
The reason of my persecution is political. I would be incosistent with my political beliefs if i was waiting for my vindication through the democratic prosedures and junta courts, which are set up in the soul warehouses of the state. As an individual with dignity i do not accept appeal judges to butcher or nuns prosecutors to agree with the deprivation of my freedom. I am not a member of the organization of which im being prosecuted for. I am prosecuted because i believe in the multiform subversive action and the anti-systemic struggle. I am an anarchist, i deny the charges, i stand in solidarity to the comrades of the R.O. C.C.F. and to all the decent prisoners who continue the struggle from inside the prisons.
PS: Nikos Vogiatzakis: Acquitted of all charges due to lack of evidence. in the first Fire Cells Conspiracy trial (the so-called “Halandri case”), 19 07 2011 athens….