‘When one does not die for the other, then we are already dead’
I am not a humanist and therefore will not talk like a humanist. I place myself on the side of the anarchists of praxis. In the battle for a free life without leaders and minions, often a price to pay is the prison. This price has been imposed on me a year ago, since I am imprisoned–CAPTIVE by the State. Captive but not defeated; because for me, as an anarchist urban guerrilla, prison is a temporary stop but never the terminal. During this whole year, I did not allow prison to tame or to ‘correct’ me, or to subdue my body and my memory through the dead repetition of the time-jailer.
From the very first moment, however, a ceaseless psychological warfare and a special detention regime were launched against all comrades who participate in the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire.
Personally, I was led to Grevena prisons, initially ‘placed’ in a protection ward (where I refused to stay and so I was removed), while I have been moved more than 20 times with emergency transfers — with special bulletproof trucks, ΕΚΑΜ (special suppressive antiterrorist units), antiterrorism task forces, special units for prison transfers — during which I was held in the disciplinary ward of Diavata prisons and in Thessaloniki prison transfers department, each time with a twenty member police unit for ‘personal’ custody.
The truth is that I did not expect anything less from the adversary. Once we declared war against the State and its society, we knew the cost of our actions, and we remain unrepentant in our choices. This does not mean, though, that we will remain with folded hands. We owe ourselves one more fight… until the next one.
Thus, I refuse to put life in parentheses. Here, inside the prison, in the land of shadows I remain at loggerheads with the existent, its uniforms and subordinates. In this battle, without risking your life you are not even able to live your life with passion. In nowadays massive society of the State there is neither risk, nor passion. There is only fear and routine. Most people are frightened and alone; but never alive.
When one does not die for the other, then we are already dead. So, today, Sunday, April 8th, I begin hunger strike in factual solidarity with comrades Panagiotis Argirou and Gerasimos Tsakalos, who are carrying out a hunger strike demanding their transfer in Koridallos prisons and the permanent cessation of vengeful transfers from one prison to another. Remaining consistent in our words and choices as Conspiracy, this move is also a first gesture towards the creation of a political collective for symbiosis in prisons.
So, now that the [Easter] holidays are coming, now that everyone does their shopping, or cheats their poverty, in decorated streets and shop windows, we ‘offer’ hunger strike at your festive table. As anyone can understand, the hunger strike is an ultimate means of struggle. It is a battle to the death in slow motion. It is the will to live against resignation and submission. But it is something else as well. It is the mirror of society’s guilt. It is the mirror that reveals society’s silences. It is the mirror of indifference, the mirror of empty values, the mirror of resignation, the mirror of fear, the mirror of the lonely crowd… Behind the mirror there is LIFE. It is enough to break the mirror.
PS. During this same period, a hunger strike is conducted for the release of the anarchist Stella Antoniou and the termination of prosecution proceedings regarding the 250 incendiary and explosive attacks for which the CCF has claimed political responsibility, against individuals who have no association with the Conspiracy.
My support to the above requests is more than obvious.
FOR THE DIFFUSION OF FAI/IRF
FOR THE DISSEMINATION OF THE BLACK INTERNATIONAL
OF ANARCHISTS OF PRAXIS
Member of the imprisoned cell of CCF/FAI
Athens: CCF imprisoned members Gerasimos Tsakalos and Panagiotis Argirou declare hunger strike
‘The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction’
Each of us knows that to get his life in his hands, he must refuse the dialogue and the illusions of democracy and come into conflict with the Power, having his knife between his teeth.
From the first moment of our imprisonment, we chose not to surrender to the dictatorship of the penitentiary system. From the first moment, the State and the antiterrorist unit’s Tagmatasfalites (security battalions) sent specific commands to the prison service, in order to give special treatment both to us and the other CCF comrades.
We are already a half years in prisons. From the early days of our arrest I, Gerasimos Tsakalos, was moved to Malandrino prisons and I refused to stay in the special protection ward, I got a disciplinary transfer from Corinth prisons and later, with the comrade Panagiotis Argirou, we came to verbal and physical clash with prison guards when we refused to accept the humiliating strip search they wanted to enforce on us.
Also, so far we have been moved over twenty times due to emergency transfers — with special bulletproof trucks, ΕΚΑΜ (special suppressive antiterrorist units), special units for prison transfers, antiterrorism task forces — from and to Koridallos prisons, in Athens, for the ongoing new prosecutions that ‘arise’ from the terror-interrogators (Mokkas, Baltas) concerning the anarchist guerrilla action of CCF.
Currently we are once again in Koridallos prisons due to the prosecutions of the 250 incendiary and explosive attacks by the Conspiracy, prosecutions which now skillfully emerged. Especially this new persecution, which takes place shortly before the general elections — as in the case of Halandri — coupled with politicians’ statements about ‘cracking down the hoodies’, is part of a wider anti-anarchist campaign initiated back in 2009; more so since, other than us, people who have NO relation whatsoever with CCF are summoned for these interrogations, including, among others, the anarchist Stella Antoniou whose applications for release on bail were denied one after the other by the judicial authorities, despite her serious health problem —facts on which we reserve the right to take a position in the near future.
Well then, patience has its limits and wrath remains infinite, so we declare that from Sunday, April 8th, we start hunger strike requesting our final transfer and placement in Koridallos prisons, to put an end to our repeated vindictive transfers and our physical and psychological wear and tear.
For us, the hunger strike is not a passive resistance or a peaceful protest, in order to elicit the sensitivity of coward bureaucrats of the Power, or the humanism of progressive apologists of the system.
It’s a way to re-define our body ourselves, outside prison guards’ authority. Perhaps this is the sweetest contradiction for an anarchist urban guerrilla, because in our fight for freedom prison is often the price we pay, and the danger of death always lurks in the struggle for life.
But what never changes is that we remain forever anarchists of praxis. An anarchist of action remains an anarchist even without a pen and a gun, if he/she holds the weapon that contains everything else. ‘A determined conscience that says, I fight until the end.’
Gerasimos Tsakalos, Panagiotis Argirou
Members of the imprisoned cell of CCF/FAI-IRF
Koridallos prisons, 6-4/2012
PS. We send our solidarity to Spyros Dravilas, who also went on hunger strike (from 4/4 in Domokos prisons) and is one of the few prisoners that do not constitute one more statistic of the passive mass ‘residing in prisons’.