Hunger Strike Declaration by Kostas Sakkas

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Koridallos prison, Greece. 

29 May 2013

On the 4th of December 2010 I was captured along with the comrade
Alexandros Mitroussias in the district of Nea Smyrni, Athens, while I
was leaving a rented warehouse where arms were being stored.

Since the beginning, I have admitted my connection with this place as
well as the weapons found there. I have stated, since the first moment,
that I am an anarchist and that my presence in this specific place was
related to my political identity and the choices I make as a consequence
of this.

On the 7th of December 2010 they brought me before the head
investigator and I got in pretrial detention on charges of participation
in an unknown terrorist organization as well as aggravated possession
of weapons.

On the 12th of April 2011, when I had already been in the prison of
Nafplion for more than four months, I was called upon again by the
investigators Baltas and Mokkas, and without any new evidence, nor even
any new developments on the investigation, I was remanded for
participating in the R.O. CCF. It was obvious that this was because the
principal investigators realized that a case against an unknown
organization that hasn’t any registered actions, doesn’t have any bombs,
nor communiqués, that has not used guns, an organization without a
name, couldn’t stand up in a courtroom.

I have clarified in the past —as did the R.O. CCF for their part—
that I’m not a member of this organization. I didn’t do this to avoid
the vengeful, punitive odyssey that the bourgeois justice reserves for
all those accused of being members of that organization, but simply
because that’s how it is. I ought to set the history straight; not only
for me but also for the R.O. CCF.

The initial charge of participation in an unknown terrorist
organization attributed both to me and my two comrades (Alexandros
Mitroussias, Giorgos Karagiannidis) and the rest of the people arrested
in the same operation —although they had nothing to do with it— showed
up at a time that was political expedient for the DAEEV anti-terrorist
force (the so-called Special Violent Crime Squad of the Greek police),
on account of the ex-minister of public order named Christos Papoutsis,
who desired —like all his counterparts— to dismantle, at all costs, a
terrorist organization during his mandate. It is known that this
minister directly supervised the operation, and even evaluated the
information that the anti-terrorist force had, and finally gave the
order to make arrests. Anyone who watched the mass media during that
time remembers the scenarios and evaluations of various journalistic
parrots about which organization we belonged to, what we intended to do,
etc., obviously being fed by the DAEEV, until the results of the
ballistic tests made them shut up… Later, Mr Papoutsis, in an attempt to
apologize for the fiasco, gave an interview to a well known magazine
stating that the ‘anti-terrorist force has tricked him’ (!).
On the 6th of April 2012, still in jail awaiting trial and reaching
the limit of 18 months (the maximum pretrial incarceration period), I
was out again in pretrial detention for committing 160 incendiary and
bombing actions claimed by the organization CCF. It’s worth comment that
in this particular case file there is neither any evidence against me
—they didn’t even bother to frame me this time— nor any reference to my
person except in the execution of the indictment. It’s a case file that
could be served, without exaggeration, to anyone, according to the logic
of the intransigent investigators Baltas and Mokkas. The prosecutory
purposes of this are evidenced by the fact that the principal
investigators had their hands on this specific file from the very first
moment of my arrest, and were obligated —that is according to the law—
to give it to me along with the first accusatory file. To put it simply:
these gentlemen detained me on charges of participation in the same
organization twice, consecutively (!).

Today, after being jailed for two and a half years, for simple
weapons possession (to clarify: aggravated possession of weapons means
that the weapons were intended either for trade or for equipping a
terrorist organization, something which is neither evident, nor
something I have admitted to), the primary institutional defenders of
justice and law, who hold me for breaking it, decided to ignore even
their own Constitution —which defines maximum time of 12 months for each
subsequent to the first pretrial detention— since that is not enough
for their political needs. Therefore, they decided to hold me hostage
for six more months.

In fact, they intend this prolonged and excessive captivity to offset
their makeshift, lazy accusations. Whatever they may do it is not
enough to prevent the ‘deflation’ of the charges in any courtroom,
despite the special regime that characterizes the terror-courts (in
every way). Anyone who has ever set foot in them even for a while knows
it very well.

Their tactics and vengeful intentions are clear by now. Yes, it’s
true; the State avenges its political opponents; avenges but never
acknowledges them. It never has, as a matter of fact. In the past they
were treated as foreign agents and traitors, and now as terrorists and
enemy of the society.

The fact is that, due to the domestic consequences of the global
capitalist crisis, the political system is going through what is both
the most critical and the most unstable period since the dictatorship.
It is also a fact that repression, and the generally authoritarian
attitude of the State, is the ‘last card’ in its hand, the last thing it
can do to ensure a subordinated social peace and prevent a generalized
reaction from being expressed in organized and substantial
insurrectionary forms.

The finance minister himself has confessed that this is the first
time that a government is asked to implement such extreme measures in
peacetime. The laws have always reflected the will of the powerful, but
today not even these laws are enough for the political representatives
of the system in the face of what they need to implement so as to
loyally serve the establishment.

Because of my political view and position, that the road to
individual and collective freedom is full of struggle and resistance, I
decided on Tuesday 4/6 to go on hunger strike; the date when, according
to the current laws, the maximum time limit of my pretrial custody is
expired. I would like to clarify that, for me, the choice to go on
hunger strike is not a gesture of despair, but a choice to continue the
fight, a fight that my comrades and I have made since the first moment
of our captivity; a resistance to the unprecedented and vindictive
treatment of the judicial mechanisms, which decided in our case to take a
break from their cash collection duties to defend society from its
supposed enemies and the laws from the outlaws. They are the same
mechanisms, and the same persons behind them, who are actual
perpetrators of the legitimacy of forced return to work for strikers;
the same who are primary responsible for the thousands of property
auctions and the homeless, for the abolition of labour demands, for the
unemployed, for the abolition of social benefits, for the thousands
living below the poverty line, for hundreds of suicides every year by
those who, unable to cope decently, put an end to their lives; they are
actual perpetrators of the legitimacy of declaring people illegal and
piling them up in camps; responsible of classifying tortures and
beatings at police stations, accidental gun discharges, the silencing of
anti-regime media as legitimate…

They are responsible for creating a cemetery society in the name of
law, and when it’s necessary, for establishing a cemetery society
outside the law… Steeped in hypocrisy and nastiness, despicable to both
the devotees of bourgeois justice and its detractors and ideological
enemies.

Kostas Sakkas, first wing in Koridallos prison

Slowly dies who does not risk certainty for the uncertainty to chase
a dream, those who do not forego sound advice at least once in their
lives, … Who does not find grace in himself, dies slowly, … Let’s try
and avoid death in small doses, reminding oneself that being alive
requires an effort far greater than the simple fact of breathing.

—Pablo Neruda

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