20 people were arrested, after the riots that erupted during the European Social Forum march in Athens, in 6th May 2006. 17 of them have been charged and await trial for multiple felony charges. 3 of them have been detained since May 2006, while the two of the detainees have been on hunger strike for more than one month, protesting for their ongoing 8-month imprisonment. As they denounce, their arrest was made a lot of time after the end of the demonstration, and there has been no evidence provided, apart from some obscure testimonies by police officers.
Tarasios Zadorozni, an anarchist immigrant from Ukraine, began a hunger strike on November 29th and Gerasimos Kyriakopoulos, the other detainee, began a hunger strikeon December 15th. Due to serious health problems, they have been moved initially to the prison hospital (middle December) and finally to Nikaea General Hospital (early January).Health Update:They both suffer of orthostatic hypotension; Zadarozni has lost 15 kg, already has got a muscular atrophy and bradycardia while Kyriakopoulos (who began the hunger strike already missing one kidney and his spleen, from previous injury) has lost 5kg, has nose bleeds and is showing signs of gallbladder dysfunction due to the fasting
Letters from prison: Tarasios' Zadorozni [en], [el], Gerasimos' Kyriakopoulos [en], [fr], [el]. 17/1: Letter by the hunger strikers from the General hospital of Nikaea:[en], [es], [el]
Since the first day of hunger strike there have been dozens of solidarity actions by anarchist comrades all over Greece; ranging from demos and taking over of radio stations to attacks on police stations, bank explosions, even a huge banner demanding their release, attached to helium balloons and set off in the air amongst hundreds of unsuspected cops during the new year's eve fireworks display, to the embarrassment of gathered politicians and tv crews that were broadcasting live the celebration. Also, in Thessaloniki, the baby doll for Jesus Christ was stolen from the city's christmas crib while in its place a cd was left with propaganda material demanding the release of the prisoners.
Posters in solidarity demanding their release can be found at
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Some of the solidarity actions:
Votes by Unions: the Doctors' Union, Student Unions of: Crete Engineering Faculty, Athens Naval and Mechanics Engineering Faculty, Technical Applications faculty of Crete Technical Institution, Geological Faculty of Thessaloniki, Athens Applied Mathematics
18/1: Another 5 political detainees (including 3 detainees for being alleged as member of 17N organisation) have been denying food, in solidarity to the 2 hunger strikers.
Regional Greek actions: Agrinio, Veria, Arta, Sparti, Samos, Volos, Kozani
International Solidarity from Holland, PollandMedia & official building sit-ins: