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Prisoners revolt around Greece

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In the morning of Monday 23/4, prisoners at the prison of Malandrino (in Fokida, mainland Greece) revolted. The spark igniting the revolt was the beating of anarchist prisoner Yiannis Dimitrakis as well as the vicious, violent response of the guards to the protests staged by his co-prisoners.

Disgraceful holding conditions, lack of water, regular beatings, electronic surveillance and the extremely short time they are allowed at the yard comprise a grim reality for the Malandrino prisoners. The prison has seen plenty of revolts in the past... According to our latest info the prison is now under the complete control of the prisoners.

Meantime, information coming in right now (2:30pm, April 24) indicates that prisoners at the Ayios Stefanos prison of Patras have also revolted; two hundred of them abstained from their meal. 340 prisoners at the prison of Tripoli have gone on hunger strike.

Solidarity actions

- Solidarity action outside the residency of the greek president: On the night of the revolt, 150 anarchists gathered outside the house of the greek president, chanting solidarity slogans for the prisoners.

- On the same night, anarchists gathered spontaneously in Thessaloniki, distributing texts, spray-painting and chanting slogans.

The committee for prisoner rights has called for a solidarity demo tonight, April 24, 7pm at the Omonia Square in Athens.


"The dictatorship of Detention is a reflection of democracy" - short text distributed in Thessaloniki
 http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=693687#693893

Ministry of justice: Prisoner demands "unreasonable"
 http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=693837#693908

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