During the last years, we notice the creation of a lot of hearths of resistance in every social field, from the side of the exploited, which results in the increasing intensity of repression. The state, being in a very critical political conjuncture, is being faced with a lot of the resistance simultaneously – strikes, demonstrations, blockings, prison breaks, direct actions. The most recent of these were the strike demonstrations about the Sunday work, which the state attacked fiercely, and the hunger strike of Nikos Romanos, which grew on big dimensions and coiled all over Greece a large dynamic, which as it was proven was about to go till the end. So, in this period of political instability, the state grabs the chance to show the dogma of zero tolerance to any resistance, announces more security measures and laws, culminating with the creation of type C prison units.
Before the elections, the state decides to hasten the operation of these prison units, in a try to coil conservative social stratums, offering more order and security. On the other side, Syriza in the same pre-election climate, promises the abolishment of type C prisons, targeting the political consent of society and of the wider radical movement.
However, while Domokos prison is not ready to have the “terrorists and criminals”, the first transfers of political and criminal prisoners have began. On 30/12/14, the comrade N. Maziotis, member of Revolutionary Struggle, is transferred, and on 02/01/15 they transfer the comrades K. Gournas (R.S.), D. Koufontinas (17N), Naxakis and Sarafoudis, and the convicted for membership in 17N Tzortzatos and Giotopoulos, and of course the transfer of Ch. Xiros on 09/01/15.
The system’s target in the prison’s frameworks is the repression of the prisoners on a collective and individual level. On the collective level, they break the forming communities which have as a target the radical conflict with the prison institution and by that way any chance of insurrection is compressed. So, apathy and inactivation of the prisoners are constituted via the suppression of the collective feeling. The bonds that have risen between the prisoners are destroyed and they isolate with each other. With the harsh close confinement the prisoners lack of any capability of socializing and punishment takes its most atrocious form.
So, it is implicit that any remodeling with the aim of repression’s intensity inside the prison, has a certain impact outside of it as well. On the one hand it creates a security bubble and bring the inactivation of the general social body and on the other hand tries to seed the terror at the most radical parts of society. This terrorizing has on its target anyone who revolts against the system, intending to break their morale and damage any opposing feeling. The state with this remodeling aims the emulation and terrorism, manipulating the public opinion and targeting the anarchists as the most dangerous threat to it.
Confinement is not a modern phenomenon and does not concern only humans. And if the confinement of human animals is aiming the punishment and the “discipline”, the case of the rest of animals goes beyond these narrow frameworks. Non-human animals are imprisoned and tortured for the sake of science, advance and medicine. They are used as experiment objects for the well being of the human species, and are murdered millions upon millions for the testing of products that enrich the capital. The pharmaceutics industry, the large scientific centers and the whole west medicine science are built upon the exploitation of animals and humans, creating false diseases which they later heal with the hi-tech medicines/cure-alls.
Also, reproduction and confinement of non-human animals give the basic food source of the human species in capitalism and is one more profit factor. The thousands exploitation industries for their meat, milk and other products they give, are the modern animal prisons. Confinement embody with consumable lives the show, amusement and fashion industries. Circuses with animals are an atrocious institution, imprisoning them thousands of miles away from their natural environment and teaching them via violence canned tricks for the enjoyment of the miserable audience. The idea of show for the modern human plays a huge role, so that, limited at the boundaries of the city, he visits zoos to meet wildlife, ignoring the fact that they are just another prison. Lastly, as far as fashions is concerned, millions of animals are imprisoned and murdered brutally so that their fur and leather can be used by people who try to gratify their devouring false pride and find ways to show their prestige, by wearing dead bodies of animals.
As anarchists, we do not separate any form of confinement, we recognize its connection with domination and power, and that is why our solidarity with every being is an integral part of our everyday action for the destruction of the existing system. Our words and actions against any form of power, exploitation and enforcement must be total so we can all be free, and that is why our war is not over until the destruction of every cage/cell.
Against the maximum security prisons, wildfire to every cage
Uncompromised struggle for Total Liberation and Anarchy!
Thessaloniki, January 2015