Freedom for Giorgos Kalaitzidis and Nikos Mataragkas

We return to the imprisonment and trial of Nikos Mataragkas and Giorgos Kalaitzidis, thorough news from Yannis Youlountas‘ blog …

Back from the Tribunal, we have just met at the K*Vox with members of the group and the support committee.


Today we witnessed a magnificent, complete and final victory in this trial which has revealed itself to be a plot of the state against two members of Rouvikonas.

Giorgos and Nikos risked life imprisonment this morning for murder, on the basis of false testimony. But the prosecution witnesses exposed the police manipulations and the prosecution changed sides: power was exposed in its desire to violently neutralise the Greek anarchist group by classifying it among criminal organisations.

Today, Giorgos and Nikos are free and the Rouvikonas group is strengthened. As the many messages that reach us show, the entire social movement recognizes itself in this victory, which is also its own, in the face of a Machiavellian and unscrupulous power. This victory has no borders either: it is also yours, you who, at more than 2,000 km distance, are mobilised in various ways, in support of this crucial struggle.

A big thank you to all the support we received from all over the world, proof once again that we are everywhere!

Our utopias are alive, resistant and persevering! A day will come when the thieves of life will be stripped of their pedestal and the common interest will guide our thoughtful and concerted choices. A day will come when we will move from the noun “power” to the verb “can”, from the domination of others to the ability to freely choose our lives. A day will come when collective intelligence will put an end to the agony of the Earth and those who inhabit it.

Only those who give up have already lost. There is no need to despair, but to act decisively to denounce the absurdity of authoritarian society and the collective suicide that is capitalism. We are the side of life against that of death. It is we who authentically carry the motto Liberty-Equality-Fraternity, and not the political leaders who usurp these words, because we offer concrete freedom, real equality and universal fraternity.

This morning, at the end of the three sessions of the trial, the 3 judges and the 4 jurors all declared Giorgos and Nikos innocent: our comrades in the struggle were acquitted unanimously. This 7-0 victory allows us to rule out any possibility of an appeal by the prosecution. The victory is therefore final. We will celebrate this evening and tomorrow with you in mind!

Thank you again! The struggle continues !

The international support committee of Giorgos and Nikos, Exarcheia on November 25, 2021.

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