Greece: Sentence of the trial against Vaggelis Stathopoulos, Dimitris Chatzivasileiadis and D. M.
(Athens, April 23, 2021)
Received 27/04/2021 from malacoda.noblogs.org
Sentence of the trial against Vaggelis Stathopoulos, Dimitris Chatzivasileiadis and D. M. (Athens, Greece, April 23, 2021)
On Friday, April 23, 2021, at the Loukareos Court in Athens, the verdict was pronounced against anarchists Vaggelis Stathopoulos (imprisoned) and Dimitris Chatzivasileiadis (in hiding since October 2019) and against the third defendant, D. M. The trial followed the repressive operation of 8–9 November 2019 in Athens. The defendants were charged variously with an armed robbery at an OPAP agency, in which comrade Dimitris Chatzivasileiadis was accidentally injured (October 21, 2019), possession of a cache of weapons and participation in the Revolutionary Self-Defence Organisation [Οργανισμός Επαναστατικής Αυτοάμυνας, OEA].
After the robbery, the repressive apparatus was launched, leading to the operation and arrests the following November. Weapons were found during the operation, one of which was considered by the repressive forces to be belonging to the Revolutionary Self-Defense Organization.
Comrade Dimitris Chatzivasileiadis immediately took the political and practical responsibility for participating in the robbery and the exclusive responsibility for his own injury. Also, he took the exclusive political and practical responsibility for the entire armoury and other material that was found with it. The comrade stated that he had assumed the political responsibility for the reorganization and continuation of guerilla struggle based on the strategy and experience of the Organization of Revolutionary Self-Defense, denying that the arrested could have any connection with the history of the specific organisation and the resulting political and practical responsibilities of which he alone was aware.
Announcement of the sentences of the trial against anarchists Vaggelis Stathopoulos and Dimitris Chatzivasileiadis and D. M.
The sentence of the trial:
Vaggelis Stathopoulos: 19 years without appeal.
Dimitris Chatzivasileiadis: 16 years without appeal.
D. M.: 10 years with appeal.
Banners and slogans earlier in the courtroom after the announcement of the sentences.
STRENGTH TO THE WANTED COMRADE DIMITRIS CHATZIVASILEIADIS
SOLIDARITY AND STRENGTH TO ANARCHIST VAGGELIS STATHOPOULOS AND TO D.M.
Fire to the prisons!
Act for freedom now!
Statement of Vaggelis Stathopoulos
Solidarity is judged on my person with the heaviest accusations, because I helped an injured comrade. My prosecution and trial are based solely on political criteria, on the attitude of dignity and solidarity that I have consistently followed throughout my life. I have nothing to dispose of but my own life, I have nothing to defend despite the constant struggle against the murderous rage of the State and capital! If my practical solidarity is the crime for which I am convicted and imprisoned, I declare myself unrepentant!
P. S.: Closing here, I would like to greet from the bottom of my heart the comrades who stayed by my side, in every way, those who stood by me and continue to fight. Knowing that the conditions are adverse and things are difficult outside, they did not desist! And to renew the appointment on the streets, where I grew up and have never forgotten.
NOT ONE STEP BACK
Using the power of the opponent we reverse the terms, the shortest path is the straight one!
No battle was won without ever being given.