Thebes, Greece: Rebellion in the women’s prisons of Eleonas

following the death of a prisoner – Announcement of women prisoners (April 2020)

Received 19/04/2020 via

Thebes, Greece: Rebellion in the women’s prisons of Eleonas in Thebes following the death of a prisoner – Announcement of women prisoners (April 2020)


As soon as the prisoners in Thiva prisons announced their decision to continue their mobilization, they received the special treatment by powerful police forces, which had been supposedly hauled after yesterday’s uprising. And, as was made known, the cops sent many injured women to hospital.

However, last night’s mass and relentless beatings by the MAT (riot squad) who raided the prison, invaded the cells dragging and beating savagely the women, are unprecedented. Even an epileptic woman was hit fiercely on the head. It is obvious what is the answer of the ministry and of the prison management to the just demands of the prisoners. Even institutional agents* have made reports, few days prior to these events, about the appalling conditions in the prisons in Greece, about arbitrary detention, terrible incarceration conditions, overpopulation in prisons, police station and migrant detention centers, psychiatric wards etc. (* the Committee of the European Council for human rights, during their 10 day visit to Greece, report of the UN representative, Amnesty International about the death of the prisoner).

This morning the women who resisted and mobilized are going to be indited to the prosecutor. First in line is the political prisoner Pola Roupa.

10/4/2020, Eleonas, Thiva Prisons

9/4/20. The uprising continues in the Women’s Prisons of Eleonas, Thebes. It broke out in the morning, after the death of a 38-year-old prisoner, who developed fever and shortness of breath and died in the ward of the E΄ wing, in front of 20 prisoners. The prisoner died of coronavirus. The other prisoners set fire to mattresses and clothes, while damaging the prison’s refrigerators. A prosecutor has now arrived at the jail and a medical examiner has gone to perform an autopsy. Strong police forces – MAT – who rushed to the prison to prevent the spread of the women’s uprising to all the wings of the prison, carried out extensive beatings and – despite the repression that took place – the uprising spread throughout the prison.

Announcement of women prisoners:

Today, April 9, prisoner Azizel Deniroglou died in her ward, helpless, as she also had heart problems and a high fever. She had been begging for help all night as she had chest pains and could not breathe. According to testimonies, they did not even measure her temperature and we are unaware of the real causes of her death. The shift manager threatened her with a report, because it bothered her. The lifeless body of our fellow prisoner was dragged out with a sheet in front of the shocked eyes of the whole wing. This tragic incident took place in the E wing, where about 120 people are stacked.

The prisoners revolted and the uprising spread throughout the prison. Another prisoner died a month ago. The criminal indifference to the prisoners and their health has resulted in the death of many detainees, the government and the Ministry are responsible for sentencing them to death. The government and the Ministry are responsible for the death of this prisoner. We demand the immediate release of patients, mothers with their children and the elderly, who are considered vulnerable, a groups, a total of 1/3 of the prisoners. We will not return to our cells until the end!“.

Pola Roupa, a political prisoner and member of Revolutionary Struggle, also complained that another woman had died in prison about a month ago. She stressed that: “Despite promises of prison decongestion due to the coronavirus pandemic, nothing has been done yet. Hospitals do not accept inmates from prisons, there is no doctor in Thebes. The vulnerable groups should have been released. We are imprisoned. We were not sentenced to death”.


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