Imprisoned Anarchist Dimitris Chatzivasiliadis: I Was Caught During an Expropriation

Published August 24, 2021

Imprisoned Anarchist Dimitris Chatzivasiliadis: I Was Caught During an Expropriation

Anarchist guerrilla Dimiris Chatzivasiliadis was imprisoned on August 9, 2021. From the latest information from people close to him: The comrade has been transferred to Korydallos to the underground wing of the women’s prison and is again in isolation.

The anarchist comrade passed on Thursday August 8th in front of an investigator and prosecutor at Thessaloniki Court. There has not yet been a decision on the length of his sentence. Some people in solidarity gathered outside the Courthouse, banners were hung, fliers were thrown and anarchist slogans were shouted. The forces of OPKE and MAT (Units for the Reinstatement of Order and special division of the Hellenic Police,) had blocked all the entrances-exits around the perimeter of the building, as a result of which any live communication of the comrade with the people of the gathering was not possible.

The following is a statement written by Dimitris on August 16th:

Informative announcement:

Since October 2019, after my injury during the expropriation of a local state casino store in Cholargos (Athens), I went into a state of flight from the grid of preventive and penal repressive control. A consequence of my injury was the discovery of a set of illegal tools of resistance and the revelation of my relationship with the guerrilla organization Revolutionary Self-Defense. As an outlaw, I made public my political responsibility for the intended reconstruction of the guerrilla struggle, starting with the example of the organization Revolutionary Self-Defense. Reversing the condition of political isolation of the one who escapes from extortionate conventions, an isolation that the state pursues and which in turn serves the state (wherever it may come from), I participated to the maximum in the public dialogue of the movement, with a view to the evolution of the revolutionary class struggle. The period of exile was a transitional attempt to reposition myself in the global socio-political space of the resistance with the aim of fleeing forward. At first, the breach of the embedded obstacles was not achieved. I remained trapped in an isolation related to the collective impasses of the Greek movement.

On Monday, August 9, I attempted the expropriation of a bank in Pefka, Thessaloniki. As I was leaving the area, in a car and after first moving on a motorbike, I was immobilized and taken prisoner by uniformed state mercenaries who had mobilized to locate and trap the perpetrator of the robbery. My capture is not in the slightest connected with the prior search for me by the special counter-guerrilla mechanisms and, more broadly, by the police and digital surveillance. Until the moment I declared my name to them, they did not know who they had captured.

Initially, I was detained at the police headquarters in Thessaloniki, in the detention center/rubbish dump, together with the other social prisoners. I am now in the underground wing of the women’s prison in Korydallos, which was built 2 decades ago especially for the political prisoners of the repression operations against the Organization November 17th and the Revolutionary People’s Struggle (ELA), and from where the captured guerrillas of the organization Revolutionary Struggle and other political prisoners of the 1st relevant court case have also passed. The political prisoners Ntinos Yiantzoglou, Christodoulos Xiros and Savvas Xiros are currently in the same wing. Typically I am now serving the sentence (16 years) that was announced to me from a distance last April by the court which tried the case of the expropriation in Cholargos and the case of the Org. Revolutionary Self-Defense.

The new case file, so far, concerns purely the expropriation of the bank and, with the exception of one point which could be of dubious meaning (the charge related to «use of weapons»), it attributes charges which in accordance to the ideological codes of justice of the bourgeois class, initially correspond to the acts for which I took responsibility (the expropriation of a bank, the showing of a weapon, the temporary and potentially compensated appropriation of two private vehicles as necessary means for the bank expropriation, the denial to give photographs of myself at the interrogation stage as a refusal to consent to the Wild West style persecution regime of mass media bounty hunters). Although neither the tactical defeats, which carry their serious personal consequences, nor the collective and personal background can be hidden, and although I considered that a public trial for this bank expropriation would be of little importance as a political battlefield, I do not recognize the law except for what it is historically: a rule of subordination to the idealized class supremacy.

For the political defense of each of my actions and all of them as a whole, in class and cultural terms, comrades can refer to the hundreds of pages I have written in the past year and a half. I hope to be able to publish a political account of the latest developments soon.

With the proletarian uprising in my heart, anarchy in my mind, libertarian communism in practice and the universal socialist self-direction in the program, I confirm my presence wherever a new free world is conceived.

Dimitris Chatzivasiliadis

August 2021

On Monday, August 9, I attempted the expropriation of a bank fund in Pefka area, in Thessaloniki. As I was leaving the area, in a car and having previously ridden a motorcycle, I was stopped and taken prisoner by uniformed state mercenaries who had mobilized to locate and trap the perpetrator of the robbery. My capture is not in the slightest connected with my earlier search by the special anti-guerrilla mechanisms and, more broadly, by police and digital surveillance. Until I said my name, they did not know who they had arrested.

Initially, I was detained at the police headquarters in Thessaloniki (AMET), in the garbage detention centre, together with the other social prisoners. I am now in the underground wing of the women’s prison in Korydallos, which was built 2 decades ago specially for the political prisoners of the repressive operations against the 17N and the Revolutionary People’s Struggle and through which the captured guerrillas of the Revolutionary Struggle organization and the rest of the political prisoners of the most relevant court cases have passed. The political prisoners Dinos Giantzoglou, Christodoulos Xiros and Savvas Xiros are currently in the same wing. The serving of the sentence (16 years) of the expropriation court in Holargos and the case of the Revolutionary Self-Defence Org. has begun.

So far the new case file concerns only the expropriation of the bank and, with the exception of a point of dubious concept (accusation of “use of weapons”), attributes accusations which, according to the ideological codes of bourgeois law, first correspond to acts by which I undertook the expropriation of the bank, the showing of a weapon, the temporary and potentially compensated appropriation of 2 private vehicles as necessary means for the expropriation of the bank and the refusal to be photographed during the pre-investigative phase, as a refusal of consent to the persecuting regime. Although neither the tactical defeats with their serious personal consequences nor their collective and personal background can be hidden, and although I considered a public trial for this specific bank expropriation to be of little importance as a political battleground, I do not recognize the law of what they are historically: a rule of subjugation to idealized class domination. For the political defence of each of my actions and all of them in class and cultural terms, the comrades can refer to the hundreds of pages I have written in the past year and a half. I hope to be able to publish a political account of the latest developments soon.

With the proletarian uprising in the heart, anarchy in the mind, libertarian communism in practice and ecumenical socialist self-government in the program I confirm my presence where a new free world is being conceived.

Dimiris Chatzivasiliadis

From: https://enoughisenough14.org/2021/08/22/statement-by-anarchist-prisoner-dimitris-hatzivassiliadis-greece/