Statement by Greek Political Prisoner Dimitris Koufontinas

Published December 29, 2020

Statement by Greek Political Prisoner Dimitris Koufontinas
Well, I don’t have to shout to be believed," (G. Ritsos)

Everyone sees that the “rule of law” becomes the “right of the state” and a tool of revenge in the hands of the family that governs the country politically and economically, as if it is a private company. Simple, pure, primitive revenge. Vengeance… in the manner of Sicilian clans. Revenge on the one who shows no remorse and refuses to sign a statement of repentance. Revenge against the 17N prisoners who have to witness that their prison conditions continue to deteriorate. Revenge against a man who is as old as a rock and an almost total disabled person whom they shamelessly hand over as a prey to the pandemic.

Revenge also on all the prisoners, whom, in order to satisfy the far-right audience, they pile on top of each other in the pandemic like human garbage in wretched prisons, cut off from their families. And they refuse to do what should have been done for months as a matter of self-evidence, namely the necessary emptying of the prisons, so that human lives are not massively endangered, of prisoners and guards alike.

As far as I am concerned, that is not a surprise. A government – a business enterprise, obscenely using the pandemic to restructure even more reactionary economic and social relations. Which ruthlessly plunder a blood-soaked country, in the manner of an authentic rascal grand bourgeoisie. A class that breaks its own laws and dismisses prosecutors without further ado – and tomorrow judges, because they do not like them, do not hesitate to persecute a political opponent.

But this obsessive persecution, even when it transcends the boundaries of politics and approaches other sciences, is always an honor and justification for a political prisoner.

Dimitris Koufontinas, December 23, 2020