Originally published by Indymedia DE.
As part of the international solidarity campaign with political prisoner Dimitris Kofountinas, Margrit Schiller* spoke at a rally in front of the Greek Embassy in Berlin on February 18:
To be political means to seek impact with one’s own life, not to get lost in insignificance, not to surrender.
And it is fundamental to be visible to each other. An indispensable basis for solidarity.
Dimitris has always worked this way.
Even from the prison cell, he has always constantly fought so that comrades from other countries came to Greece to share their experiences. From Uruguay, from the Basque country, from Germany. He has written a book about his history, his struggle, and his political ideas in the basement cell of Athens Maximum Security Prison. And he translated books from Spanish that he found important. That’s actually how I came to Greece, attending to Dimitris’s invitation after he translated my book. I was never allowed to see him in person. I was denied the permit to visit him. But still, we were visible to each other. A great encouragement for me.
Dimitris stands with full conviction in life and fight, even if that means his own death. He has repeatedly put his life on the line and has given everything for his political beliefs.
We need such people.
Magrit Schiller, February 18, 2021.
*Margrit Schiller, former political prisoner and 18 years in exile in Latin America. Dimitris translated her book “It was a hard struggle for my memory.”