On 3rd of September 5 persons from the Anarchosyndicalistic Initiative were arrested with the outrageous charge of “international terrorism” for damage that happened at the Greek Embassy in Belgrade the night of 25th August, after an action of internationalist solidarity to Thodoris Iliopoulos. Despite the insignificant damage that happened to the building (a broken glass and a slogan with a sprey on the wall), the state’s mechanism started a witch hunting, arresting known anarchist with public action.
The conditions of their arrest are also indescribable, substantially they abducted them from their houses for interrogation, without warrant! The sentence that will be imposed to them if they are found guilty is from 3 to 15 years, unthinkable if it is compared with the inconsequential sentence of some partisans that burned the Greek embassy in Belgrade before some years after basketball match between the two countries.
The case acquires larger interest for our country, after publications of the press in which it is reported by police sources that the attack had been organized from July when Greek anarchists had visited Belgrade for the meeting for the Balkan Anarchist Book Festival that will take place next year in Belgrade. It directly aims this institution that goes on the last 5 years in the Balkans, with the last organization in Thessalonica last May.
The delirium of the former director of Inteligence Service Bozidar Spazic exceeds every limit when he says that we should not underestimate Greek anarchists because they have relations with organizations as ETA or the IRA and abduct shipowners (!!!). In the same publication, Darko Trifunovic, professor in the Faculty of Security, says that he does not exclude the possibility of Greeks helping in the attack. Also, that anarchism in Greece is connected with the social situation, consequently the ideas and the actions of Greek anarchists would find fertile ground in the Balkans.
It becomes clear with these statements that the serbian state attempts to shield itself against the social explosion that undergoes in Serbia too, with the enormous rates of unemployment, the selling out of public enterprises and the corruption that involves in the entire public sector. No matter how many extensions of logic that it does, however, and no matter how much it wishes to show good conduct to the European Union with prosecutions of supposed terrorists, no mind can think the penalization of social struggles. By the absurd sentences that are proposed for the arrested, it becomes more obvious the intention of the state to use a insignificant case as excuse for application of new repressive laws with direct aiming at the resisting parts of the society.
The social struggles cannot be penalized, cannot be repressed, cannot be imprisoned.
“Solidarity-Antiauthoritarian Movement” (Thessaloniki)
[independent translation-we are not members of S-AK]