After several unsuccessful attempts of the Greek state to shutdown Athens Indymedia domestically, the regime has turned for assistance to the US repressive mechanisms. A few days ago the FBI, through orders by the US department of “Justice”, demanded from the US based administrators of the central indymedia.org server personal information of the contacts in Greece managing the Athens Indymedia subdomain. With this post we publish the statement of the administrative team, expressing our solidarity with Athens Indymedia, while asking all free and independent media to reproduce the news globally.
On Friday 12/9 Mayfirst collective, which houses part of Athens Indymedia’s infrastructure, informed us about a subpoena they received from the Department Of Justice of the U.S on an investigation conducted by the FBI. Specifically, the FBI demanded all personal data of subscribers using the IP addresses of Athens Indymedia (ie the members of the collective). No further explanation was given for this request and no investigation on the content of the server was mentioned. The request was, of course, not accepted by the Mayfirst collective despite the risks this action entails for its members and its infrastructure.
For us the request betrays, to a large extent, involvement of the Greek authorities. They are well aware that any search or seizure of our equipment wouldn’t endanger the users of Athens Indymedia or shut down the site. They haven’t managed to do so in over 14 years. We believe that this new attack exemplifies the strategy chosen by the state. By specifically targeting members of the collective they want to control and criminalize freedom of speech and dissemination of information as well as acts of social resistance. Read the rest of this entry »
During the past week in Greece we are witnessing a new phenomenon of repression, based on the excuse of the hunt for a 50+ year old Marxist militant escapee (Chr.Xiros a convicted member of the 70s urban guerilla group “17th of November”), by the Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) of the Greek police which has gone on an adventurous run of invading the personal and family homes of anarchists in Athens and Thessaloniki.
Below is a cumulative report of the cases reported to athens.indymedia.org alone, while there are reports of more invasions to homes not yet reported at this counter-information website. In some cases any findings that could possibly constitute a criminal charge has been used to detain, prosecute, anarchist activists. This is done without substantiating any evidence or relative excuse of why would they be selected as suspects of harboring a fugitive other that police files that describe them as anarchists.
Mainstream/establishment’s media briefly report on this campaign by the CTU without any details of why those search invasions are conducted and what are the criteria of selection of those targeted. Here’s a chronicle of the past 6 days of the number of home invasions/searches that have been conducted, how many trials took place, and how many comrades were charged and/or sentenced. Read the rest of this entry »