Posts Tagged ‘repression’
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 »
On Thursday May 30, 2013, at around 21:30 pm, five people in a private car in the center of Athens abducted Bulut Yayla a Kurdish (Turkish citizen) political refugee. At that time the 24 year old Yayla was leaving a small Kurdish restaurant, when five people pounced on him, beat him and threw him in their car, covering his eyes and mouth. Four of the five kidnappers got into the car and vanished, while the fifth walked to where a Greek police patrol car was parked, for a few minutes after the incident.
The Kurdish political refugee kidnapping took place in front of some people who came to listen to the victim for help. Some of them recorded the license plate of the car (ZKI 8462). Relatives, lawyers and fellow investigating the issue contend that the unmarked car belongs to the Greek Police. Police officials denied all allegations and involvement and ordered an official inquiry on the issue; after the delivery of the victim was complete.
The next day the Greek Police moved the kidnapped victim close to the Turkish border, where they handed him to the Turkish (counter) terrorism agency. Throughout the mission he was wearing a hood and continued till the time he entered the Turkish agency van, according to the complaint filed later by the kidnapped. The vehicle crossed the border through an opening in the fence, bypassing customs control. Past the border he was forced into another vehicle and another group of cops took charge of his transfer to Istanbul, some of whom spoke English, Turkish, and more … Read the rest of this entry »