On August 17th 2016, Kostas Sakkas and Marios Seisides stood trial in Athens concerning the circumstances of their arrest in Sparta (August 4th).
During the trial, which lasted several hours, there was a constant presence of comrades in solidarity with Marios Seisides and Kostas Sakkas, who stated to the court that they are anarchists and explained their reasons for becoming fugitives from the law. Both denied the charges and exposed the lies of the prosecution witnesses (three cops). The prosecutor stated that, based on the beliefs of the two accused alone, there is sufficient evidence that they committed a punishable act. Marios Seisides was sentenced to 32 months in prison for using forged ID card and vehicle registration plates, stealing a vehicle and resisting authority; Kostas Sakkas was sentenced to 33 months for the same offenses, and also received a 200 euros fine for traffic violation.
Kostas Sakkas is now held in Korydallos prison (Athens), and Marios Seisides is currently incarcerated in Malandrino prison (Phocis).
(via Contra Info)
First Statement from Anarchist Comrades Marios Seisides and Kostas Sakkas
On August 4th, because of a random police check just outside Sparta, the journey of freedom ends.
Two different paths ended, two different beginnings, which however converge on a common purpose. That of freedom. The freedom that was not given to us and was not granted even for a moment. Contrarily, each one of us, in our own way and with our own characteristics, fought very hard for something most consider obvious.
We fought for every free glance to the sky, every free handshake, every free hug, every free breath.
We asserted what the persecution mechanisms deprived us of, our only weapons the endless desire for freedom, but also the courage we took from the thought that we also continue to fight for those who stayed behind.
On the other hand, on the opposite of freedom and life itself, we came up against the uniformed murderers of the state, the obedient dogs, the servants of the bourgeoisie and it’s capital. Those who did not hesitate to shoot at us from behind, those who tortured us because we instinctively did the obvious, trying to escape from their hands. However, even if the bullets found their target, it would have killed us and not our ideas. Because very simply, the tenacity of freedom is intact over time from all sorts of persecutors and their weapons. Because what we envision will never fit in the hollow heads of authorities. And this is why, even if they kill us they will never succeed in erasing the vision of revolution, which will continue to inspire by passing the baton of the struggle to the next.
From the first moment of our arrest, the known media sewage began washing up in a systematic way. With various badly fabricated scenarios, they attempt to connect people and situations which are completely unrelated with each other, in order to “prove” the theory of communicative vessels in any possible way. This specific tactic does not surprise us and we know the purpose it serves. But they will not get their way.
In the recent years, both of us have received tons of mud and misinformation from the planted crows of journalism, and we know very well the obsessive revanchist practice of the anti-terrorist force against people it has targeted. We remind them however – because they know this very well – that you cannot fool people for ever and no way will we be an easy prey for their teeth.
Someone is arrested with weapons they are a terrorist. Someone is arrested with shorts and sleeping bags…disguised as a tourist so no one knows they are a terrorist. So the journalists should know, that unreliability and ridiculousness has hit the top and not their audience numbers. Concluding, we salute all the comrades who stand by us, since words are too little to describe our emotions when we saw the dozens of solidarians in the courts of Evelpidon. It was factually proven once more that solidarity has no holidays or vacations. Besides, all these years of clandestinity we did not feel alone even for a moment.
P.S. Analytical statements about our cases and the incidents that took place will follow in due time.
THE PASSION FOR FREEDOM IS STRONGER THAN ALL PRISON CELLS
(via Act For Freedom Now!)