Anarchist Collective Rouvikonas

In this spectacle of bourgeois democracy and upper-class serving
narratives of an imaginary constitutional legality, one can find what we
call »separation of powers». In this distant utopia, the parliament,
the government and the judiciary constitute three different bodies,
independent from one another, with their own rules and limitations as
defined by the constitution.

How could there be people who actually believe that this is not just
true but also possible? To believe that the law is independent from a
government which enforces the law and that those who oversee these laws
would also be independent? The political power wont overturn itself by
becoming separated in three captaincies of special duty, neither in
Greece nor in any other country in this world at any time. The
political power, the state, regardless of how many groups it’s made of,
remains united and undivided in terms of its strategic choices toward
the social base. It was, it is and it always will be, until we get rid
of it along with the economic class it’s been involved with.

Syriza is well aware of that. As a political party which had one feet on
the streets and the other sunk deeply in the swamp of democracy, it
knows the rules of the game. Moreover, Syriza, as the progeny of a
flossy and sell-out eurocommunist left, maintains the tradition of an
emotionally charged democratic rhetoric, filled with an authentic
nothingness. »We are every word of the constitution» they said and we
have absolutely no reason to disagree. Every word indeed, even those who
have not been written but remained implied.

These days, we experience another soap opera of democracy where the
»independence of the justice system» is at stake. The greatest irony
is that in this game, all the powers of the establishment, with Syriza
at the forefront, involve a woman who has been persecuted by them.
Irianna, was not only found facing a 13-year prison sentence but also
became the protagonist in a play where her prosecutors appear as her
defenders. These two aspects, the use of DNA and the antiterrorism law,
are only a few of the many examples which prove that the political power
is united and undivided.

Irianna, just like Theofilou, Seisides and many more, ended up in prison
because the state, by satisfying its own needs and giving into
international pressure, legislated on the use of a multi-instrument of
criminalization: DNA. Next, this guided the mechanisms of repression and
the judges depended on it to determine prison sentences. A successful
and close-ended system. The separation of powers only serves the
distribution of responsibility in such a way that, eventually, nobody is
ever held accountable for cases similar to Irianna’s. When we hear
politicians in the government challenging the way DNA is being used as a
mechanism that sends militants in prison, we can have no other reaction
than laugh… They are trying to fool us, with the traditional tricks
social-democracy always has in use.

But the situation is even worse than that. Before anyone who has faith
in democracy (not us) manages to utter »If you don’t like court
verdicts, then change the law», Minister of Justice Kontonis announced
a further extension of antiterrorism law (in order to later take it
back) with orwellian decrees which aim to tackle political beliefs
directly. And even before this, the judicial authorities adopted the
informal demand of repentance from political prisoners, in order to
grant them rights such as prison furloughs, which other prisoners
already enjoy. This is something that been decided neither by the
government nor the legislature and still nobody has condemned this
practice, despite the ongoing prison struggles and mobilizations.

Power remains undivided against society and the struggles of people.
This soap-opera of justice, is nothing more than a conflict among
groups which run the state and represent different parts of the
upper-class. It’s just that Syriza wants to intrude a traditionally
right-wing castle which controls power and New Democracy fights back in
order to prevent this. In this struggle, they will entangle those who
fight against them and present themselves as their »supporters» or
even their executioners. Who, among judges, MPs, or ministers, has paid
any attention to the tens of scientists, Institutes and Universities
which defined DNA as an unreliable evidence which cannot be used to
justify guilty verdicts? Is any Syriza politician concerned with their
pre-election agenda, which among others contained a commitment to
abolish counter-terrorism laws? And whom are these rights supposed to

The main concern of the establishment is itself. But our concern is that
Irianna has been sentenced to 13 years in prison and T. Theofilou spent
five years in a cell before his acquittal (while the prosecutor was
after an even lengthier sentence than his initial conviction). We are
concerned about the rights of political prisoners and particularly their
right to furloughs from prison. We are concerned about the silence of a
society in awkwardness, that decides to shout out loud and the wheel
goes round again.

Nobody should have any doubts that without a wave of solidarity,
Theofilou would have been sentenced to life and there would be no hope
for Irianna. What we witness in this micro-scale of repression applies
to all situations: we lose everything we choose not to fight for. We
bury ourselves in silence when we choose not to speak up.

Irianna is still in prison. Political prisoners are still deprived of
the right to furloughs.

We carried through this intervention in order to tell the people who
belong to the same social and class position as we do, that we must
raise our voices. Louder. For Irianna, for political prisoners, for

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