WRITINGS FROM A GREEK PRISON: Criminalization, Incarceration, Precarity
Tasos Theofilou, Translated by Eleni Pappa
ΔΙΠΛΗ / DIPLI imprint
Tasos Theofilou is an anarchist communist arrested by the Greek Counter Terrorism Service and sentenced to twenty-five years imprisonment on charges of common complicity to homicide, armed robbery, participation in the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire, and possession of explosives and “war material.” After five years in Greek prison, Theofilou was acquitted of all charges. Theofilou now faces the danger of going back to prison due to an appeal lodged before the Supreme Court of Greece against the decision of his acquittal.
“My prosecution is part of a comprehensive effort by the domestic political staff to introduce, implement, and enforce the Law and Order doctrine over the past two and a half decades, with a particular emphasis and intensification during 2009–2015. A repressive doctrine. A doctrine that concerns both, and in a relationship of interdependence, the Ministry of Public Order [and Citizen Protection] and [the Ministry of] Justice, imported by the Greek governments as a policy package from the United States. The ever poor and dependent Greek state is even obliged to import its domestic legislation from the United States, and already since 1947, Greece had copied and implemented in its interior the Loyalty Order by Truman, in the context of an anti-communist crusade and an attempt to vindicate the collaborationists, the tagmatasfalites [the people from the Greek collaborationist military groups Security Battalions], and the Nazi cooperators.”
“The Law and Order doctrine reflects, in Greece, the political sphere into the domain of criminal repression, where the responsibilities and consequences of the economic crisis are transferred from capital to labor, and from the rich to the poor who are accused of being greedy and responsible for the crisis because they lived for years beyond their means. The narrative of power presents the economic crisis not as a result of structural and inherent-to-capital causes, such as the crisis of over-accumulation, but of the greed and laziness of the popular strata, and perhaps also of certain failures of the political staff that fell into populist mismanagement to satisfy the greedy workers.”
“I repeat once again, and conclude, that I didn’t commit the offenses for which I am accused of. I did commit however the one offense that includes all the other offenses. I am an anarchist. In the class war, I chose the side of the excluded and the underprivileged, the prosecuted and the accursed, the poor, the weak, and the oppressed. My imprisonment is, on the one hand, the only natural consequence of that choice, and from the other hand, one more field of struggle.”
Tasos Theofilou, plea excerpts
Court of Appeal, Athens
April 28 2017
About the Author
Tasos Theofilou is an anarchist communist arrested by the Greek Counter Terrorism Service and sentenced to twenty-five years imprisonment on charges of common complicity to homicide, armed robbery, participation in the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire, and possession of explosives and “war material.” After five years in Greek prison, he was acquitted of all charges. Theofilou now faces the danger of going back to prison due to an appeal lodged before the Supreme Court of Greece against the decision of his acquittal.
About the imprint
ΔΙΠΛΗ [DIPLI] is a Common Notions imprint on social cannibalism. Funds raised go to political prisoners.
ΔΙΠΛΗ [DIPLI (/dip’li/): literally: double (from Greek)]: The double telephone line is the way prisoners from different prisons communicate. Two to five prisoners from different prisons call the same telephone number at an arranged time. The owner of that telephone number, living outside prison, connects them together.
Social cannibalism is the situation in which people, individually or in small groups, oppress and exploit others in their immediate social enviroment and within the limits of their daily action. The most powerful ones attack directly the weakest with any manifestation of domination, authority or influence; the lowest level of individualism and of a fragmented society. Social cannibalism does not manifest itself immediately and completely but develops incrementally. It is the zero point of counter-revolution from below (hierarchies, divisions, manipulations), as war is the zero point of counter-revolution from above (repression, assimilation, mediation). The term social cannibalism is used by anarchists in Greece after the robbery and murder of a man in Athens (Manolis Kantaris, 9/5/2011). Golden Dawn exploited that incident to do a pogrom against immigrants (10–12/5/2011) that led to the killing of one (Alim Abdul Manan, 12/5/2011). The term social cannibalism caught; a contradiction—people that denounce violence accept it against those separated from them when executed by those connected to them; a pattern—parts of the proletariat face off against one another by turning oppression on oneself into stigmatization of the other; the context of EU/ECB/IMF memoranda—the Greek-Government Debt Crisis/Eurozone Crisis is homogenized according to nationality and moralized, internalized into guilt of one's worth as a person through the relationship between self and other, the shared representations of action, emotions, and the body. To publish on social cannibalism is to account for both the previous cycle of struggle in Greece—the defeat of the anti-memorandum mobilizations (2010/12)—and the global capitalist restructuring today.
Translator: Eleni Pappa
Publisher: Common Notions
Release: Fall 2018
Size: 5 X 7
Page count: 130
Subjects: Anarchism / Prisons / Fiction