September 27, 2016

Strong Support Throughout Greece for Palestinian Political Prisoners

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KoeSupport for Palestinian political prisoners has been pouring in from Greece, where organizations in all social sectors have issued statements in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike.

The Communist Organization of Greece issued the following solidarity statement:

In solidarity with the Palestinian Political Prisoners on hunger strike

The Communist Organization of Greece declares its unconditional solidarity with the open-ended hunger strike of the Palestinian Prisoners in the Zionist dungeons. We join our voices with those of the peoples of Palestine and of the whole world, demanding an end to the inhuman isolation of Comrade Ahmad Sa’adat, General Secretary of the PFLP, and of all the Palestinian Political Prisoners, as well as the respect of the most basic rights of them and of their families.

The Zionist entity has proved that it does not respect any international or humanitarian law. From the occupation of the Palestinian lands and the murderous campaigns repeatedly unleashed against the Palestinian masses, to the “administrative detention” of thousands of sons and daughters of Palestine, accompanied by solitary confinement and tortures, the Zionist entity has become the global champion of barbarity and injustice.

The above constitute a further motivation to intensify our solidarity. Especially now, with the Papandreou puppet government aligning itself with the criminal Zionist regime against the very interests of Greece and the pro-Palestinian sentiments of the Greek people, we call upon the progressive masses and the solidarity movements to express by all means their support to the heroic struggle of the Palestinian Political Prisoners.

From the Arab World to the European South, the Mediterranean peoples are pursuing, despite local particularities, common aspirations: Freedom – Independence – Democracy – Emancipation. Our solidarity with the hunger strike of the Palestinian Political Prisoners adds another brick to the construction of our peoples’ cooperation against our common enemies, who prepare new holocausts. All together, we shall win!

Greek trade unionists wrote to the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Israeli Embassy to declare their support:

Dear Sir/Madame,

The undersigned, representing our colleagues in the General Confederation of Civil Servants – ADEDY and other Federations and Unions, declare our support to the demands of the Palestinian political prisoners who began an open-end hunger strike on September 27, 2011.

Please take action in order that the international humanitarian law will be respected, abolishing the barbaric regime of solitary confinement and isolation imposed on Mr Ahmad Sa’adat and all Palestinian political prisoners.

Furthermore, please take action in order to end the policy of systematic humiliation of the prisoners’ visitors, and ensure the rights of the Palestinian political prisoners to education and visits.

Sincerely,

– Kleftodimos Dimitris, General Council ADEDY (General Confederation of Civil Servants, Greece)

– Tzaferis Yiorgos, Administration Council OSYNAE (Federation of Regions’ Employees Unions, Greece)

– Papaioannou Yiorgos, Administration Council EELP (Athens’ Accountants Union)

– Siaxos Michalis, General Council POESY(Panhellenic Federation of Journalists’ Unions)

– Varounis Tasos, President PEASGE (Panhellenic Union of Contractual Agriculturists)

– Karamanos Christos, Administration Council SMT (Union of Employed Engineers, Greece)

as did Greek city councillors:

Dear Sir/Madame,

The undersigned, elected representatives of our co-citizens in Regional Councils and City Councils, declare our support to the demands of the Palestinian political prisoners who began an open-end hunger strike on September 27, 2011.

Please take action in order that the international humanitarian law will be respected, abolishing the barbaric regime of solitary confinement and isolation imposed on Mr Ahmad Sa’adat and all Palestinian political prisoners.

Furthermore, please take action in order to end the policy of systematic humiliation of the prisoners’ visitors, and ensure the rights of the Palestinian political prisoners to education and visits.

Sincerely,

Georgios Theodoropoulos, councillor, Region of Central Macedonia, Greece
Vassilios Hatzilabrou, councillor, Region of Western Greece
Panayiotis Koutsianas, councillor, City of Ilion, Attica, Greece
Konstantinos Papadopoulos, councillor, City of Nikea-Renti, Attica, Greece
Vassilios Kyriakakis, councillor, City of Lamia, Thessaly, Greece