Prisoner warns of “Black December”, cancels Christmas trade

14 November 2015
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Jailed inmate Nikos Romanos – who rose to prominence during a hunger strike demanding to attend classes at a technical institution after his success during the Panhellenic Exams in 2014 – has warned that Greece is in for a “black December” in a post he uploaded on Indymedia. Serving time at Korydallos prison for participation in a bank robbery three years ago, the 22-year-old anarchist co-signed a post with fellow inmate Panagiotis Argyrou warning of riots to commemorate the killing of schoolboy Alexandros Grigoropoulos who was gunned down by policeman Epamenondas Korkoneas at Exarheia in December 2008.

The killing of Grigoropoulos in cold blood on December 6, 2008, proved to be a spark for a wave of violent protests around Greece. Romanos, the young boy’s best friend, notes that the death will be commemorated with more riots. They write: “We want to relive the days when ‘death won’t have power and the naked dead will become one with the person of the wind and the western moon and will reach for the sun so that the sun will ferment”.

The long-worded post speaks of an anarchist campaign, titled “Black December”, with revolts in and out of prison. The two young anarchists invite like-minded groups and individuals to join them in revolt: “Let’s take to the streets to break windows of department stores, occupy schools, universities and municipalities, share texts that spread the message of rebellion, put explosive devices into fascist and bosses, to hang banners on bridges and central avenues, to flood the cities with posters and flyers, to blow up homes of politicians, to throw molotov cocktails at cops, to cover walls with messages, to sabotage the normal flow of Christmas trade, to loot the windows of excess, to have public events and exchange experiences and thoughts around various issues that have to do with the struggle.”

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