Justice For Simon Chapman and the Thessaloniki 4!

The Thessaloniki 4 solidarity campaign group will hold a public meeting on 25 October 2010 at 7.30pm at the London Action Resource Centre (LARC) in Whitechapel, London E1.

Over a hundred people were arrested after a demonstration confronting the European Union summit, held in Thessaloniki in Greece in 2003. Seven people were imprisoned on remand and eventually began a hunger strike that lasted more than 50 days.

With the constant worldwide solidarity of thousands of people, in direct action, in occupations, demonstrations, benefits and struggle, the seven prisoners were released on bail and the charges were dropped.

Years passed. After appeals from the Prosecutor, the charges were reinstated, and when the first trial took place in January 2008, the four were found guilty and sentenced to prison sentences between 5 and 8 years.

The solidarity campaign in London, in Greece and around the world was one of the most powerful – and effective – struggles for the freedom of prisoners we ever experienced.

Eight years after the original arrests, the remaining four accused face their final appeal trial in January 2011. All four, charged with serious offences such as riot, possession and causing explosions, possession of weapons and resisting arrest, face sentences of more than five years, even though they were all beaten up, fitted up and framed.

We will present the latest news on the case and some short films that show what happened in 2003, and what could happen next.
LARC is found at 62 Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel, London E1 1ES – map here

Lots happening this weekend: a Radical Workers Bloc will be joining the Union’s anti-cuts march tomorrow morning and the Anarchist Bookfair is being held at Queen Mary’s University on the Mile End.  Monday sees the above meeting,  whilst on Tuesday a re-invigorated Mad Pride will be holding Public Executions in Hyde Park.

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