2 December 2014 ~ Following a big solidarity protest for anarchist Nikos Romanos, where 8,000-10,000 people took part in Athens last night, fierce riots broke out in the “Exarchia” area of Athens, where Molotov cocktails were thrown at police, while Romano’s health is in critical condition (22 days on hunger strike) and the Greek government pretends he does not exist.
Nikos Romanos is demanding to be able to make use of educational leaves to attend university classes, while, by studying in prison, he has succeeded in the admission exams. Any other prison inmate is entitled to university prison leaves that Romanos is denied because of his anarchist political beliefs. The Greek state also punishes him because of his defiant stance by denying him from attending an award ceremony, where the Greek Minister of Justice handed awards to prison inmates that succeeded in the university entrance exams.
Nikos is currently in Athens general hospital Gennimatas, under a strong custody of the police. Physician Pantelia (Lina) Vergopoulou, who visited him on 28/11, reports that the comrade remains in a critical condition with life-threatening complications.
Anarchist prisoner Yannis Michailidis is also on hunger strike since November 17, 2014, as a form of solidarity to the struggle of Nikos Romanos. Several days ago, Yannis also needed to be hospitalized after he was diagnosed with bradycardia. Yannis is currently in Piraeus general hospital Tzaneio, also under the strong custody of the police.
Politis and Mpourzoukos are also on hunger strike since December 1.