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Imprisoned for refusing to join the slaughter

Anti-war activists in Greece have begun a campaign to secure the release of Giorgos Monastiriotis, who refused to board a Greek navy frigate destined for the Gulf. He issued this statement on 15 September:

Issue No. 1922

For three days I have been held in the court prisons of Corinth.

I was accused of desertion because I refused to board the frigate Navarino, which was bound for the Gulf.

I was serving as a volunteer on the frigate. On 8 May I issued a public statement to explain my position.

On the morning of Monday 13 September I presented myself to the navy court. I was sentenced to three years and four months imprisonment.

The same morning I read in the newspapers that a US soldier who confessed to torturing prisoners of war was convicted for just eight months.

I refuse to participate in or to contribute to the merciless slaughtering of Iraqi people, to the bombing of bazaars and hospitals. I refuse to take part in this madness of violence and insanity.

I have joined my voice with the voices of millions from all over the world against the horrors of war.

My action was a small act of solidarity with humans who are suffering.

I paid the price. But I am sure that, beyond the justice of the state that convicted me, there is the justice of people—of Greek society that marched against this dirty war.

They are more important. Their verdict has not been announced.

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Sat 9 Oct 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1922
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