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Defend Greek anti-fascist Petros Constantinou from second prosecution

by Dave Sewell
Issue No. 2371

Petros Constantinou speaking at a migrant workers demonstration for justice in Manolada, western Greece earlier this year

Petros Constantinou speaking at a migrant workers' demonstration for justice in Manolada, western Greece earlier this year (Pic: Keerfa)


The Greek government has begun a second attempt to prosecute Petros Constantinou, an Athens councillor and coordinator of the Movement Against Racism and the Fascist Threat (Keerfa).

Keerfa has led the protests in solidarity with migrants and against the fascist Golden Dawn party.

Petros is accused of “spreading false news or rumours” for declaring solidarity with migrants detained in the Amygdaleza detention centre, when they rose up after a brutal police crackdown in August.

A Keerfa statement points out that “For the crimes in Amygdaleza of course, no policeman was prosecuted. The government wants the police to continue unpunished its criminal racist mistreatment of refugees within the camps.”

The new case comes on top of another prosecution accusing Petros of libel for a leaflet using an old antifascist slogan, “The people don’t forget. They send the fascists to the gallows.”

Workers have passed motions in support of Petros, and Keerfa is calling for solidarity to defend him.

Petros has been called to court on Wednesday of this week—the same day workers are set to walk out in a general strike against the government’s plans for mass public sector sackings.

Keerfa argues that while the government is attacking the left and the workers’ movement, it is giving free rein to the Golden Dawn racists who attack them.

Its statement adds, “This is a persecution against freedom of critique and especially against anti-racist criticism that Keerfa does against the government, police and the Golden Dawn.”

Sign the petition against the prosecution at bit.ly/19adxHQ

Keerfa is hosting an international meeting against fascism— 5 and 6 October in Athens. For more details go toantiracismfascism.org

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