Three members of the Greek Socialist Workers Party (SEK) are to appear in court on 12 December 2013 accused of “defamation” by a lawyer who is in the payroll of a Golden Dawn MP.
Katerina Thoidou, journalist, Tasos Anastasiades, publisher and Panos Garganas, editor of Ergatiki Allylenghyi (Workers Solidarity, weekly paper of SEK) are to stand trial because articles in the paper exposed the neo-Nazi inspired campaign against the right of second generation immigrants to Greek citizenship.
The lawyer in question is Ioannis Andriopoulos, who admits that he has worked for a Golden Dawn member of the Greek parliament.
At a time when a number of Golden Dawn MPs are in detention for their role in running a criminal organisation that is involved in the murder of Pavlos Fyssas, this trial of antifascists is an outrage. It is part of an attempt led by the government to paint the Left as the “other extreme”.
Criminal charges have been brought against a number of activists of the antiracist and antifascist movements, including the coordinator of Keerfa, Petros Constantinou. Nazir Ghasemi, a political refugee of Afghan origin and member of the Immigrant Workers Union was jailed last week for seven years on trumped up charges of “illegal trafficking”.
We appeal to all trade unions, antiracist and antifascist campaigns, organizations of the Left and all forces of democratic public opinion to demand the acquittal of the three accused comrades and to support Workers Solidarity in any way they deem appropriate.
Sosialistiko Ergatiko Komma (SEK)
Athens, 18 October 2013