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(en) Greece, Libertarian Initiative of Thessaloniki: Demonstration for the 3 years since the murder of Zak Costopoulos / Zackie-oh! [machine translation]

Date Sun, 26 Sep 2021 12:21:42 +0300

On September 21, 2018, Zak Costopoulos / Zackie Oh is murdered in the center of Athens! after being lynched by reputable citizens and police officers. Three years later, the civil justice has not done the slightest thing to punish the perpetrators, for a murder that anyone can see by clicking "play" in the video. The owner of the jewelry store and the broker who were furiously kicking Zak are free, while the police officers who continued to beat the blood-soaked Zak and then handcuffed him are still on duty. The competent prosecutor referred to trial after a year the 2 shopkeepers and 4 policemen for the crime of fatal bodily injury and not for murder with deceit or possible deceit. No charges have been filed against other civilians, and the video clearly shows that they used physical violence against Zak. No charges were brought against the other 5 police officers present at the attack, nor against the EKAB man who did not follow the protocol, ie did not provide the necessary care to the victim and did nothing to protect the bloodied and unable to react. in the deadly attacks he received, Jacques Costopoulos.

It is worth mentioning the provocative attitude held by both the 2 defendants and the Hellenic Police. Specifically, when the head of the Athens police officers, Demosthenes Pakos, was asked if he considered that excessive force had been used in the treatment of Zak Costopoulos by the police, he replied "This is the practice. Whoever likes it. Anyone who does not like... ", while the general secretary of the Special Guards Stratos Mavroidakos added:" They do their job excellently. "The policeman will not go with a rose to handcuff someone." The 2 owners were spreading false information about the incident. The broker, in fact, started a relentless fight to tarnish Jacques on social media. He went so far as to hit a journalist of the newspaper "Labor Solidarity",

From the very first moment, attempts were made to cover up the murder by cops and the media. News bulletins and broadcasts frantically tried to give Jacques' killers the alibi of self-defense. Day and night he was portrayed as a would-be robber and drug addict trying to activate the conservative reflexes of racism towards drug addicts, in order to politically defend the murder from the side of the government. Their vulgarity even went so far as to call viewers during a live show to vote on whether the jeweler did the right thing. They spread blatant lies, such as that he was holding a knife, that he tried to attack EKAB rescuers with broken glass, that he died from a drug overdose or that he died from an injury caused by the windows he broke. It is noteworthy that the cops never bothered to seal the scene of the crime, as is always the case, thus leaving the jeweler to clear possible evidence.

All these allegations turned out to be false. As seen in the video, Jacques was not holding a knife. He did not try to steal, as no fingerprints were found on either the cash register or the merchandise of the store. He was not a threat to anyone as he could not even stand up. Also according to the conclusion of the toxicological examinations, no drugs were found that could be related to his death. The medical examiner in the case confirmed the exact cause of death, Zak's murder more precisely, which according to his conclusion were "ischemic-type myocardial lesions, causally associated with the multiple injuries inflicted by the deceased".

It is important for the world of struggle, the exploited and the oppressed, to resist and fight against the social cannibalism cultivated by the capitalist system. The system for which private property is considered more important than human life. We have to crush these perceptions and attitudes in the whole social field in which we move and live: on the streets, at work, in schools and colleges, in our neighborhoods. To respond with class unity and solidarity among others from below to all kinds of Mr. Pantelides who believe that their property is worth more than human life. To those who find it reasonable to die because they stole or tried to steal, or because they are gay, drug addict, immigrant or anything that goes beyond their standards.

We are committed to continuing the struggle of Zak Costopoulos, an active activist for the rights of the lgbtqia + community and HIV-positive people, against racism, social marginalization, patriarchy, conservatism and the social emphasis nurtured by state and capitalist capitalism. Let us, therefore, thicken the lines of social and class struggles and fight collectively for the revolutionary transformation of the existing social and productive relations, for a society of freedom, equality and solidarity, in order to get rid of the diseased remnants of the capitalist system once and for all.






* We support the common anarchist-anti-authoritarian bloc

LibertarianInitiative of Thessaloniki (member of the Anarchist Federation)



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