The Resistance Festival shall take place in Athens, from 21 to 23 June 2013, for the sixth consecutive year. Reserve these dates! We extend our invitation to all the progressive, democratic, patriotic and left forces worldwide:
Join this international (and internationalist) event that propels the meeting, networking and exchanging experiences among its participants.
Meet and interact with our guests and delegations from Greece and dozens of other countries from all over the globe.
Live firsthand the experience of the Greek people in struggle, and enjoy the rich cultural program during all these three days.
The draft program will be available shortly. Until then... contact us for any information you might request, and/or in order to submit to us your proposals and suggestions!
The Communist Organization of Greece / KOE, member of the Coalition of Radical Left / SYRIZA, is conveying to the 1st Congress of the Socialist Popular Alliance Party a warm message of solidarity and encouragement. Through this fraternal salute we also express the support and respect of the progressive Greek people to the struggles and sacrifices of the Egyptian people since the dark years of Mubarak’s dictatorship, culminating in the Revolution that started in 2011 and continues till today.
We have been honored and very pleased to meet Comrades from your Party in our international meetings here in Greece, and also abroad. Through your devotion to our common cause, we got to love Egypt and the Egyptian people even more. Thus, we share with you the imminent need to stand up to the historic duty of struggling for Genuine Democracy, which incorporates the basic political and social rights of the popular masses.
The Tunisian, Egyptian and other Arab uprisings since two years now have been a significant source of inspiration for us all. They set off a huge wave of popular demonstrations in the southern Europe’s squares, and they became examples for a multitude of different movements in many other, even more distant countries. Your spark started and encouraged the prairie fires in many parts of the world, where the peoples get to the streets and fight for Democracy, Freedom, Independence, Dignity, Bread and Emancipation.
El almay el espíritude la RevoluciónBolivariana, el hombre que encarnaba lasesperanzas ylosdeseos más profundosde su pueblo, el símbolo amado porcientosde millones de personasy odiado porla oligarquía y el imperialismo, ya no está connosotros. La noticia de lamuerte del ComandanteHugoChávezcausaun gran sufrimientoparatodos nosotros.Es unagran pérdidapara el pueblo deVenezuela,para los pueblos deAmérica Latina, portodos los pueblos denuestra tierra.
Sin embargo, como dijoel Compañero NicolásMaduro, “Los que muerenpor la Vida,nopuedenllamarsemuertos”. Estamos seguros de queel orgulloso pueblo deVenezuelase enfrentará aestos tiempos difícilescon la cabezabien alta, se reuniero en torno aladirección de la RevoluciónBolivariana,sacando fuerzas delos triunfoshistóricosalcanzados hasta ahorabajo el liderazgo delComandanteHugoChávez. Enesta difícil lucha, el pueblo de Venezuelay el liderazgo de la RevoluciónBolivarianatienenpoderosos aliados en el amor y la solidaridad detodas las fuerzasrevolucionarias y progresistas,y de todos los pueblosdel mundo.
La OrganizaciónComunista deGrecia KOE, integrante de la Coaliciónde la IzquierdaRadical SYRIZA, envía sus más profundas condolenciasal gobierno, las organizaciones y el pueblo deVenezuela, y la familia del ComandanteHugoChávez.
A delegation of KOE has been invited and participated in the Congress of foundation of SORTU, the new party of the Basque Patriotic Left. The Congress took place on February 23, 2013 in Iruña, Basque Country. Follows the greeting addressed by the representative of KOE to the mass political act after the successful conclusion of the works of SORTU’s Congress:
Dear friends and comrades,
I am conveying to you all, the warmest greetings of the Communist Organization of Greece, member of the Coalition of Radical Left (SYRIZA), accompanied by the wishes of thousands of Greek progressive and left people, who know very well and support your decades-long struggles for Independence and Socialism.
Today it is a very good day for the Patriotic Left and for the Basque People. It is also a day of great inspiration for us, your international friends: This very moment, we witness the triumph of the democratic will of hundreds of thousands of Basques, who offer to the world one more proof that the repression, the prisons, the tortures, the calumniations are not able to strangle a proud and freedom-loving nation, nor its popular and progressive forces. The Patriotic Left is here, stronger than ever, paving the way towards the democratic resolution of the conflict and, thus, towards a Basque Country with social justice and dignity for its people.
The cold-blood assassination of comrade Chokri Belaïd yesterday morning in front of his house by “unknown” professional murderers sprung a new wave of justified and invincible popular anger. Fighting against the repressive forces, broad masses went out in the streets of Tunis and other cities all over Tunisia, shouting once again the revolutionary slogans of the 2011 uprising. The Popular Front, joined by the other parties of the opposition, left the Parliament and announced a general strike demanding the overthrow of the government.
Now, more than ever before, it is evident to the whole world that the actual government has tragically failed the expectations of the Tunisian Revolution. For this reason, this government became in its turn the target of the brave Tunisian people, who have broken once and for all the barrier of fear that was dominating Tunisia during decades. The sons and daughters of the Tunisian people, who offered their blood in order to overthrow the dictatorship of Ben Ali, could not but continue the struggle for Dignity, Justice, Bread and Democracy. Yesterday evening, under the popular outcry and thanks to the uncompromising stance of the Popular Front, the government was forced to retreat and promise new elections.
The Communist Organization of Greece expresses to the Popular Front, to the people of Tunisia and to the family ofChokri Belaïd the most sincere condolences for the loss of a dedicated revolutionary who lived his whole life in the service of the people. Chokri Belaïd, head of the Democratic Patriots Movement and vice president of the Popular Front, was jailed and tortured repeatedly in the dungeons of the pro-western dictatorship, actively participated in the 2011 uprising and contributed in rallying the Tunisian Left. We pay tribute to his memory.
The Communist Organization Greece salutes the Tunisian people, who are writing History once again, thus honoring in the most dignified way the assassinated leader. We hail the comrades of the Tunisian Workers’ Party and of the Popular Front, who are in the frontlines of their people’s struggle. A few days after the mass protests of the Egyptian people, the spirit of the much calumniated Arab Spring, which inspired the progressive people in the whole world, returns proudly in its original cradle, Tunisia. The spirit of the Revolution mocks its own weaknesses, but mainly jeers at those cynic “observers” that derided the Arab Spring, considering the peoples as pawns of supposedly omnipotent foreign powers. And the spirit of the Revolution shouts again with booming voice: The Peoples Have the Power to Impose EVERYTHING!
Following an invitation by UCPNM to attend or send greetings to its 7th Congress, to be held from 2 to 7 February at Hetauda, the Communist Organization of Greece has replied with the following message:
We are extending greetings to your Congress and wish success in its works. We send you our appreciation and encouragement for your efforts to cope with the complex challenges posed by the struggle in your country, in a context of worldwide aggressiveresponseof imperialism andcapitalism to its global crisis. We are observing carefully the developments in Nepal, wishing that your efforts focus and strive for a policy that serves and promotes the aspirations of your people. The Nepalese people have offered immense sacrifice in the struggle, have marked important victories but also tactical defeats, and they continue to represent an inspiration for us all as the first revolutionary experience of the 21st century.
Greece is suffering an attack of imperialism andcapitalism threatening the very survival of our people and of our country. The IMF-EU-ECB troika and its local lackeys pursue almost three years now their destructive policy, without any “success” except… tearing apart the social and democratic rights, as well as the last remnants of popular sovereignty and national independence. Greece now experiences vast unemployment, poverty and a recession unseen in times of peace. And this situation is all but limited in Greece: the whole European South suffers under the extreme neoliberal policies of destructuring the so called “welfare state”, in a fast-track process of suffocating attachment to the chariot of German imperialism.
Expressing the feelings of all the members and friends of KOE, and deeply inspired by the courageous personal battle of President Hugo Chávez, we declare our solidarity with the struggle of the Venezuelan People in defense of their Constitution.
We condemn the cynical campaign of the imperialists and their Media, who are desperately trying once more to reverse the democratic will of the Venezuelan People, as it has been expressed in the last presidential elections.
We are confident that the Venezuelan People shall fight courageously in order to defend their conquests, repulsing the renewed attacks of the international and local reactionaries. In this struggle, they have our full support.
10/1/2013, KOE - International Relations Department
Expresandolos sentimientosdetodos los miembrosy amigos deKOE, y profundamente inspirados por lavaliente batallapersonaldel presidenteHugoChávez, declaramos nuestra solidaridad conla lucha delpueblo venezolanoen defensa de suConstitución.
Condenamos lacampañacínica delos imperialistas y susmedios de comunicación,que intentan desesperadamenteuna vezmás revertirlavoluntad democrática delpueblo venezolano,como se haexpresado en lasúltimas elecciones presidenciales.
Estamos seguros deque el pueblo venezolano va lucharvalientementepara defendersus conquistas, rechazando losnuevos ataquesde los reaccionarioslocales y internacionales.En esta lucha, cuenta con todo nuestro apoyo.
10/1/2013, KOE - Departamento de Relaciones Internacionales
We express our sorrow and anger for the cowardly murder of the three Kurdish women militants last night in Paris, France. We extend our most sincere condolences to the families of the assassinated militants, to their organizations and to the whole Kurdish People.
The French authorities bear a huge responsibility for their failure to prevent these cold-blooded executions in the center of Paris, especially since it is widely known that they closely tail after the Kurdish militants in France, considering them as “PKK terrorists”. Consequently, the French authorities must solve as fast as possible this crime and bring both its perpetrators and its instigators to Justice.
We condemn in the strongest way the insolent and slanderous allegations of Ankara’s regime, that this crime was an “internal execution”. This last insult to the three murdered militants, and to the movement of the Kurdish People as a whole, makes us wonder: Why the Turkish authorities feel the need to attempt to disorientate the crime investigation before it even starts?
Following an invitation by CPN-M to attend or send greetings to its 7th Congress, held on January 9-13, 2013 at Kathmandu, the Communist Organization of Greece has replied with the following message:
On behalf of the Leading Committee of the Communist Organization of Greece (KOE), we are extending greetings to your 7th Congress. Today, amidst a deep and catastrophic systemic crisis, the efforts of the communists all over the world to serve in the best possible way the interests of their peoples acquire particular importance. We salute all the efforts in this direction, every step taken by the communists worldwide in order to develop a line that responds to the new conditions, and thus opens up new paths towards the liberation and emancipation of the popular masses. In this sense, we express our sincere wish that your 7th Congress shall contribute in overcoming the great difficulties faced recently by the revolutionary, communist, democratic and popular movement of Nepal, which led the first revolutionary experience of the 21st century and inspired broad sectors of the progressive masses and movements on an international scale. We are confident that, based on your rich experience, both positive and negative, you will spare no efforts in order to adopt an orientation that will benefit the big majority of the Nepalese people.
In Greece, our people face an unprecedented attack orchestrated by the international financial capital and the IMF-EU-ECB troika. This attack undermines the last remnants of democracy and sovereignty, creates a severe humanitarian crisis already affecting the majority of our people, and pushes our country and our society backwards, to the harsh conditions experienced by past generations many decades ago. The last three years, Greece became an international guinea pig, a subject of a modern-type neo-colonization, a country where the people, from the youth to the pensioners, are suffering a torturing process of slow but constant extermination. And this situation is all but limited in Greece: the whole European “south” suffers under the extreme neoliberal policies of destructuring the so called “welfare state”, in a fast-track process of suffocatingattachment to thechariotof German imperialism.
Message of greetings to the PFLP on its 45th Anniversary
The Communist Organization of Greece (KOE) extends wholeheartedly and comradely greetings to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) on its 45th founding anniversary.
This year, the celebrations for your anniversary took particular characteristics, among others thanks to the visit of the Palestinian Resistance’s lively legend, Comrade Leila Khaled, in the martyred Gaza. Be it in Gaza, in the West Bank, in the refugee camps or in the Palestinian Diaspora, the celebrations honoring the 45th anniversary of the PFLP reconfirmed your resolution to keep on fighting for the national unity and the realization of your People’s inalienable rights: the return of the refugees and a free, popular and democratic Palestine.
On this occasion, we pay tribute to the martyrs and the militants of PFLP, to all this formidable and endless army of sons and daughters of Palestine who never stopped fighting and became an inspiration to us all. In these difficult times for our people, who suffers under the IMF-EU-ECB troika’s yoke and struggles in order to overthrow the criminal puppet regime and pave the way towards a democratic and independent Greece, we have even more reasons to continue and strengthen our mutual solidarity.
Long live the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine!
The Communist Organization of Greece (KOE), member of the Coalition of Radical Left (SYRIZA), congratulates all the Progressive, Left, Patriotic forces of Catalonia for their success in the elections of 25 November. The electoral outcome for the lists of Esquerra Republicana, of Esquerra Unida i Alternativa and of Candidatures d'Unitat Popular constitutes an encouragement for the Greek People and for all the Peoples of Europe in their struggles for Independence, Democracy and Emancipation.
A month ago, the Basque People has condemned in the most resolute way, through the electoral process, the decades-long barbaric repression exercised by the Spanish State and its antidemocratic refusal to recognize the right of a People to decide its own future. The arrogant claim that the forces of the Patriotic Left are nothing but a “bunch of terrorists” without popular support has been, once again, exposed for what it is: a pathetic lie.
Now, after the explicit outcome of the Catalan elections, it is time for Madrid to recognize the fact that there is a powerful popular current, both in Catalonia and in the Basque Country, which contests not only the neoliberal austerity policies but also the existing institutional framework of the Spanish State. Moreover, it is time for Madrid to grasp the chance for a democratic and sincere dialogue in order to resolve peacefully the conflict in the Basque Country.
We are confident that the Progressive, Left, Patriotic forces of Catalonia shall play a decisive role in defending the democratic and social rights of the Catalan People. Thus they will objectively reinforce the efforts of the Greek People as well, in our common struggle for a different Europe – without Troikas who bring only generalized misery and oppression.
On the issue of the current Israeli attacks on Gaza, KOE issued a press release on 15/11/2012. Excerpts following:
Not only did Netanyahu’s government assassinate the head of Hamas’ military wing during the negotiation of a cease-fire (it is not the first time anyway that Israel blatantly disrespects an agreement), but it also declared that it will escalate the murderous operation “until the end”, meaning obviously the subordination of the Palestinians to the occupation and the siege of Gaza. Already, the casualties of the israeli operation called “Defense Pillar” are mainly civilians, many of them children. This repetitive crime is the definition of the destruction of life and security for the citizens of occupied Palestine and of the whole region.
- The new crime has to be stopped, and the occupation and the siege alike!
- Stop the military agreement between Greece and Israel, which legitimizes and helps the israeli crimes, implicates Greece in the plans of the zionists and undermines the friendship between the peoples of Greece, Palestine and the Arab world.
The ship Estelle is now at its final stage of the effort to end the siege of Gaza. At noon on October 16, five members of Parliament from Greece, Norway, Sweden and Spain embarked on Estelle, in an action south of the Greek archipelago, in international waters:
- MP Ricardo Sixto Iglesias, Spain
- MP and physician Sven Britton, Sweden
- MP Aksel Hagen, Norway
- MP Vangelis Diamandopoulos, Greece
- MP Dimitris Kodelas, Greece
They are now together with activists and crew from Canada, Finland, Greece, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden. Jim Manly, former MP from Canada, is also on board. Three Israeli nationals are also on board and taking part in the action to break and lift the siege on Gaza. Estelle is expected to reach Gaza tomorrow, Saturday 20 October. The Israeli regime threatens to assault Estelle, in sheer violence of international and maritime laws. Your solidarity is necessary!
Statement of Dimitris Kodelas, Member of the Greek Parliament for SYRIZA, from the boat Estelle attempting to break the blockade of Gaza
The acceptance of the honoring invitation to participate in the mission of the sailing boat Estelle, attempting to break the blockade of Gaza, is a way to express once again the solidarity of SYRIZA and of the vast popular majority in Greece, towards the martyred people of Palestine and their legitimate struggle.
Message of the Communist Organization of Greece (KOE) to the 14th Congress of the Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM)
On behalf of KOE's Leading Committee, members and sympathizers, we extend to your 14th Congress a warm salute of comradeship in struggle. There is a great geographical distance separating our two countries, as well as very different social, economic and political conditions. And yet, we feel that we have many in common: the oppression by the imperialist powers and their local lackeys, the dramatic pauperization of the popular masses provoked by the extreme neoliberal policies, an incredibly corrupted and sold out political system that repeatedly fails to resolve even the most basic problems of the masses. But, above all, what we have in common is our resolute stand by the side of the popular masses, our investment in their democratic movement, our dedication to the just cause of our peoples’ aspirations for Independence, Democracy and Justice.
To the republican socialist movement campaigning for NO on May 31st
Brothers and Sisters!
You find yourselves just a day before a most critical vote in the referendum about the so called “Stability Treaty”. Your vote is critical, first of all, for the very future of Ireland, for the very future of each one of you and of your children. The camp of the “yes-men”, composed by all the obedient and guilty servants of a repeatedly failed policy and of a system that has times and again proved to be destructive and corrupted to the core, are trying to terrorize you. According to them, “the Apocalypse will fall on your heads” in case you dare to prove, once again, that you put above all the future of your children and the dignity of a sovereign Ireland. The truth is that a NO vote shall oblige them to think twice before they further advance their program of total annihilation of the Irish People’s social, democratic and national rights. Moreover, a NO vote will have an immediate repercussion on the further development of the struggles all over Europe, where the peoples are courageously fighting to overthrow the yoke imposed by a handful of profiteers and their political personnel.
Extracts of the message sent by the Youth of KOE to the Revolutionary Communist Youth (JCR) of Argentina on its 40th anniversary
[...] Dear comrades of the JCR,
You are celebrating in the most appropriate way the 40th anniversary since the foundation of the JCR: by continuing your struggle, as integral part of the your people and youth, opening the path towards the Democratic-Popular Revolution that will meet the deepest aspirations and the most basic interests of the broad Argentinean popular masses. We are also celebrating with you, by intensifying our fight against the IMF-EU-ECB troika and their local lackeys, united with you in the struggle against our common enemies.
The young people all over the world, despite the very different conditions between countries and regions, have many common points: first of all, in the context of the global crisis, we are all targeted by the ongoing war declared upon us by the most retrograde and reactionary forces, which “promise” to the youth of the world a dark and barbarous future. We have, however, another common point: our globally expressed aspiration to fight against this destructive system and to live a worthy life! From Latin America, Africa and Asia to the Mediterranean countries and to the “developed” West, the youth is in the forefront of the battle for Democracy, Justice and Liberation.
The visit of the butcher Ehud Barak today in Athens is another outrageous development, confirming the Greek government’s shameless choice to deepen the “alliance” with the Zionist terrorist state. This policy lacks any principles, is dangerous for our people, and leads to a deeper implication of Greece in the war games under preparation in the greater region. Furthermore, it is a policy opposed by the Greek people who, in their big majority, stand in solidarity with the Palestinian cause.
The Communist Organization of Greece condemns the total submission of the Greek government to the demands of the imperialist powers, the masterminds of this unprincipled and adventurist “alliance” between Greece and the Zionist entity. KOE fully supports the demonstration against the visit of Ehud Barak organized today in Athens by the Solidarity Association “Intifada” and others.
Stop all relations of Greece with the Zionist terrorist state!
Long live the deep bonds of fraternal solidarity among the Greek and the Palestinian people!
Since today morning the French ship «Dignité», the only one from the Freedom Flotilla II that managed to break the shameless ban imposed by the puppet government of Papandreou, was in the international waters outside Gaza. With 16 people on board, «Dignité» has been encircled by warships of the Israeli navy. Since 10:30 AM we lost any contact with «Dignité». On 01:30 PM Israeli commandos occupied «Dignité», shredding apart once more any sense of international law. In these critical moments, our hearts and minds are with those 16 persons who were left alone to represent a great enterprise of solidarity and humanity. In their faces, millions and millions of people from the whole world are finding their expression.
The Papandreou government, acting as puppet of the Zionist entity, but also the president of the Hellenic Republic (?) Mr Papoulias, who “succeeded” to be the first representative of Greece ever booed by Palestinian citizens, may be satisfied: They have prevented the sailing of Freedom Flotilla II, thus allowing the Zionist Goliath to “bravely” occupy just one tiny boat. However, Mr Papoulias and Mr Papandreou should not worry for the fact that «Dignité» managed to escape the Greek ports: They will be congratulated in any case by the bloody neonazis of the Zionist entity.
We know that we would express a huge naivety if we would ask the Greek authorities to intervene even at this last moment, and to demand that Israel respects the international law. Mr Papoulias and Mr Papandreou are accomplices of the Israeli neonazis, and our people shall never forget that they have abased both Greece and Dignity.
We demand the safety of the 16 people of «Dignité»!
The internationalist Resistance Festivalwill take place for the fourth consecutive year in Athens on 1, 2 and 3 July 2011, while THE FEAR CHANGES CAMP. Since May 25, hundreds of thousands have participated in the occupations of the main city squares all over the Greece, and the protest keeps gaining momentum. With the youth in the forefront, the people united struggle against the IMF-EU-ECB yoke, the Papandreou “government” and the whole corrupt and bankrupt political system. Real democracy and respect of people’s sovereignty, those are the aspirations of the masses that have invaded the scene in all their strength, reducing to ashes the calculations of the enemy camp. Join us in the 4th Resistance Festival, which aims at facilitating the interaction and the exchange of experiences among the INDIGNADOS of the world: from Greece and the Iberic Peninsula to Argentina, through Tunisia, Egypt and the other Arab countries!
The experiment that we started four years ago gradually grows and becomes an institution of the youth and popular movement: The 4th edition of Resistance Festivalis already under preparation, as another step forward in building the unity of our struggles that is today more necessary than ever. The Resistance Festival aims at converging peoples’ movements and offers a unique opportunity for the Greek public to get into direct contact with various experiences and struggles from other countries, with international guests and delegations covering a broad geographical and political spectrum. Important speakers, activists, parties and youth organisations, as well artists and music groups, have joined us the previous years. Thousands of people participated and attended the political and cultural events of the Resistance Festival.
The festival will again take place in the familiar location of the Agricultural University of Athens. This year there will be three central debates, one each day:
We heartily thank you for inviting us here, in your 18th Congress and in this International Seminar. This is a great occasion for us, to renew our ties of comradeship and solidarity with your movement and in general with the revolutionary movement of the Nepalese people. It is, furthermore, a great occasion to learn and to be inspired from the exemplary struggles and the revolutionary spirit of the Nepalese youth and people. In the name of the Leading Committee of the Communist Organization of Greece, and in the name of the National Secretariat of the Student Youth, we extend to you the enthusiastic red salute of our Organization and of the thousands of young and older people who struggle with us in the streets of Greece.
Dear Comrades of the other foreign delegations,
We salute you in the name of our Student Youth. It is an inspiring experience, to be here with you all, and to try to explore together with the Nepalese comrades the best ways to put the foundations for a broad anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist and anti-neoliberal international forum. When you will return to your countries, please transmit our revolutionary greetings and, above all, our will to work together in order to oppose effectively our common enemies, with the liberating perspective of the Socialism of the 21st century. The future belongs to us all!
Please allow us to briefly expose to you the actual situation of the youth and popular movements in our country, Greece, and more general in Europe. You are all aware of the deep and general crisis that shakes the very foundations of the reactionary and anti-democratic European Union, as the capitalists attempt to overcome this crisis by sinking the society back to conditions and relations of the 19th century.
In this context, the youth plays a protagonistic role in the struggles and movements all over Europe. Maybe you have seen the scenes from the supposedly “quiet” and “disciplined” youth of Britain, demonstrating bravely in order to oppose the anti-student laws of the British government. Maybe you have seen the scenes of thousands of students breaking the anti-riot police lines, invading government buildings, and even attacking the limousine of prince Charles.
Exclusive interview of Aristides Papadokostopoulos(*) to the left weekly “Dromos” (2/6/2010)
Could you tell us what happened exactly from the moment of the attack?
Just before on Monday morning, the attack of the Israelis started on international waters, 70 miles off the coast of Gaza. First they attacked the large Turkish ship, which was transferring most of the activists, and afterwards the rest of the ships. The attack kicked off with real ammunition and had as result all these murders. They got on board also on the two passenger boats and on the Turkish boats, and then they came down on us, on the “Free Mediterranean”. We continued to move forward despite the warnings, because Israel does not have the right to run checks and stop ships on 70 nautical miles off the coastline. And this has to be condemned by the international community in its entirety. Israel can not act as the gendarme of the region, forbidding any access to Gaza. The commandos climbed up on board from inflatable boats, they hit us, and led us to a port, Ashdod. From there the psychological war started. The threat was “we deport you now or you go to prison”. We chose, some of us, to leave earlier, so that the matter becomes known in Greece. The others chose to stay there, because they do not recognise any suzerainty of Israel in international waters. The hostages were not illegal; Israel arrested them defying the maritime and international laws. When they brought us in Ashdod, that the following were hit by the Israelis: Vangelis Pissias, Yiannis Karipidis, and two more foreign activists: the American who played in the documentary ‘Gaza We Are Coming’ and the Swedish saxophone player who originally comes from Israel. They hit these ones in front of us. The port authorities, the army, the police, around 500 people were hitting them under conditions of lynching. And it is not an exaggeration when I say that 500 people were brutalizing them.