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ATHENS – Anarchists supporting jailed hunger strikers upset with their conditions in maximum-security prisons took over the headquarters of the ruling Radical Left SYRIZA party on March 8.

A group of 50 anarchists burst into the offices and forced the staff to leave, party officials said, but they didn’t call police as SYRIZA has often protested the interference of authorities with protests.

“I was inside my office giving my first official interview to a radio station,” the party’s new spokeswoman Rania Svigou told Agence France Presse (AFP.) “I had locked the door so I wouldn’t be disturbed. Then I heard banging and shouting,” she said.

“I finished the interview and went out to see what was happening and they told us to get out,” she added.

The anarchists hung banners from the building’s balconies calling for the abolition of the special maximum security jails where terrorists and the country’s most dangerous criminals are held.

The protesters didn’t say where those inmates should be taken but said the prisoners aren’t allowed contact with families and have almost no rights.

They also demanded the release of Savvas Xiros, the bomb-maker of the extreme left-wing 17 November terrorist group, who is serving life in prison and is in ill health. He was part of a notorious gang that killed politicians, diplomats and others for decades.


Source: The National Herald
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