Fernando, the activist from Burgos, Spain, detained on the 21st of June in the demonstration against the EU of Thessalonica, is now in a serious situation, according to information that his lawyer gave to La Haine , www.lahaine.org.
Eleceodeotipia, one of the main corporate Greek newspapers, has mounted a media campaign against him with headers like “ Basque anarchist sought internationally” and has published that “has pending court cases in 23 Countries”.
The judge, who in principle accused him of “ possession of incendiary appliances” (a flare a molotov cocktail), has arbitrarily changed the charges, accusing him of “membership of armed band”. The press media have created the social opinion that during the demonstration the police had acted “passively, while the demonstrators destroyed the city”, and are using this case to stress the fact that among those demonstrators there was an “international leader of an armed band”. The lawyer of F. believes it very possible that they give him preventive prison of 18 months and a prison sentence of several years. It is urgent to develop an extensive campaign of solidarity in the Spanish
State and internationally for his support.
La Haine expects to be able to offer more details on the case in the next hours. In the same way, they will open a space so that organ-
isations of solidarity can upload their calls for support for the victims of repression in Thessalonica. The two activists frm Austria who were also arrested on the 21st of June were released today at 12.30 o’clock.
translation from www.la haine.org