Greece Refuses to Give in to Left-Wing Hunger Striker on 40th Anniversary of Bobby Sands’ Protest

Hunger strikes have been utilized by political dissidents for greater than 100 years. But the Greek authorities is refusing to bow to the calls for of a prisoner regardless of him being on the verge of demise.

The Greek authorities says it is not going to give in to the calls for of Dimitris Koufodinas, a convicted left-wing terrorist, who’s on starvation strike.

Protesters have been demonstrating on the streets of Athens in help of Koufodinas, 63, who’s serving 11 life sentences for the murders of Greek businessmen and NATO targets through the Eighties.

​Monday’s stand-off in Greece takes place as Irish republicans mark the fortieth anniversary of Bobby Sands embarking on his starvation strike.

​Sands, a convicted IRA terrorist, died on 5 May 1981 after going 66 days with out meals or water in the Maze jail in Northern Ireland.

​Nine different Irish republican prisoners died in the starvation strike earlier than it was referred to as off in October 1981.  

Koufodinas has been on starvation strike for 52 days and is now in intensive care in a hospital in central Greece after struggling a “serious deterioration” on the weekend, after he started refusing water.

He went on starvation strike after the authorities transferred him from a low-security jail in Athens to a high-security jail in rural Greece.

​Koufodinas was a member of November 17, a Marxist group which performed a marketing campaign of terror in opposition to conservative parts in Greece and its NATO allies through the Seventies and Eighties.

In 1989, Koufodinas and his accomplices killed conservative MP Pavlos Bakoyannis, brother-in-law of the present Greek prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

Mitsotakis’ authorities has refused to bow to Koufodinas’ calls for and insisted it has not performed something flawed.

More protests in help of Koufodinas are due to happen in Athens and different Greek cities on Monday night.

Two bombs went off final month in a automotive close to a conservative MP’s residence.

November 17 – or the Revolutionary Organisation 17 November to give it its full title – was shaped in 1975 and named after the date of an rebellion in opposition to the right-wing navy junta which came about in November 1973. It killed 23 individuals earlier than ending operations in 2002 after a sequence of police raids and arrests.


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