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Announcement :: Human Rights
Greek soldier against the war imprisoned!
18 Sep 2004
in prison
The past three days, I have been imprisoned at Corinth’s Civil Prisons. I was accused of being a deserter, because I refused by means of my public statement on May 8th 2003 to embark on frigate Navarino, which was destined for the Gulf War and on which I was assigned a five-year service as a volunteer. On Monday morning, September 9th 2004, I appeared willingly at the Piraeus Naval Court, hoping that my 16-month “hostage” situation would come to an end. There, I was arrested and driven to the five-member naval court, where I was given a jail sentence of three years and four months. In the same morning, I read in the newspaper that an American soldier was given an eight-month sentence, although he had confessed to torturing Iraqi prisoners. My position was clear from the outset. I refused and still refuse, in all conscience and responsibility, to participate in or contribute by any means to the ruthless massacre of the Iraqi people and the bombardments of clinics and street markets. I refused and still refuse to take part in this never ending vicious circle of violence and insanity. Within the antiwar movement, I united my voice with the voice of millions of people all over the world against the terror of the war. My action was a minimal sign of solidarity to all those who suffer every day under such circumstances. Ι choose not to acquiesce in this absurd terror and not to accept the end of history. I paid and still pay the price. Yet, I am confident about the justice of people, more than the state justice that sentenced me; there is the justice of the Greek people who flooded the streets by thousands against this dirty war; this justice is much more important and true, and it has not announced its verdict yet.

George Monastiriotis
Civil Prisons, Corinth

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