Clashes erupted between protesters in solidarity to V. Pallis (Βαγγέλης Πάλλης) in the
greek city of Larissa during his trial over the prison uprising in
Malandrino in April 2007
Clashes erupted on Monday 23/3 between protesters and riot police
during the disciplinary trial of Vagelis, a veteran prison
activist and symbol of the prison abolition struggle in Greece who was
tried for his role in the uprising at the prison of Trikala in April
2007. The uprising which began at special security prison of Malandrino
and spread to all greek prisons at the time, and was met by ruthless
repression, was ignited after guards brutalised the anarchist prisoner
Yannis Dimitrakis. Pallis defended himself citing that at Trikala the
10 square meter cells house over 48 inmates although they are meant for
only 16. Although guards verified this testimony, the court ruled a
three year penalty for Pallis, infuriating the solidarity protesters.
During the clashes that erupted between protesters in solidarity to
the prison activist and riot police forces two protesters were
seriously injured and hospitalised. The riot police attacked the demo
outside the courts and the fighting spread into the center of the city
where many protesters sought refuge in the Medical School premises.
Despite threats to lift the academic asylum, the protesters were
allowed to leave after several hours of siege. There have been 9
detentions but no arrests.