28 March 2012
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"Soloniki 8" and Simon Chapman
"Simon was arrested on Saturday June 21st at the
anti-EU demonstration in Thessaloniki, Greece. He was by the
anti-authoritarian block march which left the occupied university
at around 5.00 pm. Initial scuffles broke out between the police
and part of the march with the police responding with hundreds
of canisters of CS gas and other chemical weapons.
Simon was caught up in this attack by the police and was overcome by the teargas. A police snatch squad then went for Simon and proceeded to kick Simon in the head and face repeatedly. At this point Simon was wearing a distinctive blue and purple rucksack as the photo in the pdf below shows. His bag was subsequently taken by undercover police who proceeded to place three black rucksacks of Molotov's near him as the photo on the right shows.
In addition to this evidence, a film footage moments after the initial contact with the police shows clearly undercover police placing the bags full of Molotov's near Simon as well as placing a hammer and pickaxe handle in the bags. The Greek authorities claim that Simons Blue and Purple rucksack does not exist! Well we know and can show different.
Simon is 29 years old, and works as a graphic designer in
London. He is an anti-capitalist and in London has been involved
with several social centres, particularly in organising musical
events. Recently he has been involved in anti-war and anti-militarist
projects and actions."
1. "Captured on film" (pdf with pictures)
2. "Support Simon Chapman" website with further details
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