Greece: Thousands march in Athens over jailed hunger striker Koufontinas" critical condition

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Published on 27 Feb 2021, 17:30
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Thousands marched in Athens on Saturday to show support for the jailed far-left hitman Dimitris Koufontinas, who has been on hunger strike for a month demanding a prison transfer and is now in critical conditions.

A large number of police officers lined up outside of the parliament, where protesters chanted slogans holding a banner in solidarity with the hunger striker.

The crowds marched demanding Koufontinas be transferred from a high-security prison in Domokos to Korydallos prison in Athens, so he could be closer to his family.

The 63-year-old went on a hunger strike 51 days ago, deteriorating his health, leaving him currently in critical condition.

In a 2003 trial, Koufontinas and 14 other "Revolutionary Organization 17 November" members were charged with over 23 killings and multiple bomb attacks.

The group was active in Greece between 1975 and 2002 after which it has been dissolved following an unsuccessful attack. Koufontinas surrendered in 2002 after the arrest of several other members of his group.
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