The Greek Hip Hop Community on the Murder of Rapper Killah P

[Background: The Greek rapper Pavlos Fyssas, also known as Killah P, a very active member of Greece’s underground hip hop scene and vocal anti-fascist, was murdered by the Greek neo-nazi party “Golden Dawn” on the 18th of September 2013. His murder sparked a wave of anti-fascist protests across Greece and was fundamental in the arrests of many leading Golden Dawn figures. They are currently undergoing trial for a variety of crimes, including that of founding and running a criminal organisation. Over the years Golden Dawn has coordinated and carried out assaults on migrants, trade union members, and others who they deem as threats. With this declaration signed by more than 300 names, the Greek hip hop community once again takes a stand against Golden Dawn, and comments on recent troubling events regarding their trial. We translated this document in the spirit of solidarity to spread the word around the world, so as many people as possible unite to defeat fascism everywhere. You can keep in touch with future initiatives here. Original document here. ]

In September of 2013 Pavlos Fyssas (also known by his stage name, ‘Killah P’) was murdered by Golden Dawn, a Greek neo-Nazi organisation. Six years later, he is murdered once again. This time the blow comes from the Greek courts and the political system. Upon hearing the proposal tabled by Adamantia Oikonomou, the prosecutor in Golden Dawn’s trial, Pavlos’ mother screams that “on the 18th of the month, Pavlos will have been dead for 75 months. Today you stabbed him again, his wound is bleeding”.  

Oikonomou’s proposal fully acquits the leadership and cadres of the organisation for the murder of Pavlos-Killah P. It absolves them of any accusation of forming a criminal organisation, places the responsibility for the murder exclusively on Giorgos Roupakias (the Golden Dawn member who stabbed Pavlos- Killah P), and audaciously proclaims that the assault was a ‘chance encounter’. At the same time, it acquits Roupakias’ 17 accomplices, members of the Nikaia stormtrooper cell, who supposedly knew nothing of Roupakias’ movements.

Adamantia Oikonomou has a history. She is the same prosecutor who, a few years ago, insisted that the innocent Tasos Theofilou be condemned. Now she is aligning herself with the arguments of Golden Dawn’s defense. She shamelessly ignores the evidence and testimonies concerning the storm-troopers and the leadership’s coordination of all the murderous attacks until today. From the trial’s early days, she didn’t hesitate to side with Pavlos’ murderers, functioning almost as their defense.

It is clear for us that political forces are directly implicated in influencing the judicial system and its decisions. The deep state, which has been whitewashing Golden Dawn’s criminal activities for years, is now planning its complete restoration and re-emergence in the streets and parliament. Golden Dawn is a product of this political system; it serves a specific purpose and it will not be defeated as easily as some believed.

This is the reason that they are attempting to proceed with the trial in such a manner. It constitutes one part of a much bigger puzzle, one that entails a full-scale attack on our rights and freedoms, a wider turn towards fascism in our society. They dream of a Greece in which ‘normality’ reigns, one of silent resignation where any voice daring to dissent is immediately beaten down.

However, they didn’t predict our presence. They think that their plans will easily succeed, but they are deeply deluded. They will find us in front of them! If the court’s decision acquits Golden Dawn, it means that the neo-Nazis’ hands will be immediately re-armed. We will not let that happen. We will forcefully assemble a united presence in the courts until the day of the decision. The judges have to listen to the demands of justice and condemn the accused members of Golden Dawn with the maximum available sentences.

All of us, who for years unite in concerts, who sing and fight for a better tomorrow, all of us who still get chills up our spines with this music, are placing a bet and giving a promise. We will fight this battle at any cost, however and wherever is necessary, until Pavlos, Shahzad Luqman, and all the other victims of fascism are vindicated. We take a stand against state and paramilitary repression. Our anger rages. Their terrorism won’t scare us. All of us who signed this document live through hip hop. Through this music that is birthed by reality and bluntly talks about it. Through this music that sees the police as a gang, the judicial system as a finely-tuned theatre of shadows and the fascists as servants of the system. Pavlos- Killah P, our brother, also lived through this music. Now he lives in our hearts and he will forever remind us that nothing is over. That all of us, the sons and daughters of Magda, Pavlos’ mother, will stand united against injustice, against the system that drowns our lives, and against the fascist monster.

Those who killed our brother will never again be able to breathe in our streets, our squares, our neighbourhoods!

We will stand united in the courts on the day of the decision.

For justice, for freedom, for Pavlos!

Signed by:

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