Exclusive interview of Aristides Papadokostopoulos(*) to the left weekly “Dromos” (
Could you tell us what happened exactly from the moment of the attack?
Just before on Monday morning, the attack of the Israelis started on international waters,
In the entrance area of the port. At a large entrance, at the time that we had arrived at the port. There is where they hit them.
Why were they hitting them?
They hit Vangelis Pissias because he was not giving his finger prints. They badly hit others as well, and in fact I actually saw them also doing injections to some activists. They had blocked us a bit to the side, all this mass of policemen and soldiers, and we couldn’t see very well. Despite that, I saw in front of me the injection being done to the American activist, so that he would fall down and remain still.
Something about electroshocks that was mentioned by the TV channels, is that valid?
It’s true, yes, but not on the boat. They did it to Michalis Tiktopoulos. They electroshocked him in front of me. He was moving along and in order to get him out on to the port faster, a soldier took out a gun that produces electricity and hit him.
From the moment that you reached the port and afterwards, what was the situation?
Unbearable psychological pressure. I have never seen anything like it before in my life. This country is run by the army. Unbelievable army force that one can not imagine. For example the exit to the airport, was absolutely full of armed personnel. It is unbelievable. It is a military state.
Aristides, one last thing: The rest of the others who have remained inside, who refused to sign, what is the process with them now? What will happen to them? Where have they been transferred?
They are taking them to prison. Today the embassy and the ministry of foreign affairs will come in contact with them, also through a lawyer. Yesterday, when we were asking for a lawyer or anyone from the embassy, they were denying us. They weren’t letting us speak with neither the lawyer nor the embassy. Today they told the ministry of foreign affairs that they will allow the ministry to come in contact with the people. It was an unbearable situation. They were trying with every means to make you break and sign the deportation or do whatever else they wanted.
(*) He was on board the “Free