The National Union of Musicians of Greece denounces the EU and the Governments’attempt to silence artists.
The current government of Greece voted in the Parliament and maintains articles 183 to 187 of the penal code brought by the previous SYRIZA government, which concern the incorporation of the European directive, in the so-called “terrorism law” on “incitement to violence or hatred”.
Under the same legislation, rapper Pablo Hasel was arrested in Spanish State where he is to serve a 9-month prison sentence. At the same time governments across Europe are claiming that this law does not come to silence art but to liberate it!
If we do not react immediately by showing our solidarity with the mass mobilizations that are taking place these days in Spain, it will be our turn.
We collected thousands of signatures and that was the beginning. We must now show that authoritarianism and prohibitions will not be enforced. The bill will stay only in paper.
We call on organizations and associations in the field of culture, but also associations of students to support our mobilization.
We call on all colleagues en masse to protest
on Monday, March 1, at the Spanish Embassy in Athens
Then we will submit the thousands of signatures condemning the bill in Parliament.We demand
- Immediate release of Pablo Hasel and cancelation of his indictment.
- The Greek government to withdraw now the outrageous article 8 of the law
- To completely abolish the framework that imposes censorship on Art.
- Total abolition of the “terrorism law” and the entire “anti-terrorist” legal framework that targets the right of the people to fight against the policy of the EU and the governments.
- To change the penal code as a whole, which treats softly employer abuse.
National Union of Musicians of Greece