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Cyprus IndyMedia computers seized illegally by Police; members interrogated and harassed
by via Cyprus IndyMedia
Thursday Aug 6th, 2015 12:07 PM
Following the online publication of an article satyrizing the Minister of Health Philippos Patsalis on July 11, the Cyprus IndyMedia Editorial Collective has been subjected to a series of illegal abuses by State authorities which, so far, have also been shamefully condoned by the lower Courts. We are fighting the case at the Supreme Court and preparing, if need be, to take it to the European Court of Human Rights.

o- Editorial Collective founding members Solon Antartis and Petros Evdokas targeted again; family members harassed;
o- Three Parliamentary Parties and the major Press enter the fray;
o- Three separate trials in Court;
o- Constitutional Rights to Freedom of Speech and protection from illegal Search and Seizures are now endangered and pending.
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Cyprus IndyMedia computers seized illegally by Police; members interrogated and harassed

o- An article was published on the Cyprus IndyMedia website that made fun of the Minister of Health Philippos Patsalis: this became the pretext for the Police Electronic Crimes Unit to seize two of our computers from the home and office of Petros Evdokas, a founding member of our Editorial Collective. Additionally, Police harrassed his elderly parents, as well as the parents of Solon Antartis who is also a founding member of the Collective.

o- Petros himself was subjected to an hour and a half long interrogation about the "crime" of publishing political satyre targeting the Minister.

o- We are fighting it at the Supreme Court, and preparing to go to the European Court of Human Rights. The case is one of gross violation of Constitutional Rights, including the Right to Freedom of Speech; the Right to Privacy; the Right to protection from illegal Search and Seizure; the Right to protection of one's communications and correspondence.

o- Three Parliamentary parties have already issued statements of support for us and condemnations of the arbitrary abuse of power by the Police. All of the main newspapers (both online and printed Press) have issued strong criticisms of the Government for this, and have republished sections of the controversial article. The Press Officer of the Chief of Police was forced to make statements to the public on the matter, trying to defend the indefensible, i.e. presenting the pretext as a "valid Police investigation into a crime".

o- The article in question is a strong condemnation of the stance kept by the Minister of Health against patients and injured people who file requests for his permission to use Medical Cannabis. These official requests and personal pleas by suffering and dying people went totally ignored by the Minister (he did not even have the decency to reject their applications). Our article on the subject registered more readers within 24 hours than the circulation of any of the newspapers in the country.

o- Both of our editors have been repeatedly targeted for more than a decade by illegitimate actions of the authorities and by the illegal, extra-judicial arms of the deep state (state within the State). There is a long documented history of this - and it makes us more determined to continue upholding the Values and Principles of our mission for social Justice.

o- Your help and support is invaluable: you can help us and we need you!
► Please sign our Petition of solidarity and protest that is addressed to the Government of Cyprus, here:
"To the Government of Cyprus"
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Government_of_Cyprus_Stop_your_illegal_actions_against_IndyMedia_and_Friends_of_Cannabis_groups

► Please republish this article, and also the one below that contains all the details of this sordid affair:
"Cyprus IndyMedia computers seized illegally by Police; members interrogated and harassed"
http://cyprus.indymedia.org/node/5009

Many thanks and gratitude,
Editorial Collective,
Cyprus IndyMedia
collective [at] cyprusindymedia.org
http://cyprus.indymedia.org

Comments  (Hide Comments)

by fyi
Thursday Sep 3rd, 2015 11:36 AM
This Petros Evdokas character's dear old dad, Takis Evdokas, isn't some helpless doddering senior. Takis was involved in far right nationalist politics as anyone can read on his wikipedia page, prbly the reason Petros doesn't name him:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takis_Evdokas
"Takis Evdokas (Greek: Τάκης Ευδόκας; born 1928) is a Greek Cypriot far-right politician, psychiatrist and writer."

Meanwhile, Petros (hides behind Cypriot nationalism but was actually born in NY) for years insinuated himself into the left-radical scenes in the USA, primarily in New York City(Brooklyn Greens) and Portland, Or(various left and right radical groups). Petros claims to be a penniless hippy medic, but the Portland Indymedia collective called him on his horseshit once they knew Petros owned a BMW.

https://lists.indymedia.org/pipermail/imc-finance/2004-July/0730-df.html

"(Petros is not exactly poverty stricken. He has access to more wealth than
any of us. He rides around in a bmw for example.)"

Petros passed himself off as a single guy into polyamory, when in fact he was married to a woman called Sue. Can't imagine that went down well in the poly community.
http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?viewrecord=1&ti=0&r=an&db=WebSearch-2957&indiv=try&h=99567

Petros has a long TL;DR piece on about how he was kidnapped and tortured in his youth. This is confusing to people to knew him in the New York city activist scene who never heard this lurid story:

https://web.archive.org/web/20150616232939/http://petros-evdokas.cyprus-org.net/Torture-MoreOnTheFakeLeft-LeftIsRight.pdf

"I survived torture of various "creative" flavours at the hands of some of these "leftist liberators", including ... I was made to do push-ups with my face in piles of rotting excrement in which were writhing billions of maggots reeking with ammonia,"

Yeah, sure he was. He never says by who.

One of Petros worst flubs was being caught organizing on a private list with a Holocaust Denier Tim Titrud and his lawyer buddy Ginny Ross, while publicly "denouncing" these people for working with racists.

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2012/01/413648.shtml#396802
"The second link...proving Petros Evdokas and Tim Titrud are using the same email list years after telling people they think each other are agents or something... should be: "

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-w7xT6vucOfA/TmckzJP1IVI/AAAAAAAAAB0/WiXXh0TI5EU/s1600/petrostim.jpg

Then there was the time he claimed to be a target of the CIA...while being subscribed to STRATFOR's services, an associate of the CIA--oops:

https://www.indymedia.org/en/2004/07/111480.shtml

Americans sucked into this slimeball's orbit are a pilot/therapist Glenn Goldman, Petro's wife Suzy, a gullible Green Party activist Michel Cohen and some chick in Libertarian politics named Sara. These people have known Petros' games for YEARS.

In other words Petros is a conman and this whole article is probably a scam for sympathy.

But if it's not, here's hoping the police in Cyprus give the douchbag what he deserves and deport him to the US. Lots of peeps not happy with Petros the Con man.....

by anon
Thursday Sep 3rd, 2015 12:17 PM
Links to articles with less bias. It;s hard for someone who doesn't read Greek but apparently the problem wasn't the satire, but the fact Evdokas didn't put a disclaimer it was satire. He's been lying for years so what doya expect?

http://in-cyprus.com/police-arrest-writer-of-mock-minister-letter/

"The letter – which was posted onto the site by an individual named Petros Evdokas a day after Patsalis’ resignation – had made big rounds across the internet and Cyprus while some media outlets had even fallen into the trap of believing the content despite being accompanied by a picture of Patsalis surrounded by cannabis plants."

http://cyprus-mail.com/2015/07/22/bloggers-computers-seized-over-spoof-patsalis-resignation-letter/

"POLICE have seized computers belonging to a blogger who posted a spoof letter of resignation by Health Minister Philippos Patsalis, in which the latter was supposedly quitting because he was being stopped from authorising the use of medical marijuana.

It all began a few days after blogger Petros Evdokas, a member of the Friends of Cannabis group, posted the fake letter of resignation on the cyprus.indymedia.org website.

In the ‘letter’, the health minister ‘informed’ the President that he could no longer serve in the administration while thousands of people suffered because they were being denied marijuana treatment.

In a rather impassioned ‘missive’, Patsalis also ‘told’ the President that he had reneged on his election-campaign promise to allow the use of the drug for medicinal and pain-relief purposes.

The post was widely circulated on social media, with some Twitterati even thinking it was genuine."
by justthefactsmaam
Sunday Nov 5th, 2017 1:51 AM
http://www.frederick.ac.cy/research/oralhistory/index.php/nnnn-oral-history-archive-sp-184245723/66-evdokas-petros-male-1958-new-yorkusa-cypriotamerican-greek-cypriot-1958


Name (Ονοματεπώνυμο): Evdokas Petros / Ευδόκας Πέτρος
Sex (Φύλο): Male (Άνδρας)
Year of Birth (Έτος Γέννησης): Before (Πριν το) 1960
Place of Birth (Τόπος Γέννησης): Other (Άλλο)
Nationality (Ιθαγένεια): Cypriot/American (Κυπριακή/Αμερικάνικη)
Community (Κοινότητα): Greek-Cypriot (Ελληνοκυπριακή)
Occupation (Επάγγελμα): Private Business Owner (Ιδιοκτήτης Επιχείρησης)
Refugee (Πρόσφυγας): No (Όχι)
Language (Γλώσσα Καταγραφής): Greek (Ελληνική)
Related to Killed or Enclaved or Missing persons (Σχετίζεται με Σκοτωμένους ή Εγκλωβισμένους ή Αγνοούμενους): No (Όχι)
Serving the army in some capacity at the time (Υπηρετούσε στο στρατό με κάποια ιδιότητα κατά την περίοδο εκείνη): No (Όχι)
Lived in Refugee Camp (Έζησε σε Προσφυγικό Καταυλισμό): No (Όχι)

.....
He's American AND Cypriot, and born in "other"(NOT Cyprus).
Pretty much demolishes his marginalized/oppressed status too.

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