Today marks four years since the murder of Zak “Zackie” Kostopoulos on Gladstonos Street.
In the afternoon, a memorial march will take place at 19:00, which will start from the place of the murder on the pedestrian street of Gladstonos, bound for Syntagma Square.
Similar marches will take place in other cities of Greece.
As the relevant call states:
“You realize that your strength is precisely this vulnerability. It is the will and the freedom to be you and to continue living being you. The vulnerable you […] Being able to be who you are. And have the courage to keep walking.”
»Zacharias – Zack Kostopoulos, Zackie Oh, August 22, 1985 – September 21, 2018
“September 21 marks 4 years since Zack, since Zackie was brutally murdered by landlords and police on Gladstone Street in front of dozens of our fellow citizens, who did nothing to stop the carnage and prevent the brutality.
»Rage at his loss was followed by mourning, our common shared mourning for the love that was taken from us. Our anger for the impunity, for their racist hatred, for the cover-up efforts, for the theft of his body and his memory, during the 17 trials that followed the 3-year delay in the start of the trial only intensified. Justice has spoken. It’s time for us to talk too.
“On Wednesday, September 21st, we are back on the road for the unjust blood of Zack, for the blood of our sister Zackie, for all the unjust murders that followed.
“We will continue to walk proudly through the streets of the city you loved Jacques. Unconditionally. Don’t turn a blind eye to violence and injustice, Zackie has been missing for four years.”
The feminist collective Sabbat also issued an announcement about the march, stating that “Now we also have the court decision on Jacques’ killers, where the civil justice ruled that not all bodies are of equal importance – some of them, especially the weakest, drug-addicted, poor and female are expendable and can be beaten to death. of death at noon in the center of Athens.
“We always stand on the other side of the wash that urban justice attempts by cultivating society’s most conservative and reactionary reflexes, deepening the trauma in our queer, female, excluded bodies that won’t allow it to close. We don’t forget Zackie Oh’s killers and we won’t let it happen to any of us again.”