Greetings from Me and Alfredo who got your letter yesterday. Here things haven’t changed at all from
the moment we arrived.
The main problem is still Alfredo’s very precarious health situation.
Apart from all his health problems, which as you know he had before
entering prison here in Greece, now the pain in his shoulder is
coming back because of the tumour which, according to the diagnosis
that they made in Italy, needed to be operated on. There can be no
doubt that his general health situation has got worse from the moment
he went back to prison. This fact is also due to the extremely bad
conditions of detention that we are both coping with, particularly
Alfredo because of his age.
Moreover, things here are very slow at the administrative level. For example,
they took him to the local hospital twenty days ago to do X-rays of
his shoulder and still they haven’t given him the necessary
documentation from the hospital, which the lawyers need in order to
present a new urgent request for his release. Today, they told us
that at the most by the end of next week they would give us the
medical certificates that the lawyers need.
For the time being all we can do is to patiently put up with this
I know that many comrades in Greece are aware of this situation and are
interested to see what happens with Alfredo’s second application to
the judges for release on medical grounds.
I don’t think that there is anything better to do, because the need
for his release is becoming essential.
Nearly every day we get
letters and postcards from many comrades in Greece but also from
nearly all the rest of Europe. This fact comforts us a lot knowing
that we are not alone to face this difficult situation, particularly
Alfredo for the reasons explained above. We also got a postcard from
England, from some comrades in Bristol.
The new application for release for Alfredo, with the new medical
documentation that we are waiting for, should be made some time
around Christmas. We are waiting to see.
I hope you are well, etc………
Alfredo sends his greetings, perhaps he will write to you but, among other
things, he hasn’t been seeing well recently. But don’t worry,
because I am looking after him.
A strong hug
The comrades can receive mail at:
Alfredo Maria Bonanno