On  26 June 2014 members and friends of the Pirate Party of Greece organized a protest against Peter Sunde’s arrest, outside the Embassy of Sweden in Athens.

Thanasis Gounaris, vice-chairman of the Board of PP-GR, spoke to Pirate Times about the activity: “Thousands, even millions of Greek citizens have visited the Pirate Bay and downloaded millions of files, music, movies, software. The Pirate Bay influenced generations by opening the way to filesharing, changed the internet and still is first in terms of traffic. And yet, today, after many years the Swedish group of friends who created it, are persecuted and imprisoned by the Swedish state. It is our responsibility to react to this”.

Gounaris pinned-up  the following protest letter in the entrance of the Swedish Embassy:

Pirate Pinning a letter on the glass door of the Swedish embassy in Athens

“Dear Honorable Ambassador,

We would like to express our protest for the arrest of Peter Sunde, candidate of the European Pirate Party for the presidency of the European Commission, on May this year in your country.

Sunde is one of the founders of Pirate Bay, a web page that has become a point of reference and inspiration for the culture of netizens.

We believe that Swedish government today made a mistake by chasing “piracy”, an issue which preoccupied the public a decade ago, because since then so much has changed.

The turning back is not progressive at all, on the contrary it limits the perception of contemporary reality.

See, even the European legislation on copyright issues tends to be adapted and reconfigured, for the simple reason that internet users have a basic treaty between them, sharing, that has to do with human nature.

Dear Honorable Ambassador,

We are confident that you yourself share things with your friends online and therefore violate the law for copyright many times on a daily basis, by making a simple reference to a song or a movie or a book.

We know very well that both you and millions of Internet users neither have the inention on commercial use nor have such a feasibility.

So do we, because we believe that knowledge should be freely distributed without restrictions and we expect from your country, which is famous for its social and political freedoms and rights, to defend all these very serious issues.

Please convey this protest letter to your government by stating that we ask for the release of Sunde because we believe that he is a hero and a pioneer and not an illegal or a convict.

On behalf of the Pirate Party of Greece
The Board

Panagopoulos Ioannis, chairman
Gounaris Athanasios, vice-chairman
Kastrinakis Emmanuel, Leivaditis Efstathios, Sereti Christina, Tsentseris Michail, Chrysanthopoulos Spyridon, members”

All images CC BY-SA PPGR

Stathis Leivaditis

About Stathis Leivaditis

The English “pirate” is derived from the Greek word “πειρατής” (peiratēs) and this in turn from the verb “πειράομαι” (peiráomai), “I attempt”, which is a derivative of the noun “πείρα” (peîra), “experience”. Coming from the depths of the centuries, the word “pirate” took on another dimension in our days. The ruling classes saw pirates as rebels and hated them. Rebels without a state, they were not submissive to any law, except from the laws they instituted themselves, improvising together. This is the feeling of a Pirate: when something doesn’t work, you have to attempt to bring a new concept. Sometimes it goes beyond a certain point and perhaps exceeds certain limits, because it is an expression of challenge; the challenge to change the system. I’m a member of the Board (and former chairman) of Pirate Party of Greece, also a member of press team of PPGR, former journalist, now a free lancer. I'm in the team of Pirate Times from the start, I joined voluntarily and consciously because I am interested to meet pirates from around the world, to exchange views and spread the pirate spirit.