Savas Mihail Matsas (or Savas Michael Matsas or Savas Michael-Matsas;[1]Greek: Σάββας Μιχαήλ Μάτσας; born as Sabetai Benaki Matsas (Σαμπετάι Μπενάκη Μάτσας)[2] 1947, Athens) is a Greek intellectual, leader of the Workers Revolutionary Party (Greece). He is an antizionist and internationalist author of a considerable work of culture about literature, philosophy, religion and class struggle. He has been trying to offer "a reinterpretation of the revolutionary theory and marxism from the perspective of messianism and Jewish mystic, and vice versa".[3] His position may be classified as that of a "religious atheism" or else of a "profane messianism"[3]

Political prosecution

In 2009, the far-right Golden Dawn party filed, before the Greek justice, many documents against several left-wing Greek authors. The police wanted to interrogate all of them, but they jointly agreed not to appear in court and jointly signed a document stating they legally rejected the accusations. After reviewing the documentation, two of them were brought to justice by the Attorney General: Savas Matsas and Constantin Motzouri, the former rector of the National Technical University of Athens. There was an international petition in his defence.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11]

On 4 September 2013, an Athens court acquitted Matsas and Moutzouris of all charges.[12][13][14]

Works

  • Figures du Messianique (1999) (A compilation of essays published in that year; in French)
  • Golem. A propos du sujet et d’autres fantômes (2010) (About Golem, Kafka, Hölderlin, Lacan, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Hegel, Marx and modern Greek poets such as Andreas Embirikos, universal literature and revolutionary marxism.

References

  1. ^ Letter to support the creation of the Livio Maitan study centre (Retrieved July 8, 2013)
  2. ^ Νίκος Ντόκας, Βασίλης Καλαμαράς (2006-12-22). "Homo Poeticus". Βιβλιοθήκη. Ελευθεροτυπία. Retrieved 2/12/2008.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ a b Löwy, M. (2013, July 7). ¿El antisemitismo impone la ley? [Does antisemitism impose the law?], La Jornada, sección Política, p. 14. (in Spanish) (Retrieved July 7, 2013)
  4. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/01/absurd-golden-dawn-hound-friend-court Guardian article oln case
  5. ^ https://linksunten.indymedia.org/de/node/91006 Interview with him about the case
  6. ^ July 4, 2013 note about Savas Mikhail prosecution (Retrieved July 7, 2013)
  7. ^ http://mtl-fi.org/2013/06/29/greece-stop-the-trial-of-savas-matsas/ Stop the Trial of Savas Matsas
  8. ^ http://socialistworker.org/2013/08/19/help-against-the-greek-fascists He needs your help against the fascists
  9. ^ https://www.facebook.com/gerdowning/posts/10201868529822843 statement by British supporters
  10. ^ http://po.org.ar/blog/2013/06/27/grecia-por-el-desprocesamiento-de-savas-matsas/ article (Spanish)
  11. ^ http://www.pclavoratori.it/files/index.php?c3:o3400 article (Italian)
  12. ^ "Court acquits former rector, leftist of charges brought against them in lawsuits filed by Golden Dawn". Ekathimerini. 4 September 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  13. ^ http://www.enetenglish.gr/?i=news.en.article&id=1451
  14. ^ http://www.eek.gr/index.php/englishtext/1856-the-trial-of-september-3-4-against-the-eek EEK statement following their acquittal