Last week two critical trials were scheduled to take place in Mytilene court, Lesvos. Both were an attempt to punish solidarity. The first concerned 24 people who were arrested in February 2018 on charges related to human smuggling and espionage, simply for being members of search-and-rescue networks on the coastline of the Aegean Sea. Despite working in full knowledge of the authorities, their criminalisation was part of a chain of arrests aimed at deterring independent sea rescue and monitoring initiatives. In the end, their trial was postponed because of procedural issues, leaving the 24 defendants again in limbo. The accused themselves demand a timely trial in order to prove their innocence.