Synaspismos Left Coalition and the Athens Bar Association yesterday joined with human rights groups in demanding better detention conditions for the 15 convicted November 17 terrorists. The extreme left-wing militants are being held in solitary confinement in a special section of the top-security Athens Korydallos Prison, and denied contact with other prisoners. A small exercise yard at their disposal is fenced over with metal bars. Five N17 members are on hunger strike over their holding conditions, with executioner Dimitris Koufodinas, 46 – a beekeeper – now in critical condition. Synaspismos’s youth wing called the N17 detention conditions «unacceptable,» and accused the government of «developing a legal ideology of revenge.» The Athens Bar Association issued a statement arguing that the same conditions should apply to all convicts, and urged the government to remove the «cage» over the terrorists’ yard. Human rights groups will stage a protest march at 6 p.m. today in central Athens.