14, 2007: The recent terrorist attack against the United State embassy in
Greece, by the leftist militant group Revolutionary People's Struggle is just
latest action by Marxist and other anti-government groups in Greece.
year, members of Revolutionary Liberation Action detonated a homemade firebomb
outside the office of a Socialist member of parliament, Costas Gitonas.
Revolutionary Liberation Action's first terror attack was earlier this year,
when they attacked offices of the ruling New Democracy Party and a branch of
the National Bank in Athens. It is suspected that the anarchist group is
connected with a series of bank robberies, in which a police officer was
wounded after a shootout in 2005.
Greek government is making process with investigations into members of a second
anarchist group, Anti-State Justice. This organization used homemade bombs to
destroy a Finnish diplomat's car, and attack an office of the New Democracy
Party in February 2005. The group claimed the attacks were done to express
solidarity for Greek anarchists in jail. Police believe the members then
disbanded the group and went their separate ways. However, recent tips from
informants have led to the arrest of two former members and police say
investigations are "producing results."
police are taking a proactive approach against the leftist group; Anti-Fascist
Action (AFA). The organization is known for vandalisms and arsons across
Europe. The group gained infamy in Greece after President Bush's last visits.
AFA members acted as agent provocateurs attempting to make peaceful anti-Bush
demonstrations violent. The produced some results and caused Greek riot police
to be busy until Bush left Eastern Europe. During November 2005 AFA members
have been involved in arson attacks against royalists. --Patrick Abbott