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Greek protesters target police, torch cars in Athens demanding prison closure

Protesters in Athens threw petrol bombs at police and set cars on fire as they demanded the release of jailed political prisoners. They also want the Syriza government to keep its promise to close down the controversial high-security ‘Type C’ prisons.

The unrest took place in the downtown area of Exarcheia in the Greek capital, famous for having links with the anarchist community. Cars were set alight, while demonstrators attacked police with projectiles, such as Molotov cocktails. The protesters, who numbered around 60 and had links with the Conspiracy of Fire Cells guerilla group, even began to break up paving slabs to use them as weapons against law enforcers.

In one incident, a car was set on fire. However, the fire engine sent to put it out was pelted with fire bombs. Demonstrators were calling for the abolition of the so called, ‘Type C’ high-security prisons, criticized by inmates for their brutal and inhumane conditions.

The jails had been introduced by the previous government, but since coming to power, the left-wing Syriza party has promised to scrap them, with a vote on a draft bill expected to take place in the near future in the Greek parliament.

The protesters also demanded the release of a number of political prisoners, several of whom have recently gone on hunger strike at the maximum security Domokos Prison. In particular, they seek the release Savvas Xeros, who was jailed for being a member of the November 17 Marxist group. Supporters of Xeros say he is suffering from serious health problems.

Conspiracy of Fire Cells had previously stormed Syriza’s party office in Athens on March 8 to show support for the inmates. According to local reports, around 60 people took part in the assault, with members of the party barricading themselves within their offices.


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Re: Protestors demand release of terrorist and political prisoners...
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2015, 06:10:38 AM »
From wikipedia...

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Terrorism in Greece is primarily committed by far-left revolutionary organizations.

Contents  [hide]
1 Banned terrorist organizations
1.1 Revolutionary Organization 17 November
1.2 Revolutionary Struggle
1.3 Revolutionary Nuclei
1.4 Sect of Revolutionaries
1.5 Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei
2 Timeline
3 See also
4 References
Banned terrorist organizations[edit]
Note: the term "terrorist" is most often given by the state and/or the media when referring to groups that take revolutionary action, rather than coined from the organizations themselves.

Revolutionary Organization 17 November[edit]
Main article: Revolutionary Organization 17 November
The Greek government arrested many members of the 17 November organization in the summer of 2002. In 2003 15 members were found guilty of multiple murders and convicted for more than 2,500 crimes. In December 2005 a three-judge panel began an appeals trial.[1]

Revolutionary Struggle[edit]
Main article: Revolutionary Struggle
The Revolutionary Struggle is a far-left Greek paramilitary group known for its attacks on Greek government buildings. It is widely described as a terrorist organization by both the Greek government[2] and the media.[3][4]

Revolutionary Nuclei[edit]
Main article: Revolutionary Nuclei
Revolutionary Nuclei was a far-left, anti-U.S., anti-NATO, and anti-European Union terrorist organization that conducted 13 bomb attacks in Athens between 1996 and 2000. The first attack for which RN took credit was a bomb attack on Greek Coast Guard installations in Piraeus on 11 May 1997, but it later acknowledged that two earlier attacks were carried out by RN members. Per its four proclamations, RN fought against the "imperialist domination, exploitation, and oppression" of Greece.[5]

On 27 April 1999 an RN bomb targeting a conference at the Intercontinental Hotel in Athens killed one person (Despite telephoned warnings, the building was not evacuated). In December 1999 RN set off explosives near Texaco's offices in Athens.[5] RN members bombed the Citigroup offices in Athens and a Greek-American sculptor's studio in November 2000. RN then disappeared without explanation.

Sect of Revolutionaries[edit]
Main article: Sect of Revolutionaries
Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei[edit]
Main article: Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrorism_in_Greece

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Gladio#Greece

When Greece joined NATO in 1952, the country's special forces, the LOK (Lochoi Oreinōn Katadromōn, i.e. "Mountain Raiding Companies") were integrated into the European stay-behind network. The CIA and LOK reconfirmed on March 25, 1955 their mutual co-operation in a secret document signed by US General Trascott for the CIA, and Konstantinos Dovas, chief of staff of the Greek military. In addition to preparing for a Soviet invasion, the CIA instructed LOK to prevent a leftist coup. Former CIA agent Philip Agee, who was sharply criticized in the US for having revealed sensitive information, insisted that "paramilitary groups, directed by CIA officers, operated in the sixties throughout Europe [and he stressed that] perhaps no activity of the CIA could be as clearly linked to the possibility of internal subversion."[44]

The LOK was involved in the military coup d'état on April 21, 1967,[45] which took place one month before the scheduled national elections for which opinion polls predicted an overwhelming victory of the centrist Center Union of George and Andreas Papandreou. Under the command of paratrooper Lieutenant Colonel Costas Aslanides, the LOK took control of the Greek Defence Ministry while Brigadier General Stylianos Pattakos gained control over communication centers, the parliament, the royal palace, and according to detailed lists, arrested over 10,000 people. Phillips Talbot, the US ambassador in Athens, disapproved of the military coup which established the "Regime of the Colonels" (1967–1974), complaining that it represented "a rape of democracy" – to which Jack Maury, the CIA chief of station in Athens, answered: "How can you rape a whore?".[46]

Arrested and then exiled in Canada and Sweden, Andreas Papandreou later returned to Greece, where he won the 1981 election, forming the first socialist government of Greece's post-war history. According to his own testimony, he discovered the existence of the secret NATO army, then codenamed "Red Sheepskin", as acting prime minister in 1984 and had given orders to dissolve it.[47]

Following Giulio Andreotti's revelations in 1990, the Greek defence minister confirmed that a branch of the network, known as Operation Sheepskin, operated in his country until 1988.[48]

In December 2005, journalist Kleanthis Grivas published an article in To Proto Thema, a Greek Sunday newspaper, in which he accused "Sheepskin" for the assassination of CIA station chief Richard Welch in Athens in 1975, as well as the assassination of British military attaché Stephen Saunders in 2000. This was denied by the US State Department, who responded that "the Greek terrorist organization '17 November' was responsible for both assassinations", and that Grivas's central piece of evidence had been the Westmoreland Field Manual which the State department, as well as an independent Congressional inquiry have alleged to be a Soviet forgery.[49] The State Department also highlighted the fact that, in the case of Richard Welch, "Grivas bizarrely accuses the CIA of playing a role in the assassination of one of its own senior officials" while "Sheepskin" couldn't have assassinated Stephen Saunders for the simple reason that, according to the US government, "the Greek government stated it dismantled the "stay behind" network in 1988."[49]

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