With Condemnation Over US Embassy Vandalism, Tsipras Stays Mum

A man stands at an entrance of the US embassy in Greece, some hours after an anarchist group threw red paint, in Athens, on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

ATHENS – With denunciation from other parties over an anarchist vandalism attack on the US Embassy, the ruling Radical Left SYRIZA of Prime Minister, praised by US officials as making Greece a “great ally,” and “pillar of stability in the region – said nothing.

The Foreign Ministry put out a statement that “Such actions cannot undermine the close and timeless ties of friendship between our peoples and the strategic relationship between Greece and the United States, which is strengthened during an especially crucial period for our country and the region,” but the Premier’s office had nothing to say.

That despite the attack, in which the anarchist group Rouvikonas, which critics said has implicit support from anarchist and terrorist sympathizers in SYRIZA, splashed red paint on the Embassy to protest “American imperialism,” and President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria, and also Tsipras’ deal with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to rename that country North Macedonia, giving away the name of Macedonia.

US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt, who had nothing to stay about a jailed terrorist killer of five Americans attached to the embassy over the years getting a fifth vacation from mail, called the vandalism attack on the side entrance as “silly and senseless vandalism,” on Twitter.

Police detained 10 suspects and arrested two men, aged 23 and 24, while footage taken from security cameras outside the embassy is being examined.

The assault came days after a US-Greece Strategic Dialogue in Washington, D.C. as the US wants to expand its military presence in Greece with Tsipras not yet objecting after saying he would boot out American forces, with the US Navy having a base on Souda Bay on Crete.

New Democracy’s Shadow Minister for public order, Maximos Harakopoulos, described the incident as confirmation “that this government neither can nor wants to restore citizens’ sense of security,” after the Conservatives said Tsipras is condoning violence.

The centrist To Potami party, which Tsipras was said to be considering wooing as a coalition partner if the tiny, pro-austerity, jingoistic Independent Greeks (ANEL) leave the government, said “tolerance of lawlessness and vandals must, finally, come to an end.”

Former conservative foreign minister Dora Bakoyannis, whose husband was killed in 1989 by the now defunct November 17 , suggested that Rouvikonas is being “guided” by the terrorist group’s jailed hitman, Dimitris Koufodinas.

Koufodinas, who was granted his fifth prison leave over the holidays, was seen strolling in central Athens with a leading member of the anarchist group, whose leaders police have been unable to find. They were said to be walking past spots where Nov. 17 conducted attacks that killed 23 people.

“Koufodinas is walking around in the streets where he killed his victims, ‘protected’ by members of Rouvikonas. Today, with younger members of the group active at the American Embassy, is there anyone who doubts who their guide is?” Bakoyannis tweeted.