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Athens Girds for Rally Supporting Jailed Assassin Koufodinas

February 26, 2021

ATHENS – Supporters of jailed terrorist killer Dimitris Koufodinas, who is on a hunger strike demanding transfer to an Athens jail, will take to the streets of the Greek capital in defiance of COVID-19 restrictions banning gatherings.

Greek police said they would shut down a major metro station, Panepistimio, at the University of Athens the afternoon of Feb. 26 as a security measure with the backers of Koufodinas becoming more aggressive in their demands.

Koufodinas was one of the heads of the disbanded Nov. 17 terror group that killed 23 people, including five Americans attached to the US Embassy over the years, the band of killers broken up ahead of 2004 Athens Olympics.

Under the previous Radical Left SYRIZA government, that is riddled with terrorist and anarchist sympathizers, he was transferred to a low-security work farm and given a half dozen vacations from jail.

He was transferred from there to the high-security Domokos facility in December in line with new anti-terrorism laws but said it was unlawful and wants to be put in Korydallos Prison in Athens, where he had spent most of jis sentence and could be with other terrorists.

He also has support from the union of judges and prosecutors, without saying why their speaking out isn’t a conflict of interest in dealing with cases impartially or influencing the judiciary.

He stopped eating in January, demanding he be transferred to the capital’s Korydallos Prison from a high-security facility in Domokos, central Greece, where he was sent after New Democracy took power, moving him from a low-security farm and also ending his string of half a dozen vacations from jail.

Koufodinas supporters also earlier targeted the home of Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou, a group passing by and throwing flyers before departing, with no reports of arrests.

That came after Action24 sports TV offices were vandalized by his supporters without saying why, throwing paint and rocks and damaging an entrance.

Deputy Prime Minister Theodoros Livanios condemned the attack with a post on Twitter: "Every attack against news media is an attack against Democracy,” he said.

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