ATHENS – Continuing a rampage that had been unchecked, some 20 members of the anarchist group Rouvikonas tried to storm the Citizens Protection Ministry June 11 but were repulsed by armed guards who caught all of them, unlike previous assaults in which they were able to get away.
The group was able to get far enough into the yard to reach the front entrance before they were stopped, media reports said.
In a statement posted on an anti-establishment website, Rouvikonas said the assaults were to support the release of Dimitris Koufoudinas, a notorious mastermind of the murderous terrorist group November 17 who is on a hunger strike demanding regular vacations from jail and barring a prosecutor from stopping it.
He has already had two 48-hour furloughs but said he wants more so he can restart a beekeeping business he ran before directing his group to kill 21 people, including five Americans attached to the US Embassy since 1972 before the group was disbanded just ahead of the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Rouvikonas also called for a rally for June 12 seeking support for 12 of its members who were caught previously and charged with various acts of vandalism part of a spate of attacks on various targets, including foreign embassies, the Defense Ministry and even th grounds of Parliament.
The statement said, in an apparent reference to sympathy from the ruling Radical Left SYRIZA that is riddled with anarchist and terrorist adorers that, “The truth is that we face less repression than those of other revolutionary movements in Greece, today or in previous decades.”
That drew another quick response from the major rival New Democracy which has accused Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of looking the other way and condoning and even encouraging violence in a bid to re-establish Leftist credentials after surrendering to Capitalists and bankers who are part of international creditors putting up saving bailouts that came with more harsh austerity measures.
“In order to support Koufodinas Rouvikonas even broke into the Citizen’s Protection Ministry this morning. It’s to be expected, with so much protection that it enjoys from the government. This is Mr. Tsipras’ ‘normality’,” Conservative chief Kyriakos Mitsotakis wrote in a shot at SYRIZA and the Premier.
Also on June 11, a group threw stones and paint at a building where a notary’s office is housed in the city of Patras, media there said, the hallmark of anarchists angry that notaries are taking part in electronic home foreclosures authorized by SYRIZA after Tsipras swore he would stop the seizures.
The attack caused minor damages to the building and broke the window of a car parked at the scene. tempo24.gr reported.