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Revolutionary Struggle’s Jailed Members Continue Hunger Strike, Refuse Treatment

December 5, 2017

ATHENS – Partners and convicted terrorists Nikos Maziotis and Pola Roupa, brought back to jail after being fugitives, refused food for a 23d consecutive day on Dec. 4 to protest restrictions against seeing their child and lawyers.

The two ringleaders of the Revolutionary Struggle group, one of scores of anti-establishment, anarchist and terrorist groups that have run amok for years in the country, refused hospital treatment, Kathimerini said, while a pro-anarchist website said Roupa was suffering from very low blood sugar and was at risk.

Roupa was arrested in January after being five years in hiding with their son. Maziotis was caught in the summer of 2016 after a shootout with police in a tourist area in central Athens.

In July, they sat together in the specially designed courtroom at the capital’s Korydallos Prison, where they are both serving maximum sentences for attacks, including on the the US Embassy, banks, police and state buildings, as well as the 2003 bombing of a courthouse in which one police officer has been injured.

They are also charged with attempted murder and for skipping bail after they were released from pre-trial custody in 2012 as the law requires, even for accused or confessed murderers who can’t be held.

They addressed the court with what local press has labeled a “manifesto,” declaring that their jailing will not hamper Revolutionary Struggle’s war on capitalism and the establishment.

Roupa was particularly strident, vowing revenge against authorities for keeping the couple’s young son at a psychiatric clinic while arranging who would get custody following her arrest.

“However many years go by, I will get out and rip out their hearts for shutting my boy up in a psychiatric hospital when he was perfectly healthy,” Roupa said of the counter-terrorism officers who arrested her.

Maziotis said that “arrests mean nothing, we will persevere another way and at some point we will get out.” She had failed to break him out of jail by helicopter in February, 2016, which she detailed on an anarchist website before she was caught hiding in an apartment.

“Organizing the escape of Nikos Maziotis was a political decision… as was the decision to liberate other political prisoners,” Roupa said in her post on Indymedia, referring to the jailed leader of Revolutionary Struggle and other convicted urban guerrillas.

“If I had intended only to break out my partner Nikos Maziotis I would not have hired a large helicopter.” She said she did it under false pretenses and threatened the pilot at gunpoint and told him to go to the prison.

“He preferred to risk crashing with me into the mountain than obeying,” she wrote before he landed on a remote stretch north of Athens.

“When we finally landed with great force and while I knew that the operation was lost, I had every opportunity to execute him. I consciously decided not to,” Roupa said of the pilot, a former police officer. “Despite the fact that I was aware that with this decision I was risking my life and freedom, I didn’t do it even though I had the opportunity. The only thing holding me back was my political conscience.”

In the post, Roupa also described a bank robbery, which is believed to be an armed holdup of a Pireos Bank branch in the capital’s Sotiria Hospital in June, where a woman wearing a wig made off with an estimated 125,000 euros ($148,281) without being caught.

A special courtroom has been designed at the Greek capital’s Korydallos Prison to hear high-profile cases that have sparked protests and violence.

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