ATHENS – The notorious anarchist group Rouvikonas (Rubicon) has now jumped into growing protests over home foreclosures being pushed by the ruling Radical Left SYRIZA-led coalition after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had vowed not a single home would wind up in the hands of banks.
With protests at courthouses where weekly auctions of homes were being held turning violent, the government has moved to suspend due process to prosecute and jail prosecutors and allow online foreclosures to get around them.
Notaries taking part in the legal process said they were fearful of continuing because of growing assaults and had suspended proceedings a number of times.
Rouvikonas, which has been on a rampage against those perceived as backing austerity measures being imposed by Tsipras, who broke promises to protect workers, pensioners and the poor said it was behind the vandalizing of a notary’s office in downtown Athens.
That came in a posting on the anti-establishment website Indymedia in which the group said it raided the office and tore it up because the notary was allegedly profiting by conducting foreclosed property auctions on behalf of Eurobank.
The group “destroyed the computers, printers and other electronic devices in her office, with salted water, for political as well as operational reasons,” the post said.
Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos, a Marxist economist forced into embarrassing surrenders to the country’s international lenders, had previously said it was necessary for people’s homes to be seized to protect banks.
Rouvikonas, which has hit targets from Parliament to the Greek Defense ministry, political headquarters and others, is in the crosshairs of police, who are set to give a prosecutor a file on the notorious group.
That comes after months of investigation into their activities, Kathimerini reported, and as rival political groups said the ruling Radical Left SYRIZA has condoned its violent actions in a bid to re-establish Leftist credentials in the wake of breaking anti-austerity promises and bowing to international creditors, Capitalists, and banks.
Investigators are already in contact with the head of the Athens Court of First Instance, Ilias Zagoraios, about the timeline of the group’s attacks, the paper said, according to sources it didn’t identify.
Citizens’ Protection Minister Nikos Toskas, who critics said had ignored Rouvikonas attacks, stepped up the probe after the Israeli embassy was hit with a paint assault, promising his personal intervention. Reports said he wants the members finally prosecuted and facing more serious charges.
The Greek Police (ELAS) file refers to 87 criminal acts attributed to Rouvikonas, ranging from the occupation of the offices of leftist SYRIZA in March 2015 to the Israeli Embassy attack.
It also includes another on a Rouvikonas raid at a doctor’s office at the capital’s Evangelismos Hospital last October, where he said he was threatened to stop taking bribes to perform surgery. There was no indication whether he would be investigated for that alleged crime, common among doctors, most of whom get away with it.