Greece… 23 persons have been arrested in a suspected plot by far-right and police to conduct an armed attack, as part of a strategy of tension (which would then be blamed on whomever they like – anarchists?). This approach for destabilisation was widely used in the lead-up to the take-over by the Colonels in 1967 (as well as by several South American states in the 1970s). For more, read on…
Two ex-classmates and one more person constituted the leadership, who chose the targets and distributed roles to each within the group. “With this bird (machine gun) on their shoulders and the golden Dawn T-shirt, everyone will disappear”, they are heard saying in one of their conversations. Ex-commandos, trained in heavy artillery usage, ruthless, extremely dangerous and in close contact with the far-right scene, were pulling the strings of this multi-membered criminal organisation, which was first discovered in Kavala during an operation by police Security Department in Thessaloniki.
The group was the same one that opened fire with Kalashnikov assault rifles against police officers and against a police station during the ‘double attack’ in Rodolivos, Serres and Keramoti, Kavala. The group also conducted similar operations in Xanthi and Thessaloniki.
One of the group was heard saying – in a discussion that has been recorded by the Police – that “with that bird (machine gun) on the shoulder and a Golden Dawn T-shirt everyone will disappear”. 266,000 euros, 3,000 dollars, 19 guns, a grenade, detonators and police clothing were found amongst what the Police have confiscated from the group.
Those arrested were those who chose the targets, recruited members and distributed the various roles within the organisation. A ‘special guard’ policeman from Kavala who serves in Athens, provided the group with explosives and bullet-proof jackets(as a police officer he could buy the latter without causing any suspicion against him). Even more, he was recorded taking part in the conversations for a future ‘strike’ in Athens, by showing the suitable routes to the target. Among the arrested is a person who passed the exams for joining the police’s ‘special guards’ force. Another is the son of a retired police officer.
23 people have been arrested, aged 24 to 50. One more person is already in jail for committing other felonies, while 7 people are wanted by the police for carrying guns, drug-dealing and forging money.
The organisation has committed, overall, 5 bank robberies and 10 ATM robberies by using explosives, while one member of the organisation alone robbed 4 banks. The total amount of money they snatched approaches 450,000 euros, of which only 266,000 euros and 3,000 dollars has been found. Also, the police found 19 guns (among them 4 Kalashnikovs, 1 machine gun, 6 rifles and 6 pistols) a grenade, detonators and police clothing, etc.
In one of their conversations recorded last year on the 16th of June, two days before the double ‘hit’ in the village Rodolivos near Serres and the village Keramoti near the town of Kavala, the leaders are heard talking with enthusiasm about their new possession – a gun, which is secretly mentioned in the conversation as a ‘bird’ or ‘motor’ that‘ sings’. Someone called ‘Babau’ is mentioned as the gun’s seller. The accused describe a test they have proceeded to carry out with this weapon, which they video-taped.
-“Ah we do have such a thing, don’t we? We also have a video with the bird singing. You should test the bird. If you see it, you’ll get mad”
-“What happened? Did he embrace it? Did he embrace it?”
-“I don’t believe that, I don’t believe it… Something like this” (laughter).
Later on, while still talking about their new weapon that ‘upgraded’ their operational level, they refer to ‘Golden Dawn’.
-“We will f… them all. They will lose their sleep. That’s why he shot pictures with the bird and a video showing it singing, so he can show all these… Do you get it? With that bird on the shoulder and the T-shirt of Golden Dawn, everyone will disappear.”
Members of the group have also been recorded in conversations referring to far-right organisations that take action in their area and expressing themselves positively regarding Golden Dawn. One of the arrested has been accused in the past for attacking anarchists. (Golden Dawn issued a public announcement, denying any relation with the arrested.)
Ethnos newspaper, ‘From the far-right the gang’s leaders’, 27/06/2012, found online at:http://www.ethnos.gr/article.asp?catid=22768&subid=2&pubid=63675975
To Vima newspaper, ‘Two far-right extremists the leaders of the robbers’ group in Northern Greece’, 25/06/2012, http://www.tovima.gr/society/article/?aid=464080]
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