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Revolution fight against Karamanlis

15 January 2009 / 12:01:06  GRReporter
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An avalanche of problems has went over the reconstructed government of Kostas Karamanlis in the last 48 hours, which leaves an impression in the people’s minds that they are living in a power vacuum or in a complete anarchy. There is an increase in criminality with two kidnappings and two unsolved murders only in 24 hour period; ironic and mordant call from the terrorist organization “Revolution Fight,” which reminds us that for a fifth year it is acting unpunished; the citizens are rioting and today there will be another protest of students and syndicates. The economy is quickly going down – the Athens exchange went down with 5% after Standard&Poor’s lowered their credit rating in Greece.


Still there is no development in the case of the kidnapped shipping tycoon Pericles Panagopoulos, whose family preferred to negotiate with the abductors alone ad left the police out of it. The son of the businessman, Alexandros Panagopoulos came back from the US and took everything is his hands. According to sources close to the family, the kidnapped is also playing an active role in the negotiations with his abductors, by negotiating the amount of the ransom. According to the same sources the abductors want an amount bigger than 10 million Euros but smaller than the previously announced 40 million. The police still haven’t brought a light to the second kidnapping of the sentenced to life in prison drug trafficker, who was abducted and executed a little later. There is no progress on the case of the murder of the car dealership owner as well, who was also found dead.


Unarguably the terrorist organization ”Revolution Fight” could not have found a better moment to spread consecutive appeal with which it took the responsibility of three assaults – the shooting, where a 21 year old policeman was injured, the shooting at the special police forces bus, and the attack at the police station in Nea Ionia. The authorship of these incidents is a public secret but more worrying is the tone of the appeal – sarcastic and arrogant – and the behavior. “Revolution Fight” has weaved all the events, which happened in the last 6-7 weeks in Greece, in such a way as if they are the orchestra conductors who are standing behind this whole cacophony. The terrorists remind us that they have been warning about a murder of a civilian from a police bullet, by obviously hinting at the tragic death of 16 year old Alexandros Grigoropoulos. They also remind that they have warned us about the increasing discontent among the people after such a murder – it all happened. Again they remind that in their previous appeal they said that their next aim is the police and they kept their promise. In their newest appeal, “Revolution Fight” declares a war to everyone and everything.


The international agency for credit ratings Standard&Poor’s also could not have found a better moment to announce their decision to decrease Greece’s rating from A/A-1 to A/A-2. This decision was not a surprise either, the agency warned about this on Friday but it is just another brick out of a falling wall, which creates the impression that the things in the country are not going in the right direction. The Athens exchange reacted instantly and recorded a decrease of 5%. Standard&Poor’s explanations that it is going to lower the credit rating of Ireland, Spain, and Portugal are details, which are not of interest to the Greek tax payer, who at the same time is also a voter.


This is the background, on which there will be another protest rally in the center of Athens, which this time is organized by students and syndicates. The police will participate as well because they want to show that they are “against violence, no matter where it comes from and that social problems cannot be solved with repressive measures.” The students had common meeting yesterday and decided to continue occupying university buildings.

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