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Terrorists had set fire to Costas Simitis’ villa

16 December 2013 / 17:12:40  GRReporter
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The authorities consider the fire that had broken out in former Prime Minister Costas Simitis’ villa a very serious case as, on the one hand, it shows the capabilities of the urban "guerrilla warfare" in Greece and reveals the weak points of the security system of the country on the other. According to the police, the attack was the work of the terrorist organisation "Zero Tolerance", which attacks politicians, or of another organisation that has carried out a large number of arsons over the past three years. However, the authorities do not exclude the fact that "Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei" or other armed groups might assume responsibility for the attack which was carried out in Agii Theodori last Friday morning and which used a clockwork mechanism to cause more damage and to allow the perpetrators to escape undisturbed.

"Zero Tolerance"

"Zero tolerance" had assumed responsibility for the attack on Costas Simitis’ office at 35 Akadimias Street in Kolonaki on 3 April 2012, when a big fire had broken out and three people had been slightly injured. A statement of the organisation pointed out that "Simitis is one of those chosen by the American and German authoritarians."

This elusive terrorist group has carried out 18 attacks in four and a half years. It appeared in June 2009 and is the only one whose targets are politicians and political parties. In the beginning, it had placed explosive devices in the house of Anasthasios Nerandzi, a deputy of New Democracy, in the car of a riot forces policeman and a few weeks later, in the office of LAOS deputy Dimitra Arapoglou in Koukaki. In January 2010, the group reappeared and set fire to the headquarters of PASOK in Kallithea, and then subsequently attacked the offices of Pemi Zouni and Christos Protopapas, deputies of PASOK at the time.

In late 2010 and in 2011 "Zero Tolerance" continued with attacks on the offices of the federation of enterprises, the Greek - Chinese Chamber, the offices of Vasso Papandreou (twice), of Fani Petralia, Miltiadis Papayoannou and Mariliza Xenoyiannakopoulou. In 2013, explosive devices were placed in the offices of Golden Dawn, in the office of the adviser on the privatisation of the casino in Parnitha and in the office of Fevronia Patrianakou, a deputy of New Democracy. The text disseminated at that time stated that "the group has responded to the call of the "Group of People's Fighters" (which assumed responsibility for the shooting and for the attempt of launching a shell against New Democracy headquarters on Syngrou Avenue) to strengthen the guerrilla structures in order to create a political structure and revolutionary army."

And the others...

The police have however reminded that the group "Struggling Minority" has attacked the houses and offices of politicians over the past three years too. It committed arson at the house of former Minister Yoannos Papantoniou, on the car of a private individual involved in racist attacks and attacked the former Secretary General of the Ministry of Environment Maria Kaltsa as well as the houses of five journalists.

The group "Deviant Behaviours for the Spread of Revolutionary Terrorism" which committed a series of arsons in Microsoft offices in Maroussi, in the offices of companies renting helicopters to the Greek police, in the mayoral buildings in Kessariani and Zografou, shopping centres in Athens and of police motorcycles has not yet been neutralized either.

Regarding the assumptions about the explosive device used in the attack on Simitis’ villa, the police do not believe that there are substantial similarities with the explosive clockwork petrol mechanism (made from a four-litre barrel of petrol, a clock, eight batteries and a switch in a taper), which was placed in the last underground station in Egaleo on 25 February 2012. The responsibility for this attack was assumed by the terrorist organisation "12 February" which has not reappeared. Explosives with a detonator like the one used in Costas Simitis’ villa had been detected in the first attacks of "Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei" in 2008-2009.

The authorities assume that an unnamed terrorist organisation like that connected with the arson at the house of government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou in Exarcheia in January 2013 might assume responsibility for the attack. The relevant statement of the group said that "the fight has two faces and it is taking place everywhere. Where and when you expect it the least..."

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