09 June, 2006
The "Revolutionary Struggle" organization assumed responsibility for the recent failed bomb attack against culture minister and former public order minister George Voulgarakis near his home on Lycabettus Hill, and warned more attacks would follow against political and financial targets, in an 11-page proclamation sent to the To Pontiki weekly newspaper, published on Thursday.
A strong explosion took place May 30 at the foot of Lycabettus Hill in central Athens, near Voulgarakis' home, and Voulgarakis later revealed that he had received a barrage of threats, adding "I have been targeted". The explosion, at 7:42 a.m. on the corner of Doxapatri and Sarantapichou streets, just 200 meters from Voulgarakis' apartment, was caused by a home-made remote-controlled bomb placed in a travel sachet that the perpetrators had hung on a bicycle they placed between two parked cars.
In its prologue, the proclamation says that Revolutionary Struggle (EA) takes responsibility for the remote control mechanism meant to execute the former public order minister and current culture minister George Voulgarakis, whom it called one of the most important members of the ruling New Democracy party (ND) and a close associate of prime minister Costas Karamanlis, as well as a warm proponent of the New World Order.
The group said it decided to target Voulgarakis because "during his term (as public order minister) the Greek state upgraded itself in the area of domestic security, adding that the organization of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens played a catalytic role, and because, as the (political) head of the security forces he had responsibilities over the crimes against the peoples, against the people's rights and freedoms, such as the telephone tapings and the abductions of Pakistani immigrant workers.
Regarding "future" attacks, the authors of the proclamation wrote that "although we failed this time due to an unfortunate coincidence, this does not mean that we will fail the next time we choose to attack a lowlife of the political or economic authority". The group also verbally attacked Karamanlis, foreign minister Dora Bakoyannis, and defense minister Vangelis Meimarakis, regarding Greece's 'incorporation' into the "neo-liberal globalization".
On the Pakistani abductions, EA said that main opposition PASOK's stance had been consistent with the political direction of the social-liberals in the "counter-terrorism" war, since it stated that it "consents to the international cooperation for eradicating terrorism", and that its goal was "censure of the government on its handlings, so that no mistake is made".
On the telephone tapings, the proclamation says that the specific case of telephone tapings that was brought to light as well as "other cases that have not been made public" made it clear "even to the most naive" that the "American, and not only, state security services are now permanently on an open line with life in Greece and recording data they consider utile for their 'counter-terrorism' policy".
In closing, the EA proclamation said that "the development of a revolutionary movement and rebellion in Europe and the US, and its linking with the liberation movements -- anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist -- in the rest of the world, is a prerequisite for the global overthrow of capitalism".
No dialogue with terrorist organizations, PASOK party spokesman says
Main opposition PASOK party spokesman Nikos Athanassakis said on Thursday that "there can be no dialogue whatsoever with terrorist organizations whatever they support in whatever text of theirs."
Source: Athens News Agency