Terrorists threaten to turn Greece into a ‘war zone’ August 2, 2010Posted by Yilan in Yunanistan.
Tags: Greece, Terrorists
An urban guerrilla group has threatened to turn Greece into a ‘war zone’ this summer.
The group, known as the Sect of Revolutionaries, warned tourists that the country should no longer be regarded as a ‘safe haven’.
The Sect of Revolutionaries emerged after a teenage boy was killed in riots in the country in 2008
The terrorists issued a leaflet threatening to cause mayhem during the peak holiday season.
The leaflet stated: ‘We are at war with your democracy. Tourists should know that Greece is no longer a safe haven of capitalism.
‘We intend to turn it into a war zone of revolutionary activity, with arson, sabotage, violent demonstrations, bomb attacks, and assassinations.’
The guerrillas, however, said they would not carry out indiscriminate attacks and made no direct threat to tourists.
The militant group handed over a CD to an Athens newspaper containing a statement and photographs of their arsenal, which included 17 handguns and automatic weapons, assorted gun-magazines and ammunition, a knife and brass knuckles.
In a statement, the Greek government insisted that there was no danger to tourists or the Greek public. It said: ‘Any terrorist activity is taken seriously and is dealt with by highly trained officers. All appropriate security measures are being put in place to uphold safety of tourists and that of the public.’
The British Foreign Office has not changed its travel advice to tourists but urges British visitors to the country to remain vigilant.
A statement on the FCO website says: ‘There is a general threat from domestic terrorism, which has been on the increase in recent months. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers’.
The Sect of Revolutionaries first emerged in 2008 after riots in Greece, which were sparked by the police’s fatal shooting of a teenage boy.
The group has claimed responsibility for the murder of a Greek journalist, who was shot outside his home last month.
Violent attacks have recently been on the increase in Greece. A bomb exploded outside the Greek parliament in Athens in January and a local boy was killed by a second explosion in the Greek capital in March. In June, a police officer was killed by an explosive device in an attack against the Ministry of Civil Protection.
Holidaymakers in Greece also face food and fuel shortages due to a strike by truck and tanker drivers, which was launched last Monday.
Workers have reacted angrily to economic austerity measures that the debt-ridden government has implemented in exchange for €110bn in emergency aid.
The 33,000-strong union of truck drivers is protesting about government plans to open up the freight industry, which is one of many ‘closed-shop’ professions, to make the industry more competitive.
Some tourists were also caught up in flight delays and cancellations after air traffic controllers began ‘working to rule’.
On the Greek islands, vital food stuff and medicines are reported to be in short supply.