Urban guerrillas behind killings?

The previously unknown group Militant People’s Revolutionary Forces has claimed responsibility for killing two Golden Dawn-supporters in a drive-by shooting in Athens earlier this month.

Øyvind Strømmen

The group claimed that the attack was in retaliation for the murder of the anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas, to which a sympathizer of the Greek right-wing extremist political party Golden Dawn has confessed.

The Militant People’s Revolutionary Forces, a previously unknown group, made its proclamation by calling the Greek news site zougla.gr and telling it that a USB stick had been left in a garbage bag at the Kaisariani rifle range, where a monument stands in memory of more than 200 Greeks executed by Nazi forces during WWII. The 18-page text started with a quote from José Buenaventura Durruti Dumange, a central figure in the Spanish anarchist movement in the 1920s and 1930s, claiming that no government truly wants to combat fascism.

“The brazen murder of Pavlos Fissas was the drop of blood that made the glass overflow,” the text read, “The armed attack-response … is the starting point of the people’s campaign to send the neo-Nazi scum of Golden Dawn where they belong, to the dustbin of history”. Greek police have not confirmed the authenticity of the statement.

An opinion poll released on Saturday indicated that support for the extreme right-wing party, which is often described as neo-Nazi, has grown since the three men were shot, after having lost support after Fyssas’ death in September.

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About Øyvind Strømmen

Øyvind Strømmen is a Norwegian freelance journalist, author and managing editor of Hate Speech International. He has written extensively on the extreme right and other forms of extremism since 2007, and has published the Norwegian-language books Det mørke nettet (2011) and Den sorte tråden (2013), the first of which is also translated into Swedish, Finnish and French.
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