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    This article from guardian.co.uk

    Greece will be a war zone, Sect of Revolutionaries warns touristsSecurity forces fear wave of terror as austerity programme provokes strikes, protests, violence – and assassination

    Helena Smith Athens The Observer, Sunday 1 August 2010

    Greek security forces have warned of a wave of violence reminiscent of the terror that stalked Italy in the seventies after urban guerillas threatened last week to turn the country into a "war zone"
    "Greece has entered a new phase of political violence by anarchist-oriented organisations that are more murderous, dangerous, capable and nihilistic than ever before," said Athanasios Drougos, a defence and counter-terrorism analyst in Athens.

    "For the first time we are seeing a nexus of terrorist and criminal activity," he said. "These groups don't care about collateral damage, innocent bystanders being killed in the process. They are very extreme"
    The threats came from a guerrilla group called the Sect of Revolutionaries, as it claimed credit for the murder of Sokratis Giolas, an investigative journalist. Giolas was shot dead outside his Athenian home on 19 July, in front of his pregant wife.

    The gang promised to step up attacks on police, businessmen, prison guards and "corrupt" media – and, for the first time, threatened holidaymakers.

    "Tourists should learn that Greece is no longer a safe haven of capitalism," its declaration said.

    "We intend to turn it into a war zone of revolutionary activity with arson, sabotage, violent demonstrations, bombings and assassinations, and not a country that is a destination for holidays and pleasure."

    In an accompanying picture, the group displayed an arsenal that included AK 47 assault rifles, semi-automatic pistols and brass knuckledusters.

    "Our guns are full and they are ready to speak," it said. "We are at war with your democracy."

    The terror threat comes as Greek authorities endure a summer of strikes and escalating upheaval. Military trucks and petrol company vehicles were employed yesterday to alleviate a fuel shortage as more 30,000 lorry and tanker truck operators ignored a government order to return to work on pain of prosecution. Shortages were reported on many holiday islands and destinations in northern Greece where thousands of tourists are stranded


    The whole article can be found here:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010...aries-tourists
    Last edited by slowz1k; 08-05-2010, 01:06 PM.
    The 12ga.... It's not just for rabbits anymore.

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    Not to be flippant, but I'm just curious... if their fuel shortage continues and worsens, how quickly, and to what degree, will their infrastructure break down?

    That's one of my worst fears here in the states. Fuel trucks stop (for whatever reason). The ripple effect on other services would be massive. EVERYTHING comes by truck (eventually). I want to think we, as a people, would keep our whits, and stay calm while things were worked out, but I don't believe we would.

    I'll be watching Greece. Again, I hate to sound like I don't care, but watching how one democracy behaves in a REAL crisis is a good way to learn for ours. Also a good reminder to the doubters... this is not fiction. And those that say the machine can't break... they don't look past their local supermarket.

    RA

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    • #3
      RA wrote:
      but watching how one democracy behaves in a REAL crisis is a good way to learn for ours. Also a good reminder to the doubters... this is not fiction. And those that say the machine can't break... they don't look past their local supermarket.


      EXACTLY!!!
      The 12ga.... It's not just for rabbits anymore.

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      • #4
        Sheeple will always look the other way. You can show them all day long and it's just easier to bury their heads in the sand.

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