“We, the People’s Struggling Revolutionary Powers, claim responsibility for the political executions of the fascist members of neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn,” the group said in a statement posted on the Greek news portal Zougla.
An anonymous caller gave instructions for finding the tract, which was on a USB memory stick that was placed in a plastic bag and left at a location in the Athens suburb of Kaisariani, the news portal reported.
The proclamation begins with a quote from José Buenaventura Durruti Dumange – a key figure in the Spanish anarchist movement in the 1920s and 30 – that claims no government truly wants to combat fascism.
The authors of the proclamation say that the two Golden Dawn members, 22-year-old Manolis Kapelonis and 26-year-old Giorgos Fountoulis, were killed in a “political execution” in revenge for the murder of rapper Pavlos Fyssas, who was stabbed to death by another supporter of the Neo-Nazi party, Giorgos Roupakias.
The proclamation also dedicates the murders to immigrants and in a chilling warning to the extremists, says that the killings are just the start of the group’s campaign against Golden Dawn and its members.
A member of the police counter-terrorism division said it is studying the statement which wasn’t from any known terrorist group although Greek authorities earlier this month said they believed the murders were carried out by a terrorist group offshoot as a spate of them have sprung up in the last couple of years during a crushing economic crisis that was a springboard for Golden Dawn and its anti-immigrant stance to rise.
The party had been accused of carrying out assaults on immigrants, which it denied, and was soaring in popularity after winning 18 seats in Parliament in June 2012 until a government crackdown this month, with the arrest of its leader and hierarchy, denting its support after they were charged with operating a criminal gang. Four of them are in detention pending trial.
Greek officials said they feared that if the Golden Dawn murders were for vengeance that it could spark a new round of retaliation and cause social unrest as the coalition government led by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, the New Democracy Conservative party leader and his partner, the PASOK Socialists, are negotiating with international lenders and disagreeing over the size of a looming budget gap.