A new report from Europol has revealed details of Greece’s problem with far-left violence, with it claiming that anarchists here have access to “military-grade” weapons.
The European Union Terrorism Situation And Trend Report 2018 (TESAT) claimed Greece is among the few EU counties with a significant threat of violence from the far left.
“In 2017 courts in the Czech Republic, Greece and Spain heard left-wing terrorism cases, marking an increase in such cases compared to last year,” it reported.
It also stated that in 2017 in Greece “left-wing and anarchist terrorist groups and individuals continued to have enhanced operational capabilities and access to military-grade weapons.”
It said eight attacks involved the use of such weaponry, including IEDs in six incidents and firearms in two others.
Even attacks from anarchist groups or individuals which did not take place in Greece itself, were often tied to events in Greece, Europol said, ascribing incidents in France and Germany to terrorism in Greece.
Such incidents included letter bombs sent from Greece to the German finance minister in Berlin and another sent to the IMF in Paris which injured an employee who handled the device.
The Europol report also said: “Greek law enforcement discovered eight more parcel bombs at the sorting centre of the Hellenic Post Office in Athens. Synomosia Pyrinontis Fotias (Conspiracy of Cells of Fire) claimed responsibility merely for the [bomb] sent to Germany.
“In a similar attack in May, a parcel bomb exploded in the car of a former prime minister
of Greece injuring him and two police officers.”
It also laid the blame for two 2017 gun attacks on the offices of Greek political parties in Athens at the door of anarchist or far-left perpetrators.
At the same time, Europol reject claims that jihadi terrorists were “systematically using the migrant flow in 2017”. However, the report claimed it could “not rule out the possibility that these flows and/or posing as refugees might be used as a method in the future to enter Europe”.