The notorious terrorist is in the hands of the Police after an intensive gunfire in Monastiraki. His profile and actions from 1994 until today. At noon Wednesday, the Hellenic Police arrested Nikos Maziotis, after a scuffle. It all started at the intersection of Athinas and Ermou, when the Police was alerted on a suspicious person, who brought a gun inside a store. Members of team DIAS reached the point an when they saw Maziotis, he opened fire against them, with the officers to reciprocating. They then tracked him through Pandrosou to Metropoleos, where the second scuffle occured, during which Maziotis, a policeman and two tourists were injured.
The arrested was wearing a wig and two other people got involved in the shootout holding grenades. The policeman hurt his thigh and was moved to 401 Military Hospital, while Maziotis was taken to Evangelismos with injuries in his arm and abdomen. According to doctors, he suffered punctures in his artery and was operated immediately.
Strong security measures at Evangelismos
Strong police forces are around the Evangelismos Hospital, which has amended all emergency cases and transferred them to other departments. The two tourists, an Australian and a German, were transported to the hospital for first aid and the Police announced that their injuries aren’t serious.
Who is Nikos Maziotis?
Maziotis is considered a leading member of the organization “Revolutionary Struggle” and remained disappeared since 2011, after his release, because of the lapse of the 18-month temporary detention. At his expense, the decision of the three-member Appeals Felony Athens is pending, which has ordered a total of 50 years in prison for his involvement in the “Revolutionary Struggle”.
Last January, the Ministry of Public Order asked for his arrest, as he was identified as one of the perpetrators of an armed robbery at a branch of the National Bank in Methana Trizinias, in July 2013. “I regret only because this technical error. For nothing else. If you condemn, that you will, nothing will change. Besides, prison is a school for every social revolutionary, as his mental strength is tested. And if he lasts, he will have more faith in those, for which he was imprisoned”. With these words he apologized in court for placing an explosive device in 1997, in the Ministry of Development. These words reflect the psyche of a terrorist who is timeless headache for the Greek police. A terrorist who doesn’t look like all the others, because he claims authorship of several “orphan” hits. It wasn’t the first time that the anarchist was before the court. In 1990 he called himself a total denier of conscription refusing military or any other kind of alternative service. Tried by court-martial in 1991 and imprisoned for four months. In 1992 he was arrested again, but after 51 days on hunger strike he was released. Years later, the Military Service of Central Macedonia sent an urgent telegram to the Exarcheion Police Department, asking them to inform him about his military issues and urging him to present himself at Lamia Infantry Battalion on 13th of January of 2014! Surreal situations!
Two years later, in 1994, he was arrested in the capture of ASOEE after a police raid. Not only he was involved in the occupation of the Polytechnic in 1995, but is among the 500 arrested. He supports conscious participation, something that cost him 12 months suspended sentence.
And start the ... explosions!
On January 13th, 1998 he was arrested by the Counter-Terrorism Department, after several days of monitoring. They identified the footprint of an explosive device that was placed in the Ministry of Development, but didn’t explode on 6th of December of 1997. At his home in Kamatero, 10 pounds of explosive and three weapons were found. Thus he was accused for “attempted explosion”, “supply, possession and manufacture of explosives and bombs” and also for “aggravated possession of weapons and explosives”. The responsibility was undertaken then by the organization "Anarchist Urban Guerrilla”… After initial denial, with his letter to “E” after completing almost 18 months detention, he “assumed full political responsibility for his actions in solidarity with the struggle of residents Strymonikos, against ecological disaster that occurs from investments of the multinational company TVX GOLD. The Anarchist Urban Guerrilla is me. I built it myself and I placed the improvised device in the Ministry of Industry and Development. Anything found in the house of Sparta Road 13 is exclusively mine. I don’t consider myself an armed rebel, but a social rebel. I scramble to the extent of my individual forces to overthrow the State and the existing social system, without rejecting any form of action or hierarchies as some superior than another” he said. At the same time he rejects the assertion of the authorities that he had “intent to cause danger to human lives” arguing to judges and juries that he only intended to cause minor damage to the Ministry. First instance he was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment. The sentence was reduced and he was released after 3.5 years in August 2001. The appeal was heard on 10/01/2001 and Maziotis expressed his views in a written statement, stating, inter alia:
“The Court of Appeal, where I’m judged on second instance for the bomb attack in Development Ministry, act in solidarity with the residents Strymonikos villages, who are struggling against the establishment of the gold industry multinational TVX GOLD, evolved in summary court martial proceedings similar to that of the State Security Court of Turkey. I refuse to continue in this staged process of censorship and silencing of my case”.
And that's how we entered the new millennium! With complaints about the terrorist!
In January 2004 he denounced “an accident, possibly resulting in fatal injury” from a motorcycle of counterterrorism without plaques, which was watching him (...) The fact that I was slightly injured by falling is just luck. Thus, it seems that that I’m monitored occasionally in an indiscriminate way, when harder methods aren’t used. The accident, possibly resulting in fatal injuries, showed boundless vengeance of security mechanisms against militant prisons and that persecutions can’t win. Their attempt to terrorize has already failed” he mentioned. In June 2007, with a new letter to “E”, among other he refers to “indiscriminate surveillance” after the attack against the U.S. embassy for “peculiar imprisonment”, which he doesn’t intend to accept, neither leaks to the press designed to make him suspicious. Four months after, he complains subpoenas from his house in Ano Liosia to the police station without a known reason. Policeman hit him, while he was wearing handcuffs “just because he’s an anarchist”. Then he was transported to police headquarters, where he was declared a suspect of robbery in Ilion. After six hours he was released after a negative recognition process control. “In a period, where for a long time I’m under observation as a suspect of armed group they arrested me for armed robbery, something that is still a regular incrimination” he stated in his complaint.
On 5th and 10th of December 1997, the first labeled as eco-terrorist attacks in Greece were done. By placing the bomb that didn’t explode in 05/12/1997 at the Ministry of Industry, in Michalakopoulou, five days later, a bomb in the political office of the then Development Minister Vaso Papandreou, 15 Omirou Street, in the center of Athens. The warning call was made to “Eleftherotypia” on 10.12.1997, an hour before the explosion, but had wrong time on the hit. Two and a half hours after the explosion, with a call to SKAI, the responsibility was assumed by the Militant Guerrilla Formation, by stating that “the attack was carried out against the plans for the extraction of gold from the mines of Halkidiki and the destruction caused to the environment of the Canadian company TVX”. The formation had already assumed responsibility for earlier bombings in the building Electrical - Mechanical (13.11.1996) of Polytechnic, the Embassy of Peru (30.12.1996), the home of Mary Bossi, former adviser of the Minister Stelios Papathemelis (23.2. 1997), the airline Alitalia (3.4.1997) and the car company Lancia (16.4.1997). On 13th of January 1998 the police arrested Maziotis again and simultaneously made 16 arrests (six women) on the 12th floor of police headquarters. On 07/12/1997, already arrived at the office of the Minister for Primary Order, Romaiou, from the laboratories of the Division of Criminal Investigation, was the first evidence of the fingerprints found on the duct tape bomb outside the Ministry of Industry. It was from the left index finger of 27 years old then Maziotis. After counterterrorism watched him for more than a month, in order to identify possible synergies and interfaces, he was arrested in his house at Peristeri. The home was rented, while inside a large quantity of explosives and weapons, as 9.740 g . explosive, one pistol 9 mm Zastava, 1 revolver 38 mm Smith and Wesson, 4 woolen hoods, 2 magazines, 148 bullets, two wire coils, one military canteen with felt, adhesive clips that inscribed “beautiful shops beautifully burn” were found among others. Maziotis, son of a taxman, in the previous time was unemployed and had just found a job at a forge. Among those arrested that day was the then 29 year old Pola Roupa...
The Revolutionary Struggle
The Revolutionary Struggle, with 15 hits between 2003 and 2009, made its debut in September 2003 with twin bombings in the buildings of the former Police Academy, the day of Giotopoloulos’ plea bargain. Maziotis and Roupa are arrested in April 2010, while the Police announced that in their home in Kalyvion they seized hard disk with old notices of Revolutionary Struggle, tender plans for future terrorist attacks, as well as handwritten drafts notices. However, they were released on bail in October 2011, after the 18-month detention passed... The limiting conditions for prohibition to leave the country, stay in Attica and presence of three times a month at the police department was “violated” in June 2012, when their tracks were lost. In April 2013, the two fugitives were sentenced to 50 years in prison for their involvement in the Revolutionary Struggle. On 11/10/2013, a text of theirs was published on the Internet text on the murdering of Pavlos Fyssas from members of Golden Dawn. On 30/10/2013, finally, Maziotis with a new intervention refers to a state propaganda against him, by engaging his name in robberies at Methana and Velestino. Until today he was missing. The Police did surveys in the center of Athens as it had at its disposal information according to which the number one wanted man in the last three years, was in the capital.