ATHENS – The wife of jailed Revolutionary Struggle leader Nikos Maziotis, who was arrested last month in a shootout with police in a popular tourist area, said the group will strike again.
In a letter uploaded onto the anti-establishment website Indymedia late on Friday, Panagiota Roupa said Greek authorities had used his arrest “as a tool to stabilize a teetering government and to support a political and financial system built on shaky foundations.”
Roupa, who has been a fugitive since since violating the terms of her conditional release with Maziotis in July 2012 – granted because they hadn’t been brought to trial before a maximum 18-month detention period ended – said she would “not do police the favor” of turning herself in.
“Let them come and get me,” she said in tones as defiant as her husband’s, who refused to talk to a prosecutor or magistrate other than to spout revolutionary propaganda.
A few days after the exchange of fire with Maziotis in central Athens, police raided the apartment in Maroussi where the couple had been living with their child.
Roupa mocked claims that police had been monitoring Maziotis before his arrest. “We were passing right in front of them. We saw them and they didn’t see us,” said Roupa who has a million-euro bounty on her head.
Revolutionary Struggle remains “a serious political threat to the status quo” and will continue its armed struggle, she said. The group opposes Greece’s participation with international lenders who demanded harsh austerity measures in return for bailouts.