Es­caped N17 con­vict vows to re­turn to armed ac­tion

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Po­lice yes­ter­day re­dou­bled their ef­forts to lo­cate the fugi­tive Novem­ber 17 con­vict Christodou­los Xeros af­ter the 55-yearold posted a video and a let­ter on the In­ter­net herald­ing his re­turn to ter­ror­ism and ap­peal­ing to mem­bers of left­ist and an­ar­chist guer­rilla groups to unite in armed ac­tion in protest against on­go­ing aus­ter­ity in Greece.

Xeros, who has been on the run since he ab­sconded dur­ing a nine-day prison fur­lough that be­gan on Jan­uary 1, de­scribed him­self as “a free mem­ber of Novem­ber 17” in the let­ter posted on the Indy­media web­site and called on mem­bers of left­ist and an­ar­chist guer­rilla groups to “unite” against politi­cians, union­ists, jour­nal­ists and po­lice. “It is our duty to light the fuse,” he said, adding that he had “once again taken the de­ci­sion to wield the guer­rilla ri­fle against those who stole our lives and sold our dreams for a profit.”

In a video fea­tur­ing Xeros speak­ing in front of a back­drop with pic­tures of Che Gue­vara, Greek in­de­pen­dence he­roes and a re­sis­tance fighter in World War Two, the fugi­tive called for im­me­di­ate ac­tion. “What are we wait­ing for?” he said. “If we don’t re­act now, im­me­di­ately, we will cease to ex­ist as a na­tion, as a civ­i­liza­tion.”

Ac­cord­ing to sources, the video and let­ter were prob­a­bly com­piled in two parts – on De­cem­ber 31, the day be­fore Xeros left prison on his fur­lough – and on Jan­uary 14, the date men­tioned at the end of his let­ter. It was the sev­enth fur­lough granted to the 55-year-old, who was serv­ing mul­ti­ple life terms in At­tica’s high-se­cu­rity Ko­ry­dal­los Prison fol­low­ing his con­vic­tion in 2003.

Speak­ing to re­porters, Pub­lic Or­der Min­is­ter Nikos Den­dias said he re­fused to com­ment on “the thoughts of whichever ter­ror­ist, es­pe­cially those of Christodou­los Xeros.” “The only thing I can do is re­as­sure Greek so­ci­ety that au­thor­i­ties are metic­u­lously do­ing their duty to put in prison those who be­long there,” he said.

Later, dur­ing a speech at an event or­ga­nized by the Greek-Ger­man Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try, Prime Min­is­ter An­to­nis Sa­ma­ras said his gov­ern­ment would “not be stopped by the threats of ter­ror­ists.”

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