Det er tre aktive voldelige venstreekstreme grupper i Hellas. En av dem, Sekt av revolusjonære, varsler at de vil bombe og angripe staten og samfunnet. Ingen er trygge, aller minst turistene. Hvis gruppen gjør alvor av sine trusler kan det bli ødeleggende for turisttrafikken. Skal dette være et forsvar for folket?

«Greece has entered a new phase of political violence by anarchist-oriented organisations that are more murderous, dangerous, capable and nihilistic than ever before,» said Athanasios Drougos, a defence and counter-terrorism analyst in Athens.

«For the first time we are seeing a nexus of terrorist and criminal activity,» he said. «These groups don’t care about collateral damage, innocent bystanders being killed in the process. They are very extreme.»

The threats came from a guerrilla group called the Sect of Revolutionaries, as it claimed credit for the murder of Sokratis Giolas, an investigative journalist. Giolas was shot dead outside his Athenian home on 19 July, in front of his pregant wife.

The gang promised to step up attacks on police, businessmen, prison guards and «corrupt» media – and, for the first time, threatened holidaymakers.

«Tourists should learn that Greece is no longer a safe haven of capitalism,» its declaration said.

«We intend to turn it into a war zone of revolutionary activity with arson, sabotage, violent demonstrations, bombings and assassinations, and not a country that is a destination for holidays and pleasure.»

In an accompanying picture, the group displayed an arsenal that included AK 47 assault rifles, semi-automatic pistols and brass knuckledusters.

«Our guns are full and they are ready to speak,» it said. «We are at war with your democracy.»

Gruppene har tett kontakt med gangstersyndikatene på Balkan og har ubegrenset tilgang på våpen derfra.

The Sect of Revolutionaries emerged from the rioting after a teenager, Alexis Grigoropoulos, was shot dead by a policeman in December 2008. The men and women thought to comprise its closely guarded ranks are in their late twenties and thirties and appear to espouse violence almost for the sake of it.

«We don’t do politics, we do guerilla warfare,» its members announced in the proclamation placed on the boy’s grave within hours of their first attack, on a police station, in February 2009. Two weeks later they sprayed the offices of a private television station with bullets. Three months after that, they claimed their first victim, Nectarios Savvas, a police officer protecting a state witness. Six people have died in separate attacks this year.

Last month another group, yet to be named, sent a parcel bomb wrapped up as a gift to the office of Michalis Chrysohoidis, the minister in charge of public security. It killed his chief aide.

Greece will be a war zone, Sect of Revolutionaries warns tourists