Who killed 15-year old Hamidullah Najafi and blinded his 11-year old sister? (or, how far is Patisia from Piazza Fontana?)
Three days past the deadly blast in Patisia, Athens and the mystery around the attack remains. Police and media were (very) quick to put blame on the “conspiracy of cells of fire”, even if the group issued a credible-sounding statement denying any involvement in the attack. It is important to remember that in the cases when urban guerrilla attacks have resulted in innocents’ deaths, the groups have been quick to pick blame (as happened with the 20-year old Thanos Aksarlian, an innocent passer-by killed by the group November 17, in 1992).
But then, who placed the bomb without warning, who killed 15-year old Hamidullah Najafi and (as the latest news indicate), permanently blinded his 11-year old sister?
There are two main scenaria regarding the attack. The first, much-promoted by the cops and media, is that it is either the “conspiracy cells” or another “extreme left” urban guerrilla group, whose operation went wrong and who won’t, in most likelihood, claim responsibility, due to the boy’s tragic death.
The second scenario, now slowly surfacing in the mainstream media too, is that far-right groupings might be the ones behind the attack: what happened in Patisia might be the response on the side of the far-right to the bombing of the office of the neo-nazi group “Golden Dawn” a few days ago. Should this be true, we would find ourselves faced with the Greece’s very own “strategy of tension”; Patisia might be proven to be a Greek Piazza Fontana.
As of yet, we can have no solid clues of what is going on. Yet, the horrid scenario is strengthened by the fact that, as admitted by the police, there are some similarities between the attack in Patisia and a couple of attacks that took place a little while ago in Thessaloniki against two anti-authoritarian spaces: in all three cases, the explosive material had been placed in similar metallic tubes. The difference, claim the police, is that the attacks in Thessaloniki used a detonating fuse – not a clock, as was the case in Athens. Neither of the attacks in Thessaloniki were accompanied by any communiques and it is widely believed that far-right, para-statal groups were behind them.