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Escaped terrorist vows in video to fight government

Man vanished while on 7-day family leave

  • In this Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 screen image, member of the Greek November 17 terrorist group Christodoulos Xiros makes an Internet statement posted Monday and purportedly written by him on Jan. 14 which rails against the Greek financial crisis. Xiros, a  fugitive who vanished on furlough from prison while serving six life sentences for left-wing bombings and shootings has vowed a return to armed action, in a video posted Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 on the Internet. Seen in the background from left to right are portraits of Argentine Revolutionary Che Guevara, Greek Independence War heroes Georgios Karaiskakis and Theodoros Kolokotronis, and World War II Greece guerrilla resistance leader Aris Velouchiotis. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    In this Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 screen image, member of the Greek November 17 terrorist group Christodoulos Xiros makes an Internet statement posted Monday and purportedly written by him on Jan. 14 which rails against the Greek financial crisis. Xiros, a fugitive who vanished on furlough from prison while serving six life sentences for left-wing bombings and shootings has vowed a return to armed action, in a video posted Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 on the Internet. Seen in the background from left to right are portraits of Argentine Revolutionary Che Guevara, Greek Independence War heroes Georgios Karaiskakis and Theodoros Kolokotronis, and World War II Greece guerrilla resistance leader Aris Velouchiotis. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

  • FILE - In this Thursday, March 6, 2003 suspected member of the November 17 terrorist group Christodoulos Xiros, center, is escorted by police officers as he enters a courtroom at Athens' Korydallos maximum security prison. Xiros, who is serving six life sentences for participating in a left-wing terrorist organization, and who vanished during a weeklong furlough from prison earlier this month, purportedly posted on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 a statement on an Internet site vowing a return to armed action. (AP Photo/Aris Messinis, File)

    FILE - In this Thursday, March 6, 2003 suspected member of the November 17 terrorist group Christodoulos Xiros, center, is escorted by police officers as he enters a courtroom at Athens' Korydallos maximum security prison. Xiros, who is serving six life sentences for participating in a left-wing terrorist organization, and who vanished during a weeklong furlough from prison earlier this month, purportedly posted on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 a statement on an Internet site vowing a return to armed action. (AP Photo/Aris Messinis, File)

  • FILE - In this Thursday, March 6, 2003 suspected member of the November 17 terrorist group Christodoulos Xiros, center, is escorted by police officers as he enters a courtroom at Athens' Korydallos maximum security prison. Xiros, who is serving six life sentences for participating in a left-wing terrorist organization, and who vanished during a weeklong furlough from prison earlier this month, purportedly posted on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 a statement on an Internet site vowing a return to armed action. (AP Photo/Aris Messinis, File)

    FILE - In this Thursday, March 6, 2003 suspected member of the November 17 terrorist group Christodoulos Xiros, center, is escorted by police officers as he enters a courtroom at Athens' Korydallos maximum security prison. Xiros, who is serving six life sentences for participating in a left-wing terrorist organization, and who vanished during a weeklong furlough from prison earlier this month, purportedly posted on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 a statement on an Internet site vowing a return to armed action. (AP Photo/Aris Messinis, File)

  • FILE - In this Friday, March 7, 2003 file photo, Christodoulos Xiros, a member of the November 17 terrorist group, sits inside a courtroom at Athens' Korydallos maximum security prison. Xiros, who is serving six life sentences for participating in a left-wing terrorist organization, and who vanished during a weeklong furlough from prison earlier this month, purportedly posted on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 a statement on an Internet site vowing a return to armed action. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

    FILE - In this Friday, March 7, 2003 file photo, Christodoulos Xiros, a member of the November 17 terrorist group, sits inside a courtroom at Athens' Korydallos maximum security prison. Xiros, who is serving six life sentences for participating in a left-wing terrorist organization, and who vanished during a weeklong furlough from prison earlier this month, purportedly posted on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 a statement on an Internet site vowing a return to armed action. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

  • FILE - In this Friday, March 7, 2003 file photo, Christodoulos Xiros, a member of the November 17 terrorist group, sits inside a courtroom at Athens' Korydallos maximum security prison. Xiros, who is serving six life sentences for participating in a left-wing terrorist organization, and who vanished during a weeklong furlough from prison earlier this month, purportedly posted on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 a statement on an Internet site vowing a return to armed action. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

    FILE - In this Friday, March 7, 2003 file photo, Christodoulos Xiros, a member of the November 17 terrorist group, sits inside a courtroom at Athens' Korydallos maximum security prison. Xiros, who is serving six life sentences for participating in a left-wing terrorist organization, and who vanished during a weeklong furlough from prison earlier this month, purportedly posted on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 a statement on an Internet site vowing a return to armed action. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

  • In this Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 screen image, member of the Greek November 17 terrorist group Christodoulos Xiros makes an Internet statement posted Monday and purportedly written by him on Jan. 14 which rails against the Greek financial crisis. Xiros, a  fugitive who vanished on furlough from prison while serving six life sentences for left-wing bombings and shootings has vowed a return to armed action, in a video posted Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 on the Internet. Seen in the background from left to right are portraits of Argentine Revolutionary Che Guevara, Greek Independence War heroes Georgios Karaiskakis and Theodoros Kolokotronis, and World War II Greece guerrilla resistance leader Aris Velouchiotis. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    In this Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 screen image, member of the Greek November 17 terrorist group Christodoulos Xiros makes an Internet statement posted Monday and purportedly written by him on Jan. 14 which rails against the Greek financial crisis. Xiros, a fugitive who vanished on furlough from prison while serving six life sentences for left-wing bombings and shootings has vowed a return to armed action, in a video posted Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 on the Internet. Seen in the background from left to right are portraits of Argentine Revolutionary Che Guevara, Greek Independence War heroes Georgios Karaiskakis and Theodoros Kolokotronis, and World War II Greece guerrilla resistance leader Aris Velouchiotis. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

  • In this Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 screen image, member of the Greek November 17 terrorist group Christodoulos Xiros makes an Internet statement posted Monday and purportedly written by him on Jan. 14 which rails against the Greek financial crisis. Xiros, a  fugitive who vanished on furlough from prison while serving six life sentences for left-wing bombings and shootings has vowed a return to armed action, in a video posted Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 on the Internet. Seen in the background from left to right are portraits of Argentine Revolutionary Che Guevara, Greek Independence War heroes Georgios Karaiskakis and Theodoros Kolokotronis, and World War II Greece guerrilla resistance leader Aris Velouchiotis. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
  • FILE - In this Thursday, March 6, 2003 suspected member of the November 17 terrorist group Christodoulos Xiros, center, is escorted by police officers as he enters a courtroom at Athens' Korydallos maximum security prison. Xiros, who is serving six life sentences for participating in a left-wing terrorist organization, and who vanished during a weeklong furlough from prison earlier this month, purportedly posted on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 a statement on an Internet site vowing a return to armed action. (AP Photo/Aris Messinis, File)
  • FILE - In this Thursday, March 6, 2003 suspected member of the November 17 terrorist group Christodoulos Xiros, center, is escorted by police officers as he enters a courtroom at Athens' Korydallos maximum security prison. Xiros, who is serving six life sentences for participating in a left-wing terrorist organization, and who vanished during a weeklong furlough from prison earlier this month, purportedly posted on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 a statement on an Internet site vowing a return to armed action. (AP Photo/Aris Messinis, File)
  • FILE - In this Friday, March 7, 2003 file photo, Christodoulos Xiros, a member of the November 17 terrorist group, sits inside a courtroom at Athens' Korydallos maximum security prison. Xiros, who is serving six life sentences for participating in a left-wing terrorist organization, and who vanished during a weeklong furlough from prison earlier this month, purportedly posted on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 a statement on an Internet site vowing a return to armed action. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)
  • FILE - In this Friday, March 7, 2003 file photo, Christodoulos Xiros, a member of the November 17 terrorist group, sits inside a courtroom at Athens' Korydallos maximum security prison. Xiros, who is serving six life sentences for participating in a left-wing terrorist organization, and who vanished during a weeklong furlough from prison earlier this month, purportedly posted on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 a statement on an Internet site vowing a return to armed action. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)
  • In this Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 screen image, member of the Greek November 17 terrorist group Christodoulos Xiros makes an Internet statement posted Monday and purportedly written by him on Jan. 14 which rails against the Greek financial crisis. Xiros, a  fugitive who vanished on furlough from prison while serving six life sentences for left-wing bombings and shootings has vowed a return to armed action, in a video posted Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 on the Internet. Seen in the background from left to right are portraits of Argentine Revolutionary Che Guevara, Greek Independence War heroes Georgios Karaiskakis and Theodoros Kolokotronis, and World War II Greece guerrilla resistance leader Aris Velouchiotis. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

A Greek fugitive who vanished on furlough from prison while serving six life sentences for being in a deadly terrorist organization has vowed a return to armed action.

Christodoulos Xiros railed against the handling of Greece’s financial crisis and threatened the media, the judiciary and the Greek government in an internet post yesterday.

“I once again decided to make the guerrilla rifle thunder against those who stole our lives and sold our dreams to make a profit,” Xiros said.

The posting included a video of him reading a seven-page statement, the text itself and a photo of him in front of pictures of 19th-century Greek resistance fighters and Latin American rebel Che Guevara. His lawyer, Frangiskos Ragoussis, confirmed the posting was genuine.

Xiros, 55, was convicted in 2003 along with two of his brothers of belonging to the November 17 organization. The group, which emerged in the mid-1970s, claimed responsibility for a series of deadly bombings and shootings against foreign diplomats and Greek politicians and businessmen over nearly three decades.

Xiros vanished Jan. 7 while on a seven-day leave from prison to visit his family.

In his statement yesterday, Xiros also slammed the extreme right-wing Golden Dawn party and invited Greece’s security forces to join with him.

Conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras responded late yesterday: “We will not be stopped by the various types of extremists or by the threats made by terrorists.”

He vowed to tighten controls on convicts considered dangerous. “We will close every gap and loophole in a system that appears to be designed for the well-being of extremists rather than the safety of the citizenry.”

Xiros described Greece and other European countries as having become colonies under “German occupation.” Germany is the single largest contributor toward international rescue loans that Greece has been relying on since 2010. In return, the country has had to impose harsh austerity measures that have led to spiraling unemployment and a plunge in living standards.

“If we ever meet again, which I don’t hope (and neither should you) you will do well to kill me. Because if you take me captive again, I will leave again to fight you to the end,” Xiros said.

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