Epanastatikos Laikos Agonas
Revolutionary Popular Struggle
Popular Revolutionary Struggle
Organization of Revolutionary Internationalist
Extreme leftist group that developed from opposition
to the military junta that ruled Greece from 1967
to 1974. Formed in 1971, ELA is a self-described
revolutionary, anticapitalist, and anti-imperialist
group that has declared its opposition to "imperialist
domination, exploitation, and oppression."
Strongly anti-US and seeks the removal of US military
forces from Greece.
Since 1974 has conducted bombings against Greek
Government and economic targets as well as US
military and business facilities. In 1986 stepped
up attacks on Greek Government and commercial
interests. Raid on a safehouse in 1990 revealed
a weapons cache and direct contacts with other
Greek terrorist groups, including 1 May and Revolutionary
Solidarity. In 1991, ELA and 1 May claimed joint
responsibility for more than 20 bombings. Greek
police believe they have established links between
ELA and Revolutionary Organization 17 November.
Although ELA has not claimed an attack since January
1995, other groups have emerged with similar modus
operandi. Of these, Revolutionary Nuclei (a.k.a.
Revolutionary Cells) appears most likely to be
the successor group to ELA.
Location/Area of Operation
Received weapons and other assistance from international
terrorist Carlos during 1980s. Currently no known