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Revolutionary Organization 17 November

The Revolutionary Organization 17 November (RO-17N, or 17N) is a Greek terrorist group that has carried out dozens of operations and whose members eluded capture for more than 25 years.

17N takes its name from the events of November 14–17, 1973, when a student protest against Greece's military dictatorship at the Athens Polytechneio was met with excessive police force: 34 protestors died and hundreds were injured. The military junta subsequently fell and was replaced by a civilian government in 1974.

No member of 17N had ever been arrested and interrogated until July 2002, thus information about the group's goals and leadership is gleaned largely from communiqués released by 17N after its attacks. The leadership of 17N seems to have hoped that the fall of the junta would bring about a Marxist, or a least a socialist, revolution. The election of the moderate, somewhat ...

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