Greek radio station briefly seized by radicals


A privately-run radio station in Athens, Greece, FLASH 96, was taken over by a group of 30 anarchists. According to local reports the people who stormed the studio broadcast a message of support for an extremist group called Revolutionary Struggle.

The radical organization is known for firing a rocket-propelled grenade into the US Embassy in Athens in 2007. Eight alleged members of the group are currently on trial in Greece.

The takeover was apparently brief and the station continued with its regular broadcasting afterward. Police arrested about 20 of the protesters.

RBR-TVBR observation: This is a reminder of the importance of radio as a communications medium, even in this multi-platform age. It’s hard to imagine a political group storming a music station in the US, but in more turbulent areas of the world controlling a radio transmitter is still important for groups with a political agenda.