Mikis Mantakas: A Greek student who was murdered by Italian anarchists at age 22 for his nationalist beliefs
Mikis Mantakas was born in Athens, the son of retired Major General Nikos Mantakas. At age 18 Mikis traveled to Italy to study medicine, amidst great social turmoil in that country. Italy at the time was shaken by political unrest and violent clashes, particularly at the universities where rival political factions had daily demonstrations around the country, alongside strikes which paralyzed the nation, a government teetering on collapse, and deep corruption that pervaded throughout the entire political system. With the mafia exercising power over economic activity and political leaders despised in Italian public opinion, the Communist Party of Italy (PCI) led by Enrico Berlinguer began to preach Communism with a human face, which allowed his movement to climb to 35%. Berlinguer bragged that his party would create the first communist state in the West by election. The only force that stood up against their plans for Italy were the third-positionists of the Italian Social Movement (Movimento Sociale Italiano) and nationalist youth groups at the Universities.
On April 16th, 1974, anarchist paramilitaries firebombed the house of the General Secretary of the nationalist MSI, burning to death his two children, one who was 23 and another, Stefano Virgilio, who was only 8 years old.
After the capture of the culprits, an intense trial began. The police surrounded the building to protect it while Communists formed menacing squads. Leftist newspapers such as “Unita” and “Autonomia Operaia” organized rallies, demonstrations, and brazen protests where they chanted the slogan “Lollo libero!” (Lolo was the nickname of one of the killers) and rioted for days. On the fourth day of the trial, the MSI organized nationalists to denounce the inaction and incompetence of the government in dealing with Leftist terrorism and violence. The left considered this protest a fascist challenge.
Soon street fighting erupted outside the courthouse. Gunfire erupted, which caused a bystander outside the court to suffer a gunshot wound, while a reporter was hit with a brick. Inside the courtroom Mikis Mantakas watched the trial along with other members of the social-nationalist movement. At noon, the court interrupts the nationalists and expels them, so they decided to gather at local offices of the party. When the nationalists returned to the MSI’s offices, they found a mob of leftist thugs trying to enter the building, as well as an inferno of flames caused by Molotov cocktails in the corridor behind the main entrance. When the nationalists caught these cowards in the act, the Marxists and anarchists pulled out guns and began shooting.
One of the bullets pentetrated the skull of Mikis and broke off in his right temple. Mikis lost consciousness, but was still alive. His comrades carried him back into the office, waiting for medical attention. The police looked on, as little more than morbid spectators. Later, when they finally were able to get Mikis Mantakas into surgery, he drew his last breath. He was dying. The killer was Alvaro Lojacono, an activist for the Italian Communist Party and later a member of the Red Brigades, which is why he was sentenced in 1981 to 16 years in prison.
Mikis Mantakas was murdered in cold blood in Rome, collapsing on the street of Ottaviano 9 for protesting the brutal murder by the ultra-Left’s murder of two children of an Italian nationalist, including an 8 year old burned alive by some anarchist sociopaths and degenerates. The detained for this crime were ‘Lollo’, Clavo, and Grillo. Lollo only served part of his sentence then fled to Brazil, Grillo escaped to Nicaragua, and Marino Clavo is still in “hiding”, so many years later.
The Italian people however, do not forget the crimes that occurred on February 28th. Every year, without missing it, patriotic Italians gather in the square of the murder, re-named “Mikis Mantakas Square”, and commemorate with silence the name of a Greek nationalist, until with a mixture of melancholy and pride name him:
“MIKIS MANTAKAS- PRESENTE!”
Some would like to talk about the violence that plagued Italy at this time as a figment of the past. But is it true? In 2014 Greece, 6 members of the Hellenic Parliament are in prison without any charge, while at the same time Leftist terrorists are undisturbed in their spree of murder and mayhem and known thieves hold positions of power. On November 1st 2013, a similar situation as the above happened in front of the Golden Dawn offices in Iraklio, claiming two young victims once again. This is not something that is bound by time. The members of Left-wing paramilitary groups, who are casually released by Dendias, continue to violently terrorize the Greek people and legitimate political activity.
Giorgos Fountoulis and Manolis Kapelonis were murdered by two terrorists that remain at large, despite assurances of swift justice from the ruling junta. While the police are busy scheming to prevent Golden Dawn from participating in upcoming elections, real criminals and terrorists go free, especially when these terrorists agree and promote the agenda of the current Greek government against the Golden Dawn.