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Revolutionary tax is a major form of funding of terrorist organizations, and essentially a euphemism for "protection money"[1].

Revolutionary taxes are typically extorted from businesses, and they also "play a secondary role as one other means of intimidating the target population"[1].

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Examples

The Irish Provisional IRA and Corsican FLNC have extorted revolutionary taxes[2] as well as the following organizations.

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ETA

The Basque socialist terrorist organization ETA depends on revolutionary taxes[3][4][5]. Mainly small-to-medium businesses are extorted, 35 000 to 400 000 euros each, and this constitutes most of the budget of ETA, which is 10 million euros (2001)[6].

The Philippines

In the Philippines most local and foreign companies pay revolutionary taxes to the maoist New People's Army. According to the army, the tax is a major obstacle for the country's development.[7][8]

Colombia

The revolutionary taxes of Colombian guerilla movements have become more common in the 1980s and 1990s[9].

Nepal

The maoist guerillas of Nepal have also widely extorted revolutionary taxes[10].

Argentina

The national socialist Argentinian Movimiento Nacionalista Tacuara (MNT) demanded a "revolutionary tax" from many Jewish shops in Buenos Aires.

Soviet Russia

In the Soviet Russia, the bolshevik government decreed a revolutionary tax in November 2, 1918[11]. Although the bolshevik government already controlled the country, its opponents were still internationally recognized as the lawful rulers.

References

  1. ^ a b Detection of Terrorist Financing, U.S. National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), 2002
  2. ^ MONEY LAUNDERING AND TERRORISM FINANCING: AN OVERVIEW, Jean-François Thony, IMF.org, Seminar on Current Developments in Monetary and Financial Law Washington, D.C., May 7–17, 2002. "Money laundering and the financing of terrorism may be seen as distinct activities. ... sometimes discreetly called a “revolutionary tax” (ETA, FLNC, IRA)"
  3. ^ Terrorism versus democracy: the liberal state response, Paul Wilkinson, Frank Cass Publishers, 2001, p. 70
  4. ^ Suspected ETA supporters arrested in cross-border swoop Euronews 20/06/06
  5. ^ Terror, Fires, Hail: Holiday Time in Europe, ABC News
  6. ^ Counterterrorism: An Example of Co-operation, Juan Miguel Lian Macias, Ministry of Defence of Spain, 2002-2-22: "ETA is funded mainly from one source: the money it collects through extortion of small and medium businessmen, charging them the so-called "revolutionary tax". At present the amounts required are between 35,000 and 400,000 euros. The annual budget the terrorist organisation needs for the maintenance of its structures is estimated at around 10 million euros. Beyond the Spanish borders, ETA seeks links with similar groups and causes. Hence, it intends to gain the support of ideologically akin groups. It has or has had contacts with the Breton Revolutionary Army, with Corsican and Irish terrorist groups, with revolutionary groups from Latin America, etc."
  7. ^ Rebels' 'revolutionary tax' adds to cost of business in Philippines, N.Y.Times, October 20, 2004
  8. ^ Chapter 6 -- Terrorist Organizations, Country Reports on Terrorism 2007, U.S. Department of State
  9. ^ Negotiating with Terrorists - A Reassessment of Colombia's Peace Policy, NICOLAS URRUTIA, Stanford Journal of International Relations, vol. 3, issue 2, 2002
  10. ^ Trekking in the time of terrorism - The east is red with rhododendron and revolution, DAMBAR KRISHNA SHRESTHA, GUPHA POKHARI #243, 15.4.2005
  11. ^ Socialism: Still Impossible After All These Years, Peter J. Boettke & Peter T. Leeson, George Mason University, s. 13; Critical Review, Vol. 17, Autumn 2005

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