Friday 18 January 2019

Athens shops smashed in support of Greek mail bomb suspect

More than a dozen people carrying iron bars and hammers have attacked commercial properties in the capital.

Extra officers have been drafted in to deal with trouble (AP)
Extra officers have been drafted in to deal with trouble (AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

Two hundred extra police officers are to patrol Athens as anarchist groups continue a campaign of attacks in support of a jailed bombing suspect accused of wounding former prime minister Lucas Papademos.

The 70-year-old Mr Papademos was seriously injured last year when he opened a parcel bomb in his car.

A 29-year-old man accused of mailing the parcel is on a hunger and thirst strike to protest over his transfer from an Athens prison to a jail in a town in central Greece. The suspect is currently in hospital.

More than a dozen youths carrying hammers and iron bars attacked shops in central Athens on Friday, damaging several storefronts.

It is the second such attack on a commercial street this week. No-one was injured in either incident.

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