Friday, January 11, 2013

Makeshift Bomb Attacks Explode At Homes Of Greek Journalists

Coordinated attacks with makeshift bombs exploded outside the homes of five well-known mainstream journalists early on Friday morning in the areas of Aghia Paraskevi, Lycabettus, Penteli and Maroussi. Among those targeted were the editor of the semi-official Athens News Agency and a host of MEGA Channel's morning talk show.

Press report said that the incendiary devices, consisting of two gas canisters, were detonated between the hours of 03.40 and 04.45 am. Fire-fighters rushed to scene, but luckily there was no need to intervene because the fires were minor.

The attacks came several days after scattered protests against a police raid to clear several anarchist squats that were illegally being occupied by radical leftists and anti-establishment groups.

The Greek government quickly condemned the attacks. Government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou said that it was an attempt to openly terrorize the media, which is "a vital part of our democracy." He noted the attacks came a day after protesters barged into a radio station in solidarity with those arrested at the squat.

The attacks occurred as follows: At 03.40 there was an attack of MEGA host George Economou, at 04.10 the home of Anthony Liarou was attacked, and at 04.15 the home of Skyllakou Anthony was also attacked. At the same time, an explosion occurred in Maroussi or at the home of Mr. Konsta, while at  04.45 another bomb exploded at Peter Karsioti's house.

Later on in the morning, MEGA talk show -George Economou- said "the only thing that really terrifies me is that there are people who think that can change the world this way, or that they can play such games."

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