Far-left Anarchist extremists have been accused of setting fire to a local office of the Greek ruling New Democracy party in the Athens suburb of Nea Filadelfeia over the weekend.
Greek Minister of Development and Investment Adonis Georgiadis announced the attack on Sunday on social media platform Twitter, saying, “The miserable thugs of the Far Left burned the offices of our [local branch] with Molotov cocktails in Nea Filadelfeia.”
“We will rebuild it and better than before, we are not afraid of them!” Georgiadis added, and included several pictures of the burned-out office.
Οι άθλιοι τραμπούκοι της Άκρας Αριστεράς έκαψαν με μολότοφ τα γραφεία της Τοπικής μας στη Νέα Φιλαδέλφεια. Θα την ξαναφτιάξουμε και καλύτερη από πριν, δεν τους φοβόμαστε! pic.twitter.com/AhYI74Dqb2
— Άδωνις Γεωργιάδης (@AdonisGeorgiadi) February 7, 2021
According to the website for Greek television talk show programme Zougla, the group who carried out the attack did so in response to the imprisonment of far-left terrorist Dimitris Koufontinas who went on hunger strike at the beginning of January.
“For our part, we have a duty to support our partner by all means. If the demands are not met immediately, the attacks will be intensified both [in intensity and in frequency]. The pillars and crutches of urban democracy have material substance,” the group allegedly stated, the show said.
Last month, Athens police banned protests in favour of 59-year-old Dimitris Koufontinas, who was sentenced to life in prison for murders committed between 1975 and 200 as he was a member of the far-left terrorist Revolutionary Organization 17 November (17N).
The terrorist group was responsible for the murder of at least 23 people between 1975 and 2000, with their last victim British defence attache Brigadier Stephen Saunders being killed in the city of Athens in June of that year.
The attack on the New Democracy office comes just under a year after two far-left anarchist extremists in the city of Thessaloniki attempted to bomb the home of a former Greek government minister.
A 27-year-old mand and his 28-year-old female accomplice were caught by police as the man was attempting to detonate the explosive hidden in his backpack. After raiding four addresses connected to the pair, investigators found four more improvised explosive devices.
Greek police arrested two far-left extremists in Thessaloniki, after the pair attempted to set off explosives at the house of conservative former Minister of State Dimitris Stamatis. https://t.co/jcojcTXs1a
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) May 30, 2020