A little-known anti-Fascist group said on Dec. 8 that it was behind a bomb attack on an office of Greece’s neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party this week that ripped through a wall and smashed windows but caused no injuries.
The dynamite-packed device was planted outside a branch of the party, whose popularity has surged during Greece’s debt crisis.
The Anti-Fascist Front said in an Internet statement that it was responsible for the pre-dawn attack near Athens. It said it was affiliated with the Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI,) a group which has claimed several attacks across Europe, mostly in Italy.
“We decided to hit Golden Dawn’s offices because we believe that you have to hit out at Fascists first, before they hit you,” the Front said. The authenticity of its claim could not immediately be verified and a Greek police source said the group was not known to the security services. Far-leftists previously had battled the neo-Nazis in a street battle as tension rises in the country between the extremist groups.