Two Greek anarchist groups have take responsibility for an explosion at the Athens Mall, the country’s largest shopping center, that injured two security guards and escalated political violence that has begun a war of words between the New Democracy Conservatives of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and the major opposition Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA).
The two previously unknown groups, Wild Freedom and Instigators of Social Explosion said they had staged the attack to protest against wealthy “capitalists” and raids against squatters occupying an abandoned building that authorities said has been used to house Leftist and anarchist groups and store weapons used in riots against the government.
Police could not confirm the authenticity of the claims. “For us, the mall and every mall is a cemetery for people and real values. That’s why we hit it,” the groups said in a joint statement on a Leftist website often used by groups to claim responsibility for attacks. “Those murdered by capitalism are buried in the foundations of malls,” it said.
New Democracy has accused SYRIZA of fostering violence with the Leftists shooting back that the government is staging raids as a pretext to divert attention from new austerity measures that are imposing more pay cuts, tax hikes and slashed pensions on workers, pensioners and the poor.