With all the protests against the Mohammadoodles lately, some of us may have forgotten the riots that happened in France a few months ago. Not to worry, Greek anarchists are keeping the memory (and the flames) alive.
In the early hours of Saturday morning, the Greek newspaper "Eleftherotypia" received a phone call that a bomb was about to explode at a central Athens branch of the French bank BNP, as "an act of solidarity with the rioters of the French ghettos." The bomb, which consisted of one and a half kilos of dynamite and a timer, fortunately did not cause too much damage. The day before the bank bomb, there had been an arson attack at the Renault dealership at an Athens suburb. Four cars were doused with gasoline and set on fire. Eleftherotypia again received a telephone call from someone who said that the attack was organised by a "group of comrades" (no, no one from bloggie was involved that I know) and that it was "an act of solidarity towards the imprisoned revolutionaries of the organisation 'Action Directe' who are being held in French prisons for the last 19 years. The struggle continues".
Yes, the struggle continues, against parked cars, apparently. Here's a little background on Action Directe
. By the way, for the last 30 years Eleftherotypia has been the favourite medium for terrorists who like to call the newspaper to give warnings about pending bomb explosions or to explain their motives about murders they've committed. The newspaper used to publish these rambling "manifestos" of murder
, thus giving the killers the attention they craved.
Meanwhile in Salonica -- yes, we have anarchists in Salonica too. We may not be the capital of Greece -- as we rightfully should be since our city is smarter and prettier and gosh darn it people like us -- but we're not that woefully unhip as to not have anarchists. Anyway, in Salonica, someone set off three small bombs in two cars belonging to a Swedish diplomat. Okay, this one does not have to do with the French riots, I admit, but check it out: Eleftherotypia got the obligatory phone call which explained that this time the attack was a -- were you going to say "an act of solidarity"? You'd be right! The arson attack was "an act of solidarity towards bank robbers and people who are accused of belonging to the N17 terrorist group."
If someone has a good explanation about the correlation between cars of Swedish diplomats and Greek bank robbers, I would like to hear it. Oh, and I have another question: since everyone and their uncle is being phone-tapped in Greece
, would it have killed the spies to tap Eleftherotypia as well?