Leftists claim responsibility for Greek attacks

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In a statement published in Greek satirical weekly Pontiki, the far-left Popular Will group said it had targeted a company linked to controversial deals related to security contracts before the Athens Olympic Games in 2004.

Athens -- Leftist Greek militants claimed responsibility Thursday for bomb attacks on offices connected to corruption scandals involving German engineering giant Siemens and a state landswap with a monastery.

In a statement published in Greek satirical weekly Pontiki, the far-left Popular Will group said it had targeted a company linked to controversial deals related to security contracts before the Athens Olympic Games in 2004.

It also took responsibility for a March attack on public premises linked to the multi-million euro land swap between the state and the powerful Vatopedi monastery, behind the resignation of two ministers and the dismissal of other officials in a January cabinet reshuffle.

"These scandals, the commissions and the bribes, the clearance sale of public heritage... are signs of capitalist dominance," the group said in a text taken seriously by police.

Shortly before Wednesday's blast -- neither caused notable damage or injuries -- Greek officials issued an international arrest warrant for ex-Siemens Greece director Michalis Christophorakos after he failed to appear before a magistrate.

A wave of violence was unleashed in December when teenaged Alexis Grigoropoulos was shot dead by police in Athens, with organised groups picking up the baton after initial rioting and looting led by youths.

AFP/Expatica

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