Cars torched outside Greek consulate in France
Police found graffiti on the consulate’s surroundings in support of the youth riots which have rocked Athens for the past few days.
BORDEAUX – Arsonists torched two cars outside a Greek consulate in southwestern France before dawn Thursday, scrawling slogans in support of the youth riots gripping Athens, police said.
Eight residents were evacuated unharmed from the consulate building, in the city of Bordeaux, and a door was damaged in the blaze, which broke out shortly after 3:00 am (0200 GMT).
Police found graffiti on a wall opposite the consulate, and on a nearby garage door, reading "Support for the fires in Greece", "Insurrection Everywhere" and "The Coming Insurrection".
The latter slogan is the name of a 2007 book seized as evidence last month following the arrest of seven people who were charged with sabotaging French high-speed rail lines.
France's interior ministry alleges the manifesto has inspired a network of potentially violent "ultra-left" anarchist groups.
Greece's right-wing government has been rocked by a week of running street battles with youths in Athens and other cities since police fatally shot a 15-year-old boy on Saturday.
French police have opened an investigation into the consulate attack.
[AFP / Expatica]
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