Arson attack on Greek embassy in Prague, likely by anarchists
Prague – Unknown perpetrators hurled a flammable substance in the garden of the Greek embassy in Prague early Thursday, likely to protest the jailing of an anarchist in Greece, officials and an embassy source said.
The resulting fire consumed a bush and damaged the embassy’s entrance door, said Pavlina Adamcova, a spokeswoman for the city’s firefighters.
Police said the embassy was empty during the attack, which took place shortly after midnight and caused damage amounting to 20,000 koruny (1,036 dollars).
The attack appeared to have been committed by anarchists protesting the imprisonment of Giannis Dimitraki, a Greek anarchist activist sentenced to 35 years in prison for a bank robbery in Athens in 2006. Dimitraki currently is appealing the case in Greece.
The protesters sprayed an anarchist sign – the encircled letter A – and the tried man’s first name on the building’s wall, an embassy employee told the German Press Agency dpa.
“They obviously wanted to draw attention to … the trial in Greece,” said the employee, who asked that her name be withheld, as she is not authorized to speak to the press.
Reports said that a similar attack in support of Dimitraki’s release also took place at the country’s embassy in Buenos Aires, where police detained five people after a brief scuffle.
Four Injured in Attack on Greek Embassy in Argentina
BUENOS AIRES – Four people were injured and five others arrested in a clash between police and a group of protesters who threw stones and fire bombs at the Greek Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentine police said.
The protesters are members of an anarchist group that is demanding the release of Giannis Dimitrakis, a Greek anarchist sentenced to 35 years in prison for a 2006 attack on a bank in Athens.
Three police officers and one of the detained protesters were hospitalized for treatment of wounds sustained in the disturbance.
The clash started when demonstrators tried to set fire Tuesday to the door of the embassy, which is located in the La Recoleta district.
Anarchists used the Internet to organize protests in several countries.
The Greek government plans to decide on Wednesday whether Dimitrakis will remain in prison. EFE