Italy: Bullet mailed with ‘anarchist’ threats against three politicians

Rome, 3 Jan. (AKI) – Putative Italian anarchists issued threats against three centre-left Italian opposition politicians in a letter mailed with a bullet to Italy’s Adnkronos news agency in Rome. The letter was signed by an anarchist group which claimed responsibility for parcel bombs sent to three embassies in the Italian capital in late December. Its authenticity has yet to be verified.

“After the end-of year ‘fireworks’ we will strike again and will set our sights on the symbols of a sterile state and policies that are groping around in the dark,” read the letter printed in handwritten blue-inked capital letters and signed by the Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI).

The names of opposition MPs Luciano Violante, Piero Fassino and Massimo D’Alema were printed in red capitals at the bottom of the letter.

Two letters and bullets threatening Violante and his wife were sent to Adnkronos last autumn and were signed by Italy’s far-left Red Brigades.

Violante, a former parliament speaker and anti-terrorism judge, is an MP for the centre-left Democratic Party. D’Alema is a former Italian prime minister and Fassino a former foreign minister.

A package bomb was found on 27 December outside the Greek embassy in Rome. Nobody was injured in the incident. But two parcel bombs at the Chilean and Swiss embassies in the Italian capital on 23 December seriously injured two people who opened them.

A note attached to the Greek embassy bomb in Rome said the FAI was “striking again” in response to the appeal made by “comrades” in the Greek anarchist group the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire, according to police.

Greek police in November arrested two alleged members of the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire, which claimed responsibility for sending 14 letter bombs to embassies in Athens last month.

Panagiotis Argyrou, 22, and Gerasimos Tsakalos, 24, have been charged with terrorism offences and they and other alleged members of the group are expected to go on trial on 17 January.

The letter received on Monday by Adnkronos mentioned Argyrou and Tsakalos.

FAI would continue to act “in solidairity with Greek comrades Gerasimos Tsakalos and Panagiotis Argirou, who were injustly arrrested in November by global capitalism,” said the letter.

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