Two killed in supermarkets looting in Argentina
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – At least two people were killed in Argentina as looters broke into supermarkets in several cities, stirring memories of the country’s devastating economic crisis 11 years ago. The violence erupted on Thursday in the Patagonian ski resort of Bariloche when dozens of looters stormed a supermarket and made off with LCD televisions and other goods. Government officials condemned the violence and deployed 400 military police to the southern city. Similar unrest broke out in the central city of Rosario and in several parts of the urban sprawl that surrounds the capital Buenos Aires early on Friday. “These are isolated incidents and in none of them have we seen people stealing food. They’ve been taking televisions,” said Cabinet Chief Juan Manuel Abal Medina, blaming the unrest on opposition trade union groups. Two people were killed during looting in Rosario, said provincial security secretary Matias Drivet. Several hundred people were arrested nationwide.
Looting attempt on San Fernando supermarket spurs tension
Tension was created between military officers and residents of the San Fernando area after three hundred people tried to ransack and loot the Carrefour hypermarket on the Panamerican highway. The attempt took place at the Route 202 junction of the motorway. The group was armed with sticks and stones on the before moving in on the supermarket. Police intervened just as the looters started grabbing shopping trolleys in the supermarket’s front car park. Infantry officers were deployed to the area in order to control the situation, as residents began to clash with police, throwing rocks and stones.
Police Clash With Angry Shopkeepers in Athens
Greek riot police fought a group of Athens businessmen who tried to prevent a tax inspection on their shops, officials said on Thursday, highlighting the resistance the government faces in cracking down on the country’s endemic tax evasion.
Four policemen were hospitalized with minor injuries after a group of about 50 protesters threw stones, set fire to garbage bins and hurled two firebombs at them in the rundown Athens suburb of Agia Varvara, a police official said. “One officer was hit by a stone next to his right eye,” said the official who declined to be named. No one was arrested. Tax officials conducted the raid after tip offs that shops in the area were selling clothes and accessories without giving receipts or were shifting counterfeit products.