A manhunt is on for members of the Greek far-left anti-capitalist group Conspiracy of Fire. Athens has linked a two-day international mail bomb campaign aimed at government and institutional targets in Greece and abroad with militant youths with no proven links to other extremist organisations.
Greece has charged at least two suspected perpetrators as terrorists. Police arrested two Greek men in their early twenties, found with two bombs, one addressed to French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Security analyst Dmitris Bekiaris said instability seemed to be the bombers’ goal, to strike at state institutions. He said the amount of explosive material in the parcels did not seem to be enough to kill. Yet Bekiaris added: “Greece has a tradition of armed struggle. It’s not only to do with conditions today. These groups existed before the IMF, before the austerity measures, before the serious economic crisis.”
Just one person has been injured. Starting on Monday, more than a dozen explosive packages were found, several addressed to embassies – including the Swiss, Russian, Argentine, Chilean, Bulgarian and German diplomatic missions. Others found were addressed to Europol and the European Court of Justice. One package was addressed to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and one was intercepted at German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office.
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has threatened to call a snap parliamentary election if voters do not back his austerity policies in local polls to be held this Sunday.
Postal service to outside Greece has been suspended until Thursday evening.