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article imageArmed attack on Greek Prime Minister's office

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By Katerina Nikolas     Jan 15, 2013 in World
A bullet from a Kalashnikov smashed a window of the office of Greek Prime Minister Anthonis Samaras, during an armed attack on the headquarters of New Democracy. Anti-terrorism officers are now investigating leftist guerrilla groups.
Left-wing political violence is escalating in Greece, with the armed attack on the offices of Samaras the culmination of a week of violence. Over the weekend Ekathimerini reported there were 17 incendiary attacks, including a spate of arson attacks against cash machines and a bomb attack against the home of government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou’s brother.
As yet no one has claimed responsibility for the armed attack on the empty office of Samaras. Political parties put up a united front condemning the violence, with Alexis Tsiparas, leader of SYRIZA, telephoning Samaras from Berlin where he is meeting with German officials, to denounce the attack.
However, SYRIZA spokesman Panos Skourletis accused the government of "dangerous polarization" and using the recent violence to distract from the climate of austerity. Ta Nea reported SYRIZA MP Manolis Glezos accused the government of stage managing the attacks through parasitical organizations allied to New Democracy, claiming there was no benefit to the left from the attacks.
Last week the homes of five journalists were attacked with bombs made from gas canisters. Digital Journal reported a group called Militant Minority claimed responsibility for the attacks.
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