Petrol bombs thrown at car displays during Athens arson attack

December 25th, 2008 - 4:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Athens, Dec 25 (DPA) Unknown assailants carried out overnight arson attacks, including throwing petrol bombs at two car displays, on various locations in the Greek capital Athens, state radio reported Thursday.They threw petrol bombs at two car displays in the district of Galatsi, destroying five cars.

They also destroyed the facade of a bank and ignited household gas canisters outside a government building in central Athens.

Nobody was injured in the attacks, but there was substantial damage to the properties, the radio reports said.

Some 600 anarchists staged a peaceful demonstration Wednesday on Hermes Street, the most expensive street in the capital that was crowded with pre-Christmas shoppers.

At the end of the protest they raised slogans against the priesthood and the church on the walls and columns of Athens Cathedral.

The number of demonstrators was considerably down on recent protests.

Greece has seen a series of violent protests since police shot dead a 15-year-old boy Dec 6.

Pupils and students plan fresh demonstrations against police brutality and nepotism and for reforms in all areas of Greek society Jan 9.

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