Athens Shopping Mall Explosion Claimed by Greek Anarchist Groups

Two Greek anarchist groups claimed responsibility for an explosion on Jan. 20 that injured two people at a shopping mall in an Athens suburb, saying a revolution against government policies needs to be triggered.

The groups, called Fierce Freedom and the Instigators of Social Explosions, said in a statement posted on the Internet that they support no party, consider themselves enemies of the state and will always try to avoid casualties.

“Now is the time for critical decisions,” they said in the statement. “We must destroy the world of power before it drags us into its rotting state.” The target was chosen because “shopping centers are symbols of capitalist societies, they are the temples of consumerism, centers of manipulation and submission.”

The Sunday morning blast was on the first floor of The Mall Athens complex, in the northern suburb of Marousi. Few people were there at the time as stores were closed, according to the management of the center, the main shareholders of which are Lamda Development SA and HSBC Property Investments Ltd. The area was evacuated after an unidentified person made warning calls to two media groups.

The statement made no reference to other recent attacks on the headquarters of the New Democracy party of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and against journalists.

A gunman fired shots at New Democracy’s headquarters on Jan. 14. That incident followed attacks on the homes of Greek journalists on Jan. 11 and on the home of the brother of the government spokesman the following day.