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Far left takes credit for torching Italian diplomatic vehicles

A group of far-left anarchist extremists in Greece took credit for the firebombing of vehicles outside the home of an Italian diplomat in Athens earlier this month.

A group of far-left anarchists took credit for the firebombing of vehicles belonging to Italy’s Deputy Ambassador Susanna Schlein on December 2, which saw one destroyed and another damaged.

The alleged attackers took credit for the firebombing on far-left web platform IndyMedia this week and explained that the arson was in solidarity with Alfredo Cospito, a known Italian left-wing extremist guilty of a shooting and a bombing last year, reports Ekathimerini.

The group sought Cospito’s detention under Provision 41 bis, which allows the Italian Interior Minister to suspend prison regulations for criminals convicted of Mafia crimes or terrorism, prohibiting privileges such as the use of the telephone, association with other prisoners, or even receiving outside parcels.

“41 bis is a regime of political, social and sensory annihilation, aimed at the complete elimination of all contact with the outside world. The goal is none other than the physical and moral annihilation of those who choose the path of revolutionary complacency against the tyranny of the state and capital,” the anarchist group asserted.

The group justified the attack on the Italian diplomat by saying that “acts of revolutionary anti-violence that target them, returning a piece of the fear they sow to society, letting them know that they are not invulnerable and that their decisions have a cost, are at the same time the targeting of the policies and plans of the system”.

Alfredo Cospito would lead a hunger strike in prison.

Last year, more than 100 acts of violence were blamed on supporters of convicted Greek killer and far-left extremist Dimitris Koufontinas, who also went on hunger strike.

Koufontinas, a former member of the communist terrorist group Revolutionary Organization of November 17 (17N), was found guilty of a total of eleven assassinations and murders that took place from 1975 to 2000.

Follow Chris Tomlinson on Twitter at @TomlinsonCJ or by e-mail at ctomlinson(at)

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