Cretan pupils posed online with Nazi signs
Cretan teachers are spearheading an anti-racism drive after photographs uploaded onto the social networking site Facebook showed pupils from a secondary school in Akrotiri posing under symbols of far-right organizations.
According to Dimitris Loupasakis, the head of the school in Hania prefecture, the discovery came months after rumors emerged of far-right “cells” in schools. “It’s a phenomenon that is spreading,” Loupasakis said, adding that primary schools were being targeted too “as younger children are politically naive.” Teachers asked pupils if they had been approached by individuals preaching extremism, prompting local far-right groups to write a blog entry accusing schools of persecuting children with nationalist leanings. Hania has been the scene of many far-right attacks this year, including the vandalization of a synagogue and an assault on a teacher, who had a swastika scratched into her hand.
Bomb targets far-right group
Police forensic experts search for evidence after a time bomb exploded outside the offices of the extreme-right group Chryssi Avgi (Golden Dawn) yesterday morning. The blast destroyed the group’s offices on Socratous Street in the capital’s so-called historic center where hundreds of undocumented migrants live in derelict and run-down buildings.
A powerful time bomb detonated early yesterday outside the central Athens offices of the extreme-right Chryssi Avgi (Golden Dawn) organization, causing significant damage but no injuries.
An unidentified caller telephoned the daily Eleftherotypia newspaper 25 minutes before the blast, prompting police to evacuate the building, which is on busy Socratous Street, near Omonia Square, as well as a neighboring hotel and surrounding roads.
The device detonated at 8.46 a.m., blowing out the windows of adjacent apartments and shocking passers-by. Speaking to Skai Television minutes after the blast occurred, a reporter said that the explosion had been heard several blocks away.
According to police, the bomb had been hidden in a shoe box wrapped in a plastic trash bag and placed in the corridor outside the offices of the far-right group on the fifth floor of the apartment block.
Bomb disposal experts yesterday were examining the remnants of the device gathered from the scene of the blast in a bid to find leads to the perpetrators.
There had been no claim of responsibility by late last night and police did not give give any indication of their suspicions.
According to Skai Television, it transpired after the blast that a bedridden resident of the apartment block had not been evacuated along with everyone else prior to the blast. The man, whose apartment is on a different floor to the offices of the far-right organization, was reportedly unharmed.