Early this morning the main office of governmental party New Democracy was fired upon with an AK47. This is the latest in a series of attacks on political and media targets in the last few days.
In the early hours of this morning shots were fired at the main office of the government party New Democracy in central Athens. Media reports claim that around 9 shots were fired at the building which was empty at the time. At least one of the shots hit the Prime Minster's office itself. This attack is the latest in a series of incidents which have targeted banks, political offices and members of the media and government in the last few days.
The media have counted a total of 17 incendiary attacks over the weekend with most major political parties targeted. Early on Sunday morning the house of the brother of Simos Kedikoglou a government spokesman was attacked with fire bombs. This followed a series of arson attacks against the homes of members of the media a few days before. Statements on different website have claimed some of the attacks to have been carried by groups called 'Militant Minority' and 'Lovers of Lawlessness'.
The incendiary attacks are normally made with the use of gas canisters or petrol bombs and are fairly common. Such attacks frequently target bank branches and ATMs. What is unusual at the moment is the frequently of the attacks in the last few days. All this adds to the tension in Athens after last weeks raids on squats in the city. None of the recent attacks have caused any injury to people as they have only targeted offices and property.
The attacks have also led to a political row between the government and the left opposition party SYRIZA. The government claims that SYRIZA are supporting a growing trend toward political violence by not fully condemning the attacks. In response SYRIZA have accused the government of trying to create a 'civil war type climate' by trying to increase the divisions between left and right.