Far-left Greek group declares 'war on German capitalism'

Many Greeks primarily hold Germany responsible for the austerity measures, which Greece has been forced into in order to qualify for bailouts from the EU.

Far-left Greek group declares 'war on German capitalism'

World Bulletin / News Desk

A group of far-left militants in Greece calling themselves the Popular Fighters have declared war on the “German capitalist machine,” after claiming responsibility for a rocket attack on a Mercedes-Benz branch and on the German ambassador’s residence in Athens.

The German ambassador's residence came under gunfire on December 30, which was followed by an attack on the Mercedes-Benz branch on January 12, in what they say was revenge for the suicide of 77-year-old Greek national Dimitris Christoulas, who killed himself in Athens in 2012 over his financial situation.

"As we sprayed gunfire at the hyper-luxury home of the German ambassador we imagined beside us the thousands of people who line up at soup kitchens … the unemployed, those working for 400 euro [a month]," the group told To Pontiki in a 20-page manifesto.

The group also called on followers to attack European Union targets, which signifies anti-EU sentiment in both far-right and far-left Greek groups who have increased in popularity since the eurozone crisis devastated the Greek economy and EU-imposed austerity measures left as many as 28% of Greeks jobless.

Many Greeks primarily hold Germany responsible for the austerity measures, which Greece has been forced into in order to qualify for bailouts from the EU.

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