(Reuters) – Makeshift bombs exploded outside the homes of five Greek journalists on Friday, attacks claimed by an anarchist group which said it was protesting at media coverage of the economic crisis.
The incendiary devices caused minor damage but no injuries. They were the first coordinated attacks against mainstream journalists since the Greek debt crisis erupted in 2009.
In an Internet statement, the anarchist group which goes by the name ‘Lovers of Lawlessness’ said of the journalists: “While they use a pro-workers rhetoric, they wink mischievously at their political bosses.”
Police said the group has used such devices – gas canisters and explosives packed together – in the past.
Among those targeted by the bombs were the editor of the semi-official Athens News Agency and two presenters from the private television channel Mega.