Article first published as No Yemeni Connection to Parcel Bomb Sent to German Chancellor on Technorati.
Security officials at the German Chancellery detected a parcel bomb received at the office of the Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was in Belgium. The parcel addressed to Angela Merkel. French president’s office missed the parcel as it was intercepted in Athens itself.
Security men became suspicious of the parcel as the sender was given as the Economic Ministry of Greece. Bomb disposal squads were alerted and the bomb was deactivated. The bomb was discovered at noon on October 2, mailed from Greece capital Athens three days ago. The device was contained in a parcel with books in it.
Germany’s Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere was quoted by Bloomberg as saying “This was a functional explosive device.” He said the detected bomb was similar to the parcel bomb exploded at the Swiss embassy in Athens.
Besides the Swiss embassy, Russian embassy was also hit by a parcel bomb on the same day. Greek authorities intercepted similar parcel bombs sent to Chile, Dutch, Belgian, German and Bulgarian embassies. They also seized on October 1 a parcel bomb addressed to French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Another parcel bomb sent to Mexican embassy exploded at a courier firm injuring one person.
By Tuesday evening, 11 mail bombs had been detected in the Greek capital. Two more were destroyed in controlled explosions at Athens’ international airport — one addressed to the European Union’s highest court in Luxembourg and the other to law enforcement agency Europol in the Netherlands.
A left extremist group that was responsible to the parcel bomb attacks in Greece embassies maybe behind the parcel bomb sent to German and French leaders. Greece government arrested two members of the left extremist group as suspects. Security at all embassies in Athens has been increased and authorities suspended all international mail deliveries from Greece for 48 hours for further checks.
Initially the speculations about the parcel bomb were focused on Yemeni connection, from which two explosive packages were believed to be sent to the US that were intercepted in Dubai and the UK, with a tip off from the Saudi Government. Later German interior minister denied the speculations and clarified that the parcels were highly likely to be sent from Greece.
Greece debt crisis that erupted earlier this year and spread to other indebted Eurozone countries threatening EU’s integrity, forced the European countries to implement austerity measures. These measures included spending cuts, tax increases, pension reforms, public sector employees’ wage freeze, and bonus cuts etc. The workers of the European countries from Greece to Germany have been on war path as the austerity measures badly affected them. But that did not deter the European governments from implementing the reforms as stipulated by the IMF.
New Source of Extremism
Greece attacks may be seen in this background, as the growing discontent and the tens of protest marches and strike actions are not able to convince the Greece rulers to think about the bad effects of their decisions on common people. Austerity measures are not going to be withdrawn in near future or maybe forever, as they are the wishes of the corporate companies to realize more profits, shifting workers’ money to their own coffers. These conditions are forming a new ground for the birth of a new wave of extremism.
Otherwise, there may be drastic political changes after next elections, whether near or far, in the European countries as a result of welfare state reforms. People all over the world are increasingly realizing that their governments are not at all interested in their well-being but corporate companies. That would push them to the streets demanding fair value for their work.