Par­ties con­demn threats against banker, jour­nal­ist

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Greek par­ties across the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum yes­ter­day con­demned a ter­ror­ist threat against the coun­try’s cen­tral banker and a prom­i­nent jour­nal­ist.

Cen­tral Bank Gov­er­nor Gior­gos Provopou­los re­ceived an en­ve­lope con­tain­ing two 7.65 mm bul­lets and a threat­en­ing note signed by a pre­vi­ously un­known group call­ing it­self “Pop­u­lar Avengers.” Yian­nis Pre­tenderis, a talk show host at Mega TV and com­men­ta­tor at Ta Nea news­pa­per, also re­ceived a sim­i­lar pack­age.

In both cases, the en­velopes were stopped by metal de­tec­tors be­fore reach­ing the of­fices of the re­cip­i­ents. They were picked up by mem­bers of the po­lice’s anti-ter­ror­ism squad and sent to be ex­am­ined by foren­sic ex­perts.

In a state­ment yes­ter­day, coali­tion leader New Democ­racy con­demned the act. “The per­pe­tra­tors are act­ing in vain if they think they can sow fear and cre­ate a cli­mate of in­se­cu­rity,” the state­ment said, while ND’s so­cial­ist part­ner PASOK spoke of “mafia-style acts aimed at dam­ag­ing the coun­try.”

Left­ist op­po­si­tion SYRIZA, which has in the past been ac­cused by the con­ser­va­tives of tol­er­at­ing ter­ror­ism, con­demned the acts. A party state­ment said that the move has a “dis­ori­ent­ing ef­fect that can be ex­ploited by those who want to in­still a broad sense of in­se­cu­rity across so­ci­ety.” The Com­mu­nist Party (KKE) and Demo­cratic Left is­sued sim­i­lar state­ments. Last year, a group call­ing it­self Cre­tan Rev­o­lu­tion sent pack­age con­tain­ing a bul­let to Fi­nance Min­is­ter Yan­nis Stournaras.

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