‘Wise men’ of la­bor re­form tar­geted by ar­son­ists

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Prop­er­ties linked to mem­bers of the so­called com­mit­tee of wise men that drew up a list of pro­pos­als re­gard­ing la­bor mar­ket re­form, one of the key top­ics in ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween Greece and its lenders, have been tar­geted by ar­son­ists.

An in­cen­di­ary de­vice, in­clud­ing a jerry can filled with a flammable liq­uid, was placed out­side the of­fice of lawyer Dim­itris Bour­los in cen­tral Athens early yesterday. The de­vice went off shortly be­fore 4 a.m. but the fire was put out by res­i­dents of the Exarchia apart­ment block where the of­fice is lo­cated.

At 6.15 a.m., a de­vice com­pris­ing four cook­ing gas can­is­ters ex­ploded out­side the Cen­ter for Euro­pean Con­sti­tu­tional Law on nearby Acadimias Street in down­town Athens. Fire­fight­ers had to help four peo­ple out of the build­ing as the fire spread in­side.

A day ear­lier, there was an ar­son attack on the home of Efrosini Kousk­ouna, who heads the Na­tional Ac­tu­ar­ial Author­ity and was a mem­ber of the com­mit­tee of wise men. Speak­ing in fall 2015, Bour­los sug­gested that some of the ex­perts on the panel had re­ceived death threats. A week later, an­other com­mit­tee mem­ber – Anna Ligome­nou – re­ceived a bul­let in the post. In Fe­bru­ary last year, Bour­los’s of­fice was at­tacked by self-styled an­ar­chists. They dam­aged com­put­ers and print­ers.

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