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Greek police make arrests after firebomb attack on Culture Ministry building
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07:44, July 04, 2007

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Greek police arrested a group of hooded troublemakers who attacked the Culture Ministry building incentral Athens on Tuesday with home-made firebombs.

A group of about 30 individuals, with their faces covered and wearing crash helmets, threw a barrage of molotov cocktails at thebuilding, causing damage to a ministry vehicle, before fleeing to the Athens Polytechnic University premises, according to police.

Police who arrived on the spot have so far brought 14 people infor questioning to determine whether they were involved in the incident.

Culture Minister George Voulgarakis said later that the attack took place as he was preparing to get into his car, "and the target of this uncontrolled attack was unsuspecting employees and passers-by, who were placed in real danger".

He said it was the fourth time that he has been directly or indirectly "in the vortex of these attacks," and "I want to assureall those who take part in these criminal actions that democracy here in Greece can not be threatened by anyone, nor can anyone be intimidated by them."

He said he did not know whether he himself had been the target,but he mentioned that "if the target was the ministry, it could have been attacked at dawn, without anyone being put in danger."

"What is of importance is that working people were put in danger, who were on the ground floor of the building and were put in real danger, and this is criminal," the minister said.

"It was an attack against democracy. I have complete confidencethat the Greek police will do their job," he added.

Voulgarakis, 46, was moved to the Culture Ministry from the Public Order Ministry in a cabinet reshuffle this year.

Source: Xinhua

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