Greek Anarchists Attack Ministry, Road Firm Over Snowstorm Debacle

ATHENS – Suspected members of the notorious Greek anarchist group Rouvikonas used sledgehammers to smash a toll booth at the Attikis Odos Ring Road, a car and an office building in an attack apparently related to thousands of motorists abandoned on the highway in the recent snowstorm.

Eight of them were arrested, said Kathimerin, in the incident on an office of the company in Koropi, east of the capital. The road is the major artery to the international airport, 41.9 kilometers (26 miles) from the city center.

Members of the group scattered flyers and spray-painted slogans on the wall outside the Ministry of Civil Protection who critics said also bungled the response to the storm that led Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to apologize.

He also forced the operators of the private road to offer 2000-euro ($2252) payments to some 3,500 people stuck overnight on the road in freezing temperatures but the management said it wants them to forgo suing.


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