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Coca-Cola withdraws bottles from Greek shelves over acid threat

Coca-Cola is removing 500 ml bottles of its soft drinks from stores in Athens and Thessaloniki after the FAI/IRF urban guerrilla group threatened to tamper with some of its beverages by injecting hydrochloric acid into them.

The group sent a USB stick and a Coca-Cola bottle to the zougla.gr website and said that four days after the package would be received, its members would start placing 63 Coca-Cola Light and 42 Nestea bottles on shop shelves in Athens and Thessaloniki after adding the acid to them.

FAI/IRF said that it was an act of solidarity with members of the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire group and two people being held in Spain on suspicion of planting explosive devices.

After discussions with the police on Christmas Eve, Coca-Cola said it would withdraw bottles of the two soft drinks mentioned in the group’s statement.

It also set up a toll-free number, 800112222, for consumers to get more information.

The police confirmed that the bottle of Coca-Cola sent to zougla.gr did contain hydrochloric acid.