More patrols planned in central Athens in response to rampages


Greece's Ministry for Citizens' Protection has announced it will add 200 police officers for patrol duty in Athens as anarchist groups continue a campaign of attacks in support of a jailed bombing suspect accused of wounding former Prime Minister Lucas Papademos.

The 70-year-old Papademos was seriously injured last year after opening a parcel bomb in his car.

A 29-year-old man accused of mailing the parcel is on a hunger and thirst strike and has been hospitalized in protest at his prison transfer from Athens to a town in central Greece.

Early Friday, more than a dozen youths carrying hammers and iron bars attacked shops in central Athens, damaging several storefronts – the second such attack on a commercial street in the capital this week. No one was injured in either incident. [AP]