Acid poured on cleaner’s car

A 50-year-old member of a cleaners’ union in Thessaloniki yesterday described as «a clear act of intimidation» the dousing of her car with acid – an attack reminiscent of a brutal assault on a Bulgarian trade unionist in Athens nearly a year ago. «I don’t have enemies but I recently chose to speak out about my rights and those of my colleagues, so I think this act is linked to my work,» Venetia Manolopoulou told Kathimerini. The unionist, who works as a cleaner at Thessaloniki’s airport, said her car appeared wet. She tried to wipe away what she had thought to be water but felt her hands burning and immediately washed them. According to police, the substance used was hydrochloric acid. Constantina Kuneva, the 43-year-old general secretary of the Attica cleaners’ association, was seriously injured after being attacked by assailants who threw sulfuric acid in her face and mouth last December 22.

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