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EU Head Targeted in "Anarchist" Bombing

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  • Dan Clore
    News for Anarchists & Activists: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo EU Official Unhurt After Attack Italian Targeted by Anarchist Group in Earlier Bombing
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 27, 2003
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      News for Anarchists & Activists:
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      EU Official Unhurt After Attack
      Italian Targeted by Anarchist Group in Earlier Bombing
      Associated Press
      Sunday, December 28, 2003

      ROME, Dec. 28 -- The president of the European Commission,
      Romano Prodi, opened a letter bomb at his home in Bologna on
      Saturday but was not hurt when the package, containing a
      book packed with explosive powder, burst into flames.

      Prodi emerged from his home late Saturday to assure the
      public he was fine.

      Last week, two small bombs exploded near Prodi's home, also
      without harming anyone. A previously unknown anarchist group
      claimed responsibility for those attacks, saying it had
      targeted Prodi as a representative of a repressive "new
      European order."

      Prodi said the pages of the book in the packet had been cut
      to insert explosive powder. He noted that he exercised
      caution when he opened the package. "I kept it fairly far
      away. There was a big flame but without an explosion. It
      burned a piece of furniture and the carpet a bit," he said.

      The book was a copy of "The Pleasure," a novel by Gabriele
      D'Annunzio, an early supporter of Fascism who died in 1938.
      Prodi joked that the choice of book might have been ironic.

      Prodi said the package was addressed to his wife and
      contained a nonexistent return address in Bologna. He lives
      in Brussels, where the European Union's executive body is
      based, but is spending the Christmas holidays in Bologna,
      his home town in north central Italy.

      On Dec. 21, two small bombs exploded near Prodi's Bologna
      home. The bombs, each made with a cooking pot, a gas
      cylinder and a timer, were hidden in trash bins a few feet
      from Prodi's house, which was empty when they went off.

      Later, a group calling itself the Informal Anarchic
      Federation, under the acronym FAI in Italian, claimed
      responsibility in a letter sent from Bologna to La
      Repubblica newspaper. Investigators said the letter was
      probably sent by the bombers.

      Italy has a history of violence by political radicals.,
      particularly in the 1970s and '80s, when far-left and
      far-right terror groups carried out numerous attacks. The
      country has also been on high alert for terrorism by Islamic
      extremist groups.
      [And also a history of right-wingers committing such attacks
      and giving the credit to left-wing groups.--DC]

      --
      Dan Clore

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      "It's a political statement -- or, rather, an
      *anti*-political statement. The symbol for *anarchy*!"
      -- Batman, explaining the circle-A graffiti, in
      _Detective Comics_ #608
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