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Greece's Domestic Terror Spills Beyond Its Borders

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Greece's Domestic Terror Spills Beyond Its Borders

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MICHELE NORRIS, Host:

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli has the story from Athens.

SYLVIA POGGIOLI: Brady Kiesling, a former U.S. diplomat who studies Greek political violence, says the mail bombs are part of a symbolic action, not aimed at causing harm.

BRADY KIESLING: The anarchists are very much anti-state in any form. Embarrassing the government of Greece is something they're happy to do. It's very much a response to acts of police and government repression, you know, quote-unquote, of anarchists.

POGGIOLI: Achilles Peklaris, political correspondent for the alternative weekly The Athens Voice, says Greece is accustomed to domestic violence by the young.

ACHILLES PEKLARIS: Some of them throw stones. Some of them throw Molotov bombs. Some of them go squatting buildings. Some of them make package bombs. It's something, I would call it uniquely Greek.

POGGIOLI: Peklaris says a traditional diffidence toward the central state has increased with the revelation of widespread political corruption.

PEKLARIS: This is the fuel of terrorism in Greece, that people do not trust the Greek state. They hate the police. And whoever turns against them is going to be liked by a big part of public opinion.

POGGIOLI: Sylvia Poggioli, NPR News, Athens.

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