Greek Anarchists Say They're Injecting Groceries with Toxic Acid

  • Posted on: 29 December 2017
  • By: thecollective

The group posted photos showing that they infused soda, milk, and meat with hydrochloric acid, a highly corrosive substance.

via Vice

If you come to Greece during Christmas, you’ll find piles of walnut-crusted melomakarona cookies; buttery, snow-white kourambiethes; caramelized pork; and a yeasted bread called christopsomo. It’s all delicious, but be careful what you pick off the supermarket shelves during your holiday shopping—some products may have been poisoned by anarchists.

On December 19, the Greek self-styled anarchist group Black and Greek Arsonists posted a statement on the anarchist-run blog Indymedia entitled “Green Nemesis Act 3.” The group claims they took some beloved food products off the shelves of supermarkets in the country’s capital, Athens, and its second largest city, Thessaloniki, and injected the products with hydrochloric acid. The group plans to surreptitiously return the products to supermarket shelves from December 20 to 24—just in time for Christmas in this deeply religious, Orthodox Christian country.

Citing “practical reasons,” the group helpfully detailed which items are to be contaminated: 1.5-liter bottles of Coca-Cola and Coca-Cola Light; a popular tube-shaped luncheon meat called Yfantis (350- and 500-gram packages); and Delta whole milk. In the photos accompanying the post, a heavily gloved hand is seen poking a syringe into the various food products.

Hydrochloric acid is a colorless, odorless solution of hydrogen chloride in water. Considered a toxic substance by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, it is highly corrosive and can cause immediate damage when ingested, inducing severe throat pain, shock, and bloody vomiting.


Image via Indymedia

Greek anarchist groups have a long history of shaking up the nation’s societal structure, and they play a complex role in the country’s history. Anarchist groups were instrumental in toppling the Papadopoulos’ military dictatorship of the 1970s; in the 1990s they helped push through educational reforms. Today, many so-called anarchist groups are staunchly pacifistic, involved in community organizing activities, taking care of refugees, and providing resources for drug addicts.

But since the economic crisis, a new wave of militant groups who advocate more public violence have emerged. Hundreds of bomb attacks have taken place across Athens. Protests and riots have become increasingly violent, with hurled petrol bombs and Molotov cocktails. Last month, a lawyer representing a Greek collective of photojournalists was shot in the leg by a homemade flare bomb while attending a protest to ensure police respected photographers.

This is the third year that such groups (they systematically change their names) have engaged in this activity. “I would categorize this as terror activity,” Mary Bossis, an associate professor of International Relations at University of Piraeus and an expert on left-wing militancy, told MUNCHIES by phone. “They are not political activists, they are criminals.”


Damage caused by a petrol bomb in Athens on December 6. Photo: Getty Images - SOPA Images / Contributor

The Greek state certainly thinks the same; the Counter Terrorism Unit of the Hellenic Police is investigating this year’s claim. In its manifesto, the group declares:

“These days, thousands and thousands of Christians will leave their couch to make the necessary shopping for their Christmas tables, to fill their empty lives with consumable rubbish covered in beautiful, glittering wrapping. The victims of this feast are the millions of living creatures that are slaughtered to arrive at the tables of the living, drained to the last drop of blood to satisfy their palates.”

Though Greece has seen an uptick in animal-rights activities, the Black and Green Arsonists are not vegans fighting against carnivorous gluttony. The foods they have chosen to poison—processed meat, soda, dairy—are consumed daily by most Greeks, Christian or otherwise. “This targets predominately young people, as they are the main consumers of these products,” Bossis said.

Food contamination for political or economic motives was popular in the 1970s and 80s. In 1978, a group called the Arab Revolutionary Army injected mercury into oranges imported from Israel with the intention of damaging the country’s economy. In 1984, a religious cult bent on disrupting local elections contaminated American salad bars with salmonella. Chilean grapes were infected with cyanide in 1989; over 100 Chilean growers and shippers went bankrupt.

This kind of activity is new in Greece, and Bossis pointed out that the Black and Green Arsonists don’t have a clear political message. “They only think within their own category of thinking. It’s a group of people that believes [...] they are hurting multinational corporations. Which is not true. This terror activity [...] alienates them and puts them in the category of criminals and not political activists.”

In the anarchist strong-hold neighborhood of Exarchia, however, employees at a local supermarket have no qualms with the group’s actions. “They are targeting Greek companies that make their products outside of Greece,” one cashier told me with a shrug. “And those companies can go fuck themselves.”

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'Black and Greek Arsonists' lol..either a bad typo or they really didn't research this article very well!

Vice and its entire staff can go fuck themselves.

I expect Little Black Cart will be publishing their communiques very soon.

Why exactly do you think LBC would publish there communiques? afaik LBC doesn't often publish communiques... or are you just another one of these Internet IGD kids trying to push this fictional narrative that LBC publishes the communiques of 'them evil, nasty, fascist black anarchists and eco-extreemists'?

(would be cool if they did tbh, i'd buy.)

wtf is this noise? LBC published some sketchy shit, which I don't have a personal problem with but "IGD kids" didn't "push a fictional narrative", it just happened and is public record.

It didn't happen. LBC has never published ITS communiques.

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Ah, I see. It's troll noise.

@wtf is this noise? LBC

Can you provide a source that shows LBC publishing ITS communiques? because as i see it you're the only one making noise here.

LBC absolutely should publish their communiqués. They are anarchists that have never harmed another living being with their direct actions and who attack capital by performing economic sabotage. But you go ahead and learn your "resistance" from Vice news… maybe have a march, hole a placard, do some chanting.

Riiight...poisoning people is not harmful.

You could argue it's like tree spiking, where the threat (real or imagined) is the point. Maybe you don't actually poison anything but you just loudly announce that you did and watch soda pop sales plummet?

Not a single person has ever been poisoned from a Green Nemesis action. Ever. What's "harmful" is your idiotic belief and spread of misinformation that leads to shit like AETA and witch hunts against anarchists that never, ever, not once, harm living beings during their direct actions, you dumb dummy.

I mean … it's understandable that folks will get their hackles up when you threaten to poison people. Even if it's a bluff, you're still using fear to try and get a strong reaction so I don't think "idiotic spread of misinformation" is entirely fair. More like you're playing a high-stakes game and should expect some push back haha

"Idiotic spread of misinformation" is entirely fair. "Using fear" is what the systems that Green Nemesis' actions are attacking is doing. This same fear is what fuels the outrage by people who should know better like the idiotic misinformation spreader here, against anarchist actions that are historically and provably harmless to the (well notified and very often supportive) public where the actions take place, and harmful only to the corporations targeted and their defenders (like the idiotic misinformation spreader here, Vice, and other useless moralists).

Your thinking is very us-versus-them for someone who's posturing against moralists. Fear is a tactic, it's neutral. Threatening to poison people is a tactical use of fear. You seem to be struggling with simple logic while you hurl a lot of invective. A true child of the interwebs!

High five, old logical bro! You're like me. Our we know anarchism is a moral position and are proud of it (unlike these primmie nihilist children)! When I invented the term interwebs (in the early 00s in Minnesota in IRC) I foresaw (through excellent transhumanist algorithmic precognition) it's usage in situations like these and have to say, well said!

Shut up willgilltroll! Request for high five DENIED

I have not yet begun to hurl invective. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

Dune references notwithstanding, make lots of friends fast by bluffing about poisoning random strangers! We'll show you how!

Remember the tooth!

"thecollective" seem to really like this kind of stuff. Why not try it in the Bay area sometime and live the life you wish you had instead of posting about it vicariously online? Put a little excitement into your lives beyond censoring comments here.

Speaking of doing things vicariously, LBC doesn't publish ITS communiques, but it does publish it's cheerleaders. Since the whipping boy Cabrera has gone back to his personal religious studies, Black Seed editor Ramon Elani has stepped up to fill the void with weak poetry and flabby essays that litter the main ITS site. He even has an Black Seed essay in the latest ITS-promotional zine, Ajajema. Some of us are taking notes.

more like some of you are cops

THANK you, although I was probably just being trolled earlier, fact is I'm not enough of a mental gymnast to make the distinction between publishing a full communique and platforming some douche who quotes from them at length while being like "omg, these kids are so exciting, I can't walk across the room without knocking my boner against the furniture!!!"

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