Friday, October 31, 2008

Greek Robin Hoods Give Food Away

Friday, September 05, 2008

Greek anarchists stormed a supermarket yesterday and handed out food for free in the latest of a wave of raids provoked by soaring consumer prices.

About 20 youths, wearing black hoods and crash helmets, carried out the midday robbery in Thessaloniki. Local media have labelled the raiders "Robin Hoods" after previous raids.

They take only packets of pasta, rice and cartons of milk, which they drop in the middle of the street for people to collect.

"They have never stolen money or hurt anyone. They ask people to remain calm but use ambush tactics, jumping over cash desks," said a police official. "When they attack without hoods, people are surprised to see that they are mostly women."

The rising cost of living has replaced unemployment as Greeks' main concern. Inflation is officially at a 10-year high of 4.9% although many items have risen in price more sharply.