Banks, yacht dealership in Athens firebombed in further violence

Banks, yacht dealership in Athens firebombed in further violence Athens  - Unknown assailants attacked banks and a yacht dealership in Athens using petrol bombs and gas cannisters on Monday, causing serious damage but no injuries in the latest violence to rock the Greek capital.

Reports said a fire broke out at the site of the yacht dealership, destroying the building and more than 20 vessels which were on display.

The attack occurred shortly after unknown assailants attacked the bank branch of Proton Bank, Eurobank and the Bank of Cyprus and the party offices of the ruling conservative party, causing extensive damage.

Last week, a strong explosion shook Greece's main port of Pireaus, damaging nearby buildings but causing no injuries.

Greece has been plagued by daily bombings and arson attacks on banks and multinational businesses since the police shooting of a teenager in December, which sparked the worst riots the country has seen in decades.

The violence has embarrassed Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis' government, which has been criticized for its inability to protect citizens.

The government has vowed to crack down on the increasing violence and has sought advice from Scotland Yard. (dpa)