A historic building occupied by activists in Thessaloniki has been torched during a massive rally in the Greek port city against use of the term ‘Macedonia’ for Greece’s northern neighbor.
Emergency services deployed six water tenders and at least 15 firefighters to respond to the massive blaze. It took firefighting crews around three hours to contain the fire which gutted the two-story building.
Despite their efforts, the structure was destroyed. No casualties were reported.
At around 3.30 p.m. local time (1330GMT) on Sunday, “a group of 60-70 fascists attacked our building with Molotov cocktails, causing its arson,” left-wing group Libertatia said in a statement.
Libertatia had been occupying the building since 2008 when it was abandoned.