Anarchists firebomb offices of tax enforcement agency — Livorno, Italy
Molotov cocktails were hurled at the offices of an Italian tax enforcement agency yesterday, the latest in a string of attacks on one of the crisis-plunged country’s symbols of austerity.
Firefighters were called to the tax enforcement agency Equitalia in the port city of Livorno after two fire bombs were thrown at the building. Nobody was hurt in the incident.
Anger against Equitalia has been rising after a wave of highly publicised suicides by small businessmen in Italy - where the cash-strapped government of Mario Monti has increased taxes, along with the age of retirement, in a desperate bid to fight spiralling public debt.
Just days ago, a 54-year-old businessman held an Equitalia official hostage at gunpoint for several hours before finally surrendering to police.
The incident followed a gunman from an anarchist group claiming he was the one who kneecapped the chief executive of a nuclear engineering group in Genoa last Monday.