Over the weekend terrorists believed to be animal rights activists managed to destroy a vehicle at a meat processing plant in the UK with a firebomb and planted nine other bombs that police managed to defuse before they detonated.
The Times (UK) quoted a police officer saying, “The risk is that someone is going to get seriously hurt as these groups use more powerful devices.” Of course the most likely person to get hurt are the brave men and women asked to dispose of and defuse the bombs. I suppose in the twisted view of the terrorists, endangering law enforcement official is a legitimate act since the police serve the oppressive capitalist exploitation of life.
Nobody actually claimed responsibility for the bombs, but Animal Liberation Front spokesperson Robin Webb all but confirmed that this was the work of animal rights activists. “Due to the seriousness of the offences and the sentences handed out, it would be very unusual for anyone to claim responsibility. However, placing devices under refrigerated meat lorries bears all the hallmarks of the Animal Liberation Front and I’m confident this was their work.”
Police thwart firebomb attack by animal welfare activists. Daniel McGrory, The Times (UK), May 22, 2000.
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