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Anti-WEF group attacks C.Suisse branch, Glencore CEO's house

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:48 GMT
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ZURICH, Jan 25 (Reuters) - An organisation protesting against the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos has claimed responsibility for explosions that broke a window at a Zurich branch of Credit Suisse and blew up the postbox of the boss of commodity trader Glencore.

Police confirmed on Friday that protestors carried out individual attacks on a Credit Suisse branch in the upmarket residential area of Hottingen and a postbox in the lakeside suburb of Rueschlikon in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Credit Suisse confirmed that a security window of its branch had been shattered. Police said the damage amounted to several thousand francs.

A spokesperson for Glencore confirmed that an incident took place on the property of CEO Ivan Glasenberg.

No-one was injured in either attack.

An unnamed organisation posted a letter on the website claiming responsibility for the attack. The letter said the group had targeted Credit Suisse and Glasenberg due to their connections to the WEF.

In 2011, left-wing activists claimed responsibility for a small explosion that broke windows at a hotel in Davos without hurting anybody.

At the time, a group calling itself Revolutionary Perspective said in a statement on an activist website it had targeted the ski resort's luxury Posthotel with a firebomb as Swiss ministers and representatives of top bank UBS were staying there.

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