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Anarchist group claims Ottawa bank firebombing
National Post

The videotaped firebombing of a Royal Bank of Canada branch in Ottawa on Tuesday morning could be a sign of things to come. Anarchist websites are threatening « militant and confrontational » action during the summits of G8 and G20 world leaders in Huntsville, Ont., and Toronto, respectively, next month.

And the group claiming responsibility for the bank attack vows that its members will « be there » to protest « exploitation of people and the environment. »

A group calling itself « FFFC-Ottawa » has claimed responsibility for the early-morning firebombing of the RBC branch on Tuesday. A short video of the incident posted on an indymedia website shows at least two people walking out of the branch as a fireball erupts. No one was injured.

A message attached to the video derides the bank for its sponsorship of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, which occurred « on stolen indigenous land » and « increased the homelessness crisis in Vancouver. » The group also criticizes RBC for being a « major financier of Alberta’s tar sands, one of the largest industrial projects in human history and perhaps the most destructive » and « the cause of the second fastest rate of deforestation on the planet. »