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Anti-GMO activist attacks Monsanto research center in Italy with ‘bottle bombs’

| | April 25, 2017
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[I]n the middle of Easter night in Olmeneta, Italy, an unknown person attacked the Monsanto Research Center with several “bottle bombs” or Molotov cocktails, small improvised explosive devices. The 16 April [2017] assault, apparently a protest against research on genetically modified organisms (GMO), did not injure anyone but firemen worked for hours to stop a blaze set off by one bomb that devastated the cold room where most of the small facility’s experimental seeds are usually stored.

The attacker launched four incendiary devices in total—two did not explode—and fled after spray painting a wall with “Bayer criminal marriage. No GMO.” Bayer, the German pharmaceutical giant, merged with Monsanto….

No one has claimed responsibility for the action yet. Investigators are screenings video recorded at the entrances of the town that night and the previous days.

The Monsanto Research Center has a full-time staff of about a dozen, but officials there stress that they do not work with GMOs. Jean-Luc Pellet, the scientific manager responsible for the center, says the staff focuses on agricultural research and the improvement of traditional corn varieties.

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