Self-identified communist activists have claimed responsibility for a bomb explosion at 9:00 a.m. Thursday which caused only minor damage at the four-star Morosani Posthotel in Davos, Switzerland, a few hundred yards from where company heads, central bankers, and politicians are meeting at the World Economic Forum.
Local Graubünden police spokesman Thomas Hobi confirmed that there had been a “little detonation” in the basement of the luxury hotel. The blast he said, shattered some glass windows but no injuries were reported.
Police were present at the hotel at the time of the explosion following a tip from the newspaper 20 Minuten, which had discovered a warning that there would be an attack there at 6:00 a.m. The warning was in the form of a posting on an activist website in which a group identifying itself as "Revolutionary Perspective" claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it had targeted the Posthotel because Swiss ministers and representatives of top bank UBS were staying there. Actually, contrary to earlier reports, members of the Swiss federal government were not staying at the hotel. "The security of the Federal Council was not questioned at any time," Federal Council Chancellor Thomas Abhegglen told reporters.
The Revolutionary Perspective's Internet posting also warned of a second bomb at another location. Swiss law enforcement agents later recovered a suspicious object in the town St. Gallen, 50 miles north of Davos.
The Morosani Posthotel bombing came days after the fatal suicide-bombing at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport, in which at least 35 people were killed and more than 100 injured.
The explosion in Switzerland, the first sign of any trouble at this year's World Economic Forum, failed to affect the main program, at which the attendees were addressed by former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, and French President Nicholas Sarkozy.
In past years the World Economic Forum has usually attracted various left-wing activists such as Trotskyites, Maoists, protesters with posters of Vladimir Lenin and Fidel Castro, and others in Che Guevera-style attire and beards. In 2000, activists sang the communist anthem, the Internationale, with many others shouting “We’ll be back!”
These activists want the world to know that they will not be satisfied until their goals for a one-world communist state come to fruition, in which they seek to replace the profit motives of the past with a system of “social justice” — a common euphemism for socialism.
Police have yet to identify any individual suspects. Swiss federal law enforcement authorities have taken charge of the investigation.
Photo: British Prime Minister David Cameron addresses a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Friday, Jan. 28, 2011: AP Images