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Greece - heavy riots in Athens

Greece - since a few months more than half of all universities are occupied and on strike. Also demonstrations are hold across the country in opposition to the government's plan to amend Greece's constitution in order to allow private companies to open universities. Currently all institutions of higher learning are state funded and don't charge tuition.
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In Athens a 25 000 people student-demonstration was brutally attacked by riot police several times. The police used teargas, gas grenades and did kick and beat people. Anarchists equipped with gas masks, wooden poles and Molotov Cocktails defended the demonstration against the attack.



Watch:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcSiRWeICpk

great footage 26.Feb.2007 12:54

x

I watched it this weekend-footage by their local videoistas. Unfortunately the link in the above article wants your info before showing the stuff and I can't find the one I used Saturday-shit!

maybe this is it 26.Feb.2007 13:10

x

the videoistas are Perseus 999 & better yet GreekAntifa
this might work if it hasn't been hidden yet
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMKtP6QfDb0&mode=related&search=

greek cops pretty nice 26.Feb.2007 21:36

uncle sam

i think US big city cops would have engaged in leathal force. It appears the greeks respect there citizens where as the US cops may not. Let us considers US police use of the death penalty, hollow point bullets, large magazines emptied out routinely on citizens at times. Usually the cops out number their suspect at that time of use too. I suspect, but do not know what the city standard operating procedure is in riots, but i'd bet they shoot first ask questions latter. The greeks seem to want to contain and not enrage the students. The greek cops seem well diciplined and did not panic during withdral and in the face of real fire.

Greek cops nice??? 26.Feb.2007 23:34

a greek

Obviously you have not been following the news in Greece. The Greek cops are just as bad. They constantly arrest protesters for no reason and beat them up. One had been beaten so bad he had to spend more than two weeks in the hospital. This incident was in Thessaloniki a month or two ago. The guy was a student from Cyprus and was beaten for 7-8 hours in front of TV cameras and professors of a near by university. There were 6 cops from the undercover police unit indited (including the head of the unit who was supervising the beating) but near a dozen of them were all involved one way or another.
The only good thing is that when cops in Greece get caught by a camera, they do go to jail and loose their job. But there are a lot of incidents of police brutality.

The latest one was three days ago and the guy (a student) is still in the hospital. Now mind you that there are politics behind all the violence. It has been widely documented in Greece that cops dress up as anarchists with masks and hoods and start all kinds of violence and blame it to the protesters.

As far as cops been restrained in Greece... it brings back memories of the dictatorship for many Greeks. The Greek police was just slammed with a report by the EU for violating all kinds of human rights. There are protesters who have been imprisoned with false evidence for months. Hunger strikes are ongoing as we speak from some of the protesters that have spent 6 months in jail without having been charged yet.

And as far cops engaging in lethal force in Greece, they will not do it during protests because all hell will break loose. You have to understand that guns are not legal in Greece, so cops don't have as much right to shoot their guns as they do in the US where the "fear" of the other person been armed is far greater. Different laws. But they do use them when they can get away with it.

Anyway, my point is, cops are cops and in our days of globalization, many of them perform a similar task...

no more indymedia news biases please 27.Feb.2007 02:02

DEX

How I hate to read the following on Indymedia:

"Anarchists equipped with gas masks, wooden poles and Molotov Cocktails defended the demonstration against the attack."

This type of bias -- which insinuates that only anarchists took place in the events-- is as bad as corporate medias attempt to influence people.

Anarchism is a political perspective, which many people on Indymedia adhere to, however, the news that is relayed on this site open skews things to the point that only card carrying anarchists are politically active. Let's be honest and stop pushing agendas when spreading actual news.

@DEX 27.Feb.2007 03:11

kendra

you are right.

but I used "anarchists" just because the people fighting the police in this case were carrying black-red flags.

more information: 27.Feb.2007 03:21

jeff


Greek Cops Ignorant 21.Apr.2007 16:55

==Kameni Kardia == skat_kat00@yahoo.com

I am a Greek-American woman in my 50s. I lived in Athens, in the towns of Kolonaki, Kato and Ano Glyfada. Like evryone else, I had been caught in the BOREIAS (student demos / marches) many a time downtown, causing all passengers of public transportation to get out and walk. I was forced out of cabs and city buses having to walk 5-8 miles in high heels on broken sidewalks and hilly streets to my intended destination because of the marches. All transport services are promptly suspended in such conditions regardless of individual emergency or circumstance. Most often than not, the civil marches or demonstrations turned into riots. I observed a major reason for that is the unprofessional Greek police. The Greek police force is made of up uneducated country bumpkins who left their villages in hardship. Whatever their training towards getting them into the force IS INADEQUATE to handle large scale situations, even though they think they do. If they were trained properly, the marches would not end in riots and we would not observe police slapping, kicking, wacking kids -- especially when we observe the kids are sitting on a street, defenseless and unarmed, yet vlaharades cops walk up to to the kid and kicks him or her in the head, just for hell of it. That's NOT how authority should REACT. Citizens of the world are watching them and we better from them.