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Police used tear gas against protesters

05 March 2010 / 14:03:10  GRReporter
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Victoria Mindova

The protest against the new measures for rehabilitation of the economy turned into conflicts between the representatives of the Greek anarchist groups and the special police forces for riots control. Under the slogan “Keep the police out of the protest” young boys dressed in black and wearing masks on their faces attacked with stones and wooden sticks the barricades of the special forces in front of the Parliament on Syntagma square. As a response to the attack the police forced out the anarchists on the sidewalk of the next boulevard Amalias. A rain of torn off marble and swears followed these actions of the police. Revolutionary songs were echoing on the megaphones. The crowds hissed the representatives of the authorities.

The anarchists made a second attempt to break through the police hedges. This time the special forces of riots control answered back using tear gas. A new wave of voices of furious people started shouting: “You don’t scare us”, “Down with the fascists!”, “Say no to the economic slavery”. At the same time in front of the main entrance of the building of the Parliament the leaders of the Coalition of the radical left party Siriza were holding a canvas with a sign: “The man is above every question”. The protest was organized by the two most powerful unions in Greece – the Trade Union of the public sector employees and the Common confederation of the Greek workers and was supported by all the left opposition parties and fractions in the country.

During the demonstration the early legend of the far-Left Manolis Gledzos was injured at a time when, together with some representatives of Siriza he was stretching a protest canvas on the monument of the Unknown Soldier. The 88-year-old Left member received sharp reaction from the tear gas and was taken to the ER of Evangelizmos hospital. In the other incident the chairman of the General Confederation of Greek Workers Yannis Panagopulos, was injured. Demonstrators attacked and injured the union leader, he was taken to the same hospital without danger to his life.

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