Blood is boiling, riot police is on alert and tension is high at the protests of unions from the public (ADEDY) and private (GSEE) sector on the day of the Greek general strike. Estimated some 15,000 people have flooded downtown Athens since the morning with banners, flags and slogans against the government and the austerity measures.
Video: unions protest
The first incidents occurred in the block of protesting students outside the Athens university, when people wearing hoods hurled stones against the riot police. The answer came quick with tear gas, while the “hoodies” hurled also petrol bombs… The situation came back to normal after a couple of minutes, when the ‘hoodies’ moved from the students’ block to the protesting GESSE-ADEDY.
Near the Greek parliament police fired tear gas against municipality workers when the latter tried to break the police security ‘wall’.
As ‘hoodies’ are at Syntagma Square and it is estimated that riots might break out, KTG considers a live-blogging…
13:39 Stones and tear gas outside the hotel Grande Bretagne at Syntagma Sq. Unconfirmed information claims ‘hoodies’ beat a protester in the head.
Protesters set an EU flag on fire
Protesters try to push back the security wall
14:05 Police has apparently detained some …troublemakers. Not clear if protesters or hoodies…
Video: Hoodies hurling stones outside Grande Bretagne Hotel very close to Greek Palriament
14:27 Riot police entered the Metro Station at Syntagma Sq, beat the Metro workers with clubs and fired tear gas. (MEGA TV). It’s not clear why… Police remains inside the Metro station. A prosecutor is due to go and get the situation under control.
Video injured at the Metro Station – what people shout at police is not for young KTG-readers…
Video: Police beats protester laying on the ground
The Crack-Down Formula seems to have success: first some ‘hoodies’ create trouble and provoke riot police, police fires tear gas and starts beating, people get angry and scared, the rest is known… The demonstration falls apart, people get scared to join future protests.
There are reports of 2 injured protesters.
Reports about more injured protesters – police beat even journalists covering the protests – one report says a woman photographer was beaten in the face with the shield!
Greek media report of very violent beating by the police for no reason (skaitv).
Groups of youth hurle stones against riot police squads outside the parliament.
Video: police in the Syntagma Metro
Video: Hoodies hurl stones against riot police outside the Parliament, while the police had opened the street to …traffic
Video: Metro employee says “it’s a redicule for the Greek society, to be beatne by police. She says, police beat even the Metro workers wearing ID jackets. “We hvae called the polcie. But what? The police will come for the ..[riot] police? I don’t think they’ll come!”
15:44 Clashes between groups of youth and riot police continue at Syntagma Sq.
Video: Protesters (civil servants) lash out against riot police. “Who pays your salary? We do”, “Why do you beat us? We are just like you. 700Euro per month”
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16:48 Riot Police has moved inside the Syntagma Sq and has almost empted it from people. Riot police also pushed away journalists and photographers.
There are reports about detention – number unknown.
Video – earlier: Police fired tear gas at Metro entrance, people shout “No here, kids!” – Troublemakers destroy ticket machines – Metro workers urge police to leave
Incredible! Riot Policemen throw stones at protesters trapped at the stairs of the Metro and also spit at them! Voice: “Why are you spitting, idiot?”
17:46 according to latest reports, there is still tension at Syntagma Sq. and the area around. People gather, break apart, police chases them
Video – earlier: Protester (most likely civil servant) shouts to riot police: “Do YOU have a mother? Do you have balls?”
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Video: Police harasses journalists and photoreporters. Journos protest and some shout “Junta”.
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Police statement: 2 injured policemen. 12 detention, 9 arrests. One civilian injured by ‘unkown’
That’s the picture of the day I think!
Riot policeman punches photoreporter Tatiana Bolari – photo by Yannis Behrakis
Caption: “Greek photojournalist Tatiana Bolari is punched by riot policeman during a protest in Athens. Several members of the media were harassed and a few beaten by the police.” Yannis Behrakis on Facebook.
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