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Athens: Blind Violence Breaks Out as Roma Crowd Attacks Public Bus, Injures 6 Policemen

Bind violence broke out in Athens as crowd of angry Roma members attacked a public bus carrying passengers.  A group of some 150 people started to throw stones, wooden and iron sticks and other items at the bus of the line B12 Ano Liosia-Athens. The horrified passengers and bus driver fled the bus running away from the outbreak of violence.

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 Later the angry crowd attacked shops in the area damaging and looting some of them, while they set garbage bins on fire.

Greek media report that the members of Roma minority clashed also with the policemen called in the area.

“When policemen arrived at the scene, they came under gunfire” a statement by Greek Police said. One policeman was injured by a bullet, five by thrown stones. Some media claim that six policemen were injured by the gunfire and one by thrown stone.   

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The incident took place on Monday night in Ano Liosia suburb of Western Athens.

The Romas got out of control, when police arrested one of their members, a car driver involved in a traffic accident where a policeman was killed on Sunday night in a nearby area.  The driver of the car had neglected a STOP traffic sign and crashed with a motorbike of the Greek police.  One of the two policemen died on the spot, while the other is hospitalized with serious injuries.

Police forces are still present in the area, while peace returned in Ano Liosia, Menidi and Zephyri neighbouring suburbs.

Residents demand from the state to take measures and solve the problems…

 

 

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  1. “Residents demand from the state to take measures and solve the problems…”

    A good start would be ticketing drivers who don’t obey traffic signs!