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Police brutality against protesting student in Thessaloniki (video)

Greek police on Monday stripped a protesting student, forced him to lie on the ground, stepped on his chest and then tear gassed him. The footage below was taken at the campus of the University of Thessaloniki on Monday afternoon, where students gathered to protest the new Education law allowing presence of police at campuses and to demand “safe reopening of universities.”

At least four riot policemen drag the student and when they leave him on the ground they spray him with tear gas at a very close distance.

They did not allow anyone to offer assistance.

Police pushed back anyone trying to help or journalists trying to do their job claiming that they hinder the arrest.

According to local media, several students were injured and some detained.

Police intervened after the Rector of the University informed prosecuting authorities that the campus was under occupation.

Opposition parties SYRIZA< KKE and MeRA25 condemned the "raw violence" and described it as "government's antidemocratic derail."

In a statement the Greek police said when it intervened there were 30 people inside the building who caused damages. They were detained.

“Outside there were 150 people who threw paint and other items at the police,” the statement said further adding that it made limited use of teat gas.

However, the statement did not waste a single word on the excessive use of force to the one single student.

PS what is interesting is that when similar scenes come from neighboring Turkey, Greek Mainstream media are aghast about the brutality of Erdogan’s regime. I don’t remember to have watched the footage above on TV screens tonight, though.

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14 comments

  1. These are very serious crimes by the Greek police, and I hope that the students violently assaulted sue the fuck out of the right wing Mitsotakis government and drag it screaming into the European Court of Human Rights.

    This is a pivotal moment for Greece, when the people have to decide if they like fascism or would prefer the libertarian (and slightly chaotic) Greece of the past.

    • You have no idea how is it to live in a fascist regime… words have lost their exact meaning, this days, and people loose their historic sense..

      • I am talking of the future, not of the present — i.e. where things seem to be heading across the developed world. And I actually have a very good idea of what it is like to live under fascism, and consider this likely to return (with differences, of course) in the not too distant future.

        • But why, exactly? Those images? Yes, the police procedures might have been wrong, and, if so, they should be punished. But clashes between protesters and police happens everywere. Do you really Greece is at risk of a fascist regime, because of that? You really don’t, do you? Greece is a democratic and mature society.
          Look, i didn’t live fascism, myself. I was 12 year old when fascism was over, in my country, Portugal. But my great grandfather, a anarcho-sindicalist, workman in glass industry, was imprisioned and sent to Tarrafal (portuguese concentration camp for political prisioners, in what’s now Cape Vert, Africa), and my grandfather was emprisioned just because he listened to a forbidden radio station of portuguese resistants, at night. I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t agree with you…

          • Pedro: I think democracy is under threat across the entire world. This is not about Greece specifically; it is a general pattern that politicians are keen to subvert democratic and legal accountability. The UK is one of the worst cases in Europe (after Russia).

          • Do you seriously expect fascism in 2021 to look like fascism from 70-90 years ago? That’s naive, to say the least.

            The methods of fascism change, the effect and goals stay the same: oppression and consolidation of power. Stop searching for the fascist methods of the past, and look for the effects.

          • Yes, yes… I’m sure you feel very very opressed, my poor friends… Beware the dangers of 5G antennas too 😉

          • I won’t tell you what my grandfather, a communist, used to say about the little bourgeois and their complaints and reinvidications, like some of the protesters in Greece, now. The real problema in Greece, and elsewere, including my country, is poverty.

          • Sigh. What is wrong with you? The whole problem of declining commitment to democracy and legality is linked with politicians’ prioritization of big business and the wealthy. Increasing poverty, also of the middle class, is part of that problem: how do you think billionaires get to be rich — by paying good wages to their employees? You are clueless.

          • You just misunderstand the concepts and the reality. It’s like a confused mixture. What you descrive it’s not fascism, but the capitalist system. You risk banalizing the word fascism. As for the fights, there is a problem of ethics. Do the greek masses, particular the poors, or even the middle classes, identify themselves with the actions and reinvidications of those who occupy and, sometimes, destroy public property? To understand the problem, you have to answer this. Let’s see who’s clueless.

          • Clueless again. We no longer have capitalism, it is something far worse. Nor is it the fascism of the 1930s, of course. Who said it is? We have gone through the phase of “crony capitalism” and we appear to be metamorphosing into some sort of neo-feudalism/neo-fascism. But it’s too early to say what this horror will actually be.

  2. Seems like the Rector of the University called the police. The q is, was that right? Not condoning police violence and intimidation in any way but would they have turned up if he hadn’t called them?

  3. What is so amazing and sad all over he world is how so many police are willing to serve the elites and corrupt governments and are always ready to beat up on their fellow citizens and neighbors. Democracies are becoming a farce in so many countries. Governments increasingly DO NOT have the welfare of the people in mind; especially supra-national governments like the EU Brussels máfia.