Police violence in Greece : 2010-2012

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October 16, 2012 by pavlospapathanasiou

Scenes of 500.000 or 1 million peaceful demonstrators protesting in the streets of Athens against the Troika-Memorandum policies is a fact that most of the dominant media would not broadcast; similarly they would not air scenes of excessive violence used by the Greek Police with the government approval, a blind violence against young or elder people with no specific criteria. So far there has not been reported a single protest elsewhere in Europe but in Athens, where tear gas has been used against peaceful protesters even inside the Metro rail system.(1)

Three different Public Order and Citizen Protection Ministers since the adoption of the Memorandum in 2010 did not manage to convince the public opinion for the necessity of such an excessive violence which is already denounced many times by various NGOs like Amnesty International (2) But who can deny the right of peaceful and massive demonstrations to people who see their incomes reducing, their quality of life deteriorating and their rights to be limited? Unfortunately Samaras administration did not change this tactic ,despite promising the opposite (3) and there are many who bet that this fact will be one of the basic reasons for her potential early collapse.

(1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_mkuwRIqCM Athens Riots June 2011 raw footage

(2) http://www.amnesty.org/en/for-media/press-releases/greece-urged-not-use-excessive-force-during-protests-2011-06-16 Amnesty International : Greece urged not to use excessive force during protests -June 2011

(3) http://www.newsbeast.gr/greece/arthro/406746/telos-ta-himika-stis-diadiloseis/ Current Public Order and Civic Protection Minister promises to cease the tear gas use during protests – September 2012 (in Greek)


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