Trial of 18 of­fi­cers post­poned

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The trial of 18 po­lice­men ac­cused of putting cit­i­zens’ safety at risk dur­ing anti-aus­ter­ity protests in Athens on June 29, 2011 was yes­ter­day post­poned un­til Au­gust 16. The po­lice of­fi­cers, mem­bers of the MAT anti-riot and mo­tor­cy­cle-rid­ing DIAS squads, face charges of caus­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm and ex­pos­ing cit­i­zens to dan­ger. The case file notes the types of in­juries, par­tic­u­larly those to the head, suf­fered by pro­test­ers and also con­tains ev­i­dence that the po­lice failed to help the in­jured. It also con­tains ev­i­dence that sug­gests po­lice of­fi­cers threw rocks and made use of tear gas in­side the metro sta­tion at Syn­tagma Square.

Farm­ers’ protest.

Farm­ers from Evros in north­ern Greece all the way to Crete in the south­ern Aegean will be park­ing their trac­tors and trucks in cen­tral squares to­day as they gear up for ex­tended ac­tion to press de­mands to the gov­ern­ment. Farm­ers met in Larissa, cen­tral Greece, over the weekend and de­cided to be­gin in­dus­trial ac­tion to­day to de­mand the abo­li­tion of a reg­u­la­tion forc­ing them to keep books record­ing their rev­enues and spend­ing. They are also ask­ing for an in­crease in their tax-free thresh­old and for mea­sures to help them set­tle over­due debts. Greece’s farm­ers are ex­pected to in­crease their ac­tion by clos­ing off na­tional high­ways as they have done in the past if their de­mands are not met.

Gas deaths.

An el­derly cou­ple who were found dead in their home by neigh­bors in the vil­lage of Di­a­vato in Imathia, north­ern Greece, are be­lieved to have been poi­soned by gas from a small range used for cook­ing. Po­lice called to the scene by neigh­bors who en­tered the house and found the two el­derly res­i­dents, both aged 87, ly­ing on the ground, as­cer­tained that their small gas cooker had been left on.

An­tiq­ui­ties smug­gling.

Po­lice in Thes­saly, cen­tral Greece, have ar­rested five peo­ple sus­pected of smug­gling an­tiq­ui­ties. The po­lice op­er­a­tion was on­go­ing late yes­ter­day. Greece’s ar­chae­o­log­i­cal her­itage means it has long been a tar­get for il­le­gal an­tiq­ui­ties traders.

Teen mug­gers.

Three teenagers have been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of mug­ging pas­sen­gers on the Athens metro and Proas­ti­akos sub­ur­ban rail­way, po­lice said yes­ter­day. Two of sus­pects are aged 17 and one is 15. They were ar­rested in Pi­raeus on Fri­day.

Fire­bombs.

Un­known as­sailants yes­ter­day night launched four Molo­tov cock­tails at a riot po­lice squad posted near PASOK’s head­quar­ters in the cen­tral Athens dis­trict of Exarchia. No one was in­jured in the at­tack.

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