Trial of 18 officers postponed
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.