New Democ­racy calls out gov’t over lat­est un­rest

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New Democ­racy has slammed the gov­ern­ment in the af­ter­math of vi­o­lent clashes on Thursday be­tween self-styled an­ar­chists and riot po­lice in the cen­tral Athens district of Exarchia. The un­rest came after the gov­ern­ment on Wednesday banned a sched­uled gath­er­ing by mem­bers of the POASY po­lice of­fi­cers’ union in Exarchia. Ci­ti­zens’ Pro­tec­tion Min­is­ter Nikos Toskas said it would be provoca­tive for po­lice to gather in the neigh­bor­hood – a strong­hold of anti-es­tab­lish­ment groups. How­ever, New Democ­racy, which has long ac­cused the gov­ern­ment of turn­ing a blind eye to the ac­tiv­i­ties of anti-es­tab­lish­ment groups in Exarchia, said the ban was tan­ta­mount to an ad­mis­sion that the district is a no-go area for po­lice. “Not even 24 hours have gone by since Toskas ad­mit­ted that Exarchia is a no-go area,” ND said, adding that in­stead of al­low­ing a peace­ful demon­stra­tion by po­lice, the gov­ern­ment chose to “de­liver the city cen­ter of Athens to law­less­ness and an­ar­chy.” Toskas shot back yes­ter­day say­ing that far-right fac­tions within ND were be­hind POASY’s plans for a gath­er­ing in Exarchia, and that the clashes on Thursday night vin­di­cated the de­ci­sion to call off the event.

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