Union anger over probe

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The union rep­re­sent­ing the Greek Po­lice’s spe­cial guards yes­ter­day is­sued a com­plaint over a de­ci­sion by the force to take dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against union chief Vasil­ios Doumas over the lat­ter’s de­scrip­tion of Exarchia, the cen­tral Athens neigh­bor­hood which has a rep­u­ta­tion as an an­ar­chist strong­hold, as “the new state of Exarchis­tan.” Doumas’s re­ac­tion came after POASY, the umbrella union for po­lice of­fi­cers, tried to hold a gath­er­ing in Exarchia Square to draw at­ten­tion to law­less­ness in the area and to the dif­fi­cul­ties faced by po­lice who reg­u­larly come un­der at­tack by fire­bomb-wield­ing an­ar­chists in the area. The gov­ern­ment and op­po­si­tion New Democ­racy clashed last week after au­thor­i­ties banned a sched­uled gath­er­ing by POASY mem­bers in Exarchia. The union con­demned the dis­ci­plinary ac­tion as an “ef­fort to to­tally gag free and and healthy mil­i­tant union rhetoric.”

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