Van­dals in cap­i­tal will be reined in, says Toskas

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Amid a spike of protests and van­dal­ism by self-styled an­ar­chists, Al­ter­nate Ci­ti­zens’ Pro­tec­tion Min­is­ter Nikos Toskas has told Kathimerini that au­thor­i­ties have an overview of their ac­tiv­i­ties and iden­ti­ties, and “will grad­u­ally im­mo­bi­lize them.”

Com­ment­ing on a van­dal­ism spree on the cap­i­tal’s Er­mou Street last Mon­day night, which left dozens of store­fronts shat­tered, Toskas de­nied re­ports that the po­lice had been present but failed to in­ter­vene, claim­ing that the riot be­gan sud­denly, fol­low­ing a protest in sol­i­dar­ity with a jailed ter­ror­ism con­vict. “There is no hes­i­ta­tion in deal­ing with the hood­ies,” he said, us­ing the col­lo­quial ex­pres­sion for self-styled an­ar­chists who cause trou­ble at protests. “It’s just that some­times, things hap­pen that you don’t have time to ad­dress,” he said. Vi­o­lent protests are not un­usual in Euro­pean cities, he added, re­fer­ring to re­cent up­heaval in Paris and Ham­burg.

Toskas said he has “pressed” the po­lice to pro­vide him with “spe­cific in­for­ma­tion, a com­plete overview of the trou­ble­mak­ers.” “In to­tal we are talk­ing about around 40 peo­ple who are caus­ing dam­age,” he said adding that “we will try to im­mo­bi­lize them in due course.”

In the in­ter­view with Kathimerini, Toskas also re­ferred to a war of words be­tween the gov­ern­ment and the ju­di­ciary, not­ing that rul­ings are not set in stone. “Ques­tion­ing the de­ci­sions of courts is a ba­sic el­e­ment of an­cient Greek democ­racy,” he said.

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