Toskas de­nies an­ar­chist group en­joys im­mu­nity

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Ci­ti­zens’ Pro­tec­tion Min­is­ter Nikos Toskas on Satur­day de­nied ac­cu­sa­tions that the an­ar­chist group Rou­vikonas (Ru­bi­con), which has been re­spon­si­ble for dozens of at­tacks against per­ceived sym­bols of the es­tab­lish­ment, en­joys im­mu­nity from pros­e­cu­tion. His com­ments to a lo­cal news­pa­per came in re­sponse to ac­cu­sa­tions that the gov­ern­ment was too le­nient on a group of a dozen or so mem­bers of Rou­vikonas who broke through se­cu­rity at Par­lia­ment last week to en­ter the court­yard, where they chanted anti-gov­ern­ment slo­gans, threw fliers and held up a ban­ner be­fore de­part­ing. The pro­test­ers were briefly de­tained and re­leased. “There was no vi­o­lence from ei­ther side, which is why the order to re­lease them was given, with the agree­ment of the par­lia­men­tary spokesman,” Toskas said, re­fer­ring to the fact the pro­test­ers did not clash with po­lice. Rou­vikonas has been as­so­ci­ated with vi­o­lence in other in­ci­dents, such as at­tacks on pub­lic trans­port ticket in­spec­tors and van­dal­iz­ing state agen­cies.

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