Thessaloniki: anarchists have abandoned the police "Cocktails and Mototov"

In Thessaloniki, Molotov cocktails flew at the police during an anarchist protest. The demonstrators also set fire to garbage cans. The security forces responded with tear gas and batons. According to police, 30 people have been arrested.

Anarchists protested against police action at the University of Thessaloniki. On January 13, the police detained 15 people for seizing the pharmacological laboratory of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, which was evacuated yesterday morning after a police operation, released pending trial.

Protester caught fire

During the incidents, a masked protester slipped while running in the direction of the Moscow Art Theater and fell on the pavement, where a fire was burning, as a result of which he was engulfed in flames.

“Molotov cocktail” thrown through the window, causing a fire in the apartment on the ground floor on Arrianu street, no one was hurt.

Police official statement:

Today at noon (15-01-2022) a protest rally took place in Kamaras Square regarding the evacuation of occupied AUTh premises.

From the outset, police forces were deployed in the area and carried out inspections over a wider area. The available forces identified and detained 4 (four) people, as they were found to have a large amount of drugs.

At the end of the procession, at the height of Kamara Square, a group of people unnecessarily and unprovokedly threw objects (stones, etc.) at the police officers, as well as Molotov cocktails.

The immediate police response prevented a further escalation.

A total of 30 (thirty) people were arrested, of which 27 (twenty-seven) (including four for violating the Law on Addictive Substances), while it is noted that one of the arrests concerns throwing an improvised incendiary explosive device (crime).

The preliminary investigation is being carried out by the Thessaloniki Security Directorate.

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