June 25, 2024

Athens News

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Provocateurs tried to set fire to a carriage with passengers

Hooded assailants, identified in left-wing media as “neo-Nazis,” doused a metro car full of passengers with gasoline at Monastiraki station in central Athens on Wednesday evening, recorded the arson attempt and posted it on social media.

Eyewitnesses told the media that they poured gasoline on the walls of the carriage, shouting “we will burn you!”

Creepy video taken from a Nazi manual. A neo-Nazi pours gasoline into a carriage to set it on fire. To burn people alive like his political ancestors did. And all this is at the most tourist station in the country, and the Greek police stand a little higher and give the Nazis time. When they intervened, they didn’t even try to catch the Nazis. Now let the CCTV footage come out so everyone can see the new police-Nazi collaboration.

Video posted on social media shows a group of neo-Nazis throwing liquid at the train, shouting slogans against anti-fascists, while one man shouts “burn them!”

Chemicals and batons inside Monastiraki metro station. Right-wing extremists attacked first migrants and then people participating in a previous anti-fascist rally in Neos Heraklion. Riot police joined the right-wing extremists.

According to the media, before the arson attempt, the far-right terrorized citizens in the subway, beating, first of all, migrants.

At the same time, the media note that the ultra-right behaved calmly, despite the presence of strong police forces in the area, who pursued the ultra-left who had previously attacked the police.

Victoria Square incidents: Anarchists beat up police officers and destroyed their motorcycles

When MAT decided to intervene, they fired tear gas, creating a suffocating atmosphere, and passengers began to flee to escape the worst.

Police were put on high alert for a gathering to mark the 10th anniversary of the killing of two members of the far-right Golden Dawn party in the Neo Heraklion suburb in northwestern Athens. At the same time, the ultra-left organized an anti-fascist rally in the same area, and the ultra-right held their meeting in the Chalandri area.

Later, both groups moved to the center of Athens, where the far right clashed with the far left in the area of ​​the Victoria Square and Monastiraki metro stations.

The police detained a total of 60 people, 14 of whom were changed to arrests. According to the newspaper efsyn, police told the press that among those arrested was a 29-year-old man who tried to set fire to a subway car.

On Thursday morning, police said they had opened an investigation into a possible incident of police brutality. Video footage posted on social media showed MAT officers beating a man they had detained and pinning him to the ground, state broadcaster ERt reported.

The police have been charged several times: for beating, for allowing rioters into the subway, and for using tear gas in the subway.

PS Despite warnings about possible clashes, the police acted extremely unprofessionally. At the same time, the impression is created of some kind of performance designed for the public. I make no claim to the truth in the first instance, but people who demonstratively pour gasoline on a subway car under video recording are either morons or provocateurs. And I would bet 100 to 1 on the second option.

It is also worth paying attention to the fact that after the change of leadership in the SYRIZA party there was a sharp activation of the actions of the ultra-left, in particular those who in Greece are called “Antifa” and “anarchists”. The activities of these groups were effectively suspended by the end of 2019, when the police liquidated several bases of these movements.

However, after Alexis Tsipras sold his position as president of SYRIZA to Stefanos Kasselakis, the party gained money, which, apparently, was sent to finance “helpers” from the ultra-left environment.

It is noteworthy that SYRIZA MP Nasos Ilioupolos has already demanded the resignation of the head of the Ministry of Citizen Protection (Ministry of Internal Affairs), citing the fact that “the police not only did not touch neo-Nazis, but arrested and beat innocent citizens and anti-fascists.”

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