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The grandson of Mikis Theodorakis among the arrested hooligans

18 November 2009 / 18:11:16  GRReporter
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Police arrested ten people, three out of who are underage, who rioted at the end of the rally on November 17. The arrested were taken to court, where the prosecutor charged them for attacking policemen. Six of the arrested have attacked the police with Molotov cocktails and tones in Exarhia neighborhood. One of them was charged for illegal possession of weapon. The prosecutor charged five of them for physically harming a person, damaging public property and violating public order.

One of the five, who is also grandson of the Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, is facing serious charged because he committed a crime with his face being hidden. The young man denied the accusations and said that he covered his face with a cloth so that he can put his motorcycle helmet on. The prosecutor also charged unknown criminals for arson, throwing explosive devices and other criminal activities.

Even though the rally passed relatively calm, the total number of arrested is 292. The police took stricter security measures around the Court House, where tens of rioters gathered to support the arrested. Friends and classmates of the 22 year old Antigoni Helioti, who also appeared in court, were also present. She is a suspect in a terrorist attack by “Conspiracy of the Fiery Nuclei”, so she also testified in front of the prosecutor. She is also charged for supplying, constructing and possession of explosive devices and bombs and installing an explosion device.

In front of the prosecutor Antigoni denied knowing the members of the terrorist organization and being in the apartment in Halandri, where her finger prints were found. She was released under the condition not to leave the country and to visit the police station every 1st and 15th of the month. The police arrested her and two other suspects close to the Polytechnic University few hours after placing a bomb in front of the house of PASOK member Mimis Androulakis.

The apartment in Halandri is used as a hiding place. Four other people, who visited the apartment, were arrested earlier and charged for participating in the organization. After arresting Antigoni the policemen searched her home, in order to try and find evidence of other people involved in the organization but without success.

Meanwhile minister of civil protection defined the new armed organizations as ”dangerous mix of criminals”. According to him they are terrorist organizations, in the true meaning and are dealing with drug trafficking and bank robberies. Minister Hrisohoidis blamed the previous government for being too patient during the last few years and promised to all citizens he will reveal all criminal groups. 

Tags: November 17 in Greece Riots in Greece Polytechnic University
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