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Left activists beat up a policeman in Syntagma Square

08 April 2012 / 14:04:13  GRReporter
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After the funeral of Dimitris Christoulas the gathered demonstrators on the central square of Athens organized a procession. Crossing "Vouliagmenis" Avenue they headed to the place where 77-year-old retiree had committed suicide. There they laid flowers and chanted slogans.

Part of the crowd attacked the guarding policemen. They removed the jacket, baton, body armour and Bluetooth device of one of the police officers. Then they hung the stolen objects on the tree under which Christoulas had put an end to his life.

The policeman had to be hospitalized right away.

The funeral of Dimitris Christoulas ended shortly after 3:00 in the afternoon at the Athens First Cemetery. According to his own desire his mortal remains will be flown to Bulgaria, where he will be cremated.

The coffin of the pensioner was placed on an improvised pedestal in front of the cemetery.

Relatives, friends and many strangers had gathered at Athens First Cemetery to say their farewell to the 77-year-old pensioner. When the coffin arrived the crowd erupted in applause and began chanting slogans.

In her funeral speech, his daughter noted that her father’s action has deep political meaning. A message was read from famous composer Mikis Theodorakis, in which he emphasized the "political legacy" left by Dimitris Christoulas, who chose to end his life precisely on Syntagma Square, in front of the Greek Parliament.

Messages were read during the funeral from different organizations, and finally sounded the song “Who is chasing my life” by Manos Eleftheriou and Mikis Theodorakis.

Tags: Greece protest suicide Syntagma police attack
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