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Fatal Friday the 13th for the Greek police

14 March 2009 / 11:03:56  GRReporter
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This Friday the 13th was fatal for the Greek police. There were three serious incidents in Athens and one in Thessaloniki. Vandals raged around the center of Athens and Thessaloniki and caused material damages for millions of Euros and it was by accident that no one got hurt. A 24 year old man robbed a bank and hid in a warehouse. The police surrounded him and after five hours managed to arrest him. A policeman shot at a coffee house owner on the central street Adrianou under the Acropolis, thankfully the life of the man is out of danger.

Around noon, over 40 youngsters appeared in the central neighborhood Kolonaki armed with wooden, metal bats and stones and started breaking everything around. According to witnesses, the group gathered on Dexameni square and separated into smaller groups before going to different small streets. Many store, bank and car windows were broken. The vandals were especially merciless when it came to luxury cars. Except for all the damages, they left behind a manifest for freeing their anarchist friend who robbed the bank. Witnesses say that later on the vandals went to the Law University, where they joined the striking students and later on disappeared unpunished. The police arrived at the devastated areas at least ten minutes after the vandals had left. A little bit earlier, Thessaloniki became a witness of a similar rage. Vandals armed with bats and stones broke an ATM, bank windows and a supermarket. There were no victims.

Again, around noon a 24 year old man from Kazakhstan robbed a Millenium Bank branch in Pieria. Employers of the bank and some customers started chasing him and he hid in a nearby warehouse, where the police surrounded him. With the help of a psychologist, the police was negotiating with him for hours before he surrendered a bit after 07:00pm. When he was arrested the police saw that the gun he was using was fake but the hand grenade, which he was holding in his other hand was real. Today, the man will be questioned by the prosecutor.

Another accident in the center of Athens, right under the Acropolis. Because of personal reasons a policeman shot at a coffee house owner on Adrianou street – maybe the liveliest tourist street in Athens. The injured was shot in the shoulder and taken to the hospital by his son. Four hours later the policeman surrendered himself.

Meanwhile, for a second time in one month, the US Department of State warned all US citizens to avoid going around the central neighborhood Exarhia and Omonia square after 09:00pm until dawn because of the hooliganism, political violence and terrorism.  

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