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They "did not pay" first and then burst into the traffic police station

12 April 2011 / 20:04:11  GRReporter
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The police in Corinth detained three members of the "I do not pay" movement for their involvement in the burning of penalty fine slips issued to individuals who refused to pay tolls.

A group of about 20 members of the movement burst late Sunday night into the building of the traffic police station on the highway in Corinth. Another 25 of their followers waited them outside

"Our duty is to enforce the law. We are not against you," said one of the heads of the police station while trying to stop the attackers. However, they "confiscated" the duplicates of all the slips issued to drivers who passed without paying the toll. Two men and a woman were detained during the unprecedented action.
The woman who was arrested first in Patras where she lives was freed on Monday evening following the oral prosecutor's order. The men were taken to the prosecutor today to testify. He ordered the extension of the preliminary investigation to enable the police to find the other seventeen people who burst into the traffic police station. The two arrested men were released after the questioning.

According to the police officers who were in the traffic police station during the attack on the building, the members of the movement held a flag with the inscription "I do not pay." They requested to be returned the registration documents and plates and the driving licenses that the traffic police officers took after their refusal to pay the tolls. Then they burst into the building, stole the copies of the slips and burned them in the yard.

Despite the violent actions, the members of the movement have failed to make away with the slips. Police officers explained that the slips are described in the official register of the police station and can be restored anytime.

Under the new traffic rules, the penalty for toll evasion is a fine of 200 euros and taking the documents of the car and the driver for a month. The participants in the attack on the traffic police station were charged of disturbing the peace and taking documentation.

At the same time, the enforcing of the law against fare dodgers in public transportation would nearly cause loss of human life.

A ticket collector of the public transport was shot with an air pistol during the inspection yesterday. When the collector asked a man to show him his ticket, he pointed a weapon at him and wounded him in the abdomen.
The ticket collector was taken to hospital to be given first aid and the police are searching for the armed fare dodger.

Tags: SocietyI do not pay movementTraffic policeDocuments taking outTicket collectorAir pistol
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