Greek Prosecutor Defends Leniency Toward Anarchist Squatters

Squads of Greek at the neighborhood of Koukaki, Athens. (Photo by Eurokinissi/ Stelios Missinas)

ATHENS – The chief prosecutor in Greece’s capital said he didn’t go easy in charging 20 people caught squatting in a building with misdemeanors as part of an operation to rid the area of anarchist occupiers.

In a statement, Evangelos Ioannidis said the charges “were brought following an evaluation of the evidence presented to the prosecutors and collected as part of the police pre-trial investigation,” reported Kathimerini.
He said that, “The only one with the competence to assess the indictment is the criminal court,” as a number of serious offenses were downgraded by the former ruling Radical Left SYRIZA from felonies to misdemeanors.

The charges brought against the squatters include disturbance of the peace, attempt to inflict serious bodily damage, serious damage of property and violence against police, said the paper, as police kept up raids on occupied buildings during a crackdown.

Six police officers were injured during the operation in the neighborhood of Koukaki under the Acropolis where anarchists returned to two buildings cleared by squatters last December and had to be taken out again.

The union of Attica police’s special guards said it would go to court to try to change the charge of attempting to inflict bodily damage to attempted homicide with some objects tossed at police squads.