Greek National Guard Member Dismissed over Offensive Social Media Post

September 14, 2020

ATHENS — The leadership of the National Guard Battalion on the island of Lesvos on Monday announced that a member of its ranks based in Kalloni, Lesvos has been permanently dismissed from the volunteer force after posting offensive comments on social media, where he referred to shooting at "natural moving targets" at the new asylum-seekers' camp set up in a former firing range.

The specific national guard posted a picture of himself in uniform, during a past exercise on the firing range that will house the hosting facility, with the following comment: "Here I am at the firing range where they are pitching the tents…I can't wait until we do firing practice again, this time with natural moving targets."

His dismissal was carried out in accordance to national guard rules for insubordination or safety. Sources say he handed over his weapon on Sunday and that prosecuting authorities have been asked to investigate the case.


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