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Greek Police Director Ousted after Anarchists Hit Iranian Embassy

September 19, 2018

ATHENS – A Greek police precinct director was removed from that position in the wake of a attack on the Iranian Embassy by members of the anarchist group Rouvikonas, who struck as a police guard stayed in a security booth and did nothing to stop them.

The director, who was not named, took the fall for the security breach because the Embassy is under his jurisdiction but union representing police officers and security guards said he’s being unfairly singled out.

Critics have complained that the ruling Radical Left SYRIZA of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, which is riddled with anarchist and terrorist sympathizers, doesn’t want Rouvikonas members arrested in a bid to re-establish Leftist credentials after surrendering to international lenders and Capitalists to get a third bailout, for 86 billion euros ($100.62 billion) to prop up the economy.

The director will be transferred to another division, said Kathimerini, a move drawing the ire of the Panhellenic Federation of Police Officers which also accused the leadership of the Greek Police (ELAS) of looking for “scapegoats in order to cover up the criminal responsibilities of those who have allowed, with their omissions and decisions, the uncontrollable activity of Rouvikonas and all those hiding behind hoods.”

The union of special guards blasted the state for trying to blame lawlessness on police officers.
“It is at least unacceptable to seek to pass on the responsibility for the state’s inability to stop Rouvikonas through justice to the policeman’s possible inadequacy,” the union said and called on the ELAS leadership to recall the “ostracism” of their colleagues so they can be “tried” by disciplinary bodies.

The guard who was on duty as 10 Rouvikonas members smashed the guard box and threw paint at the building is to return to patrol duty and police are investigating why an emergency warning system had been out of order and why the guard did not fire warning shots or use a stun grenade.

A member of Rouvikonas said on Facebook that the guard’s reaction was proper. “What was he supposed to do? Spray with the automatic [weapon]?” he asked, adding that that “some journalists want blood.” “But you should know that blood brings more blood,” the post said.

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