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#37 05:13 Riot cop shot in Eksarhia, Athens; dozens of detentions in the area; house raids have started

(Breaking news)

  • UPDATE, 12:12 As reported in mainstream media, the riot cop was shot twice (at the thigh and near the shoulder). He underwent an operation and is in a non-life threatening condition. According to the cops, 72 people were detained over the night in Eksarhia. Indymedia reports put the number up to as many as 100.
  • UPDATE, 12:10 A few minutes ago the anarchist group “Anarchiki Syspeirosi” (anarchist crouch) informed us via indymedia that one of it’s members’ house was been raided and the comrade has been arrested.

(Comment: the idea that whoever shot the cop would chose to hide in Eksarhia, or would be active in one of the most public and well-known anarchist groups in the city is absurb, to say the least. What is happening in Athens and Eksarhia in particular at this moment is an obvious attempt by the police to predetermine a connection between the shooting and the movement that has been confronting them en mass for the past few weeks).

  • UPDATE, 05.13 At approximately 3.23 this morning a riot cop was shot while guarding a building of the ministry of culture in Eksarhia. Mainstream media outlets confirmed the news; apparently the riot cop is injured (not in a life-threatening condition) and currently undergoing an operation. Meanwhile, IMC reports that there is an extensive police operation in Eksarhia right now; riot police have raided a number of bars and cafes, beating and arresting people inside. The entire Eksarhia square seems to be cordoned off by police.


  1. Leah wrote:

    Ohhhh dear. Doesn’t sound good.

    Monday, January 5, 2009 at 7:48 am | Permalink
  2. prop wrote:

    wow. i wonder what will happen next. please keep us updated!

    Monday, January 5, 2009 at 8:00 am | Permalink
  3. Pieter wrote:

    I wonder who the heck are those provocateurs. That’s like what, the fourth gun-incident in the past weeks? Do you believe this really could be the anarchists turning so violent (I don’t really see the purpose of such an action)?

    Monday, January 5, 2009 at 10:39 am | Permalink
  4. Anarchist Solidarity wrote:

    Whether agents of the state or “comrades” their actions are against the movement and a provocation aimed at increasing repression. It serves no one but the state and it pisses on the collective action of many thousands of citizens in greece.

    Sounds dodgy anyway.

    Monday, January 5, 2009 at 11:36 am | Permalink
  5. G2000 wrote:

    Apparently there are dozens of house raids and “preventive” arrests. From my flat, I can hear also the police helicopter, which is usually present during demos – although there no reports of any demo at all…

    Monday, January 5, 2009 at 1:25 pm | Permalink
  6. Leonidas wrote:

    Maybe it is time for the students to issue a strong condemnation on this attack.

    Monday, January 5, 2009 at 2:33 pm | Permalink
  7. rojinegro wrote:

    shots on “the thigh and near the shoulder”… i dont want to sound like a conspiracy freak but that sounds really suspicious since those are probably some of the only body parts where bullet wounds are not life threatening at all

    ill wait to see the development of this but i wouldnt exclude a set up to give police an argument to do mass arrests

    Monday, January 5, 2009 at 2:56 pm | Permalink
  8. G2000 wrote:

    Online media ( report “preventive arrests” of students in Ptolemaida, too…

    Monday, January 5, 2009 at 3:02 pm | Permalink
  9. rojinegro wrote:

    i heard that the police officers were in a police van that was attacked by 3 men, is this true?

    Monday, January 5, 2009 at 3:08 pm | Permalink
  10. Pieter wrote:

    The Telegraph reports that the agent is in “stable but critical” condition after operations in chest and foot (foot?! someone can confirm that?)

    Apparently, they found 40 cartridges. 40 bullets, and only two hits?

    One must also note that the weapon used was the same that fired on the police van a couple of weeks back. Then, there were no casualties, but the engine and two tyres were hit. To hit specifically these 3 things is I think a rather difficult thing to do, which takes an experienced gunman and not some young anarchist who never had a gun in his hands before he obtained this weapon god knows where.

    Monday, January 5, 2009 at 3:39 pm | Permalink
  11. BUAHAHAHAHAS wrote:

    “No revolutionary group would choose…”
    I can’t stop laughing with this sentence!
    I don’t have an opinion about this attack, but this point is ridiculous! Hundreds of clashes and attacks have taken place in Eksarhia in the last 30 years, the Revolutionary Organization November 17th itself fired rockets against a riot police bus before some years, after a 15-year old boy again was shot, that means that November 17th group are/were cops?
    These arguments some try to make are ridiculous, maybe something else is behind that?

    Monday, January 5, 2009 at 7:00 pm | Permalink
  12. not laughing wrote:

    @BUAHAHAHAHAS: except, the sentence you “can’t stop laughing” with doesn’t even exist. You might want to read texts closer next time.

    What the report says, as I understand it, is that no group would chose to HIDE in Eksarhia directly AFTER the attack, nor any of its members would be active in an OPEN anarchist group with PUBLIC activity. Nothing to laugh about.

    Monday, January 5, 2009 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

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