Clashes have erupted between Athens police and protesters supporting a jailed far-left hitman, who was hospitalized after an extended starvation strike. Officers deployed irritant gases in an try and muscle the mob right into a metro station.
Scuffles between dozens of left-wing protesters and legislation enforcement erupted in central Athens on Friday.
Footage from the scene reveals the police and the indignant crowd participating in a shoving match at a metro station entrance. The authorities deployed irritant gases as they tried to push the protesters into the station. The demonstrators, in flip, doused the police with a hearth extinguisher.
The nation has seen a sequence of current protests in assist of Dimitris Koufontinas, a convicted hitman of the now-defunct November 17 far-left group, who’s serving a number of life sentences for his killings.
Koufontinas, who was discovered responsible of killing 11 individuals, demanded a switch from a high-security jail in Domokos, situated in central Greece, to Korydallos jail in Athens, so he may very well be near his household. The switch, nonetheless, was rejected, as the ability solely homes suspects in pre-trial detention slightly than convicted inmates, and the hitman subsequently went on starvation strike.
He refused meals for some 50 days and his well being has significantly deteriorated in consequence. The 63-year-old is now in “vital situation” and “borderline comatose,” his kin have instructed AFP.
The November 17 terrorist group was lively between 1975 and the early 2000s. It dedicated over 20 high-profile killings, with Turkish diplomats, a British navy attache and even a CIA station chief amongst its victims.
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