World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 25 Mar, 2021 04:00 am

Increasing police violence in Greece as coronavirus crisis escalates

Increasing police violence in Greece as coronavirus crisis escalates
Protests against police violence broke out after the police brutally attacked a young man in the Athens district of Nea Smyrni.

The government of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of Nea Dimokratia (ND, New Democracy) has ordered indiscriminate police violence against any stirrings of resistance and is increasingly resorting to dictatorial means to intimidate and terrorise workers and youth.The events in the Athens neighbourhood of Nea Smyrni earlier this month were the starting point in the latest orgy of police violence.Two days later, on March 9, larger protests against police violence took place in Nea Smyrni, which ended in violent clashes.In parliament, the day after the incident in Nea Smyrni, Mitsotakis attacked the youth who had shared photos, videos and comments against police violence on social media.

Protests against police violence took place in Thessaloniki and Athens the evening after the eviction.” But the pseudo-left opposition party Syriza (Coalition of the Radical Left) and its leader Alexis Tsipras, who now accuses the government of failure and authoritarianism, shares responsibility for the disastrous coronavirus situation and the massive police violence.

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