Greeks Protest Police Brutality, 3 Officers Injured in Athens

At least 6,000 attended a protest against police brutality in the Athenian neighborhood of Nea Smyrni which lead to violent clashes that left three officers injured.

The protests were organized after a video on social media circulated showing a police officer in the same area beating a young man with a baton during a patrol last Sunday. 

The protesters marched while holding banners that read “cops out of our neighborhoods” and “parks are for laughing, not for hearing the words ‘I’m in pain'”.

The demonstrations were mainly peaceful until some hooded protesters threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at police and journalists.

Police responded by deploying water cannons and tear gas after the protesters started setting fire to garbage bins. 

Footage from the scene showed a police officer lying on the ground and appeared to have a head injury. 

Another police officer was reportedly beaten up by the protesters after getting dragged from his motorcycle. 

Police have also arrested several protesters who were allegedly carrying iron bars and molotovs after the clashes. 

Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Mitsotakis made an announcement after the clashes calling for calm and that “blind rage leads nowhere.”

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