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16 Activists Arrested in Syntagma Square, Charged on Insubordination

25 activists from Spain, Italy, Ireland, France, as well as from Greece, participated in European demonstrations against the Greek crisis and the EU’s and the IMF’s policy.
16 were arrested early in the morning of May 15 in Syntagma Square in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens.
The activists organized a sit-in in the square to protest against the bad financial situation in Greece. When the city street sweepers asked them to move to clean the area, they refused.
The public workers informed the Municipality of Athens and as a result, they called the police, who arrested 16 of them on insubordination charges.
Deputy of Radical Left Coalition Tasos Kourakis, upon his arrival to the square, tried to inhibit the arrest. He later stated that “the [arrests] are illegal and show the governors’ terror. They realize that their exit from the country’s political scene seems possible and that Greece’s bad situation is supported by other Europeans.”
He continued, “They are afraid that such movements could turn the rotten to the core political system upside down. They’d better be sure that people will fight for their rights.”
Another leftist party, ANTARSYA, announced its opposition to the activists’ arrest and called a meeting today in the capital’s Syntagma square.

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