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Greece campus police plan met with protests

Police have used tear gas to disperse crowds at a rally in Athens organized to protest plans to set up a state security division at university campuses.

Mass gatherings are banned under current lockdown rules imposed because of the pandemic, but members and supporters of student and left-wing groups joined a rally Thursday near parliament in central Athens.

Scores arrested in Exarchia on Grigoropoulos anniversary

Police said on Monday that 399 people were detained in the central Athens neighborhood of Exarchia on Sunday during commemorations for the 12th anniversary of the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy by a police officer.

Of these, 143 were arrested and charged with violating the ban on gatherings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The empty streets of Athens

Saturday evenings and Sundays make you painfully aware that there's a pandemic, as the center of Athens is like a desert landscape come Saturday afternoon. Thoroughfares like Solonos Street, especially, become ghosts of their former selves. Combined with the early nightfall and chilly weather, you definitely feel that something's wrong.

Recent arson attacks, violence may be linked to anarchist turf war

Police in Athens are investigating whether a spate of arson attacks on "establishment" targets and a fight involving members of a soccer fan club may be part of an effort by organized anarchist groups to establish new turf in other parts of the city center after being ousted from the downtown district of Exarchia.

In Pandemic-Era Greece, Fighting for Control of the Square

The raid, following another one two days earlier, triggered fierce debate over the role of police in enforcing public health measures as Greece begins to lift its COVID-19 lockdown, amid accusations that security forces - frequently accused of acting unaccountably - are being used by the conservative government to promote gentrification in a city where years of extreme austerity since 2010 have

Value of stolen university equipment estimated at 200,000

The value of the equipment stolen from the laboratories and offices of professors at the National Technical University of Athens and the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens by two Albanian nationals with a prior criminal record has been estimated at 200,000 euros, according to police.

Twenty-six suspected Kurdish militants detained, weaponry seized in counterterrorism sweep

Greece's anti-terrorism service detained 26 people and seized heavy weaponry including anti-tank arms in a large, ongoing counterterrorism operation in central Athens on Thursday to dismantle a suspected far-leftist militant group, police sources cited by state-run news agency ANA-MPA said.

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