Commenting a day after a government minister called for tough charges against anarchists evicted from squats in Koukaki over the weekend, the head of the Athens prosecutor's office, Evangelos Ioannidis, said that the evidence submitted to judicial officials by police justified misdemeanor charges, not felonies.
In the wake of the controversy that followed a police operation to empty two squats in Koukaki over the weekend, State Minister Giorgos Gerapetritis said on Monday that evicted squatters who hurled blocks of concrete and other projectiles at officers should face felony rather than misdemeanor charges.
A police operation was underway on Saturday to remove anarchists from two recently evacuated squats in the district of Koukaki in central Athens.
The buildings on 45 Matrozou and 21 Panetolikou Streets had been cleared by riot police in a sweeping operation on December 18 last year, but anarchists returned on Saturday afternoon, according to media reports.
Self-styled anarchists on Monday occupied the Greek Consulate in Berlin to express solidarity with squatters in Athens where police have in recent weeks been cracking down on occupied buildings.
A group of around 15 people occupied the office, hanging a black banner out of the windows reading "Solidarity with the squats" alongside the anarchist symbol.
The events that transpired during a riot police raid in the district of Koukaki on Wednesday morning to clear a squat were further blurred on Thursday after people claiming to be the occupants of the building targeted said the family members who were eventually arrested had nothing to do with their squat.
Police officers are seen entering an occupied building in the Athens neighborhood of Koukaki, one of three squats cleared early on Sunday. Nine people - seven Greeks and two foreign nationals - were arrested. Among those detained were two men and their father who were in a building that the police entered to gain access to one of the squats and who allegedly attempted to stop the officers.
Citizens' Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis on Wednesday responded to a letter from jurist and academic Nikos Alivizatos, who heads a committee established by the minister to monitor police behavior, regarding allegations of police brutality during a crackdown on anarchist squats in the downtown Athens district of Koukaki earlier in the day.
Hellenic Police (ELAS) spokesman Theodros Chronopoulos on Wednesday defended the controversial arrest of two men and their father during a raid on an anarchist squat in the downtown Athens district of Koukaki earlier in the day, as the incident has come under scrutiny amid claims that officers forced their way into the family's home without a warrant.