Chalkidiki: Arrests and injuries from a riot police attack on a demonstration of residents near the Skouries Gold MineChalkidiki: Arrests and injuries from a riot police attack on a demonstration of residents near the Skouries Gold MineChalkidiki: Arrests and injuries from a riot police attack on a demonstration of residents near the Skouries Gold MineChalkidiki: Arrests and injuries from a riot police attack on a demonstration of residents near the Skouries Gold MineChalkidiki: Arrests and injuries from a riot police attack on a demonstration of residents near the Skouries Gold MineChalkidiki: Arrests and injuries from a riot police attack on a demonstration of residents near the Skouries Gold Mine
Wednesday, February 19th 2014 15:50: During the protest residents of NE Chalkidiki at Hondro Dendro have been attacked by riot police who were beating and dragging residents on the ground. Women who were participating at the protest formed human chains to stop the passage of buses with workers who were coming out of the construction site. Riot police attacked the demonstrators by beating them and using tear gas resulting in three people being injured and transferred to a local health center, according to information confirmed there were three arrests, two women and a man from Ierissos. The detained women have been transferred to the Polygyros Police Station. (The Ierissos village police station was burned down and abandoned about a year ago during a massive attack on the village by police invading homes during the early hours of the morning and abducting people in the dark).

People are still laying down on the ground unconscious, there is a massive call for medical assistance and residents are standing by for ambulances to arrive. As ambulances are not arriving one man suffering with heart/chest problems is being transported with a patrol car. Live reporting from the sight heard on the “Red” radio station includes statements as “they are dragging women on the ground” and “they are dragging my uncle on the ground who is suffering from heart problems”. “A man is seriously injured and is lying on the ground. Riot police squads have remained at the scene for over half an hour and are waiting for  an ambulance and nothing came. We protest because they are once again breaking the law. They are clearing forest to open up the road, dumping dangerous mining waste, and are building structures without any permits. The police intervened and we did sit down in an act of civil disobedience and they have dragged the women to open up the road, they have arrested two women, one from Gomati and one from Ierissos. The two women injured have been beaten and dragged on the ground. We urgently need an ambulance, a man is suffering from heart problems is laying on the ground” said Lola Chrisouli, an Ierissos resident claimed at the “Red” radio station.

“They were dragging us and beating us, my uncle was showing them the wires to his heart pacer machine and they dragged him on the ground, meanwhile there was no ambulance coming for our assistance, but he is now transferred to the health center of Palaiochori. The situation was tragic, “said a resident Grand Mary, Mary  Karastergiou told the “Red”.

Latest update at 17:36:

According to the last update the three detain residents of Ierissos (two women and a man suffering from heart problems) have been charged while another woman is suffering a broken leg and is treated at a nearby health center. Those arrested are accused of unlawful violence and insubordination. The man was taken to a hospital for heart examination and was later released.

Near the “Hondro Dendro” site of the mining area residents have regrouped to protest an illegal installation and fabrication of temporary homes and offices that carry no legal permits.  While more than 200 residents have gathered in the area more and more buses carrying riot police are concentrating.

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One Response to “Chalkidiki: Arrests and injuries from a riot police attack on a demonstration of residents near the Skouries Gold Mine”

  • Maya:

    respect for the Greek people demonstrating!!!!! great health and recovery! here we also get out in the streets to demonstrate against abuses, good luck & support from Romania!!!

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