Protest 'archer' released after testimony to magistrate

A man arrested during last week's protest march in Athens and charged with carrying an axe and a bow and arrows was released after testifying before an examining magistrate on Monday. Pictures of "The Archer", as he became known in the media, appeared in footage and photos of last Wednesday's strike rally and he faces criminal charges of attempted manslaughter.

He was released on condition that he does not leave the country and is required to report to a police station at regular intervals.

The suspect denied having an axe, saying that this had been "added" to the evidence supposedly confiscated on his person by police, and claimed that the bow was a fake and not capable of causing any harm. He also claimed that he had carried the bow for symbolic reasons.

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