Three policemen suspended in serious injury of protestor in Athens

Three MAT riot police officers and their squad leader were placed on suspension at noon Thursday by Greek Police (ELAS) chief Lefteris Economou after video footage showed them using excessive force during clashes with protestors in downtown Athens during a labor strike, in which a 31-year-old protestor was critically injured. A police headquarters announcement said that the three officers appearing in video footage uploaded on the internet using excessive force, and in particular mercilessly beating a fallen protestor in the street, have been identified and were placed on suspension.

The investigation into the incident was continuing, following orders from Citizens' Protection minister Christos Papoutsis, from Brussels, for immediate attribution of blame on all parties involved in the violence in Wednesday's incidents and to clarify the circumstances of the serious injury of 31-year-old protestor Yannis Kafkas, who was in critical condition at the Nikaia state hospital.

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