|Posted by moodhacker on July 23, 2017 at 12:10 AM|
Broken shop windows, shards of broken glass scattered on the street, cardboard “patches” over their windows and looks of despair on shop-owners’ faces was the result of a July night’s protests by extreme anti-establishment activists who marched to express their rage against a court decision that rejected an appeal by Irianna, a 29-year-old activist for the suspension of her prison sentence.
The activists, who shared a video on their website with live coverage of the destructions in the heart of Athens and the historical center, started breaking windows and spraying paint on walls after they had finished with their march of support for the 29-year-old.
The hooded group of individuals descended on Ermou street and attacked the shops uninhibited as there was no police presence. After a while police forces intervened and used tear gas to disperse the group.
The protest callled during the night of the same day at Monastiraki where hunreds of people took part, quickly turned into a riot, leading to the destruction of one of the most expensive shopping streets in Europe, namely Ermou St.
14 people were arrested and were taken to police headquarters where they stayed overnight.
On Tuesday morning 13 of the detained were released with no charges. Ermou street shopkeepers claimed police were absent last night during the attacks when the vandals started breaking windows, but today their presence was more conspicuous. The Mayor of Athens, George Kaminis said they wanted to cripple the economic activity of the capital. It is a second incident in just a few days after a Greek-Australian tourist with his family were attacked on Sunday by a group of masked individuals for shopping on Sunday.