Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Greece: police close social centers and free radio in Patras, 16 arrested

On August 5th, 2013, at about 6.30am, uniformed and plainclothes cops raided and evicted three squatted spaces in Patras, namely Parartima squat on the corner of Corinthou and Aratou streets, Maragopouleio squat on Gounari street, and the Self-managed Hangout inside the Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Patras. All three squatted spaces were evicted and sealed off by police.

The repressive forces, aided by municipal authorities, confiscated various materials from the squats (including the equipment of the Patras free radio station Radio-Katalipsi 93.7FM), and even sealed up the entrance of Parartima squat with bricks.

A total of 16 comrades were detained: 5 squatters who resisted the raid from the rooftop of Maragopouleio squat, as well as 11 solidarians who tried to approach the squat while the eviction was underway. Soon thereafter, the 11 solidarians were released, but the 5 squatters from Maragopouleio are facing charges and were kept in custody at the police headquarters on Ermou street, where comrades held a solidarity gathering earlier in the morning. Also, at midday, a counter-information gathering took place at Olgas square.

Later the 5 arrestees appeared before public prosecutor and were all released, scheduled to appear in court on August 6th.

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