Seven People Charged in Sunday’s Riots in Athens



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Six men and a woman who were arrested on Sunday’s clashes at Syntagma Square  were charged with two criminal offenses and six misdemeanors by the Athens public prosecutor on Monday.

The violent clashes which occurred outside the Greek parliament on Sunday during a demonstration against the Prespa Agreement led the police to use a great deal of tear gas, causing political and public outrage across Greece.

All seven of the arrested individuals were taken to a public prosecutor’s office on Monday, where they denied the accusations against them.

They now face charges for making and using explosives, as well as misdemeanor-level charges of attempting to inflict grievous bodily harm on police officers during the performance of their duties. They are also charged with damage to public property, resisting arrest, illegal use of weapons and violation of the law on using flares.

All seven must now appear before an examining magistrate.

According to the state-run AMNA news agency, the seven individuals deny any involvement in the clashes and claim that they were arrested a long time after the events took placed  at a different location. They state they were trying to get away from the demonstration due to the heavy use of tear gas.

According to the Greek police, 46 people were injured, including 24 police officers, during Sunday’s clashes, which took place at the end of what had been until that time a peaceful demonstration.