Greek Police, Coast Guard in Disagreement after Drug Raid in Exarchia Left 2 Men Injured



File photo: A street view in Exarchia

Hellenic Police and the Hellenic Coast Guard are in disagreement over operational procedures after two men of the latter were injured following a drug raid in Exarchia on Thursday night.

Eight men of the coast guard accompanied by a prosecutor raided a squat in the high crime Exarchia neighborhood in central Athens, following a lead on drug trafficking. They found 1.5 kilograms of cannabis and a precision scale. Two women who were on the premises were remanded.

However, upon exiting the building, the coast guard officers were attacked by a group of about 50 people with their faces covered with hoods and helmets, armed with clubs and knives, while one even brandished an AK 47 assault rifle, the officials claimed.

One of the coast guard men was stabbed in the thigh with a knife, while another received several severe punches and kicks in the face. During the fracas, one of the two women escaped. The two men are hospitalized at the Athens Navy Hospital.

The assailants also stole the handguns and personal items of the two coast guard officers.

After the event, an argument between police and the coast guard was generated, with the latter saying that the Exarchia Police Station was informed of the raid but never responded.

Police, on the other hand, claim that they received no timely official notification from the coast guard, therefore they did not send any officers to assist in the raid.