ATHENS – The chief prosecutor in Greece’s capital said he didn’t go easy in charging 20 people caught squatting in a building with misdemeanors
Greek Prosecutor Defends Leniency Toward Anarchist Squatters

Greek Prosecutor Defends Leniency Toward Anarchist Squatters

Greek Prosecutor Defends Leniency Toward Anarchist Squatters

Greek Prosecutor Defends Leniency Toward Anarchist Squatters

Greek Prosecutor Defends Leniency Toward Anarchist Squatters

Greek Prosecutor Defends Leniency Toward Anarchist Squatters
Greek Prosecutor Defends Leniency Toward Anarchist Squatters
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ATHENS – The chief prosecutor in Greece’s capital said he didn’t go easy in charging 20 people caught squatting in a building with misdemeanors as part of an operation to rid the area of anarchist occupiers.

In a statement, Evangelos Ioannidis said the charges “were brought following an evaluation of the evidence presented to the prosecutors and collected as part of the police pre-trial investigation,” reported Kathimerini.
He said that, “The only one with the competence to assess the indictment is the criminal court,” as a number of serious offenses were downgraded by the former ruling Radical Left SYRIZA from felonies to misdemeanors.

The charges brought against the squatters include disturbance of the peace, attempt to inflict serious bodily damage, serious damage of property and violence against police, said the paper, as police kept up raids on occupied buildings during a crackdown.

Six police officers were injured during the operation in the neighborhood of Koukaki under the Acropolis where anarchists returned to two buildings cleared by squatters last December and had to be taken out again.

The union of Attica police’s special guards said it would go to court to try to change the charge of attempting to inflict bodily damage to attempted homicide with some objects tossed at police squads.

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US Ambassador Pyatt Says Tuesday Meeting with Greek FM Dendias Was “Excellent”

US Ambassador Pyatt Says Tuesday Meeting with Greek FM Dendias Was “Excellent”

ATHENS – US Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt praised his Tuesday meeting with Greek Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias as “excellent.”

On Twitter, Pyatt said it was an “excellent meeting with Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias to review his very successful visit to Washington with Greek Prime Minister and to map out next steps in further enhancing the US-Greece relationship in 2020.”

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Greece wants to participate in Berlin's Libya summit

Greece wants to participate in Berlin's Libya summit

Greece has asked to attend a summit in Berlin which will discuss a path to peace in Libya, government spokesman Stelios Petsas revealed on Tuesday.

The news came a regular press briefing, when Petsas was asked about Greece’s “absence” from any diplomatic initiatives concerning the crisis in Libya.

“Nobody can say that Greece is absent, but instead it is at the center of developments. We want to be involved in any initiative in the search for a political solution,” he told journalists and announced the request.

Reuters reported that the summit will coincide with a one-day visit to Berlin by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and will be held on January 19.

The same report said that “Erdogan’s presence is seen as essential to the success of any conference on Libya, since Ankara’s decision to deploy military advisers and possibly troops there has made it a major player in the country’s long-running civil war.”

The summit was announced by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday, who said that the United Nations would lead talks if a meeting were to take place in Berlin.