Greece news

Three identified over assault on union chief

Three men, aged 32, 33 and 37, are to be charged in connection with a brutal attack earlier this month on Yiannis Panagopoulos, the head of Greece’s largest private sector union GSEE, it was revealed yesterday.

Panagopoulos was beaten and his clothes torn as he prepared to address a crowd of striking workers in central Athens on March 5. There were accusations that members of unions affiliated to the Communist Party (KKE) and the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) had been involved in the attack but both parties denied this. The police suspect that at least two of the men have anarchist links.

The 32-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of arson in the past while the 33-year-old was arrested after violence at a soccer match. The 37-year-old had no criminal record but was arrested for fighting with police shortly after the attack on Panagopoulos. None of the suspects was named.

Ministry blast

A homemade explosive device planted outside an annex of the Culture Ministry in the central Athens district of Exarchia early yesterday caused minor damage and no injuries when it detonated. Bomb disposal experts gathered fragments of the device, which had comprised two gas canisters, and were examining them yesterday in a bid to find leads to the perpetrators.

Armed raid

Police in the Cretan port of Iraklio yesterday were seeking two armed robbers who netted 7,000 euros after holding up a supermarket late on Wednesday night. No one was injured in the raid.

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