Raid on homes of anti-mine protesters sparks protests in Greece
An early morning raid by Greek police in the small town of Ierissos in northern Greece has sparked off another round of protests in the ongoing conflict between the Canadian El Dorado corporation and angry residents.
Police raided two homes in the northern Greek town of ierissos this morning and detained two in connection with an attack on facilities of the a controversial mining project in the Halkidiki region.
The action which is the latest in a series of clashes and protests between local residents fearful of the environmental impact of the open cast pit and the Canadian based El Dorado corporation.
Local inhabitants later took over the police station in Ierissos forcing police officers to abandon weapons and other equipment whilst the detainees were transferred to the port city of Thessaloniki for questioning.
While detainees were being held in police HQ in Thessaloniki a large crowd of 500-700 people made up of anti-mine protesters and local sympathisers demonstrated near the building, held back by a cordon of riot police units who used armoured coaches to block access to the entrance.