SYRIZA condemns police raid on Thessaloniki squats

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The ruling SYRIZA party has condemned an operation by police in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, on Wednesday aimed at evacuating three buildings occupied by squatters.

“Criminalizing solidarity projects is a method that has nothing to do with the principles and values of the Left,” the party said in a statement.

Earlier Wednesday, police conducted separate raids at the now-defunct Megas Alexandros orphanage in the Ano Toumba neighborhood, the Mandalideio mansion on the coastal Nikis Avenue, and an eight-story building in downtown Thessaloniki.

Dozens of individuals were detained during the raids which prompted a sit-in protest by self-styled anarchists at SYRIZA’s Thessaloniki offices later in the day.