Minister rallies security chiefs after injury

Citizens? Protection Minister Christos Papoutsis on Friday called a meeting of the heads of all police and security service units following the serious injury of a 30-year-old man during an anti-austerity rally in Athens on Wednesday and amid speculation about the unwarranted use of extreme force by some police officers.

Speaking earlier in the day from Brussels where he was attending a summit of European internal affairs and justice ministers, Papoutsis said that officers using unwarranted tactics would not be allowed to slip through the net.

The three officers believed to have beaten the 30-year-old with their batons during the demonstration, and the officers? supervisor, have been suspended from the force.

The 30-year-old remained in critical condition on Friday in the intensive care unit of the Nikaia General Hospital near Piraeus.

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