Journalists’ union sues minister over police tactics

The Panhellenic Federation of Journalists? Unions (POESY) said that it would lodge legal action today against Citizens? Protection Minister Christos Papoutsis for police violence in central Athens on June 28 and 29, when vehement demonstrations accompanied the passage through Parliament of a new raft of austerity measures.

The clashes between police and demonstrators resulted in more than 100 people being injured, including several journalists.

In clashes that marred a general strike on June 15, Athens journalist Manolis Kypraios lost his hearing in both ears after a stun grenade launched by riot police exploded beside him.

Several other journalists and photographers were injured covering protests last month.

POESY said it was taking the action to protest ?unprovoked and unjustified police violence,? noting that journalists in Greece ?are being persecuted.?

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