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Zealous police guards threatened with arrest

Fomenting discord among Greece’s forces of law and order, the police union yesterday exhorted officers to clap handcuffs on members of the recently formed police special guard and border guard forces for carrying out checks on crime suspects or making arrests. The National Federation of Police Unions (POASY) issued a statement complaining that border guards and special guards – who are stationed at banks and other potential crime targets – have been exceeding their brief by issuing fines and making arrests «beyond their jurisdiction.» The statement called on «Greek citizens» to refuse to undergo any checks by border or special guards, and instructed police officers to arrest those of their colleagues in these two forces who try to exceed their duty, which POASY said is limited to fighting illegal immigration, drugs, arms and explosives trafficking.