Tooled-up policeman is probed

The government has ordered an investigation into a policeman’s alleged use of a metal ring as a weapon at a demonstration which took place in Athens on Monday. A 25-year-old officer is believed to have used a metal ring, worn on the knuckle, in clashes with teachers which took place outside the Education Ministry. The government initially dismissed the claims by protesters but later ordered an inquiry when television footage clearly showed the suspect with a metal ring gripped in his hand as he appears ready to strike someone. «The government condemns and rejects attitudes that go beyond the limits. This applies to whether it is a metal weapon or part of a policeman’s gear,» said alternate government spokesman Evangelos Antonaros. The suspect claims that he was simply holding the ring – a part of the uniform used by riot police to hang their helmet from the belt – as it broke off during the demonstration.