Policemen trade blows in union altercation

Police officers found themselves on the wrong side of the law on Saturday when a meeting of one of their unions ended with blows being exchanged and one official being hospitalized after receiving a severe beating. More than 30 members of the Union of Attica Police Employees staged a protest at the group’s offices in central Athens to demand that elections be held immediately to vote in a new board. This led to a confrontation with other members and officials, during which the union’s vice president, Stavros Balaskas, was struck repeatedly and had to be taken to hospital for treatment. There were no reports of other injuries or arrests. The union has been ejected from the umbrella Panhellenic Confederation of Police Employees (POASY) due to allegedly improper disqualification of members by its board.

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