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Two Syrian refugees beat up an Orthodox priest in Athens, Greece
France: More than 1,000 cars burned during New Year's EveThe incident took place outside the Sanctuary of St. Nicholas in Patisia, Athens. When the priest was going to the Sanctuary he noticed that one motorcycle was illegally parked in the garden of the temple. After the priest complained to the Syrian owners about that, both the perpetrators started to beat him. As a result of the sudden attack the priest was injured. Until now the Greek police have arrested one suspect.
Swedish Police Union calls fireworks ‘a threat to democracy’ after numerous attacks in suburbsAs it is every year, New Year's Eve was marked by overflows and many cars were burned. In Paris and in the suburbs the figures are the highest, reports BFMTV.
250 vehicles were burned, including about 50 by the spreading fire, according to the police. A figure higher than last year. Also during this gala night in the Paris region, 197 people were placed in custody for various reasons, reports Le Parisien.
The rest of the province has not been spared by this phenomenon. In Strasbourg, 75 vehicles were burned according to the Alliance police synonymous. Five cars were also burned in Rennes, according to Ouest France, which points out that the night was quieter than last year. In all, across the country, 1,031 vehicles were burned and 510 people were arrested in France, figures up from last year, said Monday the Ministry of the Interior in a statement posted on Twitter.
Police reinforcements had, however, been deployed in certain sensitive areas and wrecked vehicles and garbage containers had been removed for prevention and risk. Last year, 650 vehicles were burned throughout France.
Before and during New Years Eve, the police in several cities in the country reported that they were subjected to rocket attacks by youth gangs. The incidents occurred in connection with calls to predominantly migrant-dominated “exclusion areas”. Now the Police Union is going out with a sharp remark which states that the phenomenon should be classified as “a threat to democracy”.
Rescue services, security guards and the public have also been subjected to the rocket attacks. On some occasions, the police have even been forced to retreat. In no case has any of the perpetrators been arrested. Chairman of the Police Union Lena Nitz, who is also a lawyer, says in a statement that she takes this kind of criminal activity very seriously:
“I believe it is a threat to democracy when those who are to protect and help others are attacked. In addition to causing harm, the attacks also risk hindering and delaying rescue operations”. In surveys, one in four police officers said that they have been subjected to firework and pyrotechnic attacks. “This cannot be dismissed as some boy prank, instead it is an “attack on the rule of law, “Lena Nitz states.
In the future, it will be illegal to sell fireworks to someone who does not have a special permit. The legislative amendment has been largely due to the widespread misuse of pyrotechnic articles in the country’s migrant dense “exclusion areas”. However, the Police Union is not convinced that the law will have the desired effect and fears that the gangs will get hold of fireworks regardless.