In March 2021, Disinfaux Collective, a research team that uses OSINT (Open Source Intelligence) tools and methodology, combining investigative journalism with audiovisual and open source data analysis, conducted a study (published by Reporters United with video and accompanying technical report), examining a Molotov cocktail thrown during a demonstration in Nea Smyrni.
By studying and comparing audiovisual material from police drone footage and eyewitness videos, Disinfaux Collective came to the following conclusions:
Analysis also shows that the published footage also does not contain the moment the incident occurred, but only the minutes before and after. The Hellenic Police have declined to answer questions posed by the investigators.
In a state governed by the rule of law, state and police authorities must fully comply with the law which sets out the conditions under which they operate.
However, in this case audiovisual evidence appears to show a person who “either is a police officer […] or is there under their supervision” unlawfully throwing an incendiary device at citizens who are exercising their right to assemble, i.e. their right to demonstrate.
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