According to complaints and audio-visual material, riot police threw tear gas into the audience watching a protest concert by Thanasis Papakonstantinou at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Trying to break free and avoid the chemicals, much of the audience – reportedly numbering around 5,000 people – headed to Egnatia Street, where they staged a spontaneous protest against police violence and police repression at universities. This was followed by a renewed attack by the police with tear gas and water cannons.
In addition, the ability of police officers to use violence is governed by the same guarantees as in any other case, as reflected in the Code of Criminal Procedure (Article 256), Presidential Decree 141/1991 (Article 120), Presidential Decree 254/2004 (Code of Police Ethics) and in the 2005 Circular issued by the Headquarters of the Hellenic Police Force.
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