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Greek court clears three of German counsel attack
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Greek court clears three of German counsel attack

Published: 29 Nov 2012 08:22 GMT+01:00
Updated: 29 Nov 2012 08:22 GMT+01:00

A court in northern Greece on Wednesday cleared two council workers and a teacher of assaulting Germany's consul in an anti-austerity protest at which demonstrators chanted "Kick out the Nazis."

The three men were cleared after witnesses were unable to confirm their involvement in the incident, a judicial source in Thessaloniki told AFP. The three were charged with unlawful violence, disturbing the peace and attempted grievous bodily harm.

They were arrested after protesters on November 15 flung water and coffee at consul Wolfgang Hoelscher-Obermaier and tried to kick and punch him on the sidelines of a conference on Greek-German trade initiatives in Thessaloniki.

The protest was in response to layoffs in the civil service and comments by Germany's deputy labour minister Hans-Joachim Fuchtel.

A day earlier Fuchtel said studies showed 3,000 employees were required in Greece for local administration work carried out by 1,000 people in Germany.

Fuchtel is a personal envoy of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and responsible for streamlining the operation of Greek local councils in collaboration with local officials.

Under pressure from its EU, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank creditors, Greece recently voted a new round of painful austerity measures that have caused great discontent.

When Merkel visited Athens in October, around 30,000 people protested in the streets of the Greek capital.

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14:12 November 29, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
A day earlier Fuchtel said studies showed 3,000 employees were required in Greece for local administration work carried out by 1,000 people in Germany.

How much do the 100 Beamter in Germany cost the tax payer? These unfireable expensive guaranteed lucrative pension receivers are far more expensive than their Greek counterparts I dare say.
20:47 November 29, 2012 by burito
Nazis??Is it now 1933??Is it takes a lot of courage for a mob to attack a one man??Great countries was not built by shouting and yelling...
23:25 November 29, 2012 by sonriete
lets send them lots and lots of money, maybe then they will like us.
01:32 November 30, 2012 by Landmine
And rightly so, the German Consul got a free Greek breakfast, why should anyone care.....
21:07 December 3, 2012 by burito
@Landmine,

you should get same free breakfast,and nobody would care-thats for sure...
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