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Greek riot police end occupation of state TV offices

Greek riot police end occupation of state TV offices
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Greek riot police have stormed the former headquarters of the state broadcaster ERT. Four people were briefly detained before being released.

The overnight raid, which involved scuffles and the use of tear gas, was to end an occupation by hundreds of sacked journalists who refused to leave when ERT was closed in June. The government has since launched a new public service TV channel.

The shock closure put 2,600 people out of a job and closed a costly state body as renowned for feather-bedding and nepotism as it was for fearless reporting. Ever since ERT’s broadcast demise, hundreds of staff have maintained a bootleg internet-only version of the channel, operating out of the building.

Many people have criticised the closure, and hundreds of protesters have gathered outside ERT headquarters in northern Athens to protest against the eviction of the occupiers. Some say the government has used the economic crisis to remove a source of critical comment.