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Ierissos police operations suspended

Hellenic Police says use of station is 'impossible' following resident attacks

Ierissos residents wait after two people were arrested and taken to the nearby Polygorou courthouse (Enet) Ierissos residents wait after two people were arrested and taken to the nearby Polygorou courthouse (Enet) Police operations at the Ierissos station have been suspended following tensions on Wednesday.

According to an official statement by the Hellenic Police, "Continued use of the Ierissos station is impossible" after residents attacked it in response to allegedly violent arrests early that morning. 

Residents of the northern Greek village have accused police of illegally breaking down doors at 3am, violently entering the homes of two locals and arresting them over their alleged involvement in a February arson attack at a gold mine site in the nearby Skouries forest. Police, however, said they had arrest warrants and only used force to enter the homes when residents refused to let them in.

The two people arrested by police are scheduled to meet with the public prosecutor. According to their lawyer, the 3am arrests were unjustified.

Locals fiercely oppose plans to develop the mine by Canada-based Eldorado Gold Corp and argue that the venture will harm the economy in the Halkidiki peninsula, which relies heavily on farming and tourism.

Until the station is reopened, Ierissos residents will be served by the nearby Polugorou's station, where staff and equipment have been temporarily transferred. 

Enet

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