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In Greece, the Criminals Live in Other Villas
Last week, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, together with Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias (the same man who threatened to sue the Guardian for publishing a report on the torture of 15 anti-fascist activists by the Greek police), ordered the police to raid one of the oldest and most active anarchist squats of Athens: Villa Amalias.