Anarchists Did Not Kill Anyone in Greece

Figured I’d post this here because there’s a high change the right wing echo chamber (or possibly even the establishment liberal echo chamber) is going to start endlessly repeating otherwise.

Here’s an excerpt from a report from Greece itself (by an English-language newspaper that is not tied to either side that clashed):

One man has died in hospital after [note the wording here: after, not because of] violent clashes between communists and anarchists marred the second day of a massive 48-hour strike, ahead of this evening’s parliamentary vote on a raft of new austerity measures.

Dimitris Kotsaridis, a 53-year-old construction worker and trade unionist, died of heart failure at Evangelismos hospital on Thursday afternoon.

According to sources, Kotsaridis was a member of the Communist Party-backed union, the All-Workers Militant Front (Pame). He came from the Athens suburb of Vyronas and was one of around 50 injured people who were taken to Evangelismos hospital this afternoon. He was unemployed, married with two children.

A hospital statement said that Kotsaridis was transported by ambulance from the Zappeio mansion to hospital at 4.45pm. One man has died in hospital after violent clashes between communists and anarchists marred the second day of a massive 48-hour strike, ahead of this evening’s parliamentary vote on a raft of new austerity measures.

Dimitris Kotsaridis, a 53-year-old construction worker and trade unionist, died of heart failure at Evangelismos hospital on Thursday afternoon.

According to sources, Kotsaridis was a member of the Communist Party-backed union, the All-Workers Militant Front (Pame). He came from the Athens suburb of Vyronas and was one of around 50 injured people who were taken to Evangelismos hospital this afternoon. He was unemployed, married with two children.

A hospital statement said that Kotsaridis was transported by ambulance from the Zappeio mansion to hospital at 4.45pm. He had no injuries and no pulse. Medical staff unsuccessfully tried to resuscitate him for 50 minutes before pronouncing him dead.

[All boldface emphasis added by yours truly.]

So there you have it. The official statement, from the hospital that treated him, says that guy who died after the riots today died as the result of heart failure, not as the result of any injuries received (of which he had none).

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