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Europe: Hashish Growers Fight Police in "Greece's Colombia"

Submitted by Phillip Smith on (Issue #541)
Politics & Advocacy

Three Greek police officers taking part in a raid on a hashish plantation were ambushed and shot by suspected growers armed with AK-47s Sunday night, leaving one officer in critical condition with a head wound. The attack took place in the village of Malades on the Greek island of Crete, about nine miles from Heraklion, the island's largest city.

Port of Heraklion, Crete
Sunday's shooting is the second serious attack by hash growers against police on the island in seven months. Last November, three police officers were shot and wounded when their convoy was headed to the village of Zoniana, just west of Heraklion. The Greek government responded with a massive police sweep and house-to-house searches. Police arrested 16 people in connection with the ambush and a series of bank robberies, but recovered few of the heavy weapons believed to have been used in that assault.

Crete has a longstanding tradition of gun-ownership, and weapons remain readily available despite police efforts to crack down. Marijuana growing is rife in remote mountain villages on the island. Marijuana growers and dealers routinely take pot-shots at police helicopters or vehicles patrolling their area, prompting the Greek media to refer to the region as a "Greek Colombia" and a "state within a state," according to Agence France-Presse. Local officials in Crete are often accused of protecting growers and traffickers, the agency noted.

As was the case after the Zoniana ambush, Greek police responded this week with another manhunt. Greek Police head Vassilis Tsiatouras ordered a contingent of police from Athens to the scene, including Greek SWAT teams, members of the criminology service, officers of the police drugs squad, and members of the homicide force. In all likelihood, their search will reach the same inconclusive results as before.

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Anonymous (not verified) die fighting against something that's not even lethal.

Fri, 06/27/2008 - 4:54am Permalink
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

religious and moralistic values are what drive the drug war. it doesn't matter that pot is nontoxic and not lethal at all. what maters to those in power is that there are people out there that physically abuse their bodies by taking drugs. oh my god, there are people that do drugs!!!!!!! why.... they could all go crazy and kill us or rape our children or even worse..... get jobs and lead respectable lives!!!!!
people are going to keep dying on both sides until some idiot in power finally sees that people can handle themselves while under the influence of cannabis. when they stop listening to prohibitionists who paint a picture of hell on earth and listen to actual data and REAL cannabis users things will change.
if not.... 50 years from now we will be arrested for using salt because it is bad for you. or maybe we'll be arrested for not brushing our teeth because that could lead to tooth loss which could lead to starvation. god knows we can't have people starving to death because they have no teeth!!! arrest those no-brushing son-of-a-bitches now and put them in prison with murderers so they will know better than to not brush their teeth. those bastards and their blatant disregard for oral hygiene! someday, just saying the words "health department" will strike fear into the hearts of millions.
just wait and see what will happen to you if you don't wash your hands after taking a dump.

Fri, 06/27/2008 - 10:00pm Permalink
Anonymous (not verified)

"... 50 years from now we will be arrested for using salt because it is bad for you...."

mark that in your oppression calendar- thats June 2058 .

get started on liberating your constitutional right to use salt now dudes
70 years of unbolting cannabis prohibition hasn't accomplished anything

Sat, 06/28/2008 - 5:51pm Permalink

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