PM Tsipras expresses his displeasure over police use of tear gas against pensioners

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras telephoned Alternate Citizen Protection Minister Nikos Toskas and expressed his displeasure over police use of tear gas against pensioners protesting in central Athens, asking that the incident should not be repeated, sources revealed on Monday.

The citizen protection ministry earlier assumed political responsibility for the decision to make “limited use of tear gas during a pensioners’ demonstration today, on October 3, at the junction of Vassilisis Sofias Avenue and Irodou Attikou Street.” It announced that, in the wake of the incident, orders have been issued banning all use of tear gas during demonstrations by workers and pensioners.

Toskas also asked the police to launch an inquiry into why the MAT riot police resorted to using tear gas, to determine the facts and the conditions under which the decision was taken.