Vice – …What’s more, the pictures of the anarchists that the Greek police distributed to the press had been sloppily photoshopped in a hasty attempt to hide the obvious bruises and wounds on their faces. The police have tried to deflect the outrage headed their way by saying that the anarchists sustained their injuries after violently resisting arrest. They also say that a police officer was hurt on that narrow street in Veroia, both claims which are contradicted by several testimonies about the peaceful surrender of the four robbers. “It all started a few years ago, but peaked during the events of December 2008. People young in age—some still in high school—unintegrated and lacking a formal political project, disrespectful and violent because of the violence they saw in hypocrisy and loneliness, people who want everything and want it now, people who say ‘no future’ and look at every kind of axiom with contempt, people with contradictions, who—however—did something with these contradictions… firebombs in a protest… brochures on the street… arson through the night.” One of the reasons the Greek police gave for photoshopping out the young anarchists’ injuries was that they wanted the public to remember their faces. It doesn’t seem likely that Greece will forget them in a hurry.
Nothing short of brilliant. Doesn’t even matter if the one guy’s neck was fixed using MS Paint — totally irrelevant. All that matters is that the Greek police got their point across: we ain’t cool with anarchists and will totally torture them then Photoshop it to look like nothing happened. Their entire country is going down the financial shitter and is one bounced check away from becoming The Burning Wasteland Formally Known As Greece. Greeks gotta do what Greeks gotta do.
Love the Greek response to the Photoshop allegations:
“One of the reasons the Greek police gave for photoshopping out the young anarchists’ injuries was that they wanted the public to remember their faces.”
How gangster is that — not even denying it. Wouldn’t want all those gashes and flowing blood to get in the way of regular Greeks finding out who you are and beating the shit out of you on their own time, so we had our in-house Photoshop guys touch you up a bit. You understand.