Greek photographer seriously hurt in demonstration

Apr 6, 2012, 1:30 PM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) – A Greek official says authorities are investigating the serious injury of a news photographer who suffered a skull fracture after apparently being hit by riot police while covering a protest in Athens.

Marios Lolos, 46, who heads the Greek Photojournalists’ Association and works for the Chinese news agency Xinhua, was undergoing surgery Friday. His colleagues say a riot policeman hit him over the head with a truncheon after the protest was over.

Public Order Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis says judicial and internal police investigations were being conducted.

Lolos had been covering the second day of protests sparked by the public suicide of a retired pharmacist who shot himself in central Athens and left a note blaming the country’s harsh austerity measures.

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Greek photographer seriously hurt in demonstration