Constantinos Skoumas, the police chief of Greece was discharged from his post due to the widespread criticism faced by police for their handling of protests over the tragedy in which 57 people died when two trains collided.
The Prime Minister's office aims to introduce a more positive and efficient implementation of modern police operations on citizen safety by appointing a new police chief.
In the latest protest, a riot police squad was seen striking peaceful demonstrators, and a police tow truck was filmed ramming a group of demonstrators.
A new police chief has been appointed in Greece after the previous police chief Constantinos Skoumas was discharged less than two months after being confirmed in his post.
The specific cause of his discharge remains unclear, and the Prime Minister's office simply states that a new police chief aims to introduce a more positive and efficient implementation of modern police operational plans on citizen safety.
The new appointment follows widespread public criticism faced by the police for their handling of the protests relating to the tragedy that occurred on February 28, in which 57 people died when two trains collided.
The protestors have been critical of the police for their excessive force in handling the protests.
In the latest incident, a riot police squad was seen striking peaceful demonstrators at the central Syntagma Square in Athens.
Additionally, a police tow truck was filmed ramming a group of demonstrators trying to block a street with garbage bins, which sent a demonstrator flying to the ground.
The police have not yet commented on this incident.
France 24 reports that the government aims to bring about a positive and efficient implementation of modern police operations regarding citizen safety.
However, the Washington Post suggests that the government is firing the police chief as a means of deflecting criticism away from the government itself.
Whatever the motivation, the appointment of a new police chief in Greece highlights the ongoing issues surrounding police conduct in times of public unrest.