Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
on your first point, I wonder: are the Greek authorities worried about the strain (I actually first typed "stain"!) on the ability of the police to effectively fight real crime while hundreds or thousands of its force are dedicated to the violent assault of peaceful protesters?

They oughta be. But that's not the protesters' problem.

But do we blame the protesters for that or the police?

"We" blame the government for betraying its country, and the police for using excessive force.

But I fail to see the great moral advantage of giving the enemy cheap propaganda points.

Why don't the police and the government abusing their authority have to suffer from very, very bad press?

'Cuz the world ain't fair.

In this case, the only war going on is the one being waged by the Greek government against its "own" people, the Greeks.  I don't recall that they declared that war either.  Instead, they simply started beating and shooting at people.

But that is not the point. The reason you do not wear medic uniforms unless you are present in the role of medic is that you do not want the police to beat up your medics. Or if they do, you want to be sure that the video demonstrates conclusively that they were beating up your medics. Legality (or not) has nothing to do with it. It's a tactical consideration, not a moral nor a legal one.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Fri Jul 1st, 2011 at 11:58:55 AM EST
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