In the wee hours of Thursday morning, riot police, accompanied by a public prosecutor, raided the headquarters of ERT, the occupied public broadcaster which was officially silenced by the Greek government on June 11. Since June 11, ERT’s fired employees continued to operate the public broadcaster, in protest of the government’s decision and garnering worldwide attention in the process. These protest broadcasts are now in grave danger of being taken off the air permanently, after the invasion of riot police and a prosecutor at ERT’s headquarters in Athens at approximately 4:30 am local time.
Urgent updates coming out of ERT’s headquarters via ERT’s social media accounts report that prosecutors have given ERT’s employees a matter of minutes to completely vacate the premises. ERT’s televised feed, which was still available via the internet, satellite, and via a limited network of over-the-air broadcast transmitters that was still operating in various parts of the country, initially showed live video of the riot police inside ERT’s headquarters, but this video feed has since been replaced by a continuous video loop calling on the public to come out to ERT’s headquarters in a show of support. The same continuous audio loop is also heard on ERT’s radio broadcast. These feeds are both still available at http://www.ertopen.com.
holy, look at the updates