Polling station in Athens attacked

2012-06-17 19:55

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Athens - Police say about 10 men armed with sledgehammers and wooden bats have attacked a polling station during Greece's election, wounding two policemen guarding it and setting fire to the ballot box.

No voters were hurt during the attack on Sunday, which occurred half an hour before polls closed in the crucial election, which could determine whether Greece remains a member of the Eurozone.

The attack  the only one reported so far at a voting station during the balloting  took place in the Athens neighbourhood of Exarhia, a traditional haven for leftists and anarchists near the city centre.

Riding motorcycles and wearing helmets and balaclavas, the men fled the scene after smashing the ballot box and setting fire to it.

Police say the two wounded officers were hospitalised.

Meanwhile, the two top contenders were in a dead heat, exit polls showed, with Greek voters apparently polarised over the harsh austerity measures demanded by international bailouts.

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