Police “officers” in Greece are the worst kind of creatures in the animal kingdom.
The reason that they react in such a violent way with photographers (pros or amateurs) is because journalists, in general, had uncover a lot of “dirty actions” the last 20-30 years, and they think that using violence every governmental or official action of injustice is going to remain covered up.
They are idiot bastards. Totally idiot and completely remote controlled by the dictatorship-style police system.
They pay 1200 euro from their own salary just to buy a top-notch-hot-cool Harry Callahan gun (and i don’t mean the photographer Callahan..), because the one that the Police Service provides to them is kind of an old model and relatively small.
The old “officers” are big deal into corruption and the younger ones think that they are the new chiefs of the town.
In Greece no sane people feel really safe and protected by them because almost everyday there is a story in the news about a cop that beat someone, or worked at nightclubs as a thug for “protection”, or usurp crime-money or drugs, participating in crimes, kill someone by “accident” and so on.
They are totally untrustworthy because they are very low-educated and partially trained.
When they beat photographers and brake cameras they actually enjoy it, while at the same time they deeply believe they are doing the right thing.
Actually, just yesterday, in the evening news there was a story regarding a young cop who stabbed a man in the chest (targeting his heart) because they had a fight for a parking place.
The man had escaped death because of pure luck..