A policeman in Greece has been confirmed dead following a naval flare incident that took place during a violent clash with Olympiakos fans in Rentis.
Ekathimerini shared that the incident, which took place outside a volleyball stadium in Rentis, near Pireaus on December 7, left the 31-year-old officer Georgios Lyngeridis hospitalised and in critical condition.
He was then taken to Nikaia General Hospital, where he was sedated, intubated, and supported with mechanical ventilation. His leg was also amputated earlier this month.
Greece’s Citizen Protection Minister Yannis Oikonomou expressed his condolences to the police man’s family after news of his death emerged.
“The apprehension of all those involved in his murder, at every level, is the least we can do to honour his memory and a necessary response to the Greek society’s demand for justice,” Oikonomou said.
The Greek government has now declared three days of mourning for officer Lyngeridis.
Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis also expressed his grief for the death of the officer. He shared his pledge to ensure the punishment of the “murderers of Rentis and the eradication of the violence.”
He also gave his condolences to officer Lyngeridis’ family and friends.
As investigations into the attack continue, an 18-year-old has been arrested following the incident and is facing charges of attempted manslaughter.
Georgios Lyngeridis’ funeral will be held this Friday at 1:30 pm in Athens, Greece.