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Greek Riot Police Remove Protesting Workers From Defunct State Broadcaster ERT

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ATHENS, GREECE - NOVEMBER 7: Greek riot police block the former Greek public broadcaster ERT headquarters on November 7, 2013 in Athens, Greece. The riot police entered into the ERT headquarters early on November 7 and removed the ERT employees who had been occupying the site for four months. (Photo by Ayhan Mehmet/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) | Getty

ATHENS, Greece — ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police say they have removed the remaining former workers from what used to be the headquarters of the now-defunct ERT state broadcaster.

The building had been occupied by the protesting ex-employees for the past five months.

Police said the pre-dawn operation by riot police started shortly after 4 a.m. local time Thursday. Only a handful of former workers were in the building at the time, and no violence was reported.

The complex is in the northern Athens suburb of Agia Paraskevi.

Greece's conservative-led government abruptly closed ERT on June 11, and fired all 2,700 staff, citing the need to cut costs due to the country's severe financial crisis.

Sacked workers occupied the building for months, producing unauthorized broadcasts.

The government since opened a replacement state broadcaster named EDT.

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