The World Council for Health and the Greek Medical Freedom Alliance denounce the actions of the current Greek government and stand with the 37 health care professionals that were peacefully protesting when arrested this week.

Many health care professionals have been living in poverty in Greece due to the government’s decision to fire them from their jobs ten months ago for not taking a Covid-19 injection. 

On Thursday, 37 of these suspended health care professionals were peacefully protesting outside of the Prime Minister’s home when they were rounded up and taken to the Central Police Station of Athens.

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During the 2.5 hours they were held at the Greek Police Headquarters before being arrested, they were prevented from meeting with their lawyers. A request for an exemption from the lawyers of mothers in single-parent families was not granted, resulting in young children being left alone all night.

While no illegal acts took place, great effort was made to justify the arrest of the peacefully protesting health care professionals.

Around 100 supporters gathered at noon on Friday, July 8 at Evelpidon Courts to plea to the prosecutor and the court to release the arrestees that were demonstrating peacefully outside the Prime Minister’s house in Lycabettus.

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A photo shared on Telegram shows one of the health care professionals being transferred to court on Friday, July 8 wearing handcuffs.

All 37 of them were released on Friday around 4 pm and are now awaiting trial scheduled for October 19, 2022.

The World Council for Health stands with Greek Medical Freedom Alliance and World Doctors Alliance to demand that all charges against the health care professionals be dropped and that their employment be reinstated.

To advocate for those awaiting trial, emails can be sent to the following:

  • The Greek Ministry of Health at
  • Panhellenic Medical Association at 
  • Greek Ministry of Citizens’ Protection (Greek Police) at and 
  • Press Office of the Greek Police Headquarters in Athens at
  • Greek Ministry of Justice at 

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  1. If everyone stood up to this tyrannical behaviour the world may be a better place to live, only the brave try’s to make a difference for us all!!! May god help the children

    1. I’m not brave, I’m scared of what is and is about to happen. That’s why I’m standing up. Not for me, but for my children and all children who are too young to be political activists and haven’t had a chance to live their lives.

  2. The behaviour of the Greek government has been outrageous! People have been victimised for choosing not to have the Covid injection. Not only are medical people experiencing poverty but also pensioners who only get around €300 per month and are being fined €100 per month for not having the jab. Many have been coerced into having it to avoid abject poverty.
    I applaud the WCH for standing in support of these Greek medics. Thank you!

  3. These kinds of behaviors be any government are criminal. These peacefully protesting medical practitioners should be freed and reinstated. The current government should be removed as soon as possible by the democratic process, and subsequently charged with crimes against humanity.