Greek police remove remaining workers from headquarters of defunct ERT state broadcaster

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.