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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Greece seems ripe for civil war / revolution / anti-Merkel protests rage in Athens

Scores of commandos, sailors and paratroopers in their uniforms gathered in Athens on the day of the German Chancellor’s visit – but not to help with keeping the peace. Instead, they staged a march, chanting “Merkel, out of Greece!”
Marching in formation, they also chanted "Together, together, Nazis get out!"
The crowd in the street supported the reservists with rousing cheers. Many of the viewers joined the protesters in their disciplined march.
The demonstration was one of many anti-Merkel protests to hit Athens on Tuesday, as some 50,000 demonstrators took to the streets. The rallies had strong anti-Nazi sentiment. At one occasion demonstrators burned a swastika.
Most of the Tuesday protests went peacefully, but some violence erupted as several dozen demonstrators clashed with police. Around 200 people were detained in the result of the clashes.
Merkel came to Athens for another round of austerity talks with the country's prime minister. It was her first visit to the country in three years.
Germany has been seen by many Greeks as the main engine behind the drastic austerity program introduced in their country. Public outrage with Berlin and Merkel has been taking curious forms: last October, the streets of Athens were flooded with posters featuring Merkel dressed as a Nazi officer.
Demonstrators, dressed as Nazis, wave a Greek and a swastika flag as they ride in an open-top car in Syntagma Square in Athens as they protest against the visit of Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, October 9, 2012. (Reuters / Yannis Behrakis)08.10, 22:5698 comments

Athens police fire tear gas in crackdown clashes at anti-Merkel protest (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Police fired tear gas as angry protesters clashed with officers in Athens as thousands rallied in the Greek capital in protest against German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit. Merkel is in Athens for austerity talks with the country's Prime Minister.
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A child waits in line to receive food from the Orthodox Church of Greece in Athens (Reuters/Yiorgos Karahalis)05.10, 14:403 comments

Greek austerity bites: Children orphaned by crisis

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Shipyard workers clash with police near the Defense Ministry in Athens.(AFP Photo / Louisa Gouliamaki)04.10, 17:138 comments

Greek shipyard workers clash with police, storm Defense Ministry complex (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

About 250 shipyard workers stormed the Greek Defense Ministry in Athens on Thursday, demanding to be paid their wages and calling for an audience with the Greek Defense Minister.
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A molotov cocktail explodes beside riot police officers near Syntagma square during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens.(Reuters / Yannis Behrakis)26.09, 13:4241 comments

Riot rage: Athens protesters throw firebombs, police shoot tear gas (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

A rally in the Greek capital turned violent when protesters in Syntagma Square lobbed Molotov cocktails at police, who retaliated by firing tear gas at the demonstrators.
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