Monday, January 26, 2009

Athens sees still more violent clashes

Athens marchers attacked by police - Indymedia Athens-Photo-01

Athens marchers attacked by police - Indymedia Athens-Photo-01

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Pictures from Indymedia Athens

On Saturday protest marches were held in Athens in solidarity with those arrested by police during the series of clashes which spread across Greece in December following the shooting by police of a 15 year old teenager in the capital's Exarchia district.

Protests turned violent as some demonstrators clashed with riot police near the Propylia area of downtown Athens. However, eyewitness accounts published in Greek language blogs say that the police used excessive force, throwing stun grenades into the crowds and indiscriminately beating marchers. Attacks were also reported upon riot police in Thessaloniki, Greece's second city last night in which Molotov cocktails were thrown at police vans.

Despite hopes that last year's violent confrontations have died down, the marches demonstrate that popular anger has yet to be extinguished. On Thursday (see here for video) about 1000 people marched in protest against the attack on Labour activist, Konstandina Kouneva, the victim of an acid attack in December. The 44 year - old Bulgarian trade unionist is still in intensive care after having acid thrown in her face and being forced to drink the liquid.

Lawyers representing her say the attack was prompted by her work in exposing an alleged scam by cleaning companies with contracts with the state run organisations which meant that the mainly foreign born work force received slave wages.

The duration of the confrontations has seen the rapid development of a mini "arms race" on Greek streets with the appearance of more and more protesters wearing gas masks in order to counter-act the authorities extensive use of tear gas. According to the BBC the government has responded by ordering water cannons which will be ready for action within the next two weeks.

The ruling New Democracy party also faces protests by farmers who have used tractors to block road junctions across the country in demonstration over low prices and lack of government support for the nation's agricultural sector. Attempts to placate farmers with a 500 million euro aid package have still not seen an end to the roadblocks.

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1 comment:

sapphire said...

Indymedia is the official propagandistic site of anarchists!Information of this site is not serius.Except of that Indymedia is paid by George Soros the well-know antigreek and antihuman pseudophilanthropist.American goverment supports also anarchist and others because wants to unsaddle Karamanlis goverment because of the trieties with Russia ,China and France.The leader of the opposition is half american and had expres many times tretory suggestion like to give lands to Turkey!America also support the antigreek policy of Turkey in Aegean and in Cyprus,american think tanks had already suggest to Obama to ignore Greece and to support Turkey because of petrol,gas and the position of Turkey near Israel