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18-12-2008 Protest in Athens

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Over 15.000 people protested today in Athens…

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Here are some banners of the protesters:

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This is the block of university tutors and researchers.

Protesters at Stadiou street shouting against government and police.

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“Happy riot year 2008”

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This is the block of Athens Law school students.

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This is the banner of the polytechnic university. It is the most populated block in the protest and usually leading the protest.

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Protesters are usually grabbed together like this so they to be more organized and harder to disperse.


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Polytechnic protesters heading to policemen near the parliament


Protesters throwing molotov cocktails to riot police.


Protesters clashing with policemen.


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Protesters standing in front of the police.


Polytechnic protesters attacking to police. This is a symbolic action.


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Protesters have thrown red paint to riot police. Photographers and other protesters are making laugh of them.


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Protesters throwing red paint and rocks to riot police. Riot police responds throwing tear gas. (a lot of)



more tear gas


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The parliament.


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This is the Christmas tree in Syntagma square. It was burnt down by protesters a few days ago and they are setting fire to it again.


The government can not afford the world to see Athens Christmas tree burning again. So riot police is there to protect it.


Riot police was in the alley provoking the protesters to throw stones to them. When they did so, police threw tear gas dispersing the protesters (peaceful or not).


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The tear gas cloud.


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Even the cops can’t stand the tear gas and are going to hide in some stores.


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Protesters suffering from tear gas.


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Student protesters suffering from tear gas.


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This area belongs to Athens university. In Greece, police is not allowed to enter but as you see they are outside throwing tear gas to protesters and students inside.



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Some protesters throwing stones to riot police.


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Riot police throwing tear gas to university campus in Panepistimiou street. The tear gas cloud on the left is inside university campus.


Protesters clashing with riot police.


Riot police arrested a boy. It is not sure if he is even a protester. He was beaten up in the face during the arrest. They are taking them to Akadimias street.


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People who saw what happen are shouting to the police that the boy is innocent.


The girl and the other people are asking why they did arrested him. They are asking to talk with the leader of this police group but they are asking too much. Also as you see policemen try to hide him from other people so they can not see (and photograph) his wounds.


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Several people are asking why they arrested him.


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You see the crowd behind watching the event and repelling the riot police. In Greece arrest of innocent people during protesting it is very common as government want to scare people away from protesting.


Now they are taking him back to Panepistimiou street where they arrested him so other protesters can see that even if they are peaceful they are in danger participating to protests.

Youtube videos exist also in high quality on youtube.

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Written by endiaferon

19 December, 2008 at 01:45

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