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Obama comes to Greece and mass riots break out in Athens city center

Leftist demonstrators protesting against US President Barack Obama’s visit to Athens have clashed with police in downtown Athens.

7,000 people took to the streets in the center of Athens to protest Barack Obama’s visit to the Greece.

The demonstrators were planning on walking all the way towards the US Embassy, but the march was disrupted as protesters clashed with police officers, turning central Athens into a mini war zone.

Banners carried by the demonstrators read…“We don’t need protectors!”, as protestors yelled, “Yankees go home!”

One protester was seen setting an American flag on fire.

RT reported on the protests…

Protesters are rallying against US policy that is “creating tensions” with various countries around the world, starting with China and Russia, as well as against the US attempts to “overthrow the government in Ukraine,” Greek journalist Aris Chatzistefanou told RT. Apart from that, protesters are blaming the US for supporting“Islamic extremists”which led to“well-known consequences.”

“While the Greek government is trying to present the visit of Obama as a visit of a peacemaker, thousands of demonstrators came onto the streets to protest US policy in [such] parts of the world from Latin America to Middle East, Afghanistan and Syria,” Chatzistefanou said.

“The government was trying to present to the Greek public that Barack Obama will come and help with the austerity policy that was imposed by the Troika,” Chatzistefanou said, also adding that there is “no direct connection” between Obama’s promises and what the IMF is planning to do.

He is to spend one more day in Greece to continue the discussion of Greece’s economic situation and Europe’s migration crisis. He will then leave for Germany on Wednesday, intending to soothe concerns over Trump’s upcoming presidency.

No injuries or arrests were reported according to AP.

More than 5,000 police officers were deployed in central Athens to maintain order.

Nearly 1,000 people took part in a similar protest in Thessaloniki, Greece.

 

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