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Originally posted by whitewave
I realize we've got two different stories of Greeks rioting going on here (2005 and recent) so maybe we can pick one or the other to discuss?
Riots 'turn Athens into a war zone' - 14 Dec 08
A week after a 15 year-old-boy was shot dead by police the streets of Athens, the capital of Greece, remain full of fury.
A candle-lit vigil has ended with more rioting and the firebombing of a police station.
Barnaby Philips reports.
Chaos and Anarchy Athens 2008
Chaos and Anarchy IN ATHENS CITY December 2008
Nov 18, 2009
Greek riot police clashed with hundreds of youths Tuesday after a student march through Athens to commemorate the 1973 uprising against the military dictatorship turned violent.
Police fired tear gas to disperse the more than 1,200 anarchist youths who trailed the march and attacked officers with stones and homemade firebombs, set garbage cans ablaze and destroyed vehicles in the centre of the capital.
Dozens of students are reported to have died when tanks crushed the 1973 pro-democracy uprising in front of the Polytechnic University.
December 06, 2009
Greek police have arrested at least 100 youths in Athens, the capital, on the eve of planned demonstrations to mark a teenager's killing by police
Several protests are set to take place across Greece on Sunday to mark the anniversary of the shooting.
Greece's government has deployed at least 6,000 police onto the streets of Athens to avert a repeat of the severe rioting that hit the capital and major cities last year
Fears of violence have been heightened by reports that groups of anarchists from other European countries are planning to join the protests in Athens.
6 December 2009
Riots have broken out in the Greek capital Athens, and in the northern city of Thessaloniki
Three people, one of them a pregnant woman, were killed when Greeks protesting against government austerity measures threw petrol bombs at a bank in Athens on Wednesday
Everyone's furious with Greece over its debt – even its own people. What went so wrong? A report from the teargas-drenched streets of Athens
Greece stood on the "edge of the abyss" last night, President Carolos Papoulias warned, as concern grew that a day of deadly protests against brutal budget cuts and tax hikes could undermine the government's resolve to push on with a costly financial rescue package intended to prevent a debt default that could ripple through Europe.
Protesters and riot police have been doing battle in Greece's capital again after lawmakers approved drastic austerity cuts needed to secure international rescue loans.
The loans are worth $140 billion and should keep Greece from defaulting on debt payments due this month
"Greece has entered a new phase of political violence by anarchist-oriented organisations that are more murderous, dangerous, capable and nihilistic than ever before," said Athanasios Drougos, a defence and counter-terrorism analyst in Athens.
"We intend to turn it into a war zone of revolutionary activity with arson, sabotage, violent demonstrations, bombings and assassinations, and not a country that is a destination for holidays and pleasure."
In an accompanying picture, the group displayed an arsenal that included AK 47 assault rifles, semi-automatic pistols and brass knuckledusters.
"Our guns are full and they are ready to speak," it said. "We are at war with your democracy."
Security officials say it is only a matter of time before one of the three groups currently active in Greece strikes again.
More worrying, they say, are their connections to the Balkan criminal underworld that has made access to weapons dangerously easy.