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The Greek authorities said they recognise the demonstrators' right to protest, but asked them not to cause trouble.
"We have offered an environment of celebration and joy, security and respect of human rights," Public Order Minister Yiorgos Voulgarakis told a news conference before the march began.
"I want to believe that the demonstrators... will respect this climate," he said.
The Greek Communist Party is organising another protest for Saturday.
August 28, 2004
POLICE used tear gas today to disperse hundreds of demonstrators who lit fires, smashed windows and beat up journalists as they marched through Athens to protest a visit by US Secretary of State Colin Powell.
One report this morning said 2000 people were involved in the protest, but another put the figure at 700.
Originally posted by SomewhereinBetween
I just read another post which stated Bush was to attend, well if Powell's visit is met with resistance, his would be massive, after all, wasn't Powell the best liked of the bunch?
Originally posted by marg6043
The master mind of the Iraq operation was US, UK just help.
A spokesman for the department, Kurtis Cooper, was quoted by the Associated Press news agency as saying the anti-American protests in Athens had "played no role" in Mr Powell's decision.
Originally posted by Mokuhadzushi