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Athens: stones and tear gas as protesters commemorate teenager boy killed by policeman

December 6, 2013

Minor incidents between school students and riot police occurred on Friday in downtown Athens during a protest march to commemorate the killing of teenager boy Alexandros Grigoropoulos by a policeman in 2008.

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fired tear gas via @dromografos

Outside the Athens university, when the protest started, students hurled stones and oranges against riot police squads, while the latter fired tear gas.

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Riot police surrounded students outside Athens university (pict @MakisSinodinos)

A little earlier at nearby Korai Square, a group of 30 protesters wearing hoods attacked with fists and kicks a small group of traffic policemen. One policeman suffer minor injuries in the face.

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nonchalant  pict by @dromografos

An unknown number of detentions have taken place.

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Banner: “We live for today, we struggle for tomorrow”

In Aegaleo suburb of  Piraeus, a group hurled molotov cocktails against the local police station.

Another protest is to be launched at 6 p.m. on Friday with a march to Greek Parliament at Syntagma Square. Metro stations <Syntagma>, <Panepistimio> and <Evaggelismos> are closed to passengers as of 10 a.m. by police order.

more pictures and updates see in Twitter #6dgr


Merkel Tells Portuguese: Austerity Program Makes Growth Sustainable

November 12, 2012

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said during her first official visit to Portugal on Monday that Lisbon’s austerity measures were laying the foundation for future economic growth.

“I feel a great determination to master this difficult phase,” the chancellor said after meeting Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho, while rejecting accusations by Portuguese critics that she was the architect of austerity policies seen as impoverishing the country.

“This is not a program that has been invented by Germany or any other country,” Merkel said.

Merkel, however, conceded that while she believed the spending cuts and structural reforms implemented by Portugal would benefit the country in the long-run, the measures have spelled hardship for the population.

Protests were a part of democracy, the chancellor said, in a reference to constant rallies faced by Passos Coelho in recent months. However, they should not prevent politicians from doing what was necessary, she added.

Hundreds of people demonstrated against the chancellor’s visit, displaying slogans such as “Merkel out of here”.

Protesters gathering outside the presidential palace demanded “the right to work and to be valued.”

The demonstrators included artists and far-left politicians.

Protesters tore down protective fences and displayed a Hitler-like doll outside a building where Merkel was due to meet with entrepreneurs, but no clashes were reported.

Many people working at offices, schools or factories wore black to “mourn” Merkel’s presence. The chancellor represented “a policy of a massacre of the poor,” said Joao Camargo from one of the protest groups.

Portugal entered the Troika bailout mechanism in 2011 and imposed strict austerity program against 100 billion euro. (Full story here)

Protesters storm State TV during Prime Time News

May 3, 2010

Maria Houkli/Prime Time News/NET   Photo: copied from blogs

Some 40  unemployed teachers have interrupted the prime time news of the Greek state television NET.

The protesters – unemployed teachers –  have managed to enter the building of State Boradcast Corp. ( ERT) after  a scuffle with security guards  it. Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou and several journalists were holding a panel discussion in a TV studio next to the prime time one. They were able to leave the studio and the building form the back door, since all the main exits were blocked by the teachers.

They protested against the imposed hiring freeze. 

According to reports from Greek media and blogs the protesters entered the live-news studio and started to shout and insult the news presenter, Maria Houkli.  The news was interrupted.

Strong special police units were deployed at the building entrance and in the corridors of ERT.

There is a growing  outcry in the Greek society against the austerity measures imposed by IMF/EU .

The Education Minister is the third public person to become target of protesters after the chairman of Private Sector Trade Union and the former Chairman of the Greek Parliament ( see report 1st of May)

Links: Sorry , Folks, I can’t upload videos yet!

How the News was interrupted – source : blogs

Videos from inside the studio/protesters – Source:

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