Barricades, clashes with police and Molotov cocktails: Greek leftists protest against NATO and war
Saturday, November 19, 2016 – 12:56
The visit of Barack Obama has given rise to anti-American protests which broke out in Greece in the evening November 15, according to the Greek media.
“Molotov cocktails, barricades, clashes with police lasted evening and night. In addition to Athens, public rallies and protest marches were held in Larissa, Heraklion, Chania, Thessaloniki. Authorities banned demonstrations on November 16. A total of five protesters were arrests,” writes Euro 2 Day.
“Anti-war, anti-NATO and anti-American slogans were prevalent among the protesters: “Get the NATO bases off the sea!”, “NATO – warmonger!”, “No more war, no more imperialism” and so on. The action’s organizers were mostly leftist and antiauthoritarian.”
Commenting on the ban of demonstrations on November 16, a Greek parliamentarian Panagiotis Lafazanis stated:
“…banning rallies and marches, government violates the constitutionally guaranteed democratic rights and freedoms of the Greek people.”
“The right to protest is the core of democracy,” he stressed.
DONi News Agency