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Video of Athens anarchist response to police shooting
Greece is well known for its intense anarchist energy, where actions taken during street protests often exceed what is seen in the rest of europe and the USA. This probably results from the recent history of Greece in emerging from a right-wing dictatorship in the 1970s, so people take antifascism seriously. Greece regularly sees use of incendiary devices which would result in a severe Homeland security crackdown in the US. After the police shot a young anarchist in a neighborhood of Athens where a couple dozen youth were challenging a police car, thousands of anarchists and leftists participated in anti-police demonstrations and property destruction
Quick summary of Saturday's protests.
"Greece's worst riots in years erupted late on Saturday after the shooting in Athens and quickly spread to the northern city of Thessaloniki and other towns.
Despite appeals for calm from Greece's conservative government, violence erupted again on Sunday.
In Athens, tear gas choked the central Alexandras Avenue and protesters rained petrol bombs down on police, setting fire to buildings. Acrid grey smoke filled the air and glass and rubble were strewn across the street.
"Two car dealerships ... have been completely burned down. A supermarket is on fire and it seems there are at least four people trapped on the third floor," said an Athens police official, who declined to be named."
Some material is appearing at Greek indymedia, but only some of it has english translation so far. What do you think would happen if a group used fire in the USA? Can anyone translate what these businesses were? The other thought I always have when seeing this stuff in europe with historical buildings is that it would be nice if that were a cheaply constructed big box store building.
Spectacular fire at business
This is the street from the first round of response. Sunday was the second flare up
Street level filming of fire in business district
Sideways video of aftermath on street, smoke from burning items (hold a laptop sideways for best viewing)