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Oct 19, 2011

Violent anti-austerity protests grip Greek capital

ATHENS, Oct 19 (Reuters) – Greek police clashed with
black-clad demonstrators outside parliament on Wednesday during
a mass rally called to protest against a bitterly resented new
round of belt-tightening needed to avert default.

The view of the ancient Acropolis was obscured by smoke from
burning piles of rubbish and a bank building was evacuated after
being set on fire by petrol bombs as a strike called by Greece’s
two main unions degenerated into violence.

Oct 19, 2011

Greek protesters clash with police at austerity strike

ATHENS (Reuters) – Black-clad demonstrators hurled stones and fire bombs at police in front of the Greek parliament on Wednesday as tens of thousands rallied for a nationwide general strike to coincide with a vote on painful new austerity measures.

For the first time since the outbreak of the crisis two years ago, protesters pushed up to the steps of the parliament building itself, setting fire to a sentry box occupied by the ceremonial guards who stand watch over the main symbols of the Greek state.

Oct 15, 2011
Oct 15, 2011
Oct 15, 2011
Oct 5, 2011

Clashes in Athens as workers strike against cuts

ATHENS, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Police fired tear gas at
stone-throwing youths in central Athens on Wednesday, where
thousands of striking state sector workers marched against cuts
the government says are needed to save the nation from

Youths broke up marble paving slabs and hurled the chunks of
rock at police in full riot gear. The police responded by firing
tear gas grenades, chasing the protesters through the square
into surrounding streets.

Aug 19, 2011
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Flashback to Baidoa, Somalia: 1992


By Yannis Behrakis

It was the beginning of December 1992 and the winter had settled into Athens – the big story was the civil war and the famine in Somalia.

I volunteered to cover the story, as I’m sure many others did, but I was one of the “lucky” ones selected to go. Tom’s distinctive voice on the phone sounded both reassuring and worried. It was my first trip to the region and I remember running frantically to get malaria pills and a Yellow fever vaccine. I had the other vaccines a year earlier before covering a massive earthquake in Iran.

Dec 15, 2010

Greek police clash with anti-austerity protesters

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek protesters clashed with police and set fire to cars and a hotel in central Athens on Wednesday as tens of thousands marched against austerity measures aimed at pulling the country out of a debt crisis.

Riot police responded with dozens of rounds of teargas in clashes that lasted more than an hour in the biggest and most violent march since three people died in protests in May. Police chased hooded youths who threw sticks and stones.

Dec 15, 2010

Greek anti-austerity strike turns violent

ATHENS, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Athens police fired teargas at
protesters who threw petrol bombs at two luxury hotels in the
central Syntagma square outside parliament on Wednesday as Greek
protests against government austerity measures escalated.

Hours earlier, parliament had approved reforms and spending
cuts that are a condition of a 110 billion euro ($150 billion)
EU/IMF bailout intended to dig Greece out of its debt crisis.

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      "I have been a photojournalist with Reuters for the last 20 years during which I have covered conflicts around the globe, major sporting events and a lot more besides. I am currently Chief Photographer in Greece. Follow me on twitter @yannisBehrakis"
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