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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
bankruptcy.

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
via Photographers' Blog

Flashback to Baidoa, Somalia: 1992

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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.

Dec 6, 2010

Three injured as Greek police clash with protesters

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek police clashed with youths hurling petrol bombs in Athens on Monday during protests to mark the anniversary of the 2008 police killing of a teenager that triggered the country’s worst riots in decades.

Three people were injured as thousands marched through the Greek capital in protests the authorities had feared would turn violent amid rising public discontent as Greece battles a debt crisis with stringent austerity measures.

Dec 6, 2010

Greek police clash with protesters, fire teargas

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek police clashed with youths hurling petrol bombs in Athens on Monday during protests to mark the anniversary of the 2008 police killing of a teenager that triggered the country’s worst riots in decades.

Thousands of students and leftists marched through the Greek capital in protests the authorities had feared would turn violent amid rising public discontent as Greece battles a debt crisis with stringent austerity measures.

Nov 16, 2010
via FaithWorld

Mob in Athens abuses Muslims as they celebrate Eid

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(Photo: Muslim immigrants pray during Eid al-Adha celebrations in front of Athens university November 16, 2010/Yannis Behrakis)

Dozens of far-right activists and local residents threw eggs and taunted hundreds of Muslim immigrants as they gathered to pray in a central square for Eid al-Adha surrounded by a protective cordon of riot police.

Greece, which has become the main immigrant gateway to the European Union, has a growing Muslim community and tensions between locals and incomers have run high in some Athens areas such as Attiki square, the scene of Tuesday’s incident.

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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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