People’s anger at economic crisis dominates Greek anti-junta commemoration demo

AFP, 18 November 2010

Riot police detain a demonstrator during a protest in Athens

Riot police detain a demonstrator during a protest in Athens

ATHENS: Thousands of people marched in Athens on Wednesday to commemorate a 1973 student revolt against a US-backed junta, but brandishing banners protesting the financial crisis gripping Greece.
Around 20,000 demonstrators took part in the annual march, police said, with a large turnout from student groups, workers and leftist party supporters.

“We paid for their profits, we will not pay for their crisis,” read one of many protest banners targeting capitalism. “Oppose austerity and submission,” said another.

People of all ages, from pensioners to toddlers accompanied by their parents, participated in the annual three-kilometre demonstration.

The protesters also shouted anti-American slogans as they marched on the US embassy, the traditional focal point of the annual protest. Continue reading