The first anti-government rally in Athens turned ugly as anti-authoritarian protesters started to smash the windows of a pastry shop and two jewelry shops and put two vehicles and several garbage bins on fire.
According to latest information, there was no intervention by riot police although squads were standing near by.
The first anti-government protest has been launched in Athens on Thursday afternoon. A month after the left-wing/nationalist SYRIZA-Independent Greeks coalition took office, a week after the Eurogroup agreement in Brussels.
With anti-EU banners and red party flags, members of Anticapitalist Left Cooperation for the Overthrow (ANTARSYA) took to the streets in downtown Athens to protest the extension of continuation of loan agreements and Varoufakis’ Reform List with “austerity measures.”
ANTARSYA calls for defaulting on Greece’s debt, and nationalization without compensation of major industries, banning of lay-offs, the disarmament of the police, full political and social rights for immigrants.
Although ANTARSYA is not successful in parliamentary elections it does manage to win seats in municipalities since 2010. In January elections, ANTARSYA received 39,411 votes (0.64% of the overall vote).
For tomorrow, Friday, the Greek Communist party KKE has called for a anti-government protest against austerity and the loan agreements. According to KKE, Varoufakis’ Reforms list contains “all the measures adopted by the capital, the governments and the EU against the workers.”
In Greek Parliament KKE holds 15 seats.
KKE is against the €uro, the European Union, and against everything and everyone in general. It vehemently rejected any offer form SYRIZa for coalition government. It is the party of eternal opposition.
Police and protesters have clashed in Athens after the first anti-government demonstration since Greece’s far-left Syriza party took power last month.
Dozens of activists hurled petrol bombs and stones at police and set cars alight after the march.
The unrest came ahead of a vote by German parliament on Friday on whether to extend financial aid for Greece.
The deal, approved by Greece and international creditors last week, has triggered dissent within Syriza itself.
If ratified, the agreement will give Greece a four-month bailout extension in return for government reforms.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has defended it, but some on the hard left have accused the government of going back on pre-election pledges.
Syriza swept to power in January by promising to renegotiate the country’s debt and end austerity.
About 450 far-left protesters took to the streets of Athens on Thursday to voice their anger.
thanks to joelH for the link..
antarsya..the new syriza..because they had to..
do the punters smell a rat?