As in the city of Thessaloniki, in the north of the night, many banners displayed the words “no justice, no peace” and “black lives matter” as they walked over the U.S. Embassy before that stone-haired demonstrators push riot police to aggressively disperse the crowd. with numerous bursts of tear gas.
Organizers told the Guardian that similar protests are now planned across the country before a massive protest, in collaboration with anti-fascist groups across Europe and the United States, takes place on June 26.
“We want to show our solidarity. There will be more, ”said Petros Constantinou, a city councilor who also leads the anti-racist and anti-fascist movement KEERFA.
The murder of George Floyd in many ways reminded the Greeks of the deadly shooting of an unarmed teenager in central Athens in December 2008. This shooting sparked mass protests – and riots – across Greece then that hundreds of thousands of people have spontaneously taken to the streets to report the police. brutality.
“More than 120 police stations were attacked at the time across the country,” said Constantinou. “It was the beginning of the economic crisis in Greece, the social context was very similar to that of the United States today and there was a lot of institutionalized racism, especially among the police, which helped create Golden Dawn “, He added, referring to the anti-neo-Nazi immigrant group whose squads have frightened the streets for years.
On Wednesday evening, much of central Athens – on the boulevard that runs from the capital’s main Syntagma Square to the US Embassy – was smeared with graffiti in support of the American protesters.