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Molotov in Athens
scontri in grecia all'EU summit del 16 aprile 2003

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data 16/04/2003

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Clashes near EU summit

Greek police fired tear gas and anti-Iraq war protesters threw molotov cocktails in clashes in central Athens on Wednesday just several hundred metres from where an EU summit was in progress.
Several hours earlier about 100 protesters occupied a British Airways office in an Athens suburb to protest at Britain's role in the Iraq war.
Police estimated about 7,000 protesters were involved in the clashes in Athens's central Syntagma Square.
The violence broke out when the demonstrators tried to break through police lines to march closer to the meeting where the European Union's 15 leaders were meeting on a range of issues including narrowing differences on Iraq.
Smoke from flaming molotov cocktails and teargas billowed in the air.
After being turned away from Syntagma Square, the demonstrators changed direction and marched through the city's nearby diplomatic district.
Rocks, bottles of paint and more petrol bombs were thrown at the Italian, French and British embassies. At least a dozen molotov cocktails were thrown at the British embassy.
The clashes had been expected and unprecedented security had turned central Athens into a fortress, with key streets blocked off by nearly 20,000 police.
In the British Airways protest, 100 members of the Greek communist party walked into the airline's offices, which were open for business, in the southern seaside suburb of Glyfada. They took over the second-floor offices and the roof.
The protesters stopped BA employees entering and said they planned to stay until they joined the main anti-war rally in Syntagma square.
The arrival of the European leaders in Athens had led to security measures that were unprecedented for the capital, police spokesman Lefteris Economou said.
During the two days of the summit, public service offices and schools will be closed, parking will be prohibited around central Athens, and the famed Acropolis will be sealed off.
Protest groups including Stop the War Coalition and labour groups planned non-stop protests during the event against the presence of US, British and other forces in Iraq.
The leaders, including United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, are expected to discuss the reconstruction of Iraq and mend divisions among nations that supported different positions over going to war in Iraq.
Greek public opinion has been virulently opposed to the invasion of Iraq and there have been regular demonstrations outside the US and British embassies.
© Reuters
Published on Apr 16, 2003

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