Wednesday, 16 November 2016

President Obama's last visits : Riots intensifies in Greek as they blame Obama for their woes

Before the end of his tenure, President Obama made planned to visit some countries and Greece was one of them.

Unfortunately there is a strong anti American tradition in Greece amongst its left wingers who resent the US support for Greece's 1967 - 74 military dictatorship.
On the other hand Greece's government has hailed the visit as being of 'huge importance' for both Greece and Europe. 

The country's left-led coalition government has been struggling to pull Greece out of six years of a vicious financial crisis that has devastated its economy and left more than a quarter of the workforce unemployed.  

With that kind of hatred and with their current economic situation the Greeks poured out their frustration on the outgoing President. Violent clashes broke out in Athens today as left-wing demonstrators protesting against a visit by President Barack Obama tried to break a police cordon and were repelled with tear gas.

No injuries or arrests were reported, but about 3,000 anarchists and students marched through the city center in a demonstration originally planned to reach the U.S. Embassy in another part of town.
A second planned Athens protest by Communist party supporters was due to start later.

According to dailymail riot police blocked the marchers from the part of the city where Obama will be, parking buses across roads and manning cordons.
Greek authorities have deployed more than 5,000 police for Obama's visit. The riot squad is on high alert for violence, and an armed anarchist group has called for "attacks and clashes" to disrupt the visit. 

Obama's visit comes just two days before the country's main annual anti-American demonstrations, which commemorate the bloody suppression, by military authorities in 1973, of a pro-democracy student uprising.

The last visit to Greece by a U.S. president was by Bill Clinton in 1999. It was marred by extensive street fighting between anarchists and riot police.

Barack Obama's final foreign tour as U.S. President got off to a frosty start in  as members of the presidential guards appeared to shoot him filthy looks as he walked by. 

A number of the armed Tsoliades or Evzones soldiers scowled at their guest as he walked alongside President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos as outside the Presidential Mansion in Athens, Greece.

The outgoing President appeared nonplussed by his reception as he kept his chin up and looked straight ahead. 

Air Force One touched down mid-morning in Athens after an overnight flight from Washington amid planned protests by left-wing and anarchist groups trying to disrupt Obama's visit. But the visit which is of great importance for the Greeks will focus more on their debt and not on President elect Trump as they work hard on overcoming their present economic woes.


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