Greece: Mass anti-austerity protest during visit of Germany’s Merkel

9 Oct

The latest estimate is that 50,000 people took to the streets of Athens today to protest against Angela Merkel’s visit, with only a small fraction throwing stones and molotov cocktails at the riot police. 30 protesters (including two with serious head injuries) and 2 policeman were hurt.

12 people have been arrested for specific offences, and a further 193 detained by police.

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Merkel announced the start of two concrete European Union projects to be supported by Germany. One project would support regional administration while the other would seek to improve health care. Together the projects carry a total value of €30 million ($38 million).

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