A whole lot of individuals took to the streets in Athens and Thessaloniki to protest the arrival of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Greece, with clashes erupting exterior the American embassy within the capital.
The protest march, organized by college students and left-wing teams, remained peaceable alongside most of its route. The demonstrators carried pink flags and chanted slogans, together with “Pompeo is undesirable!” and “Yankee, go dwelling!”
Police Assault March In opposition to Mike Pompeo in Athens
28.09.2020 – Athens pic.twitter.com/Ob0YGfqiu2
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However issues turned heated because the group reached the heavily-guarded US embassy, the place there have been clashes, with police reportedly using batons and tear gasoline.
Protest exterior the US Embassy in Athens in opposition to Secretary Pompeo's go to to #Greece. Very sturdy police presence, earlier they used tear gasoline in opposition to the protesters. pic.twitter.com/YbkcOpBtSO
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The same protest was staged in Thessaloniki. Demonstrators within the nation’s second largest metropolis made a cease exterior the US Consulate, stretching the American flag on the pavement and trampling on it.
Pompeo landed within the nation for a two-day go to on Monday, amid tensions between Greece and Turkey over conflicting maritime boundary claims within the Mediterranean Sea.
Athens and Ankara, who beforehand mobilized warships and planes over the dispute, have just lately agreed to begin negotiations on the divisive problem.
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After a gathering with Greek overseas minister in Thessaloniki, Pompeo stated that he hoped that the talks would finish with an answer “that every of the 2 nations discover greater than acceptable.”
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