ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek riot police used tear gas, pepper spray and batons in scuffles Thursday with who took to the streets despite a partial ban on demonstrations in the capital during a visit by German President Joachim Gauck.
The scuffles in central Athens broke out when a group of several dozen demonstrators attempted to break through a police cordon set up on a major avenue as they headed toward the Finance Ministry.
The demonstrations by hundreds of union members were about job cuts and the government’s ongoing austerity measures, and were unrelated to Gauck’s visit. The German president met with his Greek counterpart earlier Thursday, a day before a visit to the site of a World War II Nazi massacre in northwestern Greece.
Maybe someone could tell the Greeks that if they didn’t want the “austerity” which comes with given money…
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