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Greece: Greeks protest against "imperialist war" and welcome refugees02:35

Greece: Greeks protest against "imperialist war" and welcome refugees

Greece, Athens
March 2, 2016 at 21:27 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of activists, most of them members of leftist political groups including Antarsya and Popular Unity, marched across the streets of Athens, Wednesday, to condemn the "imperialist war in the Middle East" and to show their solidarity with refugees arriving to Greece.

The protesters rallied outside the European Union offices in Athens before heading to the United States embassy. The activists condemned NATO and Frontex policies, as well as the European Union and the United States for provoking war and poverty.

Protesters chanted anti-imperialist slogans including "Greeks and foreign workers united," "this is the face of capitalism," and "we will always fight poverty and fascism," while holding banners reading "NATO, USA, European Union-Governments create wars, poverty, uprooting. Refugees welcome."

Student and protester Manolis Gemistos said that "Greek people and the Greek movement has to fight with the immigrants because they have common enemies. It is imperialism, it is capitalism here in Greece, the governments that support NATO, that support war, the European Union."

There was heavy police force deployed outside the US embassy, however no incidents were reported and the rally remained peaceful.

Greece: Greeks protest against "imperialist war" and welcome refugees02:35
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Thousands of activists, most of them members of leftist political groups including Antarsya and Popular Unity, marched across the streets of Athens, Wednesday, to condemn the "imperialist war in the Middle East" and to show their solidarity with refugees arriving to Greece.

The protesters rallied outside the European Union offices in Athens before heading to the United States embassy. The activists condemned NATO and Frontex policies, as well as the European Union and the United States for provoking war and poverty.

Protesters chanted anti-imperialist slogans including "Greeks and foreign workers united," "this is the face of capitalism," and "we will always fight poverty and fascism," while holding banners reading "NATO, USA, European Union-Governments create wars, poverty, uprooting. Refugees welcome."

Student and protester Manolis Gemistos said that "Greek people and the Greek movement has to fight with the immigrants because they have common enemies. It is imperialism, it is capitalism here in Greece, the governments that support NATO, that support war, the European Union."

There was heavy police force deployed outside the US embassy, however no incidents were reported and the rally remained peaceful.