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Greek police blast anti-vaccine protesters with water cannon and tear gas outside parliament in Athens (VIDEOS)
Police in Athens have broken up a protest outside the Greek parliament, using tear gas and water cannon to scatter the demonstrators. The protest was a response to the governments announcement of compulsory vaccination for some.
A crowd of more than 3,500 protesters gathered in Syntagma Square, outside the Hellenic Parliament in Athens on Wednesday. After being asked to leave, some of the protesters threw bottles and other projectiles at police officers, Greek news outlet Kathimerini reported.
The police responded with tear gas, flash grenades, and a truck-mounted water cannon. Videos shared on social media captured the crackdown.
Riot in front of Parliament building in Athens. Protest revolves around the governments enforcement of the vaccine. pic.twitter.com/5yRyP88cWT— Henry Huber (@HenryHuber_) July 21, 2021
#BREAKING— Fra (@FrancescComito) July 21, 2021
The tense situation this evening in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens. The police are using water cannon and tear gas to disperse a demonstration against the vaccination pass . #Greece #Athens
- Sputnik pic.twitter.com/c9NKBcuqej
Some of the protesters wore religious clothing and clutched icons, while others waved flags and handed out leaflets for right-wing political movements, according to another report from Kathimerini. Clashes were also reported outside the University of Athens, and in the northern city of Thessaloniki.
Similar protests broke out last week after Greece’s government ordered the mandatory Covid vaccination of healthcare workers and nursing-home staff. Those who refuse the jabs can have their pay withheld, and the government has not ruled out extending the requirement to other workers in the fall.