Greece: Protesters try to topple 'capitalist' Truman statue amid clashes

Clashes erupted between police and Greek communist party (KKE) supporters in central Athens on Monday, during a rally condemning air strikes on Syria by the US, Britain and France. Protesters tried to topple a statue of former US president Harry Truman by tying ropes around it and dragging it down. Riot police responded by firing tear gas in an effort to disperse the crowd. «Today we wanted... Еще to unseat the symbol of Capitalism, which is Truman», said member of the communist-affiliated union PAME Giorgos Perros. Hundreds of protesters also joined a march to the US Embassy, which is located near the statue. At least three protesters were injured and the statue suffered minor damage, local media said. The US, UK and France launched air strikes against multiple government targets in Damascus early on Saturday morning, targeting alleged chemical weapons sites as well as a Syrian military base in Homs. The air strikes are a response to claims of an alleged chemical weapons attack on Douma last week. Syria and Russia have both denied the allegations, calling them «staged» and a «fabrication».

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