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National Parades Sabotaged By Protesters

Greeks protesting austerity measures sabotaged the national school student parades in many areas of Greece.
In Greece’s second largest city, Thessaloniki, the demonstrators heckled President Karolos Papoulias and other attending officials, calling them traitor.  Some anarchists spat at retired military officers.
In the city of Trikala of South Greece, a protester attacked an MP of PASOK political party, Magkoufis.
As far as North Greece is concerned, in the small town of Florina, students from the School of Art created a coffin, joining the parade carrying the coffin as a symbol of the current dead economy in Greece. Then, the coffin was transferred to the central square of the town, so that people could visit it.
In several other Greek cities, officials were heckled but most of the commemorative parades went ahead as scheduled, two days after Europe’s leaders announced a strengthened financial rescue plan that includes bigger write-downs of Greek debt and new injections of capital into weakened European banks.
The protesters included leftists, anarchists, neo-Nazis and people fed up with the government’s austerity policies.

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