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Vandals Torch Christmas Tree in Athens' Exarchia District (video)


Unknown assailants burned a Christmas tree in the central square of the notorious Exarchia district on Wednesday night, just a few hours after it had been placed there and decorated by the city of Athens’ municipal workers.
Eye witnesses said that a group of youths set fire to the tree using lighters. They also destroyed the lights in the manger before fleeing down side streets.

The disturbing remains of the Exarchia Christmas tree as seen on Thursday morning

Later, a group of about fifty individuals smashed the front entrance of a store belonging to the Vasilopoulos supermarket chain, as well as a Starbucks store and a branch of Piraeus Bank, all located on Mitropoleos Street, a few miles east of Exarchia.
Tensions in Exarchia, which has long been a focal point for anarchist and leftist groups, has increased in recent months after the new conservative government instituted a crackdown against squatting in abandoned buildings and lawlessness in the area in general.

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