- Title: Protesters burn U.S. and NATO flags during Pompeo visit in Athens
- Date: 5th October 2019
- Summary: ATHENS, GREECE (OCTOBER 5, 2019) (REUTERS) PROTESTERS SETTING U.S. FLAG ON FIRE, FLAG BURNING ON THE STREET PROTESTERS SETTING NATO FLAG ON FIRE OUTSIDE THE U.S. EMBASSY IN ATHENS U.S. AND NATO FLAGS BURNING ON THE STREET OUTSIDE THE EMBASSY VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS HOLDING UP SIGNS, READING (English): "POMPEO GO HOME" MARCHING VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS MARCHING OUTSIDE THE U.S. EMBASSY VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS MARCHING PAST GREEK POLICE VARIOUS OF POLICE OFFICERS STAINED WITH RED PAINT VARIOUS OF POLICE GUARDING STATUE OF FORMER US PRESIDENT HARRY TRUMAN WHICH IS STAINED WITH RED PAINT
- Embargoed: 19th October 2019 13:21
- Keywords: Greece US Pompeo protest burning flags embassy
- Location: ATHENS, GREECE
- City: ATHENS, GREECE
- Country: Greece
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001AZTK7K7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Protesters on Saturday (October 5) burned U.S. and NATO flags in Athens as the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held meetings with Greek government officials.
Thousands marched outside the U.S. Embassy in the Greek capital, holding up signs that read "Pompeo go home," and threw red paint on a statue of former U.S. president Harry Truman in the city centre.
Greece and the United States have traditionally close relations even though many blame Washington for its tacit support for a military junta that ruled Greece between 1967 and 1974. Protest marches to the U.S. Embassy are an annual event.
Demonstrators, which included supporters of the Greek Communist Party, held banners against Greek - US military cooperation. The United States uses a base on the island of Crete for naval and sea operations in the region.
(Production: Vassilis Triandafyllou, Deborah Kyvrikosaios, Idyli Tsakiri)
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