Tens of thousands took to the streets in Athens in remembrance of the 38th anniversary of the ultra-right junta of the “Black Colonels” on Thursday.
Several demonstrations in Athens joined one mass peaceful demonstration against Greece’s government decisions on austerity measures to receive loans from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.
The huge demonstration marched toward the U.S. Embassy since the protestors blames the United States for supporting the “Black Colonels” in their suppressing a university students’ uprising on November 17, 1973. During the uprising in 1973, quite a lot of youth were killed and thousands were injured.
Most of the protestors demanded Greece secedes from the Eurozone and socialism to be reinstated in the country.
Thousands of protestors attempted to storm the U.S. Embassy but were stopped by police, after which tensions grew between the two opposing sides. Molotov cocktails from the protestors and tear gas from the police were exchanged; the protestors blocked the main street with burning garbage bins.
The “Black Colonels“ outlawed all political parties, introduced widespread censorship, dissolved dozens of democratic organizations and seized their property. Worker strikes were also deemed illegal.