‘We do not sacrifice ourselves for the rich’

In early sunshine, as demonstrators gathered in Klafthmonos Square in front of Athens University, there were few portents of the violence that would turn the Greek capital into a virtual war zone just two hours later.

8th May, 2010

In early sunshine, as demonstrators gathered in Klafthmonos Square in front of Athens University, there were few portents of the violence that would turn the Greek capital into a virtual war zone just two hours later.

The protesters, from a range of public sector unions or radical left political parties, wielded iced frappucinos from Starbucks alongside their flags and banners.

Unease, however, filtered out. ‘‘I’ve got a bad feeling,” said one of a dozen riot...

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