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Thousands protest US-led Syria airstrikes in Athens, more rallies planned

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Thousands of Greeks turned up at a rally and march in central Athens organized by the Communist Party to protest the US-led airstrikes against Syria, and more marches are being planned against the operation.

Thousands turned up at a rally and march on Saturday in central Athens organized by the Communist Party to protest the US-led airstrikes against Syria.

The protesters gathered at Athens's central Syntagma Square before marching to the US Embassy, chanting anti-US slogans and carrying banners. Some wrote on the pavement in red paint: “Americans, murderers of people.”

Police vehicles barricaded access to the embassy and protesters left peacefully.

Dimitris Koutsoumbas, the Greek Communist Party's (KKE) leader, blasted Greek politicians for believing “flimsy excuses about a use of chemical weapons” by Syria. He also criticized their “subservience” to the EU and NATO, as well as their support for Israel.

He told the crowd “the imperialists once again spill the blood of the local people. They destroy and splinter states by using fabricated evidence.”

Similar rallies against the operation will be held outside NATO’s Souda naval base in Crete ion Sunday, as well as in downtown Thessaloniki on Tuesday, where the protest is organized by KKE-affiliated union PAME. [AP/Combined reports]

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