Anarchists gear up for protest against Berlin on Saturday

Members of anarchist and anti-establishment groups have ramped up their activities ahead of a planned march on Saturday on the German Embassy, an apparent protest against Berlin and the austerity it has championed in Greece and elsewhere.

On Wednesday, a group of around 30 self-styled anarchists staged a sit-in at the offices of German insurance giant Allianz on central Athinon Avenue. A banner draped down the building’s facade called for a “clash with the policies of the EU and its domestic lackeys.” Earlier in the day, anarchists protested outside the Hellenic Bank Association. Both protests ended peacefully without the intervention of police. But the force is said to be more concerned about Saturday’s demonstration potentially getting out of control.

A document signed by anarchist groups including Rouvikonas, which organized a protest on the grounds of Parliament last month, called for “war on the banks” and complained that “the burden of the crisis has been thrust on the backs of the people.”

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