Greek communists try to topple Truman statue

Federico Mansilla
Abril 16, 2018

After the US launched airstrikes in Syria on Friday evening in response to alleged chemical attacks against civilians, communist party members attempted to topple the statue by cutting its feet with a metal cutter and attaching ropes to it.

Protesters used a metal grinder to try to cut off the statue's feet and tug it down with ropes before riot police intervened and fired tear gas to disperse the crowd.

A group of Greek communist party supporters tried to take down a statue of former USA president Harry Truman in central Athens on Monday during a protest against air strikes on Syria by the United States, Britain and France on Saturday.

At least two people were injured, reports said.

Greek Communist Party supporters clash with police forces as they try to bring down a statue of former U.S. president Harry Truman during a demonstration in Athens on April 16, 2018 against United States, Britain and France's air strikes on Syria.

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"What we did today is a symbolic move against the United States and the war (in Syria)", said Yorgos Perros, a member of the communist-affiliated union PAME.

The statue was erected in 1963 in recognition of America's 33rd president who approved the 1948 Marshall Plan of economic assistance that helped rebuild war-shattered Greece.

It was bombed in 1986 and sawn off at the legs a decade later.

There is strong anti-American sentiment in Greece over Washington's support for the brutal army junta that ruled the country from 1967 to 1974.

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