Greek Protesters Hang Banners on Acropolis

Students call on Europe to join demonstrations tomorrow
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 17, 2008 11:29 AM CST
A student reacts during a peaceful protest outside a police station in the Koukaki area of Athens today.   (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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(Newser) – Greek protesters hung two giant banners off the Acropolis today, with slogans calling for mass demonstrations across Europe tomorrow and "resistance," after days of violent protests sparked by the fatal police shooting of a teenager in Athens. A dozen protesters held the pink banners over the walls of the famous citadel, written in large black letters in four European languages.

The banners were taken down after two hours. "There can be no justification for this action. This hurts the image of our country abroad," a government spokesman says. Student demonstrations are already planned in Greece tomorrow. The riots that followed the teenager's death are the worst Greece has seen in decades, feeding off widespread dissatisfaction with the unpopular conservative government.