Greek debt crisis news: 14 people arrested during violent protests in Athens - but not one of them was from Greece

Just before 9.30pm, protests against the Greek government’s full capitulation to the demands of the country’s creditors turned nasty

Hazel Sheffield
Thursday 16 July 2015 13:29 BST
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A police officer jumps to avoid fire from a petrol bomb thrown by anti-austerity protesters
A police officer jumps to avoid fire from a petrol bomb thrown by anti-austerity protesters (Emilio Morenatti/AP)

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Of the 14 people arrested during the protests in Athens last, not one was from Greece, according to Greek paper Kathimarini.

Twelve were arrested for graffiti in metro stations, while above them, in Athens’ central Syntagma Square, demonstrators threw petrol bombs, stones and stun grenades in protest against the vote on further austerity reforms in parliament.

The unrest comes after weeks of peaceful political rallies during the crisis
The unrest comes after weeks of peaceful political rallies during the crisis (LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Kathimarini reported that four of those arrested came from Germany, two were French, one Australian, one Ukraine, one Dutch and three Polish. There were given charges relating to damage of a metro station.

A further two people were arrested in front of the parliament for attacks on police officers – one an Italian and one an Albanian.

A protester is arrested following clashes outside the parliament building
A protester is arrested following clashes outside the parliament building (YANNIS BEHRAKIS/Reuters)

Just before 9.30pm, protests against the Greek government’s full capitulation to the demands of the country’s creditors turned nasty. Petrol bombs were thrown in the city’s central square, Syntagma. The riot police tried to bring the demonstrations under control with tear gas. Police estimated the number of demonstrators at 12,500.

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