Far-right anti-maskers protest lockdown measures in Athens, Thessaloniki, Patras

February 14, 2021

Far-right anti-maskers staged protests against the lockdown restrictions in Athens, Thessaloniki and Patras on Sunday. Despite the biting cold, they gathered holding Greek flags, shouting slogans against the “coronavirus-junta” and singing the national anthem.

In some cases, police used tear gas to disperse the crowd.

In Thessaloniki, protesters gathered at the White Tower with Greek flags and flags with the Vergina Sun, used in protests against the prespes Agreement with North Macedonia.

They shouted slogans like “Burn the Parliament” and “Down with the corona-junta.”

The anti-maskers had reportedly followed a call on social media that was running under the motto “We want our lives back.”

Many protesters did not wear the mandatory masks.

According to local media, strong police forces were there but did not intervene. However, at some point protesters wearing hoods threw flares at police officers who responded with sound flares. the group threw also other items at police and turned over garbage bins.

At a gathering with the same cause in Patras, protesters sang the National Anthem.

In Athens where some 700 people gathered at Syntagma Square, police fired tear gas when they attempted to cross the street and near the Parliament.

The video shows protesters holding a banner “Mask is muzzle” and trying to explain to police that the measures against the pandemic bring nothing – as they said they read on internet.

sources: candiadoc.gr, ethnos.gr, thestival.gr & others

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