Thousands of Communist Party (KKE) supporters gathered in front of Greece’s parliament building in central Athens on Thursday (July 2).
Their leader expressed his opposition to the current government. He said that whatever the outcome of Sunday’s referendum on austerity demands, the Greek people would be the ones who suffer.
Euronews correspondent Akis Tatsis reported: “Protesters set fire to the EU flag in the centre of Athens, close to the prime minister’s residence.
“Earlier, one of them climbed onto the European Commission building .. hanging on the balcony a banner with anti-European slogans”
The protester unfurled a banner reading “forward people” during the demonstration.
One Communist Party supporter told Reuters TV that Greeks should vote “no” to stop what he described as “blackmail.”
Greek police later used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse a crowd of far-left protesters.