greek austerity crisis
The Greek reputation for strikes and protests is long and storied. Demonstrations are frequent and many pedestrians often pass without notice. However, the recession and resultant austerity crisis of 2008 tested Greek patience with the government, the intensifying the people’s anger.
Many believed the working class were sacrificed for the benefit of the power elite, and resulted in intermittent riots.
Police and protesters played cat-and-mouse games across the city. Injuries and arrests were common. Property damage was inevitable.
Despite hordes of protestors and riot police ebbing and flowing in the smoke, little improves and the crisis carries on to this day.