Greek Protestors Try to Demolish Harry Truman Statue in Athens (PHOTO, VIDEO)

Rodiano Bonacci
Aprile 16, 2018

A group of Greek communist party supporters has attempted to take down a statue of former U.S. president Harry Truman in central Athens during a protest against air strikes on Syria by the USA, the United Kingdom and France on April 14.

At least three protesters were reportedly injured. It was built in 1963 with the financial support of a prominent Greek-American organization, and it was meant to pay homage to the Truman Doctrine-which saw the US give around $2 billion to combat communist guerrilla forces during the Greek civil war of the late 1940s.

According to the news agency, the protesters collided with the police, which used a tear gas against them.

"The communist and workers' parties express their internationalist solidarity to the people of Syria and the other peoples of the region, they call upon the working class, the people's forces to reinforce the struggle against the imperialist interventions and wars, of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the U.S. and the European Union", the group said in a statement, which was signed by members of communist parties across Europe.

The bronze statue of America's 33rd president stands at around 12-feet tall in Greece's capital Athens.

Many also believe Washington backed the military junta that ruled Greece from 1967-74 as well as the Turkish military intervention of Cyprus in 1974 following a brief Greek-backed coup.

The statue had to be removed and restored in 1986 after being bombed. In 1999 it returned to its pedestal just in time for an official visit to Athens by then United States president Bill Clinton.

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