Greek Demonstrators at Black Lives Matter Protest Hurl Explosives at U.S. Embassy in Athens

Greek Demonstrators at a Black Lives Matter rally in Athens were met with force by Greek Military Police Wednesday after some protesters hurled Molotov cocktails at the United States Embassy.

The French activist group  Cerveaux non Disponibles tweeted Wednesday evening: “The American Embassy has just been attacked with molotov cocktail during a demonstration #BlackLivesMatter! #Athens#Athenes”

Turkey’s Andolu Agency reported: “Police and protesters in Greece’s capital Athens clashed outside the US embassy during a march over the death of George Floyd, an African-American who was killed by police in the US’ state of Minnesota.  The demonstrators were holding banners bearing Floyd’s last words “I can’t breathe” and chanting slogans against the racist act.  According to police, the protesters threw firebombs and pelted stones at police personnel standing guard outside the embassy. The police responded with rounds of teargas.”

Demonstrators stage a protest to show solidarity with demonstrators in the US over the death of George Floyd, in Athens, Greece on June 3, 2020. ( Ayhan Mehmet – Anadolu Agency )

Reuters reports: Demonstrators hurled firebombs in a march towards the U.S. Embassy compound in Athens on Wednesday in a protest over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Reuters journalists saw demonstrators throwing several flaming objects which erupted into flames on the street towards the heavily-guarded embassy in central Athens and police responding with rounds of teargas.

The embassy itself was cordoned off with rows of blue police buses.

Demonstrators were holding banners and placards reading “Black lives matter” and “I can’t breathe”.

Police sources estimated the number of protesters at more than 3,000.