One of the more interesting “war zones” that most have never heard of is not in North Africa, nor in the Middle East, but in Greece. Meet Keratea, a small city of 15,000 people located close to Athens, where after over 100 days of struggle between authorities and the broader population, the riot police has officially decided to abdicate the city to its fate in what is the first popular mini-revolution in the developed world. From the Independent: “As explosions boom, the towns loudspeakers blare: “Attention! Attention! We are under attack!” Air-raid sirens wail through the streets, mingling with the frantic clanging of church bells. Clouds of tear gas waft between houses as helmeted riot police move in to push back the rebels. This isn’t a war zone, but a small town just outside Athens. And while its fight is about a rubbish dump, it captures Greece’s angry mood over its devastated economy.
- Greek protest over planned landfill site (guardian.co.uk)
- Anarchy erupts in Greece as austerity bites (talesfromthelou.wordpress.com)
- More Than 20 Hurt in Riot Over Greek Landfill Plan (foxnews.com)
- Easter truce suspends landfill protests in Greece (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Violence spikes in Greek rebel town (seattletimes.nwsource.com)