Greece protests Merkel visit

Associated Press
Demonstrator holds an anti-Merkel banner  prior to a protest in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens on Tuesday Oct. 9, 2012. German Chancellor Angela Merkel makes her first visit to Greece since the eurozone crisis began three years ago. Her five-hour stop is seen by the government as a historic boost for the country's future in Europe's shared currency, but by protesters as a harbinger of more austerity and hardship. More than 7,000 police will be on hand, cordoning off parks and other sections of central Athens, to keep demonstrators away from the German leader who is due to arrive Tuesday in the Greek capital for talks with conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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Greek police fired teargas and stun grenades at protesters in central Athens on Oct. 9 when they tried to break through a barrier and reach visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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