On Sunday, protesters in Athens clashed with police against mandatory vaccination measures that go into effect on Sept. 1.
Police estimate about 8,000 people attended the rally in Syntagma Square, the central square of Athens, chanting anti-vaxx slogans and demanding government officials reverse mandatory vaccinations for all health workers that begins Wednesday.
At least 47 were detained in yesterday’s demonstrations, police said in a statement Sunday evening, reported by local media Iefimerida.
Police said unruly protesters “threw objects” at police, and riot control response teams had to use tear gas, stun grenades, and water cannons to disperse the crowd.
Here’s a stunning view of the demonstration.
First night in Athens. Dinner on the balcony with a view — of both the Parthenon and a wild demonstration. This is my first experience with tear gas. I can confirm it burns bad. pic.twitter.com/2Wn0l5Iwsj
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) August 29, 2021
Police disperse the crowd with water cannons.
— fotiatora.gr (@fotiatoragr) August 29, 2021