FURIOUS protesters have screamed for Barack Obama to “go home” and launched petrol bombs at police as the US President landed in Europe today.
Mr Obama’s visit to Athens, Greece, was supposed to be a grand farewell, but descended into chaos when angry rioters took to the street to demand he leave.Youths riding motorbikes, carrying wooden clubs and launching petrol bombs tried to break a police cordon and confront Mr Obama directly.
Hooded left wing protesters took to the streets shouting “Yankees go home” and “we don’t need protectors” – a reference to Mr Obama’s announcement that he thought Greece should be allowed off the hook when it comes to its spiraling national debt.
Armed police are trying to contain the violent riot
Protesters clash with police, who have been firing tear gas into the crowds
Earlier, Mr Obama, 55, had delighted his Greek hosts by supporting debt relief for the recession-battered country, which has seen its economy shrink by a quarter in just seven years.Greece hopes Obama will be able to persuade its foreign creditors to restructure some of its debt, which stands at nearly 180 percent of national output.
His visit comes only two days before the anniversary of a bloody 1973 student revolt that helped topple the 1967-1974 military junta which was backed by the U.S. government.