Police fire canisters of tear gas into the square try to prevent the burning of items looted from nearby homes and businesses. Armed against the sting of the gas with breathing masks and skin protectants, the protesters are not easily discouraged.
Gas masks protect demonstrators from tear gas and from the threat of identification by Greek police. Many feared repercussions against their families by the government. Athens, Greece. Syntagma Square, June 29, 2011.
The June 29, 2011 clashes between Greek police and protesters were captured on small cameras and mobile phones and were quickly posted on social media sites and YouTube. The average age of demonstrators in Syntagma Square is 16-years-old.
After weeks of civil protests in Athens, Greece, the movement suddenly became violent in response to the June 29th, 2011 passing of an austerity plan aimed at easing the financial stress on the heavily indebted country.