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Streets of Athens 2012 – 2013.
Since the financial meltdown of 2008 there has been a tendency in public debate to simplify discussions around the economic crisis.  The dominant logic argues this crisis is a temporal phenomenon with culprits and victims. Rather than a discussion of the economic structures that led to the collapse, the debate has focused on austerity and...
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  • View of the Acropolis from downtown Athens.
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  • By most accounts homelessness has exploded in Athens. However there is no concrete data on the phenomenon due to the lack of a national strategy.
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  • Downtown Athens is full of vacant and abandon properties
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  • View from the green line.
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  • In February 2012 this theater was burned to the ground during protests in Athens.
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  • Pakistani immigrant outside a junkyard he's been contracted to protect.  The surge of the radical nationalist party, Golden Dawn, has paralleled an increase in xenophobic attacks.
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  • A sign outside the temple of Olympic Zeus.
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  • Tourism, one of Greece's most important industries, has taken a heavy hit as the result of the country's percieved instability.
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  • Much of the Olympic complex built for the 2004 Olympics now sit vacant and abandoned.
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  • In the Athens' suburb of Perama the docks that once provided work for many, now sit vacant.  The shipbuilding industry has moved to cheaper places like Bulgaria and Turkey.
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  • Brothers fish from a dock next to the country's largest oil refinery, in Elefsina.
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  • View from the Green Line, Athens Greece.
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  • Dogs guard the empty lot of a closed shipping company.
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  • Three riot police chat through gas masks as they wait for the march to arrive in Syntagma.
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  • Students join arms as they march through downtown Athens.
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  • The vacant Appeals Court building on Sokratous street once housed more than a hundred homeless immigrants. After much outcry by right wing parties the building was evicted in an violent eviction. The raid was a precursor to the heavily criticized anti immigrant campaign Operation Xenios Zeus by the police.
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  • Mural near Ommonia Square.
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  • The constant social tension occasionally explodes in a confrontation with the police.
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  • Students wave their flags outside of the Isreali embassy.  Given the current situation in Gaza organizers of the march decided to continue on after the American embassy and head to the Isreali.
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  • On December 6, 2008, Athens metropolitan police shot and killed Alexis Grigoropoulos.  Every year on this date there is a march in memory of Alexis's life.  This year the march ended in riots in the central neighborhood of Exarchia.   There were multiple detentions and injuries.
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  • On December 6, 2008, Athens metropolitan police shot and killed Alexis Grigoropoulos.  Every year on this date there is a march in memory of Alexis's life.  This year the march ended in riots in the central neighborhood of Exarchia.   There were multiple detentions and injuries.
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  • On December 6, 2008, Athens metropolitan police shot and killed Alexis Grigoropoulos.  Every year on this date there is a march in memory of Alexis's life.  This year the march ended in riots in the central neighborhood of Exarchia.   There were multiple detentions and injuries.
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  • Greek riot police follow the end of the march.
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  • Operation Xenios Zeus has meant an explosion of immigrant round-ups by the police.
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  • Operation Xenios Zeus has meant an explosion of immigrant round-ups by the police.
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