June 3, 2020 / 6:19 PM / a month ago

Greek demonstrators hurl firebombs towards U.S. embassy in Athens

Riot police walk past flames as they clash with protesters, during a demonstration against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, outside the U.S. embassy in Athens, Greece, June 3, 2020. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

ATHENS (Reuters) - Demonstrators hurled firebombs in a march towards the U.S. Embassy compound in Athens on Wednesday in a protest over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Reuters journalists saw demonstrators throwing several flaming objects which erupted into flames on the street towards the heavily-guarded embassy in central Athens and police responding with rounds of teargas.

The embassy itself was cordoned off with rows of blue police buses.

Demonstrators were holding banners and placards reading “Black lives matter” and “I can’t breathe”.

Police sources estimated the number of protesters at more than 3,000.

Reporting By Alkis Konstantinidis, Vassilis Triandafyllou and Lefteris Papadimas, writing by Michele Kambas; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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