In the first years after the economic depression began to really set in, Athens was violently shaken by massive demonstrations. Street riots in busy downtown areas were a usual affair and the police were often resorting to brute force and extensive teargas use to suppress the crowds. On the 12th of February of 2012 however, things got even more out of hand. Following an important parliament vote on economic austerity measures, streetfighting took on epic proportions throughout the night. One of the city's modern landmarks, the stylish Attikon cinema was practically burned to the ground, banks and multinational companies saw their buildings heavily damaged and fires were breaking out all over the centre of Athens. The next morning was dismal. As I got out of the subway picked up my camera and took a few shots of what had happened before going to the office. Unfortunately worse was to come. In the next months, 3 people would suffocate to death when during another riot their building - a bank's Athens HQ - caught fire...
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