Greek Protesters Use Angle Grinder to Attack Former US President’s Statue (photos)

Protesters demonstrating against British, U.S. and French airstrikes in Syria have attempted to bring down a statue of former American president Harry Truman in central Athens.

Riot police intervened and used tear gas to disperse the crowd and prevent the angry mob from destroying the statue.

One demonstrator was seen trying to cut down the monument using an angle grinder.

On Sunday, thousands of people protested in central Athens over airstrikes against the Bashar al-Assad regime.

Organized by the Greek Communist Party, demonstrators rallied in Syntagma Square and also picketed the U.S. embassy.

Communist leader Dimitris Koutsoumbas told the crowd “the imperialists once again spill the blood of the local people” and claimed evidence of chemical weapons attacks used to justify the British, American and French operation was “flimsy”.

On Saturday, Britain’s Ministry of Defence confirmed four Royal Air Force Tornado warplanes accompanied U.S. and French jets in striking “Syrian installations involved in the regime’s use of chemical weapons against its own people”.

Syria’s government is backed by Russia, and UN General-Secretary Antonio Guterres on Friday said the Cold War was “back with a vengeance”.

The U.K. used its large air force base in Akrotiri, Cyprus to launch the bombing raids.