Greek anarchists in Chaidari, a western suburb of Athens, dropped banners in condemnation of state mismanagement of the pandemic, with the Greek government refusing to cut its military budget to aid the plight of its medical system. Greece is the 2nd most militarized country in Europe, with 4% of its budget going to the armed forces.
Dozens of protesters in Patras gathered at Georgiou Square in solidarity with hunger striker Dimitris Koufontinas, a former member of the revolutionary November 17 militant group that carried out attacks on American, British, and military assets in Greece; Koufontinas entered a hunger strike on 8 January to demand his transfer to the Korydallos prison in Athens.
About 150 protesters marched on the ICE facility in Portland to demand the immediate abolition of the agency, which new President Biden has expressed his opposition to doing. Demonstrators were horrifically attacked with chemical weapons and munitions, including tear gas, pepper balls, TC gas (a deadlier form of tear gas and possible carcinogen), and many other forms of assault.
Hundreds of protesters marched in Girona to demand the release of Pablo Hasel, a left-wing Catalan rapper arrested and facing charges for criticizing the Bourbon royal family of Spain. Demonstrators carried a banner reading “Chess and checkmate to the regime!” and blocked several roads before dispersing peacefully.
Around 300 protesters in Thessaloniki marched to demand the repeal of a law passed by the Ministry of Education in February which enabled police to re-enter universities after their presence was banned with the fall of the military dictatorship in 1974 after a student uprising at the Athens Polytechnic.