July 25, 2006

Greek protesters topple Truman statue in anti-war demo

ATHENS (Reuters) - In a move harking back to the U.S.
invasion of Iraq, Greek leftists pulled down a statue of former
U.S. President Harry S. Truman as part of an anti-war
demonstration on Tuesday against the Israeli bombing of

"About 25 demonstrators tied ropes to the Truman statue and
pulled it down," a police spokesman told Reuters.

The group was part of a larger demonstration of several
hundred Greeks marching on the U.S. and Israeli embassies.

The statue, located in central Athens not far from the U.S.
embassy, has been the subject of numerous attacks over the
years. It has been seriously damaged at least twice before,
once by a bomb attack in the 1980s.

As president, Truman supported the right-wing Greek
government against Greek Communists in the country's 1946-48
civil war.