Oct 05, 2019 19:31 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Aug 29, 2020 14:45 Asia/Tehran]

As US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Greece for a two-day visit, protesters burned the US flag and asked him to go back to his country.

Iran Press/Europe: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has arrived in Greece for a two-day visit to underline support for the NATO ally, reinforce cooperation, and sign an amendment to a mutual defense cooperation agreement.

Despite US-Greece relations being traditionally close, several hundred demonstrators poured into the streets of Athens and Thessaloniki to protest against the visit of the US secretary of state, Sputnik reported.

In Athens, protesters occupied the main Syntagma Square, chanting 'Americans, Murderers of Peoples', while playing music via loudspeakers, including in praise of famous revolutionary Ernesto 'Che' Guevara.

One of the groups of protesters rallied outside the American Embassy, ​​where they burned an American flag.

Another protest was being held in Thessaloniki, where people are expected to pass through Egnatia and Hagia Sophia Street to Tsimiski Street and stop at the US Consulate, before arriving at Venizelos Statue.

Amid the protests, the authorities have decided to take emergency measures and have deployed some 1,000 police officers on the streets. 101/207

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