ATHENS â€” The neighborhood of Exarchia in central Athens has always been home to those who fight the system. Before Prime Minister Alexis Tsiprasâ€™ left-wing Syriza Party came to power in 2015, groups of police would stand on street corners bordering the area, riot shields at the ready, waiting for the streets to erupt into one of the areaâ€™s periodic fits of violence. Syrians, Afghans and Africans; pirated DVDs, cannabis and cocaine, you can find just about anyone and anything on the central square â€” except ATMs, symbols of â€œrapacious capitalismâ€ that the anarchists long ago firebombed out of existence.
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Source: POLITICO – Europe Edition